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30. mai 2006

Austraalia vaatenurk

Austraaliast siis järgnev jutt
Indonesia's approach to bird flu concerns Abbott
The Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott says he is concerned about Indonesia's efforts to manage and control the spread of bird flu.

There have been several recent bird flu deaths in Indonesia.
After releasing a revised plan to handle an influenza pandemic, Mr Abbott revealed his concern about Indonesia's approach to bird flu. "There is still not effective surveillance of poultry stocks, there could be improvements in reporting," Mr Abbott said.

But Australia's chief health officer John Horvath is playing down the concern. He says if there was a pandemic outbreak, the nation's proximity to Indonesia would not make much difference. "Where it breaks out it would be a worldwide event within 24 hours," he said.

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29. mai 2006

kellel on suurem õigus elule?

Who lives? Flu crisis may make us pick
Experts are divided on who gets the limited vaccine in case of a pandemic.
By LISA GREENE, Times Staff Writer
Published May 29, 2006

Imagine the worst: A deadly new strain of flu speeds across the globe, and as it approaches the United States, the reality is grim.

There isn't enough vaccine to prevent people from getting the virus. Not enough medicine, hospital beds or even ventilators to treat the sick.

Whom do you save?

What was once an abstract philosophical dilemma has become an urgent health policy question. The most immediate danger, Asia's killer bird flu, hasn't turned into a worldwide epidemic because it hasn't yet developed the ability to spread easily from person to person.

But public health officials must prepare for the threat of a disease that could spread with explosive speed. A global epidemic could kill nearly 2-million people and hospitalize nearly 10-million just in the United States. If a pandemic hits any time soon, scientists estimate that there may be only enough vaccine for about 10 percent of the population during the first year of the illness.

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26. mai 2006

karmid valikud ja eetika

see oli üks huvitav artikkel :)

Pandemic planning puts ethics in spotlight
Amy L. Becker Staff Writer

May 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – When vaccine supplies are limited, should children, young adults, or seniors move to the front of the line for shots? Is it appropriate to remove one person from a ventilator to put somebody else on the machine?

Those are samples of the thorny ethical questions pandemic planning raises. People rely on ethical frameworks to answer them. Some experts are encouraging Americans to think aloud about rationing and other problems expected during a flu pandemic, to enhance public awareness and cooperation.

Having a public discussion about values is a crucial step in preparedness, said Arthur Caplan, PhD, Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics, and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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25. mai 2006

finantsturud mäletavad sars-i

Pandemic fears as bird flu kills seven of this man's close family
By Mark Henderson, Lewis Smith and Leo Lewis

enamus juttu siis sumatra klastrist, sh pilt ainsast ellujäänust haiglavoodis, aga üks huvitav lõik finantsturgude kohta

Reports and rumours of the outbreak caused chaos in financial markets and prompted a bout of panic-selling of currencies and stocks.

In a volatile day of trading on the Tokyo exchanges, the currencies of Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore all sustained big losses as traders fled towards the perceived “safe haven” status of the US dollar.

“There is no way to look at this WHO inquiry and not be worried,” one Tokyo-based currency trader said. “These are markets that have lived through Sars and know very well the economic impact of potential pandemics. Even if the disease itself is contained, you get people cancelling important business trips, and tourism drops off a cliff.”

Indoneesia kontekstist

Poverty, forgotten diseases weigh heavily on Indonesia
Thu May 25, 2006 1:35 PM BST

By Tan Ee Lyn

JAKARTA (Reuters) - In a squatter settlement at the heart of central Jakarta, half a dozen Indonesian children play as a few scrawny chickens flit amongst them.

The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 33 people in Indonesia -- and as many as seven in a single family in north Sumatra this month -- but Suhadi, 71, could not be less concerned.

"I have reared chickens for the last 40 years and never been sick. We have traditional medicine and herbs," said Suhadi, who brought up his 11 children selling drinks from his ramshackle hut. He also supplements his income selling eggs and chickens.

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24. mai 2006

pandeemiaplaani näidis

väga põhjalik pandeemiaplaani koostamise juhis firmadele, 106 lk, näidised, blanketid

22. mai 2006

äärelinna kogukonna pandeemiaplaanid

jutt siis Ohio ajalehest
If bird flu strikes, neighborhood will be ready
Block party part of Clintonville effort to unite against crisis
Monday, May 22, 2006
Barbara Carmen

Clintonville’s newest neighborhood block watch is planning a big summer street party as a key part of its plan to fight bird flu.

Eight neighbors gathered Thursday at a corner cafe to sip coffee and start planning how they might unite to prepare for a deadly flu outbreak or any other disaster.

"Should it happen, the recommendation will be social distancing, do the elbow bump and stay 3 feet away — and that’s not practical always," said Betsy Hubbard, one of the meeting’s leaders.

The neighbors agreed they have a lot going for them. Their wide Clintonville front porches would allow them to both stay apart and stay connected.

They can buy the recommended three months’ worth of food stocks, which might pinch their wallets but isn’t impossible, as in some poor neighborhoods.

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WHO raport H5N1 viiruse levikust vee ja kanalisatsiooni kaudu

WHO: Review of latest available evidence on risks to human health through potential transmission of avian influenza
(H5N1) through water and sewage
Last updated 24/03/2006

kommentaar IFlu'st allpool

Open water such as reservoirs, lakes or rivers which have been contaminated by infected migratory birds might be able to spread the H5N1 bird flu virus to humans who drink or swim in the water, but there is insufficient data to be sure concludes a recent World Health Organization report.

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hispaania gripi kirjeldus

Memories of 1918 flu pandemic haunt 21st century
Sun May 21, 2006 10:37am ET
By Toni Reinhold

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As health agencies worldwide scramble to stop bird flu from becoming a pandemic that could claim millions of lives, memories of the murderous flu that swept the globe almost 100 years ago haunt the 21st century, passed on from generation to generation, or, in my case, from grandmother to granddaughter.

My grandmother lived through the Great War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War Two, the cultural revolution of the '60s and three decades beyond.

There was little that could threaten her nerve but until the day she died, Marie Starace was afraid of two things. One was lightning. The other was "The Grip" -- the deadly flu that wreaked havoc on the Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood where she was born and raised.

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