Sunday, April 26, 2009

Flu to You

The mass media is full of reports on the Mexican-origin H1N1 Influenza outbreak, and it certainly is a serious matter for Mexican health officials and one that bears watching across the globe, but...

The World Health Organization (WHO) is on the case and has only gone to Condition 3 of their 6 step response scale. General screening of travelers and livestock is the prudent response at this point, and that is being done.

The U.S.A. and other countries adjacent to Mexico with limited border controls (at best) are likely at some risk, and well, the government of the U.S.A. is swinging into full-on political mode on this.
The White House plans a briefing Sunday afternoon to discuss swine flu and the government's response.
The officials who will discuss the situation include Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Richard Besser.
(bold by me)

Your doom is sealed. Sorry, Yanks; we'll miss you.


Mr. Bill said...

Yeah, and it's too bad that funding for flu pandemic preparedness was stripped from the stimulus by the Republicans who didn't see a need for it. Oh well.

L.Douglas Garrett said...

@Mr. Bill

you might want to see *this*.