Global Health
0 The never-ending threat of pandemic flu

These are all, or well most of them, legitimate concerns and efforts aimed at preparing us for the big one. But the question is if these scares fail to explode into a large-scale pandemic, will the public — and policy makers — be better prepared or somehow inoculated against taking the threat seriously in the future?

5 To publish and perish? Scientists create scary new flu bug

The U.S. government is opposing full publication by scientists of their methods used to create a mutant form of bird influenza based on the fear it could be used by terrorists to launch a deadly pandemic. As reasonable as this may sound, many see the government’s position as unworkable and…

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0 Zombies encourage pandemic preparedness

If you knew zombies were going to attack, would you finally get your home prepared for an emergency? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a Hollywood horror approach to public health preparedness. As USA Today reports: Coming off the tremendous success of its controversial Zombie Preparedness…

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0 The Pandemic is Over

Flickr, by Sir Sabbhat Relax, no need to pandemic The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 “swine flu” flu pandemic (the one you forgot was happening) as officially over. So what did we learn from this episode? Did we just luck out, as WHO officials say? Or was it…

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0 WHO Still Pondering When to Call Off Pandemic Alert

Flickr photo by Y Remember the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009? The one that didn’t quite happen? Well, the World Health Organization has been thinking about declaring it’s over. The new virus, H1N1, has been much milder than regular flu — so far showing only about one-third the mortality rate…

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0 When Pig Flu Flew

Critics are claiming public health experts last year hyped the potential threat of a uniquely piggish version of the influenza virus – the H1N1 virus, or so-called swine flu. This time, however, some of the critics add that the hype was done to benefit the drug industry. The World Health Organization and other leading health authorities strongly reject the criticism, saying they acted prudently given the risk of a deadly pandemic such as the world experienced in 1918.