8/21/2005

Daily Kos: Bird Flu Worries Are In The Mainstream

The plans being developed by [NY] and state are likely to include recommendations on the stockpiling of equipment and drugs. However, those decisions may be delayed as city and state officials wait to see federal plans. There, in a nutshell, is the problem [waiting for Bush's feds to do something] Prudently, NYC is assuming there'll be no vaccine and not enough anti-virals. The real issue, of course, is that there aren't enough hospital beds.

Bird Flu Worries Are In The Mainstream
by DemFromCT
Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 12:01:25 CDT

Seen or heard anything in your area? Unlike a few months ago, it's likely that you have. Today's NY Times has (in their Metro section) a story about the NYC DPH and its efforts to deal with an overburdened health system in a time of pandemic preparedness. Not surprising, that. The NYC DPH was much better prepared (for all the good it did) in 1918 than the Feds were.



"New York City health officials have been meeting every two weeks since February to develop a response plan. They hope to have an updated draft ready in the next few weeks. At about the same time, the state hopes to have its draft plan ready as well.

"It may never happen," said Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, a deputy city health commissioner who is leading the flu planning, referring to the development of the strain. "But on the scale of emergency planning, this is high on the list."

As part of their preparations, the leaders of the frontline forces of New York's disaster preparedness teams will run a "tabletop" simulation involving more than a dozen city and state departments next month that will envision the city facing a situation similar to the outbreak of Spanish flu in 1918, which left at least 33,000 dead in the city alone. At least 20 million to 40 million people died worldwide. The exercise is designed to test the emergency response system by challenging leaders to make quick decisions and seeing if and where communication breaks down or resources run out.

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If a pandemic similar to the one of 1918 occurred today, as many as 2.8 million New York City residents could be infected within months, sending more than 200,000 to the hospital and clogging the morgues with 400 deaths a day during the peak infection period.

The plans being developed by the city and state are likely to include recommendations on the stockpiling of equipment and drugs. However, those decisions may be delayed as city and state officials wait to see federal plans.

There, in a nutshell, is the problem. Those decisions may be delayed as city and state officials wait to see federal plans.

Prudently, NYC is assuming there'll be no vaccine and not enough anti-virals. The real issue, of course, is that there aren't enough hospital beds.

Daily Kos: Bird Flu Worries Are In The Mainstream

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