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How Should We Think About A Pandemic?

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 3:02 PM

WHO has just declared a flu pandemic -- the first since 1968. So we might ask, "what is different?" Moving from the prior phase 5 to the Pandemic 6 level currently implies only sustained spread in different continents.

But such a move is confusing, since each year the seasonal flu...

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H1N1 in Mexico - Lessons Learned

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 6:09 PM

The Mexicans have taught the world that transparency and full disclosure was brave and admirable and saved countless lives but came at the price of severe economic consequences. The argument made by me and others after SARS that the World Bank should provide incentives to countries for rapid reporting of...

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The Return of Swine Flu -- A Death in the U.S. and Uncertainty

(25) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 3:10 PM

The latest "influenza" to visit itself upon the citizens of the world reminds us that epidemics are part of the natural interaction of people and microbes throughout civilization. Yet each time we react as though we have discovered something new. The only really new things are our surprise and consistent...

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