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Sun, 21 Oct 2007 08:00:00 -0400More than 2,500 banks and insurance companies recently participated in a United States Treasury Dept. computer exercise that simulated the effects of an avian flu pandemic in an effort to evaluate their preparedness in the event of widespread emergency. Valerie Abend of the Department of Treasury speaks with Liane Hansen about the exercise.
Fri, 09 Feb 2007 10:00:00 -0500Agricultural workers in the United Kingdom kill thousands of turkeys, seeking to block the spread of bird flu. Meanwhile, investigators try to trace the source of the infection. How should the United State react if faced by an outbreak of influenza on the scale of the 1918 epidemic?
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 14:29:00 -0400When the next pandemic strikes, Navy researchers suggest reviving a treatment used during the deadly pandemic of 1918. Back then, military doctors injected severely afflicted patients with blood or blood plasma from people who had recovered from the flu. Studies show the treatment reduced mortality rates by as much as 50 percent.
Fri, 02 Jun 2006 12:24:00 -0400The federal government is posting what it pays for certain medical procedures on the Internet in an attempt to help consumers.
Thu, 25 May 2006 13:00:00 -0400The so-called avian flu virus scientists have dubbed H5N1 has reportedly killed seven members of a family in Indonesia. World Health Organization officials are concerned the infection was passed through human contact. Alex Chadwick talks about the outbreak with Wall Street Journal reporter Nicholas Zamiska.
Wed, 24 May 2006 16:00:00 -0400Quarantines meant to halt the spread of bird flu in Bucharest have been scaled back, but some neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city are still under lockdown. On Monday, city officials quarantined thousands of residents in response to growing numbers of bird-flu reports centered about 100 miles north of the capital. Melissa Block talks with Radu Tudor of Romania's Jurnalul National newspaper.
Wed, 24 May 2006 16:00:00 -0400The World Health Organization says it will not raise its flu pandemic alert level, despite reports of several cases of bird flu in an Indonesian family. But the agency is watching the situation closely to determine whether bird flu is being passed from human to human in North Sumatra.
Fri, 19 May 2006 17:13:00 -0400In Alaska alone, the goal is to test and screen more than 15,000 birds this summer and fall. Despite the looming danger, the surveillance effort is still somewhat of a work in progress.
Fri, 05 May 2006 13:00:00 -0400Are backyard chickens the great American bird flu threat? A poultry expert weighs in on how people who keep flocks of chickens at home in the United States can protect their birds -- and their families and neighbors -- from the threat of avian flu.
Wed, 03 May 2006 13:00:00 -0400Madeleine Brand talks with Eddie Hedrick, an epidemiologist and the emerging infections coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health, about how people on the front lines of a potential avian-flu pandemic should be prepared to respond.
Wed, 03 May 2006 13:00:00 -0400The Bush administration on Wednesday announced a national strategy for dealing with a potential influenza pandemic. Madeleine Brand talks to Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, about how the government can plan for and fight deadly health threats.
Wed, 03 May 2006 10:00:00 -0400The White House presents a new plan for implementing its national strategy in the event of an avian-flu pandemic. Phase one was released in November. Guests examine the administration's action plan.
Wed, 03 May 2006 06:00:00 -0400One goal of the White House's flu plan is to help businesses that provide necessities such as food, power and cash stay up and running during a pandemic. But business experts say that keeping the supply lines open could be a major challenge.
Wed, 03 May 2006 06:00:00 -0400A draft flu-pandemic response plan from the federal government says a worst-case scenario could kill as many as 2 million people in the United States. The draft Bush administration plan is an update to the $7.1 billion in pandemic preparations that it proposed last fall. The plan outlines exactly which government agency is responsible for about 300 tasks.
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 13:00:00 -0400Alaska is considered the most likely source of entry for the avian flu into the United States. Elizabeth Arnold reports on how scientists there are working with the federal government to check migratory birds for signs of the avian flu virus.