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Jun 28, 2006

Jun 28, 2006

Report: Flu pandemic could cut economic output 3-9%

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza pandemic would reduce the gross domestic products of the world's major economies by amounts ranging from 9% in China to 3% in Canada, according to a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE).

May 03, 2006

May 03, 2006

New US pandemic plan stresses local self-reliance

(CIDRAP News) – The White House today released a lengthy new plan describing how the government intends to cope with an influenza pandemic, but officials continued to stress their standard message that states and communities will have to rely mainly on themselves in that situation, with the federal government in an advisory role.

Feb 27, 2006

Feb 27, 2006

Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – More than half of Americans are concerned about the threat of avian influenza reaching the United States, but few are "very concerned" and fewer still have looked into getting an antiviral drug to protect themselves, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Feb 17, 2006

Feb 17, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Businesses zero in on details of pandemic flu planning

(CIDRAP News) – Critical for businesses in preparing for a flu pandemic will be taking care of their primary asset—their employees. This was an overarching theme expressed by participants in this week's Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza: A National Summit, held in Minneapolis.

Feb 17, 2006

Feb 17, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Fear can play role in pandemic readiness, speaker says

(CIDRAP News) – One expert's advice to leaders trying to prepare the world for an influenza pandemic: Don't be scared of scaring people.

Peter M. Sandman, PhD, a risk communication expert from Princeton, N.J., told those attending a Minneapolis conference on business planning for pandemic flu that fear is what motivates people to take sensible precautions in the face of a real threat.

Feb 16, 2006

Feb 16, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Author Barry says pandemic planners should expect waves

(CIDRAP News) – If the next influenza pandemic imitates past ones and plays out in waves, the first wave might serve as a warning that gives the world a little time to prepare for the worst, a leading expert on the pandemic of 1918 told business leaders at a Minneapolis meeting this week.

Feb 15, 2006

Feb 15, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: How will the infrastructure fare in a flu pandemic?

(CIDRAP News) – Putting an additional stressor, such as a flu pandemic, on an infrastructure that is already stressed and running at a stretched capacity merits great concern, said experts convening yesterday at a national summit on business planning for pandemic influenza in Minneapolis.

Feb 15, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Pandemic could cripple routine health services

Editor's Note: This article was updated Aug 16, 2006, to correct a potentially misleading statement in the 3rd-to-last paragraph regarding Seattle residents' concerns.

(CIDRAP News) – A major influenza pandemic would make it very difficult for the US healthcare system to maintain routine services, a reality that few Americans are aware of, a public health official said at a preparedness conference in Minneapolis today.

Feb 15, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Conference poll: 18% of businesses have pandemic plan

(CIDRAP News) – A large majority of about 300 business officials at a conference in Minneapolis believe that an influenza pandemic would significantly affect their business, but only 18% of the companies have completed a preparedness plan, according to a poll taken yesterday.

Feb 14, 2006

Feb 14, 2006

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Business leaders urged to plan for severe flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Speakers at a national conference in Minneapolis today sought to impress business leaders with the potentially disastrous effects of an influenza pandemic without scaring them into thinking that preparing for one is futile.

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