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IT may take a back seat in fighting avian flu

Madison, Wis. Household planning will accomplish more in preparing for the eventual spread of a virulent strain of avian flu than will any reliance on information technology, attendees of WTN Media's Digital Healthcare Conference were told.

Panelists talked about being three years late in developing IT systems to help detect and mitigate the ef......

Full article >>> lion and 180 million deaths worldwide, and cause an estimated $4.4 trillion in economic losses. In the United States, a severe pandemic would cause two million deaths, mostly among people with existing chronic diseases. It could also cause the American economy to contract by 2.5 percent, largely because fear of contracting avian flu would convince people not to leave their homes.

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Full article >>> ully disseminating public health information, even to a public that may be in the throes of hysteria. "After [Hurricane] Katrina, we found that people did not believe the information that was given to them," Baker said. "That's why we have to work on communication now."

To assist with early detection, the Centers for Disease Control has invested in a public health surveillance tool called......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Joe Vanden Plas 05/08/06


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