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Swine Flu Outbreaks Cause Concern among U.S. Physicians
Date:4/28/2009

- Over half of physicians say there is a risk for a catastrophic pandemic -

FLEMINGTON, N.J., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national study among 1,039 physicians revealed that a majority of physicians (63%) reported that there is some level of risk that the Swine Flu will result in a worldwide catastrophic pandemic.

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The study was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) on April 27, to obtain physicians' perceptions of the recent news that The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a public health emergency in regard to Swine Influenza (Swine Flu). To view detailed results go to: www.hcdi.net or www.mediacurves.com.

When asked to rate the U.S. Government's level of preparedness to deal with a Swine Flu pandemic, 15% of physicians reported that the government was prepared to deal with a pandemic. Less than one-quarter of physicians (21%) reported that the U.S. Government was not prepared for a pandemic. A similar percentage of physicians (22%) were either concerned or extremely concerned that the virus would have an impact on their families, and 16% were not concerned that it would have an impact on their families

Among the findings:

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