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The potential effects of a pandemic have been getting worse over time because of the global just-in-time economy, explains Michael Osterholm, director of CIDRAP and associate director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense.
Part of CIDRAP's mission is to gain the attention of business leaders who are constantly bombarded by risk, be it the prospect of terrorism or an impending hurricane season.
The findings of the meta-analysis and the CIDRAP report are generally correct, but they aren't new.
Some people don't get sick, some get milder illness, and we do prevent deaths and hospitalizations (which was not addressed in the CIDRAP paper).
Vaccines," CIDRAP News (Center for Infectious Disease Research and
Declaring a Pandemic," CIDRAP News (Center for Infectious Disease
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and a professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Division at the University of Minnesota, testified at the same hearing that a cluster of cases may therefore not become apparent for three to four weeks after the initial victims are exposed.
In September, after the outbreak had subsided, JEH spoke with CIDRAP's Osterholm about lessons learned.
Cooper, who was a speaker at a CIDRAP conference, says her rough estimate is that in a mild pandemic, the global economy could lose 2 percentage points in growth over the first three-month period.
About 300 people, mostly business executives from more than 200 companies, attended CIDRAP's conference in February to learn more about how to plan and prepare for a pandemic.
* Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), at the University of Minnesota, frequent updates, including scientific and technical information, http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/index.html
(107) "Thailand Has First Avian Flu Outbreaks in 3 Months," CIDRAP News at [http://www.cidrap.umn.edu].
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