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US health experts are putting together a plan for dealing with a bird flu pandemic should one break out. The plan includes deciding who should be vaccinated and who should get antiviral drugs first. The H5N1 strain of avian flu has killed more than 50 people in Asia. Health experts fear it could kill millions around the world if it mutates into a form that could easily spread from person to person.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:57 pm (GMT 1)
 

From Fredness (not me) at: http://www.curevents.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19286

News articles from Mar 2005 to July 25 warn of Pandemic
So why is there still a credibility problem?
I searched the magazines on my public library's website and found over one hundred articles have been published. Yet the lady answering the phone at local health dept doesn't believe that Bird Flu is a risk, politicians don't return e-mails, co-workers and spouses think we are paranoid.

It can be argued that publishers just want to sell magazines. Panic sells. It is important to focus on the reality of the situation. Unfortunately without more test reports, the reality we face is not clear. We can only predict based on the information we have. Education and knowledge are our best weapons against fear.

Hopefully the Congressional testimony reported below on June 30 will translate into a public education campaign. That can't start soon enough as far as I am concerned.

The text of any of these can be found through your local library, some may be online, or I can post it upon request (with the exception of those that refernce "Article Linker").


One article that got my attention was from a publication from the CDC called Emerging Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/eid. There are several good articles published in July. On Oct 18, 2004, two eagles smuggled into Belgium from Thailand were found to have H5N1. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol11no05/05-0211.htm


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How Much Tamiflu is Enough? By: Enserink, Martin. Science Now, 7/19/2005, p2, 2p, 1bw; (AN 17687151)
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Avian Flu: A State of Unreadiness. By: Davis, Mike. Nation, 7/18/2005, Vol. 281 Issue 3, p27, 4p, 1bw; (AN 17478197)
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Potentially More Lethal Variant Hits Migratory Birds in China. By: Normile, Dennis. Science, 7/8/2005, Vol. 309 Issue 5732, p231, 2/3p, 1 map, 1c; (AN 17671075)
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JOBS. By: Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit. Science, 7/8/2005, Vol. 309 Issue 5732, p243, 2/3p, 2c; (AN 17671091)
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Avian influenza, Viet Nam update. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 7/8/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 27, p233, 2p
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Poliomyelitis, Angola. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 7/8/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 27, p234, 1/4p
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When warnings become a scare. By: Lamb, Gregory M.. Christian Science Monitor, 7/7/2005, Vol. 97 Issue 156, p15, 1/2p, 1c; (AN 17537771)
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Bird flu found in migratory geese in China By: Anita Manning. USA Today, 07/07/2005; (AN J0E291998706005)
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New Avian Influenza Variant Found in China. By: Normile, Dennis., Science Now, 7/6/2005, p1, 2p, 1bw
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Wildlife Trade and Global Disease Emergence. By: Karesh, William B.; Cook, Robert A.; Bennett, Elizabeth L.; Newcomb, James. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1000, 3p, 1c; (AN 17520809)
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Influenza A H5N1 Replication Sites in Humans. By: Uiprasertkul, Mongkol; Puthavathana, Pilaipan; Sangsiriwut, Kantima; Pooruk, Phisanu; Srisook, Kanittar; Peiris, Malik; Nicholls, John M.; Chokephaibulkit, Kulkanya; Vanprapar, Nirun; Auewarakul, Prasert. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1036, 6p, 2c; (AN 17521006)
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Avian Influenza H5N1 and Healthcare Workers. By: Schultsz, Constance; Vo Cong Dong; Nguyen Van Vinh Chau; Nguyen Thi Hanh Le; Lim, Wilina; Tran Tan Thanh; Dolecek, Christiane; De Jong, Menno D.; Hien, Tran Tinh; Farrar, Jeremy. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1158, 2p, 1 chart; (AN 17521701)
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Editor's Note. Foreign Affairs, Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p2, 1p; (AN 17327777)
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The Next Pandemic? By: Garrett, Laurie. Foreign Affairs, Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p3, 21p, 1bw; (AN 17327784)
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Preparing for the Next Pandemic. By: Osterholm, Michael T.. Foreign Affairs, Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p24, 14p, 1bw; (AN 17327791)
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CE test on THE NATURE OF EMERGING ZOONOTIC DISEASES: ECOLOGY, PREDICTION, AND PREVENTION. MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer, Jul2005, Vol. 37 Issue 7, p20, 2p
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Wildlife Trade and Global Disease Emergence. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1000, 3p; (AN 17520809)
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Influenza A H5N1 Replication Sites in Humans. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1036, 6p; (AN 17521006)
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Avian Influenza H5N1 and Healthcare Workers. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jul2005, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p1158, 2p; (AN 17521701)
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FLU SEASON PREPARATION By: GEORGE B. ABERCROMBIE; PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 06/30/2005; (AN 32Y1933162346)
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FLU SEASON PREPARATION By: BRUCE G. GELLIN; DIRECTOR; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 06/30/2005; (AN 32Y3982252508)
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FLU SEASON PREPARATION By: JAMES W. LEDUC; DIRECTOR; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 06/30/2005; (AN 32Y4079002747)
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SOUNDBITES. New Scientist, 6/25/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2505, p16, 1/4p; (AN 17602321)
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Lapses Worry Bird Flu Experts. By: Normile, Dennis; Enserink, Martin; Yidong, Gong. Science, 6/24/2005, Vol. 308 Issue 5730, p1849, 2p; (AN 17618970)
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Avian Flu Concerns. By: Stephenson, Joan. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 6/15/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 23, p2850, 1p; (AN 17338079)
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Bird Flu Tracked in Western China. By: Normile, Dennis. Science Now, 6/13/2005, p1, 7/9p; (AN 17347423)
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Quick action may stop global bird flu epidemic By: Paul Wiseman. USA Today, 06/06/2005; (AN J0E050197929405)
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Time to send in the inspectors. New Scientist, 6/4/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2502, p5, 1/4p; (AN 17318658)
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Can Tamiflu save us from bird flu? By: MacKenzie, Debora. New Scientist, 6/4/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2502, p10, 1p; (AN 17318669)
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Flu in wild birds sparks fears of mutating virus. By: Cyranoski, David. Nature, 6/2/2005, Vol. 435 Issue 7042, p542, 2p; DOI: 10.1038/435542a; (AN 17230953)
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THE NEXT PLAGUE? By: Slenske, Michael. Atlantic (2004), Jun2005, Vol. 295 Issue 5, p38, 2/3p; (AN 16942882)
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A new enemy at the gates? By: French, Roger; Berriman, Mark; Lembke, Loren. New Vegetarian & Natural Health, Winter2005, p3, 3/4p; (AN 17240520)
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news from near and far. By: Berriman, Mark; Fraser, Robert. New Vegetarian & Natural Health, Winter2005, p10, 2p; (AN 17240531)
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News. MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer, Jun2005, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p8, 1/2p
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Conferences. MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer, Jun2005, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p8, 1/2p PDF Full Text (546K)

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Genetic Analyses Suggest Bird Flu Virus Is Evolving. By: Normile, Dennis. Science Now, 5/27/2005, p9, 2p, 1bw; (AN 17194350)
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Genetic Analyses Suggest Bird Flu Virus Is Evolving. By: Normile, Dennis. Science, 5/27/2005, Vol. 308 Issue 5726, p1234, 2p, 1c; (AN 17266376)
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Race against time. By: Fauci, Anthony S.. Nature, 5/26/2005, Vol. 435 Issue 7041, p423, 2p; DOI: 10.1038/435423a; (AN 17144407)
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PLANNING FOR PANDEMIC FLU By: ANDREW T. PAVIA; CHAIR; INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 05/26/2005; (AN 32Y4198954104)
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WHO's call for international pandemic action unheeded. By: Lett, Dan. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 5/24/2005, Vol. 172 Issue 11, p1429, 1p, 1c; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.050490; (AN 17024477)
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Vietnam needs cash to stave off future outbreaks of bird flu. By: Watts, Jonathan. Lancet, 5/21/2005, Vol. 365 Issue 9473, p1759, 2p, 2c; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)66565-8; (AN 17093798)
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One nation's bird flu fight is also world's By: Paul Wiseman. USA Today, 05/04/2005; (AN J0E211892343805)
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Governments in a dilemma over bird flu. By: Marshall, Sarah Jane. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, May2005, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p326, 2p; (AN 16946294)
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Asia's economic outlook: A view from Australia. By: Marden, Peter. Ecodate, May2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p1, 6p; (AN 17341714)
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Avian Influenza Risk Perception, Hong Kong. By: Fielding, Richard; Lam, Wendy W. T.; Ho, Ella Y. Y.; Tai Hing Lam; Hedley, Anthony J.; Leung, Gabriel M.. Emerging Infectious Diseases, May2005, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p677, 6p, 2 charts; (AN 16944811)
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Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus in Smuggled Thai Eagles, Belgium. By: Van Borm, Steven; Thomas, Isabelle; Hanquet, Germaine; Lambrecht, Bénédicte; Boschmans, Marc; Dupont, Gerald; Decaestecker, Mireille; Snacken, Gerald; Van den Berg, Thierry. Emerging Infectious Diseases, May2005, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p702, 4p, 1 chart, 1 diagram, 1c; (AN 16944973)
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The growing threat of avian influenza. By: Henley, Eric. Journal of Family Practice, May2005, Vol. 54 Issue 5, p442, 3p; (AN 17058691)
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Blood sampling gets the go-ahead. Nursing, May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p34, 2p; (AN 16811008)
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Why so few male RNs? Nursing, May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p35, 3/8p; (AN 16811016)
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Avian flu called world's #1 health threat. Nursing, May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p35, 1/3p; (AN 16811021)
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We're living longer. Nursing, May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p35, 1/8p; (AN 16811024)
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Cooping Up Avian Flu. By: Soares, Christine. Scientific American, May2005, Vol. 292 Issue 5, p20, 2p, 1c; (AN 16729928)
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INNOVATIONS. By: Arnst, Catherine; Port, Otis. Business Week, 4/18/2005 Issue 3929, p89, 1/4p, 1c; (AN 16695681)
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Sitting ducks. Economist, 4/16/2005, Vol. 375 Issue 8422, p35, 2p, 1 graph, 1c; (AN 16781163)
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The ghost of pandemics past. By: Mack, Thomas M.. Lancet, 4/16/2005, Vol. 365 Issue 9468, p1370, 3p, 1bw; (AN 16779599)
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Should physicians' self--prescribing be restricted by law? By: Rosvold, Elin Olaug; Tyssen, Reidar. Lancet, 4/16/2005, Vol. 365 Issue 9468, p1372, 3p, 1c; (AN 16779604)
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Cross-Reactivity to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 Viruses after Vaccination with Nonadjuvanted and MF59-Adjuvanted Influenza A/Duck/Singapore/97 (H5N3) Vaccine: A Potential Priming Strategy. By: Stephenson, Iain; Bugarini, Roberto; Nicholson, Karl G.; Podda, Audino; Wood, John M.; Zambon, Maria C.; Katz, Jacqueline M.. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 4/15/2005, Vol. 191 Issue 8, p1210, 6p; (AN 16499400)
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Vaccination will work better than culling, say bird flu experts. By: Butler, Declan. Nature, 4/14/2005, Vol. 434 Issue 7035, p810, 1p; DOI: 10.1038/4344810a; (AN 17134081)
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FISCAL 2006 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR, HHS, AND EDUCATION By: BRUCE GELLIN; DIRECTOR; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 04/12/2005; (AN 32Y3363791429)
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Germ Warfare. By: Fiorino, Frances. Aviation Week & Space Technology, 4/11/2005, Vol. 162 Issue 15, p39, 1p, 1c; (AN 16761712)
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The Week. By: Ozernoy, Ilana. U.S. News & World Report, 4/11/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p16, 3p, 2c; (AN 16619185)
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Travel vaccinations & malaria prophylaxis. Pulse, 4/9/2005, Vol. 65 Issue 14, p64, 2p
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Preparing for the next influenza pandemic. Nursing Standard, 4/6/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 30, p20, 2/3p; (AN 16729697)
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Intravenous drug use a risk factor for DVT in younger people. Nursing Standard, 4/6/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 30, p20, 1/3p; (AN 16729698)
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OF BIRDS AND MEN. By: Shute, Nancy; Querna, Elizabeth; Bainbridge, Bill; Brink, Susan; Ramachandran, Nisha. U.S. News & World Report, 4/4/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 12, p40, 9p, 5c; (AN 16527831)
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SPREADING THE BIRD FLU. U.S. News & World Report, 4/4/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 12, p44, 2p, 5 diagrams, 1 map; (AN 16527835)
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A VACCINE SOLUTION? By: Spake, Amanda. U.S. News & World Report, 4/4/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 12, p46, 2p, 2c; (AN 16527843)
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PREVENTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS & BIOTERRORISM IN AIR TRAVEL TO BE FOCUS OF CONGRESSIONAL HEARING FDCH Press Releases, 04/04/2005; (AN 32X3133600080)
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health. Access, Apr2005, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p4, 2p; (AN 16743037)
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Emerging Infectious Diseases: a 10-Year Perspective from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. By: Fauci, Anthony S.; Touchette, Nancy A.; Folkers, Gregory K.. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Apr2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p519, 7p, 4 graphs; (AN 16608552)
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Global public health officials keeping tabs on avian influenza. (cover story) By: Arias, Donya C.. Nation's Health, Apr2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p1, 2p, 1c, 1bw; (AN 16590225)
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Avian influenza -- Viet Nam and Cambodia -- update. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 4/1/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 13, p113, 2p
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Grippe aviaire -- Viet Nam et Cambodge -- mise à jour. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 4/1/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 13, p113, 2p
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Research brief: Bird flu vaccine trial. GP: General Practitioner, 4/1/2005, p5, 2p
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True Numbers Remain Elusive in Bird Flu Outbreak. By: Enserink, Martin; Normile, Dennis. Science, 3/25/2005, Vol. 307 Issue 5717, p1865, 1p, 1c; (AN 16635025)
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Health care shortages could feed a flu pandemic By: Anita Manning. USA Today, 03/22/2005; (AN J0E225063370805)
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BRACING FOR BIRD FLU. By: Hawaleshka, Danylo. Maclean's, 3/21/2005, Vol. 118 Issue 12, p46, 2p, 1c, 1bw; (AN 16509555)
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Taking Aim at Bird Flu. By: Guterman, Lila. Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/18/2005, Vol. 51 Issue 28, pA14, 4p, 1 map, 2c; (AN 16621346)
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Avian influenza, Viet Nam--update. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3/18/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 11, p93, 2p
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Shigellosis: disease burden, epidemiology and case management. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3/18/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 11, p94, 6p
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FISCAL 2006 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR, HHS, & EDUCATION By: MICHAEL O. LEAVITT; SECRETARY; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 03/16/2005; (AN 32Y2046772545)
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Vaccines for two strains of avian flu to be tested By: Anita Manning. USA Today, 03/09/2005; (AN J0E028206184405)
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THE COMING WAR AGAINST BIRD FLU. By: Stipp, David. Fortune, 3/7/2005, Vol. 151 Issue 5, p114, 6p, 3c; (AN 16224118)
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BRIEFING: THE BIRD FLU. By: Park, Alice. Time, 3/7/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 10, p22, 1/3p, 1c; (AN 16253631)
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THE COMING WAR AGAINST BIRD FLU. By: Stipp, David. Fortune (Europe), 3/7/2005, Vol. 151 Issue 4, p72, 6p, 3c; (AN 16259869)
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BRIEFING: THE BIRD FLU. By: Park, Alice. Time Canada, 3/7/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 10, p7, 3/8p, 1c; (AN 16486788)
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A crucial time for Afghanistan's fledgling health system. Lancet, 3/5/2005, Vol. 365 Issue 9462, p819, 2p; (AN 16299352)
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Avian influenza: perfect storm now gathering? Lancet, 3/5/2005, Vol. 365 Issue 9462, p820, 1/2p, 1c; (AN 16299354)
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Influenza in the world. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3/4/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p81, 4p
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FISCAL 2006 BUDGET : LABOR, HHS, AND EDUCATION By: MICHAEL O. LEAVITT; SECRETARY; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 03/03/2005; (AN 32Y3290687217)
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Canadian company to develop mock pandemic vaccine. By: Eggertson, Laura. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 3/1/2005, Vol. 172 Issue 5, p623, 1/2p, 1c; (AN 16191406)
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Physician loses appeal of "zero tolerance" rule. By: Eggertson, Laura. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 3/1/2005, Vol. 172 Issue 5, p623, 1/2p; (AN 16191411)
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Rumor Surveillance and Avian Influenza H5N1. By: Samaan, Gina; Patel, Mahomed; Olowokure, Babatunde; Roces, Maria C.; Oshitani, Hitoshi. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Mar2005, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p463, 4p, 1 chart, 1 graph; (AN 16339038)
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Ensuring that all Americans have access to flu vaccine is critical. By: Tsou, Walter. Nation's Health, Mar2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p3, 2/5p; (AN 16513388)
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IF SMALLPOX STRIKES PORTLAND .... By: Barrett, Chris L.; Eubank, Stephen G.; Smith, James P.. Scientific American, Mar2005, Vol. 292 Issue 3, p54, 8p, 12 diagrams, 1 graph, 1c; (AN 15993769)
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Flu Pandemic: A Real Threat. By: Rasmussen, Erik. Best's Review, Mar2005, Vol. 105 Issue 11, p38, 1p; (AN 16335624)
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Is There a Plague On The Way?. By: Taylor, Marcia. Farm Journal, Mar2005, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p22, 2p, 3c; (AN 16539430)
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FLU VACCINE SUPPLY By: JULIE L. GERBERDING, M.D., M.P.H.; DIRECTOR; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. FDCH Congressional Testimony, 02/10/2005; (AN 32Y3174940371)
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Avian Flu Remains Threat as Another Human Death Occurs Government CustomWire, 02/03/2005; (AN CX2005034X8144)
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Lack of H5N1 Avian Influenza Transmission to Hospital Employees, Hanoi, 2004. By: Liem, Nguyen Thanh; Lim, Wilina. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Feb2005, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p210, 6p, 3 charts, 1 graph; (AN 16020023)
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WHY PREVENTING HOSTILE USE OF THE LIFE SCIENCES IS RELEVANT TO AFRICA. By: Borrie, John; Loye, Dominique. African Security Review, 2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p93, 14p; (AN 17318176)
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Italy's health officials call meeting to discuss bird flu International CustomWire, 01/26/2005; (AN CX2005026W5173)
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New Bird Flu Outbreak Reported in Thailand Government CustomWire, 01/21/2005; (AN CX2005021X2699)
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ASIA/BIRD FLU Government CustomWire, 01/21/2005; (AN CX2005021X2810)
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DJ Vietnam PM Urges Strong Measures To Stop Bird Flu Spread International CustomWire, 01/15/2005; (AN CX2005015R0490)
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Vietnam's prime minister urges strong measures to stop spread of bird flu amid fears virus has re-emerged in capital International CustomWire, 01/15/2005; (AN CX2005015W6094)
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DJ Dead Heron In Hong Kong Suspected To Have Bird Flu - Govt International CustomWire, 01/11/2005; (AN CX2005011R0984)
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Government says a dead heron has been found with suspected bird flu International CustomWire, 01/11/2005; (AN CX2005011W8449)
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Dead heron has been found with suspected bird flu in Hong Kong International CustomWire, 01/11/2005; (AN CX2005011W9638)
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DJ Vietnam Reports Another Suspected Bird Flu Case International CustomWire, 01/07/2005; (AN CX2005007R8771)
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Vietnam reports another suspected bird flu case International CustomWire, 01/06/2005; (AN CX2005006W1673)
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Clinical Presentations for Influenza and Influenza-Like Illness in Young, Immunized Soldiers. By: McNeill, K. Mills; Vaughn, Beverly L.; Brundage, Mary B.; Yuanzhang Li; Poropatich, Ron K.; Gaydos, Joel C.. Military Medicine, Jan2005, Vol. 170 Issue 1, p94, 4p, 4 charts; (AN 15741736)
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Worth a Pound of Cure. By: The Editors. Scientific American, Jan2005, Vol. 292 Issue 1, p8, 1p, 1c; (AN 15285912)
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100 Vietnamese Montagnards May be Relocated to US

 

By VOA News 27 July 2005

 

More than 100 Vietnamese Montagnards were who forcibly repatriated from Cambodia earlier this month may get a chance to resettle in the United States.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi says U.S. and Vietnamese officials are discussing possible options, including resettling the Montagnards in the United States.

The spokesman tells VOA that Hanoi supports the review of the case.

The Montagnards, from Vietnam's Central Highlands were among several hundred who fled to Cambodia last year after security forces cracked down on demonstrators protesting Hanoi's land confiscation policy and lack of religious freedom.

They were forcibly sent back to Vietnam after the United Nations denied them refugee status.

 

Human Rights Watch condemns Cambodian police brutality PHNOM PENH (AFP) -- Human Rights Watch Tuesday joined a chorus of condemnation over Cambodian police brutality during the forced repatriation of scores of Montagnard asylum seekers to their native Vietnam.

Ninety-four ethnic minority Montagnards who were among hundreds who have fled Vietnam alleging religious persecution and confiscation of their lands were deported last Wednesday after their refugee status claims were rejected by the UN. Seven Cambodians were among them and turned back at the border.

New York-based HRW said that at 6:00 am dozens of riot police, some armed with AK-47 assault rifles, entered the facility housing the Montagnards, who sat gripping each others' arms to avoid being moved.

"After the asylum seekers ignored an order to board the buses, the police made no attempt at negotiation. Instead they began to slap, hit and use batons to beat the asylum seekers," the group said in a statement. "They dragged people out of the facility by their arms, legs and, in several cases, by their hair, and pushed them on to buses. Police beat at least one woman with a baby strapped to her back, and kicked other Montagnards as they were seated."

Police also used electric prods to inflict shock, the group alleged after receiving eyewitness accounts of the incident, which journalists and human rights monitors were barred from viewing.

"There was no excuse for using electric batons or beating unarmed individuals engaged in peaceful civil disobedience," said Brad Adams, HRW Asia director.

HRW called for an independent investigation and punishment for those who authorised or used excessive force, which it said violated a January 2005 pact between the UN's refugee agency and Cambodian and Vietnamese governments.

This agreement provided that the agency would work with the governments to "bring back (to Vietnam) in an orderly and safe fashion" and "in conformity with national and international law" those Montagnards who do not agree to either resettle abroad or "voluntarily" return to Vietnam, HRW said.

HRW also expressed concern for the safety of those forcibly returned, saying it had documented cases of intimidation, detention and police abuse of Montagnards who had already voluntarily returned.

It called on the Vietnamese government to provide the UN refugee agency and other independent monitors with free access to all returned Montagnards.

Rights groups have already complained that monitoring visits to the Central Highlands where the mostly Christian Montagnards live were limited.

The United States has expressed concern over the repatriations and a coalition of prominent Cambodia groups also condemned the police actions.

Vietnam has said that the returnees would not be punished for "illegally" leaving the communist country.

Montagnards began fleeing to Cambodia after security forces crushed demonstrations in 2001. In April last year thousands again took to the streets, triggering another crackdown, according to rights groups, and a second exodus.

 

Police Brutality Against Montagnards in Cambodia

Witness Accounts and Chronology of Events

 

WITNESS ACCOUNTS The following eyewitness accounts were obtained from a variety of sources, including people living near Site 1, relief workers who were inside and outside Site 1, and the deportees themselves, some of whom were in telephone contact with human rights monitors during the deportation.Witness One Around 4:30 am I could hear the Montagnards singing hymns inside the house. By 5:30 police had set up roadblocks and sealed off the entire area. They would not allow reporters or human rights monitors to get close. Most of the Montagnards had assembled in the downstairs courtyard, where they were sitting down. At 6 am, I could see the different types of security forces as they entered the compound and how they were armed. The Montagnards remained seated, huddled in a group. As the police began to seize people to drag them out, I heard a tremendous crying and wailing break out. The police began to randomly hit seated Montagnards with batons. A second group of riot police marched in, with automatic rifles slung over shoulders, and set upon them with electric batons. Panic broke out and the shrieking got even louder. I saw Montagnards being chased by police as they fled to the back of the shelter and upstairs. Some scampered up on the roof of the shelter (and one nearly slipped off) before being ordered down by police. Eventually everyone was dragged or led out of the shelter and onto two buses. By 6 pm the buses, escorted by several truckloads of riot police, drove off. Witness Two The Montagnards were completely non-violent. Some were gathered in a group and began to pray and then a terrible sound of lamentation and wailing came. Some moved forward and sat clinging to one another, crying. They did not move when the police wanted them to go onto the bus. Police pulled one man out in front and beat him as he was lying on the cement. He writhed when he was stuck with a baton. More people were beaten and dragged or carried out the gate. I saw a policeman kick one woman in the stomach. Police in white helmets arrived carrying large black batons, which they beat people with. Some people were kicked. Another set of police arrived wearing green helmets and carrying electric batons. I saw the lights flashing on the electric batons and I saw people groaning with pain when they were struck. When they struck a woman with a child on her back, I yelled "Stop them! Stop them!" A UNHCR staff person called out, "No weapons!" The police continued to beat and drag people and the electric prod lights flashed. I yelled "Torture!" One woman was mistakenly dragged and beaten despite appealing several times that she was not supposed to be deported. Two children, her nieces, were watching from the upstairs balcony as she was beaten and dragged to the bus. She and her children were extremely traumatized. She was eventually removed from the bus. When a second bus came to take people, some of the Montagnards hid upstairs and were beaten. Some were on the roof. I saw police running after some people who had run upstairs. The police were pushing them down [stairs]. At this point some began coming down voluntarily and got on the bus, although they were crying as they walked. The behavior of the police was not acceptable. The Montagnards were not violent. Witness Three I saw the Montagnards sitting clinging together on the floor, wailing. The police grabbed one man and he would not move, so five police moved in to forcibly move him. They beat him with their hands and kicked him. They used an electric shock baton on him and he writhed in pain and his head banged on the cement. It seemed he became unconscious. Four police lifted him onto the bus. On the way out, his head banged against the gate. When the police threw the man onto the bus, two lines of police formed a protective barrier from the gate to the buses. Then I saw the police with black batons hitting the group. Other police had batons with batteries in them which they used to shock people. Some police had big guns and pistols. I saw police hit a woman with a baby strapped on her back. It was like a war. The Montagnards did not fight. The main group just sat there, clinging to one another, wailing. Some refugees ran upstairs and the police ran after them. Witness Four I heard the cries and saw the police push and drag the Montagnards onto the bus. I saw a policeman beating one man with his hands and another officer hitting a man who was hanging onto his wife and brother. I followed them to the bus. When they got on the bus, the policeman kicked the second man. One woman had asked me to get her things. When I went upstairs, I saw police all over the place looking for people. I took the woman's things to the bus, but the police would not let me go back inside to get the clothes of others. Witness Five I saw Montagnards sitting on the floor clung together in a group. Many were crying and wailing in grief. Ordinary police were surrounding the first row of Montagnards, and began trying to drag people out from the group. Four police dragged one man out. He suddenly dropped to the floor and banged his head on the stone, before being dragged away. The police tried to drag more away but this was difficult as they were so tightly clung together. The ordinary police then stepped back and made way for a force in white helmets, who walked up carrying big black sticks. These police began beating into the first row of refugees with their sticks. There was then a call for "NO weapons!" I saw three refugees, including one woman, being dragged out by their legs and in other ways. As one man was dragged out, his wife followed him carrying a baby and screaming. One man was crying and screaming as he was carried out by four officers. I saw two lines of men in camouflage uniforms and small green helmets come into the site. I heard the sound of electric batons and turned to see two of these men holding batons in the air and turning them on. One put his baton on the arm of a refugee, who immediately jolted back. Panic then followed, with refugees running in all directions, and into the house. Police came out of the house escorting people. Many of the refugees started to come out of the house still crying and wailing but they did not have to be forced by the police to board the buses. One woman signaled to me to get her things from the house so I ran upstairs to her room out the back and found two policemen in there searching through her things. They left when they saw me. I grabbed two bags and some clothes and ran back down to the bus to put them on board. I then saw a big group shouting to me, telling me that one lady was not supposed to be on the bus. She was then removed from the bus. Witness Six At 5:55 the police entered the gate. The people sat down on the ground floor and were praying when the police came in. people were screaming, crying. The people held hands together. The police beat people. They hit people on their hands to try to get them to let go of each other. Then they used batons to shock people. Some people ran upstairs, some ran into their rooms, some went on the roof. The police went into each room. We saw police beating people upstairs. Four people were beaten so badly that they could not go down the stairs by themselves. People were put onto two buses. The people were crying when they were in the bus. Witness Seven We are sad to describe the circumstances this morning which caused us great grief. To the Christians in [Site 1], the grief was immeasurable. The government had ordered them sent back to Vietnam, for reasons that remain unclear. Before breakfast, the sound of wailing was taken up. Such a cry of pain and grief I had never heard before and hope to never hear again. The whole house was wailing in protestation against being extradited to Vietnam. You could hear the terror in their cries. I saw men and women being carried or dragged out to the trucks and buses waiting to taken them away. One woman was dragged by her hair. It was a dreadful, sad scene. It is unimaginable what they face at the end of their journey. CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS 4:30 am: Montagnards in Site 1 camp are heard singing hymns and praying. 5:30 am: Police blockade the street in front of Site 1. Journalists are sent away. 5:49 am: UNHCR vehicle spotted in front of Site 1. 6:00 am: Large group of Montagnards can be seen sitting down in the front courtyard of Site 1. Witnesses later say they were conducting a prayer meeting. Police escort cars and two trucks of intervention police (wearing white helmets, carrying wooden batons; some with AK-47 rifles over their shoulders) arrive at the site, along with two buses. Trucks of another type of intervention police (wearing green helmets and camouflage uniforms, carrying electric shock batons) arrive minutes later. 6:07 am: Monitors from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights arrive but are denied access to Site 1 and, along with journalists, are kept 300 meters away. 6:10 am: Loud screaming and wailing is heard from Site 1 as regular police (primarily those regularly assigned to guard the five UNHCR sites) begin to order people to get on the buses. No one responds or steps forward, so police then start to beat and drag people out, one by one. They drag people by their arms and then use more force, dragging one man by his feet to the bus as the other Montagnards cry out and wail. The remaining Montagnards remain seated; holding on to each other and locking arms. Thirty to forty intervention police in white helmets, carrying black batons and some with rifles slung over their shoulders, enter the site. They begin to indiscriminately beat Montagnards, who continue to remain seated. Most of the regular policemen move back at this point, although some of them can be seen kicking people or beating them on their hands, to make them break their grip with other Montagnards. Police officers kick at least one woman in the stomach. The second unit of Intervention Police, wearing green army-style helmets and camouflage uniforms, enters the site and begins beating Montagnards with electric shock batons. Most of those they shock are the people still seated in the front of the group, who recoil in pain. Panic ensues, and many people try to flee to the back of the shelter or upstairs. The police chase them up the stairs, entering each room. Police drag or push more Montagnards onto the first bus. Police pull up the shirts of several of the Montagnards and quickly shock them on their backs as they near the buses. Others are kicked or beaten while inside the buses.

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