Marley and Me - This dog needed a prong collar. That pretty much sums up the whole book. "Marley and Me", by John Grogan, is not exactly a book of profound revelation, i...
7 years ago
"NIOSH further recognizes the urgency and the need for this economic analysis at this time due to the threat of Avian Influenza A H7N9. Lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak (considered a non-serious flu) include issues with the supply and demand of well-fitting N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) for healthcare workers and others. The intent of the proposed rule is to add a population fit test requirement to the NIOSH performance requirements in Subpart K of 42 CFR Part 84"Our estimation is that this directive will result in a 50% reduction if the PRE-PANDEMIC supply of masks and a 500% increase in the average cost of a mask from $1 per mask to $5 per mask
" This requirement is intended to help to help inform senior USG leadership decision-making, leverage private-sector knowledge without being intrusive, build situational awareness to inform rumour control, and identify surge and preparedness strategies..... US-CIITG's unique capability is of particular importance when assessing ventilator capacities during potential influenza outbreaks."A shortage of ventilators will likely be the first PUBLIC sign that the expected H7N9 pandemic is in progress. Delaying the Public's knowledge of overflowing intensive care units provides a key time based logistical advantage for health authorities to enact quarantines, and to place controls on critical supplies and infrastructure that a concerned public may rush out to buy or overwhelm.
"The most critical small flocks to depopulate in an outbreak of virulent, potentially zoonotic poultry disease would be those located near large commercial poultry facilities."
"There is need to have on hand the means to depopulate small flocks of poultry in the event of an outbreak of highly pathogenic, possibly zoonotic avian disease. These flocks might range from a few birds owned by private individuals for recreational reasons to a few hundred birds kept as a small commercial venture. In many cases, the owner will have an emotional attachment to the birds that goes beyond economic considerations. The birds may run loose or be confined in pens or cages. In some areas, these flocks may be fairly numerous. They are scattered geographically"