Nemetz presented information on the influenza virus, what it does, how it changes and develops, why there is such concern about the Avian flu
virus and how companies can provide a corporate medical response.
An avian flu
pandemic would be nearly the opposite, impacting the workforce in one's own company and throughout the supply chain." Balancing corporate needs and human needs is key for planning.
Poultry workers are on the front line of risk for avian flu
. Workers on poultry farms, who work in positions such as "bird catcher," routinely handle live or sick birds.
While the avian flu
(also known as H5N1) may not be on the radar screen for travelers at the moment, federal, state and local agencies are preparing for the possibility of an outbreak.
"While current techniques require additional processing, SmartSense detection is direct, positive, and binary, providing a real-time indication of the presence of a virus such as avian flu
on a molecular level," added Dr.
Located on the city's webpage (www.longbeach.gov), a "news ticker" scrolls important topics, such as the "Facts About Avian Flu
One of the under-reported outcomes of Hurricane Katrina is that churches around the United States are training disaster preparedness teams--and many are currently tooling themselves to respond to the avian flu
"The magic word here is 'preparedness,'" said Geoffrey Lipman, special adviser on avian flu
to the secretary general of the U.N.-affiliated World Tourism Organization.
Fritz Kruger, senior vice president of marketing at Pacific Coast Feather, echoed those thoughts and added, "The down and feather business is solid and appropriately so because there is no risk of contracting the avian flu
from a pillow or down comforter.
Scientists are concerned about avian flu
because it may change into a form that is highly infectious in humans and spreads easily from person to person.
The money has come from the World Bank's new $500m global financing facility for avian flu
, some of which has also been earmarked for Niger, in the project's regional approach to avian flu
Police are planning to arrest shortly a former owner of two chicken farms in Ibaraki Prefecture, suspecting he colluded with veterinarians hired by his firm to obstruct official examinations of chickens for avian flu
, investigative sources said Friday.