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Former Summit Participants Address Swine Flu on NPR

Former Pacific Health Summit participants Dr. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Coordinator of the WHO’s Global Influenza Program, offer their expertise and insight on the recent Swine Flu outbreak.


Mexico Outbreak the Latest in String of Flu Panics


On NPR’s All Things Considered, former Summit participant Dr. Laurie Garrett provides historical context for swine flu, as well as the ways in which pandemic influenza has spread and affected populations. She also explains why, from a scientific perspective, different types of flu tend to recur and spread. List to the NPR broadcast Mexico Outbreak the Latest in String of Flu Panics.


"[Swine flu] is following a pattern we have seen in the past, particularly in 1918 and with the bird flu in Asia over the last five or six years where the real killer effect of the infection is not actually the virus directly itself, but rather the immune response."


Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow, Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations



Global Health Officials Work to Contain Swine Flu


The NPR broadcast Global Health Officials Work to Contain Swine Flu quotes Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Coordinator of the Global Influenza Programme for the World Health Organization, as well as a past participant in the Summit. He talks about ways to prevent the spread of swine flu, as well as the current uncertainties about the infection itself.


"I want to point out these are cases of respiratory illness, and we don’t really know whether these cases represent a lot of swine flu infections, or very few swine flu infections."


Keiji Fukuda, Coordinator, Global Influenza Program, World Health Organization



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