NEWS & ANALYSIS

Rat-like Robot to Aid Disaster Response

A British research team is developing a rat-like robot that may one day help first responders search and rescue victims of man-made and natural disasters, reports The New Scientist.

Drug-Resistant Swine Flu Arises and Then Dies in Danish Patient

A drug-resistant strain of swine flu appeared in a Danish patient and then apparently died out before the infection could spread.

Pandemic Expert Sets Record Straight on Swine Flu for CSO Roundtable

Speaking with ASIS International's CSO Roundtable this morning, a disaster epidemiologist discussed the swine flu scare while advising organizations how they can ready themselves if infections strike their employees.

Map: Swine Flu's Spread

Biomedical research Henry Niman's Google map showing swine flu's spread across the globe.

Pandemic Planning: From the Archives

In light of the current flu outbreak, and with the first death in the U.S. now reported, it's worth taking a look at this September 2008 article on pandemic planning by Mario Possamai from the archives of Security Management.

Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness

Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.

Europe Urges its Citizens to Forego Travel to Mexico and United States

The European Union has urged its citizens to forego all nonessential travel to Mexico and the United States as Europe's first infection of swine flu was confirmed in a hospitalized man in eastern Spain, reports The New York Times.

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Public Health Emergency Declared

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency April 26, 2009, after finding confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York.

U.S. Hospitals Better Prepared for Medical Emergencies

Hospitals have stockpiled emergency supplies and medicines, have improved communication systems,conduct more frequent and higher quality disaster exercises, and better coordinate plans with communities. Those are among the findings of a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NWS Reports Reasons for Super Tuesday Tornado Death Toll

Misperceptions, a false sense of security, and nowhere safe to shelter helped create the deadliest tornado event since the mid-1980s, according to a report from the National Weather Service (NWS).
 




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