What next… 25 April 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Border Issues, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Mexico.
A man covers his head with a plastic bag amid a sandstorm in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region April 23, 2009. A strong sandstorm hit the region on Thursday, local media reported. [REUTERS/Stringer]
Of course sand storms are as old as… the shifting sands – and the wind.
Things do seem a little extra unstable just now. Who;’s in charge?
[W]illiam Schaffner, a flu expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., told Bloomberg that the investigation of the outbreak “has a sense of urgency about it. They are asking us who work in hospitals to go to our emergency rooms and our pediatric wards to gather specimens and start testing them.”
Officials are concerned because of the apparent novel form of virus that is implicated in the outbreak. The “Spanish Flu” of 1918 may have killed as many as 50 million people worldwide. Smaller, but very deadly, outbreaks of flu also occurred globally in 1957 and 1968.
However, Bloomberg reports that Anne Schuchat, director of respiratory diseases at the CDC, told reporters on a conference call on Friday that “We don’t think this is a time for major concern.”
A minor pandemic of no great concern.