Monday, February 11, 2008

Alaska Readies for Future Pandemics; Respiratory Synctial Virus Outbreak

17 children from Barrow, Alaska have recently been medevaced to Anchorage. They have all come down with respiratory synctial virus (RSV), which can cause serious respiratory tract illness and block the airways of small children. The upside is that the two hospitals which have received the patients, The Alaska Native Medical Center and The Providence Alaska Medical Center, are re-assessing their abilities to accommodate patients in future outbreaks--outbreaks that could be much worse, such as an H5N1 pandemic.

-Tad Henry

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