Many in US don’t trust government to handle avian flu

first_imgApr 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – About half of Americans lack confidence in their government’s ability to handle an outbreak of avian influenza in humans, but few have prepared for the threat, according to a survey taken this week.Fifty-two percent of the 1,001 people polled said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” in the government’s response to an avian flu epidemic, according to the results of the Associated Press–Ipsos Public Affairs survey, released today. (The survey questions referred to the disease as “bird flu.”)But only 9% of the respondents said they had taken any preparatory steps. Six percent reported stockpiling food and water, 4% had made plans to work from home, 3% had made plans to keep children at home, and 2% had sought a prescription for an antiviral drug.A 61% majority thought it likely that avian flu will reach the United States in the next year, with 35% believing it unlikely and 3% unsure, the pollsters found.But only 35% expressed concern that they or someone in their family would contract avian flu. The remaining 65% were “not too concerned” (37%) or “not at all concerned” (29%) about that.On the other hand, more than half regarded the disease as a probable death sentence. Fifty-three percent said it was likely they would die of the infection if they caught it; 43% said it was unlikely to be fatal and 4% were unsure. (The case-fatality rate reflected in the World Health Organization’s current global tally of 204 human cases with 113 deaths is 55%).Respondents showed strong support for five potential measures to control an avian flu epidemic. The measures and their margins of support were as follows: encouraging people to work from home when possible, 82% to 17%; quarantining people exposed to avian flu, 79% to 19%; closing the borders to people from countries with human cases of avian flu, 74% to 25%; closing schools, 69% to 29%; and offering people experimental vaccines or drugs, 65% to 34%.An overwhelming 81% majority of those questioned understood that the regular seasonal flu vaccine would not protect them from avian flu. Eleven percent thought the seasonal vaccine would protect them, and 8% didn’t know.The survey seems to signal greater concern about avian flu now than was shown in another poll taken in February. In that survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, 21% of respondents expressed concern that they or a family member would contract avian flu, as compared with 35% in the new poll.The survey interviews were conducted from Apr 18 through 20. The 1,001 interviewees included 787 registered voters. The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.See also:Feb 27, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu”last_img read more

DNCW condemns burglary at DADP’s office

first_img Share President of the DNCW, Mrs. Josephine Dublin-Prince.The Dominica National Council on Women is describing the recent burglary at the office of the Dominica Association of Persons Living with Disabilities earlier this week as “an injustice”.The DADP has been burglarized twice in less than three months and the thieves went away with a number of valuable equipment.President of the Dominica National Council on Women Mrs Josephine Dublin Prince says she is concerned that an organization which works tirelessly to assist people who live with disabilities has been robbed for a second time.“We have learnt with deep sadness and concern of the breaking into of the office of the DAPD. It is even more alarming to understanding that the breaking and entering have been done to the DADP’s office for the second time. This is indeed a great crime committed against the organization. The DADP works tirelessly to improve the lives and condition of people especially those who live with disability,” she said.Dublin Prince is calling on anyone with information to come forward and give this information to the police authorities.“We are also calling on cooperate institution or citizen which can help to replace one of the computers to do so. We are also calling on the police to step up their vigilance in the area. The DADP should also have an alarm system in place to monitor any future break in.Meantime Dublin Prince says the DNCW is also concerned about the increase in Chronic Non Communicable Diseases in Dominica.“In light of the recent information of the increasing burden and diseases and deaths related to CNCD’s and the impact of women and their families, we want everyone to do all in their power to protect and maintain good health. Healthy diets, lots of fruits and vegetables, non use of alcohol and cigarettes and stress reduction must be part of one’s lifestyles,” she said.Dublin Prince noted further that the nation’s wealth relies on the health of its people.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews DNCW condemns burglary at DADP’s office by: – September 17, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussionslast_img read more