State Not Ready for a Flu Crisis

April 17, 2006
by Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County and the rest of California have nowhere near the capacity to treat the hundreds of thousands of people who might need medical care should a pandemic flu strike, according to health officials and experts across the state... ...Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said local officials should be planning ways of keeping people from infecting one another. Such "social distancing measures" would put areas where people congregate in large numbers off-limits. "Will we close the schools? Will we shut down theaters? Will we shut down Disneyland? And what will that mean for the Orange County tax base?" Levi said. "Those kinds of things need to be talked through ahead of time."

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