Officials don't track all possible swine flu cases
Only a third of 266 samples submitted here were tested
June 5, 2009
by Misti Crane and Jim Woods
Just because someone has swine flu doesn't mean that public-health workers monitoring the outbreak will track the case.
Yesterday, the nonprofit Trust for America's Health put out a report on lessons learned so far in the swine flu outbreak. Among the group's findings:
- Investments in pandemic planning paid off.
- Public-health departments do not have enough resources to carry out plans.
- Response plans must be adaptable and driven by science.
- Clear, straightforward information is essential to allay the public's fears and build trust.
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