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EM632 Week#1 Announcement - EM632 B001 Fall 06 EM632 B001...

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EM632 B001 Fall 06 ( EM632 B001 Fall 06) Message : Click Here if Message Looks Encrypted Week # 1 Flu Pandemic Read your weekly article located inside your Course Materials Folder and provide feedback and post inside the Discussion Board. Below is an interview DR. Dunn. GIve me some feedback. Pandemic Influenza and the Business Community: An Expert Interview With William B. Bunn, MD, JD, MPH Posted 08/09/2006 Editor's Note: Infectious disease and public health experts agree that the risk for an avian influenza (H5N1) pandemic is one of the most ominous threats that humankind faces. Should genetic changes occur in the H5N1 influenza virus that would facilitate person-to-person transmission, a devastating pandemic could quickly spread across the globe. Although many physicians and scientists study medical and public health interventions, another critical issue has not received as much intense focus, and that is potential effects on the global economy and business practices that such an event would have. Scott Williams, Editorial Director, Medscape Infectious Diseases recently posed some key questions about this issue to William B. Bunn, MD, MPH, JD, Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, and Productivity for International Truck and Engine Corporation. Dr. Bunn has received faculty appointments at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois; University of Colorado Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, Denver, Colorado; and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio. He is coauthor/editor of 5 books and has authored more than 100 scientific publications. Dr. Bunn is also on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Occupational Medicine and The Journal of Health & Productivity Management. He has received several awards, including the Knudsen Award, the highest award of the
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American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Medscape: Almost all clinicians have read about the ongoing spread of H5N1 influenza virus in certain regions of the world, and most have at least a basic understanding of the potentially dramatic implications for human health. If an avian influenza epidemic does become a reality, what are the current projections about likely attack rates in an affected population? Dr. Bunn: The employee absenteeism rate, which is the area of my focus, is projected to be 40%. We can't know the exact answer, but that's the projected number that we're using for our planning. Medscape: What about the estimated time duration of discrete regional epidemics, such as one wave of a pandemic as compared with estimates for the entirety of a pandemic? How long would this be expected to last regionally or globally in terms of a range of time?
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