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Unformatted text preview: POL101Y March 26 th 2012 In governments people deal with low probability highly-catastrophic events SARS Guest Lecturer: (President Nailer)- life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% death rate - LOL- Diagnosis o History of exposurefollow the bread crumbs o Diagnosis was descriptive before the infection could be identified o Treatment was guesswork; isolation, antivirals, ventilator support, corticosteroids- Eventual identification as a coronavirus o Was a zoonosis came from animals so it was difficult to identify- Those providing service in hospitals were in danger o Low morale The numbers:- The flu kills 750-2500 / year 3x what SARS killed - City was quiet; dead tourism, city was empty- Communication from newspapers and health authorities exacerbated the fear National Advisory Committee:- Draw lessons from the outbreaks- Explore long term approaches to enhance the systems response to future challenges- Prevention of outbreaks is the focusnot CSI style field-work Public Health Systems Failures:- Walkerton E-coli - Saskatchewan Parasite- First nations smoking/obesity rates Lines of response:- 1 st = Local- 2 nd = Provincial- 3 rd = Federal Globalization makes the spread of disease imminent- In a shrinking world, good global governance is extremely important...
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