Why Is the Government Reconstituting Deadly Viruses?

Friday, January 31, 2014
By Paul Martin

Dave Hodges
January 31, 2014
The Common Sense Show

There are several very disturbing events presently taking place in the United States with regard to pandemic preparations and what could very possibly be preparations by the US government to deploy the resources needed to contain a massive outbreak of a deadly pathogen.

If the United States were to ever experience a biological pandemic, such as the current H5N1 influenza, several emergency contingencies would immediately spring into action. If the virus “broke containment” local quarantines would be set up. This would require the use of DHS, FEMA, the National Guard and if the situation grew serious, the military would be brought in to establish quarantine zones.

America’s Pharmaceutical Preparation for Pandemics
The present Type A influenza virus is virulent, highly contagious and can prove to be deadly. Are we prepared to deal with a massive outbreak?

The main treatment for influenza is Tamiflu. It is relatively effective in treating the present strain of the flu. However, if the flu were to mutate, all bets are off with regard to treatment and subsequent containment. Very disturbingly, there are only 2.5 million doses of Tamiflu in the United States. There are other treatment regimens (i.e. zanamivir (Relenza), amantadine, and rimantadine antivirals), and they are even in shorter supply than Tamiflu. The US is woefully unprepared to deal with any outbreak.

Why Is the Government Reconstituting Deadly Viruses?

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