Friday, September 23, 2005

Where is Tom Ridge now that we need him?

From Reuters Alertnet:
Despite the spread of the disease and developments in Indonesia, the avian flu outbreak was still at a level three alert on a scale of six, said [Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO's global special representative on avian flu].

"Until we see further evidence we are still at phase three of the pandemic alert," said Chan . . .


Under the alert system: level one is no outbreak, level two poultry outbreaks, level 3 poultry and human cases, level four small clusters of human transmission, level five large, localised clusters of human transmission and level six a pandemic with large scale human transmissions in several countries.
Time to change the Alert System (hat tip, Wayne at PSoTD)