Swine flu outbreak tests Canadian preparedness

Silversides, Ann
June 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/9/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 12, pE93
Academic Journal
The article offers views of several notable people concerning the preparedness for swine flu A (H1N1) outbreak in Canada. Former director general doctor Ronald St. John of the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Public Health Agency of Canada notes that the pandemic, which started in Mexico surprised them because they were expecting that it would come from Asia. President Vivek Goel of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion says that their experience with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has paid off when Ontario and British Columbia (BC) were the first territories in the world to issue alerts. Doctor David Patrick, director of epidemiology with the BC Centre for Disease Control, cites that the initial patterns of transmission are closely watched.


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