Swine Flu Epidemic: The Public Health and Medical Response, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session on Examining the Swine Flu Epidemic, Focusing on the Public Health and Medical Response, April 29, 2009 [open pdf - 158KB]
From the opening statement of Sherrod Brown: "Domestically we are seeing increases in cases of swine flu. As of this afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control was reporting 91 laboratory-confirmed cases of the swine flu in 10 States, including 1 case in my State of Ohio. This morning it was reported that an infant in Texas died from this flu, the first confirmed fatality in the United States. [...] Today, virtually all cases outside of Mexico have been mild and sporadic but geographically widespread, suggesting that more cases will likely emerge. For these reasons, it is important that Congress examine what efforts are currently being undertaken to ensure the safety of our citizens now and what actions are being taken going forward to limit the spread of this virus and to prevent future outbreaks. To date CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the Department of Homeland Security have taken aggressive and proactive steps to respond to this outbreak and protect our Nation's public health. CDC's Division of the Strategic National Stockpile has already released one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help States with confirmed cases of swine flu respond to the outbreak." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherrod Brown, Michael B. Enzi, Christopher J. Dodd, Richard Burr, Barbara A. Mikulski, Richard E. Besser, Anthony Fauci, John McCain, Robert P. Casey, Pat Roberts, Jack Reed, Jeff Merkley, Ted Kennedy, and Patty Murray.
S. Hrg. 111-876; Senate Hearing 111-876
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