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Guide Urges Tiered Flu Oubreak Response

January 31, 2007
by Lauren Neergaard
Associated Press

But public health specialists cited one: During all but the least severe pandemic, when someone gets the new flu, everyone in that household voluntarily should stay home for seven days, That would help avoid spreading the virus before they realized that they, too, are sick. This approach is called ''voluntary self quarantine.'' Questions about who should hole up and for how long have been debated hotly. With the official definition, communities should determine how they would deliver food and other necessities to such families, said Jeff Levi of the Trust for America's Health. It also should spur state discussions about stockpiling extra doses of anti-flu medications for family members to take during that week of quarantine in hopes of warding off infection, Levi added.

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