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Officials don't track all possible swine flu cases

Only a third of 266 samples submitted here were tested

June 5, 2009
by Misti Crane and Jim Woods
Columbus Dispatch

Just because someone has swine flu doesn't mean that public-health workers monitoring the outbreak will track the case.

Yesterday, the nonprofit Trust for America's Health put out a report on lessons learned so far in the swine flu outbreak. Among the group's findings:

  • Investments in pandemic planning paid off.
  • Public-health departments do not have enough resources to carry out plans.
  • Response plans must be adaptable and driven by science.
  • Clear, straightforward information is essential to allay the public's fears and build trust.

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