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Lieberman Grills Feds Over Swine Flu Preps

October 22, 2009
by LEANNE GENDREAU
NBC Connecticut

Grab the tissues, swine flu "may well be getting ahead of the public health system's ability to prevent and respond effectively to it," Senator Joseph Lieberman said during a hearing with public health officials on Wednesday...

Then there is the problem of whether hospitals will be ready if the illness strikes in large numbers.

He painted an alarming picture of what we could be dealing with -- 1 million people could come down with swine flu, in Connecticut alone, and 17,300 may need to hospitalized, he said, citing information from Trust for America's Health

That number is "150 percent" of the state's hospital-bed capacity, Lieberman said.

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