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What this research does is it provides us with the evidence that we have to look into the eyes of H5 and realize it . . . has the potential to be a cousin of H1N1. Then that tells us we're potentially going to be experiencing an F5 and not an F1.
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#Eyes

Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?
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#Crisis

We believe the avian situation we currently have in Southeast Asia is a perfect set-up for this virus to mutate into a human-to-human transmitted agent, which is a big problem and could lead this to be the next pandemic. We also have to keep an eye on other viruses.
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#Asia

We believe the avian situation we currently have in Southeast Asia is a perfect set-up for this virus to mutate into a human-to-human transmitted agent, which is a big problem and could lead this to be the next pandemic, ... We also have to keep an eye on other viruses.
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#Asia

How do you provide food, water ... basic security for the population?
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#Food

There's very limited lab space there.
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#Space

The good news is we can make a vaccine. The bad news, it's not going to prevent a pandemic in the next 12 to 18 months.
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#News

Clearly this is the No. 1 public health issue on the radar screen.
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#Health

Understand that a lot of the things we need to do to prepare are not related to magic bullets.
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#Magic

What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.
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#Planning

We basically are going to have a lot of the world's population who are going to come through this,
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#Population

At this point, we're woefully short in vaccines and antibiotics. The [U.S.] public health infrastructure is but a shell of what it needs to be able to respond. And public health has continued to be overlooked in most of the kinds of funding that have occurred to date, in terms of trying to prepare us for terrorism.
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#Health

That is like trying to fill Lake Superior with a garden hose. That's just a start.
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#Trying

It may well be of great benefit to people who can get it while they're ill.
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#People

We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.
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#Stress

Pandemics of influenza are a lot like hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, ... We've learned that the virus actually causes massive infection in humans...[and] turns on one's immune system in such a way that it alternately attacks the organs in the body.
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#Causes

That's the difference between planning for an F1 hurricane or an F5,
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#Planning

What we are really attempting to do here is make sure you have antibody defense after you stop the antibiotics, ... Should one of those dormant spores come around, we can then take care of it.
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#Defense

What we are really attempting to do here is make sure you have antibody defense after you stop the antibiotics. Should one of those dormant spores come around, we can then take care of it.
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#Defense

Pandemics of influenza are a lot like hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. We've learned that the virus actually causes massive infection in humans...[and] turns on one's immune system in such a way that it alternately attacks the organs in the body.
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#Causes

In a pandemic, it's not clear what they would eat, or where they would eat. People may take in less calories, but they've still got to eat.
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#People