Why Public Health Agencies Lack Funds to Fight Swine Flu
Public health agencies in the United States, at all levels from city to national, have always needs more funding. Since the defeat of the major killing diseases in this country, such as polio, measles and yellow fever, there hasn’t been as much “public health” work to do.
We are in the seventh week of an outbreak of a new, novel type of influenza. Most of us call it the swine flu. The government calls it novel H1N1. As of June 8, there were over 15,000 confirmed cases in the United States and 27 deaths.
As the number of cases has increased, the public reporting of case counts and other data by the Centers for Disease Control and the various state public health agencies has declined. The CDC is reporting its data weekly. States like Florida and Wisconsin have stopped reporting data altogether. The CDC has this to say about novel H1N1, from Friday, June 5, 2009:
Itâ€™s uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 virus will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die or how this new virus may affect the U.S. during its upcoming influenza season in the fall and winter. Because this is a new virus, most people will have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against this novel H1N1 virus. CDC anticipates that there will be more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths associated with this new virus.
CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to the outbreak. CDCâ€™s response goals are to reduce the spread and severity of illness, and to provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this new public health threat.
These statements seem to contradict the policy of reporting the case counts weekly.
As for the state agencies, let’s look at the top three states with the most reported cases.
The CDC reports that Wisconsin has 2,217 cases as of June 4 at 5 pm. Here is an image of the front page for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services site. June is home safety month and tick borne illness is a concern. You may read a statement about Wisconsin’s first death due to novel H1N1 or read about the 14 Carrot Award winners.
Wisconsin has a swine flu site. The most current situation report shown is dated May 14. The most current press release shown in June 4. Wisconsin has stopped posting case counts.
Texas has 1,670 cases according to the CDC. Here is an image of part of the front page of the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can learn about obesity, or how to avoid a waiting period for your marriage.
The Texas site for novel H1N1 information is here. The latest news release is dated May 27. The site also advises:
The Texas Department of State Health Services H1N1 Call Center is no longer operational.
For general health questions regarding H1N1 flu, please contact your health care provider, local health department or nearest DSHS Regional Office.
There is a case count link, as of June 5. It advises that the next update will be June 10.
Illinois has reported 1,357 cases to the CDC as of their deadline for last Friday’s report. Here is an image of the Illinois Department of Public Health home page. They’re worried about West Nile virus, childhood obesity, a smoke-free Illinois and cancer screening.
Illinois has a site dedicated to novel H1N1 / swine flu, as well. It provides a great deal of information and a case count. The count is updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The public health agency websites for the three states with the most swine flu cases tell us a great deal about how those agencies view the novel H1N1 outbreak. The state with the most cases reports no data at all. Texas, in the number two spot, seems to be reporting weekly. Illinois, currently in third, reports three times a week. It is certain that the obese population of these three states can sleep well at night knowing that their public health agencies are devoting time and funding to their protection from fat.
Table of contents for Swine flu outbreak 2009
- Swine Flu Outbreak
- WHO Press Release on Swine Flu
- New Swine Flu Cases in Kansas
- Swine Flu Update – 04-26-2009
- Canada Has 6 Cases of Swine Flu
- CDC Briefing on Swine Flu for 4-26-2009
- Swine Flu Update: Early Morning 4-27-2009
- Swine Flu Found in Scotland
- WHO Declares Stage 4 Influenza Pandemic Alert
- New Swine Flu Cases in California
- Swine Flu Report – Early Morning 4-28-2009
- Military Flu Screening IDs Texas Swine Flu Cases
- Swine Flu – Midday 4-28-2009
- Swine Flu – Morning Update 4-29-2009
- 91 Swine Flu Cases in US
- Worldwide Swine Flu Cases from WHO 4-29-2009
- Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported at California Marine Base
- Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Level Raised to 5
- WHO Raises Pandemic Alert Level to 5
- Swine Flu Update – Early Morning 4-30-2009
- Swine Flu Involving Marines in California
- Swine Flu Cases in the U.S. 4-30-2009
- Swine Flu Cases in the United States May 2, 2009
- WHO Count of Swine Flu Cases
- U.S. Swine Flu Cases for May 1, 2009
- Mexican Swine Flu Testing Catching Up
- Worldwide Swine Flu Update 5-3-2009
- Swine Flu Update for the United States 5-03-2009
- Swine Flu in Texas
- Swine Flu in California
- Worlwide Swine Flu Update for May 4, 2009
- Worlwide Swine Flu Update for May 5, 2009
- Swine Flu Update for the United States May 6 2009
- Illinois Swine Flu Case Count Leaps
- US Swine Flu Case Count Up 45% May 5, 2009
- Swine Flu H1N1 Update for May 7, 2009
- United States Swine Flu – H1N1 Update for May 9 2009
- Worldwide Swine Flu Update for Early Morning May 11 2009
- United States Swine Flu H1N1 Update May 11 2009
- Swine Flu – H1N1 Update for May 13, 2009
- United States Swine Flu – H1N1 Update May 14 2009
- Swine Flu – H1N1 Update for the United States May 15 2009
- Colds and Influenza
- Swine Flu – H1N1 Update for the United States May 18 2009
- Swine Flu – H1N1 World Report May 19 2009
- Swine Flu – H1N1 in New York May 19 2009
- Swine Flu – Novel H1N1 Update for the United States May 20 2009
- Swine Flu – Novel H1N1 Weekend Summary May 23 2009
- Warning About Swine Flu – H1N1 May 23 2009
- Agencies Hide Swine Flu Cases
- Lost Swine Flu – H1N1 Cases in the United States
- Lost Swine Flu Cases for May 28 2009
- Novel H1N1 or Swine Flu Cases in the United States May 29 2009
- Swine Flu Weekend Update – United States May 30 2009
- Swine Flu or H1N1 in the United States – June 1 2009
- World Swine Flu – Novel H1N1 Cases for June 3 2009
- Swine Flu or H1N1 in the United States for June 3 2009
- World Swine Flu or H1N1 Cases June 5 2009
- Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 Cases in the United States June 5 2009
- Is Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 in Decline in the U.S.?
- New Orleans Mayor Nagin Quarantined In China
- Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 in the United States June 8 2009
- Why Public Health Agencies Lack Funds to Fight Swine Flu
- Pandemic Flu Announcement to Come on Wednesday
- Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 in the United States June 10 2009
- Pandemic! Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 Official Pandemic as of 6 pm GMT
- Swine Flu Parties
- How to prevent catching Swine Flu
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