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Alarm bells ring for possible spread of influenza A virus - Metro US

Alarm bells ring for possible spread of influenza A virus

Re:?No cause for alarm, doc says (June 12)

Canada has a considerable proportion of vulnerable people because of poverty and the recession with loss of health benefits, contemporary medications and treatment.

Ontario and Toronto have more difficulties: Low access to family doctors and a three-month waiting OHIP period for thousands of immigrants.

This public health environment provides sustainable sources of communicable diseases without reliable monitoring and efficient control of epidemics.

New developing flu vaccine or existing medications will be ineffective in such situations, which raises questions about public health.

Present Canadian leadership in the incidence rate of influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, demonstrates that current public health, activity and responsibility is insufficient for all levels of authorities, professionals and society.

Are they real causes for alarm?

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