Responding to the Public Health Threat of West Nile Virus: Joint Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring
OCLC Number: (OCoLC)52426298 Subject: West Nile fever -- United States -- Epidemiology. Excerpt: ...ate of Illinois, which has reached a total of 27, ... Show synopsis OCLC Number: (OCoLC)52426298 Subject: West Nile fever -- United States -- Epidemiology. Excerpt: ...ate of Illinois, which has reached a total of 27, and for inexplicable reasons leads the Nation. In 1 year, the West Nile Virus infection rate is up almost 2,000 percent and fatalities over 1,000 percent. The source of the virus could be in backyards and parks across America, despite the best efforts of the public health community. Particularly worrisome are the latest reports from Federal agencies that the virus can survive in the bloodstream and is likely then transmitted by organ donations and blood transfusions. Today's hearing is the first in the Senate since the West Nile Virus truly became a national challenge. We will ask the experts in public health from Washington and across the Nation to give us an honest and accurate appraisal of this public health threat. We will ask the experts who monitor our Nation's blood supply what more we can do to guarantee its safety. We will learn the steps that are being taken to develop a vaccine to protect us. And most importantly, we will call on public health leaders from every level to develop a national strategy to reverse the trend of West Nile infection and mortality. We had hoped for a break in the battle against West Nile Virus as the mosquito season winds down in most places across America, but the threats to our blood supply tell us this dangerous legacy may, and I underline may, ' now threaten us year-round. The experts will tell us exactly what the threat may be. We owe it to the families across our Nation to redouble our efforts to protect our Nation's blood supply and to prepare for the battle which awaits us again next year. Our two panels of witnesses will spell out the challenge and share with us their views on meeting it. I would now like to turn to my colleague, Senator Kennedy, and ask him for his opening statement. OPENING STATEMENT OF S...
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