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Taking the Trauma Out of Security

- When a new approach to psychiatric ward security caused resentment between security and clinical staff, a security training and shadowing program fostered teamwork and improved performance.

Dynamic Swine Flu Threat Will Persist Through 2010, Experts Say

- The U.S. public health sector faces the monumental challenge of administering two separate flu shots per person this coming winter, not to mention as many as three per child, according to a top vaccinologist.

Hackers Compromise 160,000 Student Healthcare Records at Berkeley, Mills College

- Hackers broke into the computer databases of the University of California-Berkeley's health services center, compromising about 160,000 student health records, including 3,400 students from Mills College.

Swine Flu Infections Rise to 245; U.S. in "Upswing," CDC Says

- The total number of people with confirmed swine flu infections climbed to 245 yesterday in 35 states as laboratories caught up on a backlog of lab tests, the Associated Press reports.

Healthy Data Security

- Mobile devices can cut costs and improve healthcare, but they also dramatically increase the potential vulnerability of personal patient information. Learn how healthcare providers are adapting technological solutions to their needs.

Pandemic Expert Sets Record Straight on Swine Flu for CSO Roundtable

- Speaking with ASIS International's CSO Roundtable this morning, a disaster epidemiologist discussed the swine flu scare while advising organizations how they can ready themselves if infections strike their employees.

Map: Swine Flu's Spread

- Biomedical research Henry Niman's Google map showing swine flu's spread across the globe.

Pandemic Planning: From the Archives

- In light of the current flu outbreak, and with the first death in the U.S. now reported, it's worth taking a look at this September 2008 article on pandemic planning by Mario Possamai from the archives of Security Management.

Problems with Pandemic Monitoring

- Fearing that the West will take bird flu data but withhold resulting vaccines, Indonesia is holding on to its monitoring results.

Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness

- Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.

Thermal Screening for Flu Symptoms

- In an effort to contain the spread of the new swine flu, the U.S. is doing "passive" surveillance at airports and other entry points.

Europe Urges its Citizens to Forego Travel to Mexico and United States

- The European Union has urged its citizens to forego all nonessential travel to Mexico and the United States as Europe's first infection of swine flu was confirmed in a hospitalized man in eastern Spain, reports The New York Times. (updated)

Public Health Emergency Declared

- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency April 26, 2009, after finding confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York.
 




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