American Council on Science and Health Dispatches Influenza Experts to Discuss Threat of Bird Flu

Dr. Elizabeth Whelan Available for Media Interviews

to Comment on Bird Flu

Oct 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from American Council on Science and Health

    NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council on Science and
 Health (ACSH) today announces a speaking tour to discuss the threat of an H5N1
 influenza outbreak and the status of American preparedness.
     Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, president of ACSH, will begin this nationwide tour
 discussing the nature of a potential outbreak of avian influenza, the shortage
 of anti-viral medicines such as Tamiflu and the lack of an effective vaccine.
     "Americans should be aware of the risk of a mutated form of avian flu that
 is transmittable between humans," said Dr. Whelan.  "While preparedness plans
 are being developed, America will remain vulnerable with its limited supply of
 Tamiflu, the only proven treatment in the absence of a vaccine.  We must look
 for ways to increase our supply of this antiviral here in the United States."
     ACSH will soon release a paper addressing these and other factors faced by
 the United States as it begins to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic
 influenza outbreak.
     The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education
 consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals,
 pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is an
 independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. For more information please

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