Can gov tech help prevent swine flu spreading?

The weekend should have been pretty quiet. But then the Department of Homeland Security and the CDC held a news conference on Sunday, warning about the spreading of swine flu. On Sunday, there were 20 cases in the U.S. Today, there are 40 cases.

And with the deaths of more than 100 people in Mexico from swine flu, it sure is ripe for the U.S. to be on top of it. One person described the iniitial efforts by the federal government as preventing a Hurricane Katrina disaster where the federal government did not respond in a timely way to the devastating hurricane and its aftermath.

There’s no better time than now to use government technology to track swine flu and keep Americans informed about what’s going on with this disease that could possibly turn into a pandemic. What’s technology for if not for an emergency like this?

We hope to see technology deployed by the CDC and DHS to keep a close watch on what could become a pandemic at a time when global health care issues are front and center of worldwide concerns.


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