On Yahoo News an article has been posted stating that the World Health Organization was slow to respond to notifications about alarming occurrences of flu and pneumonia in Mexico.
Cases in Mexico may have started as early as late March. The World Health Organization was notified on April 9th of the Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak. But the WHO did not take action until laboratories in the U.S. and Canadian identified the virus. Which was on April 24.
This means that almost a month pasted from first notification until the first response action was taken.
It seems that nothing has changed in the past 25+ years. In the early 1980s the Center for Disease Control was notified of a strange illness that was killing gay men in different parts of the USA, but mostly in California. Very little to no action was taken until the virus was isolated. During that time the HIV continued to spread. And today, more then 21 million people have been killed by HIV and the complications caused by AIDS.
From the death toll of the swine flu, it looks like the virus has around a 1% fatality rate. If the virus would have had a death rate of bubonic plague, or small pox, in the past month over a thousand people would have died in Mexico alone.
There is no need in either organization taking so long to take action. This delay gave the virus time to spread through the communities and to different parts of the world. When the virus was finally isolated, containment was impossible. If the human race ever faces another plague (like the bubonic plague (black death) or the spanish flu), by the time the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization decide to take action, it will be to late. We are lucky this time around that the H1N1 swine flu virus is slow to spread and only has a 1% fatality rate. Back in the middle ages, when small pox would spread to a community, 90% – 100% of the people that caught the disease would die.
When Lewis and Clark were on their expedition in 1803–1806, they came across several Indian villages where everyone was dead. From the bodies, it was guessed that small pox was the cause of the deaths. The native North American Indians did not have any kind of resistance to European based diseases. When diseases like small pox, whooping cough and tuberculosis arrived, they killed untold numbers of Indians. Entire tribes, family’s and cultures were wiped out in a matter of weeks after exposure. What makes us think the same thing can not happen today?
Since the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control are going to drag their feet when a new disease arrives, its up to the survivalist to make sure that they and their family are prepared.