Preparing for a pandemic

GP Dr Thomas Lyons has a regular Google News alert keeping him informed about the H7N9 bird flu virus in China. He figures it’s the only way he’ll get a timely notification of human-to-human transmission, given GPs have been kept so far out of the loop in previous responses to communicable disease outbreaks.

The GP from Nerang, Queensland, attended one of the state’s first pandemic meetings in 2005 where, he says, it was made clear that GPs were not welcome in the planning process.

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