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44-D’s Book Diaries: R. Scott Reiss’ Black Monday

“Name the most powerful narcotic in the world,” he asks the former beggar boy. “Oil,” the mentor says. ” More than opium, more than heroin. The pipelines are syringes. The addicts pay anything for their supply, kill for it, steal for it, topple governments for it.”

Black Monday by R. Scott ReissThis gripping, high-concept thriller about an oil-eating microbe is written by best-selling author R. Scott Reiss. “Black Monday” is in movie development for release in 2012.

A plague that will cause the death of millions. A plague that will destroy countries. A plague that will plunge the world into a dark age. A plague that will make nobody sick…

When the first planes go down — in Europe, in California, in Asia — authorities blame terrorists. All flights are grounded as world leaders try to figure out how the global assault has been coordinated. And when cars, ships, and factories stop running too, it becomes clear that the common link is oil. Somehow a microbe, genetically engineered to destroy petroleum, has infected the world supply. The world descends into a new dark age.

Dr. Gregory Gillette, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, is a disease hunter specializing in microbes that attack human beings. When the Pentagon taps him to be part of the Rapid Response Team assembled to track and kill the devastating Delta-3 bacteria, he quickly discovers that his expertise is ignored, his presence meaningless. The leader of the task force is an old nemesis who sidelines Gillette.

Gillette returns home to Washington, where he watches in horror as food becomes scarce, neighbor attacks neighbor, and government collapses. With winter approaching, the capital faces anarchy and Gillette faces a choice: to stay with his family or to disobey orders and find the microbes’ antidote through clues that may not even be real.

Best-selling author R. Scott Reiss

Best-selling author R. Scott Reiss

Black Monday is an involving thriller with a timely theme. The author’s use of the present tense provides an excitement and immediacy that rapidly propel the narrative forward…Reiss includes enough solid detail to make his improbable plot seem almost realistic. He handles his complicated scientific explanations with aplomb, takes the time to focus on a variety of compelling characters, and creates a terrifying scenario that will make thoughtful readers think twice about the world’s dependence on the ultimate narcotic–oil.”~~Mostly Fiction Book Reviews

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H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd

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pigs SWINEFLU Huffington Post/David Kirby—On Monday, the USDA reported that pigs in a commercial swine herd at an Indiana factory farm had tested positive for novel H1N1 influenza virus. It was the first time that pigs raised for meat in the US had been found with signs of the bug. Last month, show pigs at the Minnesota State Fair also tested positive for H1N1.

This time, 3,000 “finishing hogs” being fattened for slaughter were suspected of contracting the disease. “Information points to a recent exposure of the pigs with facility caretakers who were exhibiting influenza-like symptoms,” said the website PigProgress.net. “Recovered healthy pigs are being sent to slaughter through normal marketing channels and State public health officials have been notified of the situation.”

Agriculture and health officials have adopted a low-key posture toward the outbreak, noting that herd surveillance is working, and that the pigs in question cleared the virus and recovered on their own. They insisted there was no threat to public health.

The USDA has long pointed out that H1N1 cannot be transmitted by eating or handling pork products, and that US pork is completely safe. And though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

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President Obama declares H1N1 flu a national emergency

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“The H1N1 is moving rapidly, as expected. By the time regions or healthcare systems recognize they are becoming overburdened, they need to implement disaster plans quickly”

By VOA News
24 October 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1 swine flu virus a national emergency.

A White House statement Saturday said the proclamation advances the nation’s capability to respond to the pandemic.

H1N1 Vaccine

H1N1 Vaccine

The statement said it enhances medical centers’ ability to handle a surge in swine flu patients by allowing certain standard federal requirements to be waived in particular cases.

Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel that $3 billion had been forwarded to hospitals around the country to help deal with the surge of flu-related hospitalizations.

The World Health Organization says about 5,000 deaths attributed to H1N1 influenza have been reported worldwide. U.S. health authorities say more than 1,000 people have died from the virus in the United States and more than 20,000 people have been hospitalized.

U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius, told the Senate panel that while swine flu is widespread in the nation, the country is better equipped now than at any other time in history to deal with it.

She said problems delaying production of the vaccine for the virus have been corrected and that it should be available by early November to any American who wants to be vaccinated.

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US rolls out massive swine flu vaccination campaign

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US health authorities are hoping to contain what they say is an intensifying swine flu pandemic with a massive A(H1N1) vaccination campaign starting this week.

A nurse fills syringes with influenza vaccine at a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Napa, California

A nurse fills syringes with influenza vaccine at a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Napa, California

“We expect Friday in our weekly update of FluView that we will be reporting substantial flu illness in most of the country, significant flu activity in virtually all states,” said Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“Most states do have quite a lot of disease right now, and that is unusual for this time of the year,” she said at a press conference on Friday evening.

Schuchat reiterated the importance of vaccination for pregnant women and other groups considered particularly vulnerable to the virus, including children, young adults up to 24 years old, and those suffering from certain other chronic medical problems.
US health authorities on Friday announced plans for a massive vaccination campaign intended to protect millions of Americans, with the first distribution of 600,000 vaccine doses set for Tuesday, two weeks ahead of schedule.
The United States expects to quickly dispense some six or seven million doses and hopes to administer 250 million doses by the end of the year.

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Rapping Doctor Wins H1N1 Video Contest

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WhiteHouse.gov—At an event earlier this week at George Mason University, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winner of a video contest focused on flu prevention. The H1N1 Rap by Dr. Clarke beat out more than 200 other video entries to win $2500 in cash and a spot on national television.

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On July 9th of this year, Secretary Sebelius asked American citizens to help ongoing flu efforts by creating their own public service announcements. Tapping into the creativity of the American public, the video contest was aimed at finding innovative ways to inform people about the flu, promote good hygiene habits, and encourage Americans to take steps to stay healthy this flu season. “All Americans share the responsibility to be prepared and inform friends, family, and communities about flu prevention and good health,” said Sebelius.

Videos were submitted from all over the country and by Americans of all ages and backgrounds. All of the video submissions were reviewed by video communication and public health experts, who narrowed the competition to 10 finalists. To select the winning video, the American public was again asked to participate and use the HHS YouTube channel to vote for their favorites. In early September, more than 50,000 votes were cast during the 18-day voting period. The winning video, The H1N1 Rap by Dr. Clarke, was submitted by Dr. John Clarke, who is the Medical Director for the Long Island Railroad, and videotaped at the Columbia University campus in Manhattan.

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