1:25 p.m.: The top four articles on TurkishPress.com all related to bird flu, underscoring how the outbreak there has gripped the nation. The top article was about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip declaring the situation “under control,” while subsequent articles pointed to growing anger and fear in Turkey, one bank’s plan to deal with a potential pandemic and how the outbreak has overshadowed the Muslim festival of Eid in Turkey.
Look. The feds are doing their part. Some state governments are doing their part. But when H5N1 shows up in the USA, even if it is a single isolated case, there will be great “fear,” which will become “anger,” if the local governments in the area of the first infection are not prepared to respond and reassure. There will be no excuse for local elected officials saying they had no warning. Right now all they have is warning. Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Nonpartisan –it is their responsibility to have in a response plan in place and updated.