NEW BOOK: EPIDEMICS

Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series, highlights the problems of emergency knee-jerk responses to serious outbreaks of disease. Of the many cases in the book, one is the story of the response to swine flu in Egypt. To address the disease, the government launched a nationwide…

SWINE FLU: SOME EMERGING LESSONS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Co-Director Read a short version of this piece, published in The Guardian.The back-story of the swine flu outbreak is gradually seeping out. There are some vitally important lessons that can be learned. Here I outline five: 1. Risks, uncertainties and mortalities A favourite media narrative in the face of a potential…

BOY ‘WAS FIRST TO GET SWINE FLU’

From the BBC News website following the authorities in Mexico saying they think they have pinpointed where the swine flu virus began. The video features ABC News’ Jeffrey Kofman speaking to a boy who is believed to be the first sufferer, in La Gloria, Mexico.

SWINE FLU: GOVERNING GLOBAL HEALTH IN AN AGE OF EPIDEMICS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre Co-Director More than 150 deaths in Mexico, a public emergency declared in the US, China banning imports of pigs from the USA and Mexico, health authorities across Asia and the Pacific on red alert, stock market prices for agriculture and travel industries down, while pharmaceutical stocks rise. These are just…