(12/19/02 1:03 am)
What is your position on these issues?|
Rick and Susan - can you explain where you stand on these issues? (Thanks in advance.)
1. FMD is an `overlooked' pandemic, resulting in part from critical information being spread over numerous specialties without being centralized and evaluated comprehensively, and from a kind of unwritten (paternalistic) policy not to diagnose the disease simply "because nothing can be done about it anyway."
2. FMD clearly has unrecognized vectors of transmission that need to be studied to address the implications of communicability, to determine what the vectors are, and help stop the spread of the disease - FMD's etiology is unknown; research is urgently required for diagnosis, treatment and a cure.
3. It is a priority to develop a comprehensive description of the disease, to compile data collected from the various specialties, and to verify its prevalence.
4. The current "ethical debate" notwithstanding, the use of FMD-diseased kidneys in transplant is irresponsible to both recipients and donors: this needs to be a marketing focus.
5. One of our most effective strategies will be to market FMD to the women's community as a women's issue, and get every woman and woman's group in the world onside, and fighting mad.
Take care, Lanie