La dura realidad acerca de la gripe aviar

Las cuestiones en torno a la posibilidad de una pandemia de la cepa H5N1 de la gripe aviar son extraordinariamente complejas y tienen que ver con la medicina, la epidemiología, la virología, e incluso la política y la ética. Además, hay una tremenda incertidumbre acerca de cuándo exactamente el H5N1, que actualmente afecta ante todo a las aves, podría mutar a una forma transmisible entre los humanos y qué tan contagioso y letal podría ser.

Por lo tanto, no es sorprendente que con frecuencia los comentarios sobre la gripe aviar estén equivocados. Por ejemplo, recientemente un editorial del New York Times denunció la actitud del "yo primero" de los países ricos hacia una posible pandemia del H5N1 porque "la mayor esperanza para detener una pandemia, o al menos, ganar tiempo para hacerle frente, es mejorar la vigilancia y las prácticas sanitarias en el Este de África y Asia, donde probablemente se originaría".

Ciertamente se necesita una buena vigilancia para obtener una advertencia oportuna de que se ha detectado una cepa del H5N1 de la gripe transmisible entre humanos, de tal manera que las naciones de todo el mundo puedan iniciar rápidamente una serie de medidas de salud pública, incluyendo un programa que produzca cantidades grandes de la vacuna en contra de esa cepa. Pero la labor masiva que se necesita para "mejorar las prácticas de salud en los países más pobres del mundo" funciona mejor en las páginas editoriales que en la práctica.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/q1n8H5H/es;
  1. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Angela Merkel’s Endgame?

    The collapse of coalition negotiations has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel facing a stark choice between forming a minority government or calling for a new election. But would a minority government necessarily be as bad as Germans have traditionally thought?

  2. Trump Trade speech Bill Pugliano/Getty Images .

    Preparing for the Trump Trade Wars

    In the first 11 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has failed to back up his words – or tweets – with action on a variety of fronts. But the rest of the world's governments, and particularly those in Asia and Europe, would be mistaken to assume that he won't follow through on his promised "America First" trade agenda.

  3. A GrabBike rider uses his mobile phone Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images

    The Platform Economy

    While developed countries in Europe, North America, and Asia are rapidly aging, emerging economies are predominantly youthful. Nigerian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese young people will shape global work trends at an increasingly rapid pace, bringing to bear their experience in dynamic informal markets on a tech-enabled gig economy.

  4. Trump Mario Tama/Getty Images

    Profiles in Discouragement

    One day, the United States will turn the page on Donald Trump. But, as Americans prepare to observe their Thanksgiving holiday, they should reflect that their country's culture and global standing will never recover fully from the wounds that his presidency is inflicting on them.

  5. Mugabe kisses Grace JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

    How Women Shape Coups

    In Zimbabwe, as in all coups, much behind-the-scenes plotting continues to take place in the aftermath of the military's overthrow of President Robert Mugabe. But who the eventual winners and losers are may depend, among other things, on the gender of the plotters.

  6. Oil barrels Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty Images

    The Abnormality of Oil

    At the 2017 Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, the consensus among industry executives was that oil prices will still be around $60 per barrel in November 2018. But there is evidence to suggest that the uptick in global growth and developments in Saudi Arabia will push the price as high as $80 in the meantime.

  7. Israeli soldier Menahem Kahana/Getty Images

    The Saudi Prince’s Dangerous War Games

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is working hard to consolidate power and establish his country as the Middle East’s only hegemon. But his efforts – which include an attempt to trigger a war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon – increasingly look like the work of an immature gambler.