IACP Conference Plenary Session:</br>Pandemic Influenza-Is Justice Prepared?<br />October 15, 2006

Pandemic Influenza—Is Justice Prepared? Sunday, October 15, 2006 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. 113th Annual IACP Conference Boston Convention and Exposition Center Pandemic influenza – bird flu – is an uncertain but an increasingly pressing threat.  Since 2004, the virus has cut through poultry and wild bird populations across Europe and Asia.  The mortality rate of those humans infected has been above 50 percent.   We simply do not know what the H5N1 virus will bring in the coming months.  We do know the virus is becoming an increasing health threat.  World leaders, public health, law enforcement and governmental officials are taking the threat of a pandemic seriously and are developing effective containment measures as well as continuing operational plans. This session has been designed to do the following:
  • Present the latest and most up-to-date information on the status of the virus
  • Summarize the latest medical information
  • Identify strategic planning actions considered necessary to lessen pandemic effects
  • Describe the national strategy implementation plan
  • Describe protections for law enforcement personnel and prisoners
  • Discuss impact on manpower and capabilities of local law enforcement
  • Discuss possible actions to mitigate impact on the community
  • Describe the 2004 Delaware experience and response to the bird flu on contained on the poultry farms
  • Moderator:
  • Domingo S. Herraiz, Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Presenters:
  • John O. Agwunobi, M.D., MBA, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • David B. Mitchell, J.D., Secretary, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Dover, Delaware
  • Francis D. Schmitz, J.D., National Crisis Management Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • William S. Smock, M.D., Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky