Shrub wants $1.2 BILLION to combat the bird flu for 20 million americans (nevermind that there are 250 million in the U.S.). Mind you the bird flu has not hit the U.S. and has most likely only caused less than 200 deaths world-wide.
According to the CDC, healthcare-associated infections in the U.S. are the cause of 90,000 deaths annually!! That is almost 247 deaths per day!!!!
Perhaps if he put some funding into education on site of service infection rates, we could reduce those numbers instead of pandering to media alarms and his overreaction to his own fuck-up of the flu vaccine of 2004/2005. (Granted, I am the first to admit that healthcare workers *should* know how to prevent most infections – let alone diagnosing them before becoming fatal.)