Case #1430.0

Coping with Crisis: Hong Kong Public Health Officials and the "Bird Flu"

Publication Date: June 01, 1998
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This case recounts the efforts of Hong Kong public health authorities first to identify and then control a dangerous new flu virus not previously known to infect humans. The case focuses on the authorities' communication with the public, as they must seek to quell public fears notwithstanding their own incomplete knowledge of the disease. The case, too, describes the crisis management decision to undertake a massive slaughter of Hong Kong chickens, once they are shown to be the host of the deadly but difficult-to-transmit virus.

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Case Author:
Howard Husock
Faculty Lead:
Herman Dutch" Leonard"
Pages (incl. exhibits):
Funding Source:
Civil Service Development Institute for the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program