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AMA Expresses Sympathy to People in Japan After Earthquake, Tsunami

For immediate release:
March 11, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Cecil B. Wilson, MD
President, American Medical Association

“On behalf of the physicians of the American Medical Association (AMA), I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the people in Japan suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit the country early this morning.

As physicians, we understand the tremendous burden this disaster places on the medical and public health community in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan who have been affected by this tragedy. 

Although we do not yet know the full consequences of this natural disaster, the AMA will be closely monitoring the situation in Japan, as well as the impact of the tsunami as it moves across the Pacific Ocean. AMA disaster staff, already in Hawaii for meetings in conjunction with the National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) program, is working with state officials to determine the extent of the damage and to help coordinate physician response.

Visit the FEMA website and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for ongoing earthquake and tsunami updates and for more information about steps to take before, during and after these events.”                 

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Contact:

Shannon O’Brien
AMA Media Relations
312-464-4443