Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 05/08/06 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3847203.html If a flu pandemic hits Houston, bedside manner will be the first to suffer. The kind smile, the warm human touch will be obscured by gloves, goggles and masks. Think bioterrorism attack — only worse. Worse because the outbreak likely will be "seeded" in multiple locations simultaneously and spread by infected people who aren't yet showing symptoms. "It'll be the worst thing that's ever happened," said Dr. C. J. Peters, director of biodefense for University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. That's why hospitals have detailed plans for triaging and treating bird flu patients while protecting everybody else. Dr. C. Glen Mayhall, health care epidemiologist at the UTMB campus at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston and author of a leading reference book on hospital infection control, has put together an intricate plan for UTMB.