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United States prepares for another flu pandemic

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:532
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Alarmed by the spread of avian flu, the Bush administration has released its pandemic influenza response and preparedness plan. This is a first draft that will be open for public comment until October.

    In late 1997 a new and virulent strain of flu, A(H5N1), was detected in Hong Kong through the World Health Organization's global influenza surveillance network. This strain normally infected birds and had never before been known to infect humans. However, bird flu killed 27 people in Asia this year (BMJ 2004;328:368). …

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