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Bush administration announces plan to combat bird flu

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1113
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    If avian influenza begins to spread between humans, the US government will work with international agencies to limit or slow the spread to the US population. Within the United States, state and local governments and communities will bear the weight of the response, says the government's 232 page plan of action.

    Critics said that the federal plan placed a burden on local governments but that it did not explain where funds would come from. If an epidemic occurs, it will be more like a war or a widespread economic crisis than an earthquake or hurricane, the report says. It could occur in waves and last for months. The US government has been criticised for its response to hurricane Katrina.

    Up to 40% of staff at government agencies and private companies might be absent for up to two …

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