Avian Flu: Addressing the Global Threat, Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, December 7, 2005 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Henry J. Hyde: "The flu strain that has been the focus of so much recent attention, the H5N1 virus, is already endemic to vast poultry and bird populations, particularly in Southeast Asia. If, and some insist when, the virus mutates into a form easily transmitted between people, the effect on human health will be explosive. [...] I applaud the President for assembling the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza to help catalyze federal, state, local, and private planning to meet the pandemic threat. I strongly agree with its assertion that 'the most effective way to protect the American population is to contain an outbreak beyond the borders of the U.S.' However, given the unprecedented dangers we face, the 3.5 percent of the President's $7.1 billion emergency funding request earmarked for pandemic influenza might not be adequate to the task. I am confident the panel of distinguished witnesses before us today will apprise us of our efforts to detect and combat Avian flu outbreaks, and help us to better comprehend the level of financial and other resources we will need if we are to annihilate on distant shores the forces of a devastating and pitiless invasion, that even now are amassing for an assault." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry J. Hyde, Anthony F. Rock, Kent R. Hill, Anne Schuchat, Anthony S. Fauci, Margaret Chan, and Michael T. Osterholm.
Serial No. 109-137
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