Pandemic Flu: Closing the Gaps, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, June 3, 2009   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Mark L. Pryor: "This is the Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration and it is time for us to update our efforts on pandemic influenza. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has described pandemic flu as both inevitable and as one of the biggest threats to public health in the Nation. In October 2007, I chaired a hearing entitled, ''Pandemic Influenza: State and Local Efforts to Prepare.'' At that hearing, HHS, DHS, and State and local health officials testified. The witnesses cited efforts underway that included national strategies, plans, and exercises. Now less than 2 years later, we are faced with the reality of a pandemic threat. In late March and early April 2009, the first cases of a new flu virus, the H1N1, were reported in Southern California and San Antonio, Texas. So far, the CDC has confirmed 10,053 cases in 50 States and in the District of Columbia. This includes seven cases in my home State of Arkansas according to the CDC. The CDC reports that most of the influenza viruses being detected now in the United States are of the strain. Further, CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat has said this will be a marathon and not a sprint, and even if this outbreak is a small one, we can anticipate that we may have a subsequent or follow-up outbreak several months later and we need to stay ready." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Ensign, Bernice Steinhardt, John Thomasian, Paul E. Jarris and Stephen M. Ostroff.

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S. Hrg. 111-154; Senate Hearing 111-154
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