Beyond the Checklist: Addressing Shortfalls in National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology, of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 26, 2007   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of James R. Langevin, "Today we will explore what it takes to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic that would affect every sector of society and every person in the world. Planning is problematic to begin with because it is so difficult to fathom both the potential casualties and the impact of such a pandemic. Even when we focus just on our own country, the projected numbers are still staggering--200,000 dead, 2 million ill, all sectors and every aspect of the infrastructure negatively impacted. Though this is a problem that we will not be able to control through standard disease management practices, we can and must rise to the challenge. Make no mistake about it--we are due for a severe influenza pandemic at some point for a variety of reasons. The influenza viruses that could result in a pandemic are increasing in virulence. Record numbers of humans are now living in close proximity to current and potential animal carriers. Rapid transit moves people and cargo at increasingly faster rates, fostering the movement and transfer of diseases. Influenza viruses are already mutating faster than we could have imagined, and the toll that avian influenza is taking on other countries is already devastating." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Michael T. McCaul, Bill Pascrell Jr., B.Tilman Jolly, Bernice Steinhardt, W. Craig Vanderwagen, L. Anthony Cirillo, Michael C. Caldwell, Peter A. Shult and David L. Lakey

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