Pandemic Planning Update II: A Report from Secretary Michael O. Leavitt   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The deadly avian H5N1 virus has now been confirmed in 53 countries, an increase of 16 nations since March. Three additional nations have reported human cases. The number of reported human cases now stands at 228, an increase of thirty percent, and more than half of the people infected have died...While the H5N1 avian influenza virus appears to be the greatest pandemic threat, there are other strains of concern which we must also address. Guided by our five priorities, we have accelerated the pace of our planning and preparation. Planning summits have been held in all but two states, and almost every state and every federal agency has either a draft or final pandemic plan in place. Many states are coordinating their strategic plans with neighboring states, and community planning is underway across the nation." Developments since the March 2006 report are detailed in this Update. "While we have accomplished much in a short period of time, the race we are in is not a sprint, but a marathon. In June, Congress passed the President's FY 2007 emergency funding request of $2.3 billion to help achieve our pandemic preparedness goals. These funds, the second installment of the President's request, will allow us to continue the essential work outlined here."

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