Working through an Outbreak: Pandemic Flu Planning and Continuity of Operations, Hearing Before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, May 11, 2006   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Tom Davis: "We are going to have two very distinguished panels of witnesses here today to discuss what health experts describe as one of the largest dangers facing our Nation - the threat of pandemic flu. We don't know when or where the next pandemic will strike. We don't know what strain of influenza will be the culprit, although much evidence points to the avian flu. The virulent H5N1 strain has already caused 115 deaths in Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East. Nor do we know if avian flu will turn out to be more like swine flu, a pandemic that never materialized. But regardless, we need to improve our readiness because we can be sure that the next flu pandemic is a matter of when, not if. And when that time does come, the stakes will be enormous...It is our responsibility to make sure America is prepared, not just prepared to address the massive health implications of a pandemic, but prepared for the enormous economic and societal disruptions as well. Beyond efforts to protect human health, Government agencies and private sector businesses must have the ability to maintain essential functions through an outbreak. Recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks raise questions about how the Federal Government will continue to operate during emergencies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Davis, Scott Kriens, Paul B. Kurtz, Alonzo Plough, David M. Walker, Linda D. Koontz, Linda Springer, John O. Agwunobi, Jeffrey W. Runge, Dan Burton, Elijah E. Cummings, Darrell E. Issa, Dennis J. Kucinich, Paul B. Kurtz, and Henry A. Waxman.

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