National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan: Is the United States Ready for Avian Flu? Hearing Before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, November 4, 2005 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Tom Davis, "Today, we are honored to have Secretary Michael O. Leavitt here to discuss what health experts describe as the largest public health threat facing our Nation, the threat of pandemic flu. We don't know when, or where, the next pandemic will strike. We don't even know what strain of influenza will be the culprit, although much evidence points to avian flu. The virulent H5N1 strain has already caused 62 deaths in Vietnam and Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. Nor do we know if avian flu will turn out to be more like the swine flu, a pandemic that never materialized. Regardless, we need to improve your readiness because we can be sure the next flu pandemic is a matter of when and not if. And when that time does come, the stakes will be enormous." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Leavitt, Michael O., Chris Cannon, Elijah E. Cummings, Tom Davis, Gil Gutknecht, Jon C. Porter, Jean Schmidt and Henry A. Waxman.
Serial No. 109-94
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