State of Illinois Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan: Version 2.05   [open pdf - 737KB]

"Most of us are familiar with seasonal influenza or the 'flu,' a viral infection that, despite annual vaccinations, results in approximately 36,000 deaths in the United States and more than 200,000 hospitalizations annually. Intermittently over the centuries, changes in the genetic makeup of influenza virus result in a new strain to which people have never been exposed. These new strains have the potential to cause a pandemic or worldwide outbreak of influenza, with potentially catastrophic consequences. In Illinois alone, a pandemic of even modest severity could result in thousands of deaths and the sickening of millions, even among previously healthy persons. A new strain of influenza virus, H5N1, has been found in birds in Asia and Europe, and has shown it can infect humans. If this avian virus undergoes further change, it could very well be the source of a new pandemic. It is impossible to know whether the currently circulating H5N1 strain will cause a human pandemic, but history and science suggest that the world will face one or more pandemics this century. […] The intent of the plan is to describe a framework for Illinois to stop, slow or otherwise limit the spread of an influenza pandemic and sustain infrastructure and mitigate the impact to the economy and reduce social disruption. It provides the executive branch of state government with a set of preparedness activities and response functions, and provides local health departments, health care provider systems, and first responder organizations with preparedness and response expectations."

2006 State of Illinois.
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Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.idph.state.il.us/
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