U.S. Chastised on Flu Preparedness

June 26, 2005
by Rebecca Vesely
Oakland Tribune

A new report is warning that California would be hit hard in the event of a pandemic influenza and that the U.S. government isn't doing enough to prepare for it. The report, released Friday by the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan public health group, warns that as many as 8 million Californians could be infected by a pandemic flu and nearly 61,000 could die. The resurgence of a lethal strain of avian flu, H5N1, in Southeast Asia is raising concerns among global health experts that a pandemic influenza may be on the horizon.

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