States and Cities Lag in Bird Flu Readiness

February 6, 2006
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.
New York Times

The nation's 5,000 state and local health departments are rushing to plan for an epidemic of avian flu, but they say they are hobbled by a lack of money and guidance from the federal government... ..."It's a depressing situation," said Jeffrey Levi, a flu expert at the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan health policy group. "We are way, way behind."

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