Bird Flu Would Ravage U.S., White House Warns

May 4, 2006
by James Gerstenzang
Los Angeles Times

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a foreboding report on the nation's lack of preparedness for a bird flu pandemic, warning that such an outbreak could kill as many as 2 million people and deal a war-like blow to the country's economic and social fabric. It urged state and local governments to make their own preparations beyond the federal efforts... ...Although praising the study for "educating the government and hopefully the public that the pandemic is not just a health emergency," Kim Elliott, deputy director of the health policy nonprofit Trust for America's Health, said it failed to address the cost of implementing it. She said Congress' appropriation covered barely half of the $7.1 billion that Bush said last year would be needed.

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