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The World in Medicine
October 15, 2003

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JAMA. 2003;290(15):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1984-a

Health officials at a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council meeting last month endorsed creating a plan of action for nations of the Americas to limit illness and deaths during a potentially catastrophic influenza outbreak.

The possibility of a pandemic caused by a virulent new influenza virus strain should be considered one of "the greatest public health concerns" in the Americas, according to a report presented at the meeting (

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