Arlington, Va—With a continued smoldering of human outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, the threat of a potential pandemic preoccupies influenza experts who are tracking the H5N1 virus or are involved in pandemic planning. Many of them recently gathered here to assess the current level of US preparedness at the national, state, and local levels.
“We need to continue to prepare for the worst but not necessarily expect the worst, a public relations translation that is often difficult to get across to the people,” said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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