Federal government working with international and domestic agencies to prepare for flu outbreak
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December 27 '06: A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlines cooperative measures being put into place by federal officials to cooperate with domestic and international agencies to help medical and government officials as well as first responders prepare for an influenza pandemic, Government Health IT reported.
The report is part of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza which was released by the Bush administration last year. Government Health IT reported that HHS has been working with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as well as the Bureau of Justice Assistance "to help manage the domestic response to a pandemic flu outbreak."Additionally, HHS officials "are working with the World Health Organization and countries with outbreaks of the H5N1 flu virus to bolster human and animal disease surveillance networks. For example, HHS is staffing the Regional Emerging Disease Infection Center (REDI) in Singapore," Goverment Health IT continued. The report said the U.S. government has been "engaged in a broad range of bilateral and multilateral initiatives to build cooperation and capacity to fight pandemic influenza internationally."
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