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What is CDC doing to prepare for a possible H5N1 flu pandemic?

What is CDC doing to prepare for a possible H5N1 flu pandemic?

CDC is taking part in a number of pandemic prevention and preparedness activities, including:

Providing leadership to the National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Task Force, created in May 2005 by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Working with the Association of Public Health Laboratories on training workshops for state laboratories on the use of special laboratory
(molecular) techniques to identify H5 viruses.

Working with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and others to help states with their pandemic planning efforts.
Working with other agencies such as the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration on antiviral stockpile issues.

Working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vietnamese Ministry of Health to investigate influenza H5N1 in Vietnam and to provide help in laboratory diagnostics and training to local authorities.

Performing laboratory testing of H5N1 viruses.
Starting a $5.5 million initiative to improve influenza surveillance in Asia.

Holding or taking part in training sessions to improve local capacities to conduct surveillance for possible human cases of H5N1 and to detect influenza A H5 viruses by using laboratory techniques.

Developing and distributing reagents kits to detect the currently circulating influenza A H5N1 viruses.