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President Outlines Pandemic Influenza Preparations and Response
President George W. Bush delivers his remarks regarding his National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. "At this point, we do not have evidence that a pandemic is imminent. Most of the people in Southeast Asia who got sick were handling infected birds," said President Bush. "And while the avian flu virus has spread from Asia to Europe, there are no reports of infected birds, animals, or people in the United States. Even if the virus does eventually appear on our shores in birds, that does not mean people in our country will be infected. Avian flu is still primarily an animal disease. And as of now, unless people come into direct, sustained contact with infected birds, it is unlikely they will come down with avian flu." White House photo by Paul Morse

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