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U.S. Flu Season Off to Slow Start
Date:2/3/2009

the assessment of WHO, the threat of pandemic influenza remains as high as ever -- it remains a public health priority," he said.

Bird flu isn't the only flu virus capable of a pandemic, Fukuda said. "Right now, many organizations around the world are keeping watch on other viruses," he said.

Tuesday's teleconference was part of the Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza 2009 Symposium in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Feb. 3, 2009, teleconference with Nancy Cox, Ph.D., director, Influenza Division, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Andrew Pavia, M.D., Infectious Diseases Society of America Task Force on Pandemic Influenza; Keiji Fukuda, M.D., M.P.H., head, World Health Organization's global influenza program; Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza 2009 Symposium, Washington, D.C.


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