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U.S. Health Secretary Says Maryland Not Prepared For Pandemic Flu

Young chickens / Photo by Joe Valbuena, courtesy USDA
According to the World Health Organization, the avian flu has claimed 92 lives since 2003.

Michael O. Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Gov. Robert Ehrlich announce Maryland will receive $1.8 million to help it prepare for a possible outbreak.

Related Link:

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Pandemic Influenza Plan

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Package published March 18, 2004. Last updated: 03/12/07 09:03 AM

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Video Archive:

video graphic Maryland Officials Take Precautions but Worry About Impact on Farmers (3/10/04, 1:06 minutes)

video graphic Officials Say Chicken Still Safe to Eat (3/10/04, 0:37 minutes)

Related Links: 

Delmarva avian flu updates

An avian flu factsheet from the U.S. Department of Agriculture