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Federal Officials Announce Expanded Avian Flu Plan

March 22, 2006

Federal Officials Announce Expanded Avian Flu Plan
March 22, 2006 – Top officials at the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Interior announced an expanded plan of protecting people, domestic poultry, and wild birds from the avian flu virus. The stepped up effort is in response to the spring migration of wild migratory birds which can cause the spread of H5N1 across continents.

Department of Homeland Security officials have been working closely with all these federal agencies to ensure that the U.S. public is informed and prepared for any outbreak of the avian flu.

In a speech last week before the National League of Cities, Secretary Chertoff addressed the issue of avian flu, saying, "We need to have a plan. We need to know that if an event were to occur, even in a domestic poultry flock or in a number of wild birds, we would have to have answers about what people should do and what people shouldn’t do, how people can take reasonable precautions to protect themselves, but also to assure people that they need not stop eating chicken, for example, if it’s cooked properly."

NTA has posted information for you and your company regarding the avian flu on NTA.travel. Additional information on the avian flu is available at these sites: the Department of Agriculture, the Interior Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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