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GAO: Nation must maintain focus on flu pandemic preparedness/planning

A Government Accountability Office review of the nation's pandemic preparedness and response has shown that while efforts are on the right track, there are still gaps to be filled and roles and strategies to be honed. According to the report, focus on pandemic preparations tends to dissipate rapidly, and the GAO wants agencies to be sure to keep improving the nation's pandemic-fighting plans and infrastructure, even in the absence of outbreaks. "With the possibility that the H1N1 virus could return in a more virulent form in a second wave in the fall or winter," the report says, "the administration and federal agencies should turn their attention to filling in the planning and preparedness gaps GAO’s work has pointed out."

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