Pandemic preparedness tools
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday unveiled two new tools designed to boost pandemic preparedness, according to a press release.
These tools include an inventory of H5N1 avian influenza genetic changes and a system the CDC and its partners are developing to help evaluate the threat from flu viruses circulating in animals, the release stated.
According to the release, the CDC posted details about the new tools on its website yesterday, the same day highly anticipated findings from the second of two controversial H5N1 transmission studies — this one from a group at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands — was published in Science.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Influenza at the CDC, along with international partners, developed the inventory and will update it periodically and apply date stamps when it adds new mutations, the release noted.
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