Deadly strains of influenza viruses have spread around the world very quickly. Hundreds of millions of birds and other animals have died in a short amount of time. Most of the people infected with this disease died within a few days. There is no vaccine and there is no cure widely available to the public at this time. While it may take 6 months to develop a vaccine it could take years to produce enough for everyone. Experts predict millions of people could die from the spread of the virus.
The most important way to prevent the spread of communicable disease is to wash your hands thoroughly for 15 seconds and dry thoroughly with a disposable paper towel. Always wash your hands before and after touching your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. That is how a virus enters the body.
"Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government will come to the rescue will be tragically wrong."
- Secretary Michael Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2006
People should evaluate their situation and prepare emergency supplies accordingly (non-perishable food, potable water, medicines, etc.) for the possibility of sheltering-in-place for at least two and up to twelve weeks during an influenza pandemic.
- US State Department, November 2006
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