State Officials Summoned to Washington for Meeting on Flu Preparedness

DECEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is taking its concerns about a potential flu pandemic on the road over the next few months to try to motivate cities and towns to start planning.  Arkansas, Arizona and Minnesota will be the first stops.  Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says the administration also has asked governors to send representatives to the capitol Monday to talk about flu.

In November, the administration released its strategy for combating a super-flu outbreak.  Health officials say there is increased risk of such an outbreak should bird flu mutate into a form that is easily transmittable from person to person.  Officials say the odds of such a mutation are low, but cannot be dismissed.

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