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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Laboratory-confirmed cases have been marked by severe respiratory disease, and thus far have resulted in approximately 20% case fatality rate. The Chinese government is actively investigating this event and has heightened disease surveillance.
Administrative Preparedness for H7N9
NACCHO has produced two new reports that are beneficial to local health departments who are assessing their administrative preparedness capabilities in light of H7N9. "Administrative Preparedness Authorities: Suggested Steps for Health Departments" examines existing and potential authorities that may provide local health departments with the capability to expedite administrative preparedness processes during an emergency. "Administrative Preparedness: Emergency Procurement Strategies for Health Departments" assists local health department officials and fiscal agents in assessing their day-to-day procurement capacity and establishing what impact an emergency may have on the procurement process within their agencies.
CDC has developed the "Top 10 Influenza Pandemic Response Planning Tips" to help senior public health officials at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels identify the most critical capabilities and activities needed to assure readiness for an influenza pandemic response.