State launches Web site about avian flu

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health last week launched a new Web site at www.hawaii.gov/health that provides resources for comprehensive information about avian flu and preparing for the possibility of a global outbreak, or pandemic, of the flu.

The site combines resources from multiple agencies at the local, state and federal levels and organizes it for various groups, including businesses, governments, the agricultural community and for individuals.

DOH has been leading efforts in Hawai‘i to educate the public about the differences between seasonal flu, avian flu and a pandemic, and to provide local governments and decision makers with tools and tips they can use to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

The goal is to provide the most current and comprehensive information regarding

the outbreak of avian flu in

Europe and Asia, and tips about how all can prepare for the significant impact a pandemic would have here in Hawai‘i.

The Web site draws information from national response plans and resources on the federal pandemic flu Web site, www.pandemicflu.gov, and augments these with Hawai‘i-specific information.

The public may also submit pandemic flu questions to fluinfo@doh.hawaii.gov.

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