2 Nov 2005

US moves to protect Pacific against bird flu

5:19 pm on 2 November 2005

The United States Centre for Disease Control, the CDC, has begun preparing its isolated territories, including in the Pacific, for a possible bird flu pandemic.

The CDC says it does not have the capacity to immediately assist the islands in a breakout.

Dr. Mark Keim, a CDC medical officer, said they do not have the capacity to rescue the islands nor do they have the responsibility to do so in case of a pandemic.

He says this means local personnel need to be trained to deal with the situation.

Dr Keim said the real issue is preventing a pandemic from happening.