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05/17/06 - Angelina County

East Texas is Preparing for a Pandemic

by Ramonica R. Jones

East Texas is preparing for a pandemic. Several members of the Angelina County health industry gave local media a preview of steps they're taking to prepare for the Avian flu.

The State of Texas was given $6 million by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prepare for an outbreak. The plan will take about four months to complete. Organizers hope to start implementing it in December.

"We're right on schedule, as we need to be," said Sharon Shaw, administrator for the Angelina  County & Cities Health District. "Global experts are planning ahead. We need to be thinking about the summer in regards to the pandemic influenza and looking for those particular signs and symptoms to possibly start within next year some time."

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