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Emergency plans reassessed by school districts

Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 07/06/06http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/bay/news/4023779.html The possibility of the avian flu has several Bay Area school districts revising their emergency plans to address the deadly disease, officials say. The Clear Creek school district does not have procedures specifically for bird flu, but it does have guidelines for isolated health dangers like meningitis that would be implemented immediately for such an outbreak, district spokeswoman Karen Permetti said. If avian flu was to strike the district, she said, district officials would work closely with Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services and the University of Texas Medical Branch, which it contracts with for services. Dr. C. Glen Mayhall, health care epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch campus at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, said the bird flu has yet to develop the capacity to be transmitted from person to person. "Until that happens, the only people who are going to get avian flu are the people who have very close contact with the birds," Mayhall said.



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