Bush-Bird Flu

Surgical masks and college dorms play a part in the bird-flu response plan the Bush administration is releasing today.

The plan catalogs steps that the government, businesses and citizens should take if a deadly strain reaches U.S. shores.

So far, bird flu has claimed human lives only among those who've handled infected poultry.

But experts fear a more virulent strain could cause devastation worldwide.

A draft of the Bush plan says a worst-case outbreak could kill as many as two million Americans.

The draft recommends colleges be ready to select dorms to quarantine the sick.

It also suggests airlines put masks on suspect passengers and that employers place workers at least three feet apart.

However, the draft does not foresee a closure of U.S. borders.

It says that's impractical and wouldn't be very effective.


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