Preparing for Flu Pandemic

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The Bush Administration says local governments and business leaders shouldn't count on the federal government alone to rescue them in the event of a bird flu pandemic.

In a letter announcing an updated bird flu plan, President Bush says the U.S., "Will face this global threat," as a united front. But Bush also writes that individual citizens are "necessary to the success" of minimizing what could be massive social and economic disruptions.

Today's report predicts a severe outbreak could take up to 40 percent of the work force off the job for a few weeks at a time.

The strategy also breaks down exactly which government agency is responsible for some 300 tasks to slow the spread of the virus and dispense stockpiles of medical supplies.

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