The Associated Press, meanwhile, is reporting that countries are throwing out millions of unused doses of H1N1 vaccine.
Experts told Security Management that the H1N1 outbreak exposed critical shortcomings in U.S. pandemic response that persist despite five years of planning and preparation launched in response to the H5N1 “avian” flu:
(Read more about lessons learned from the H1N1 pandemic in “Pandemic Lessons Learned” in the Homeland Security department of February’s Security Management.)
The WHO noted that the H1N1 virus continues to infect people worldwide, but at post-pandemic levels.
The deadly yet rare H5N1 threat still persists as well. H5N1 shows a high rate of mortality in humans—roughly 50 percent—but as yet it rarely passes from birds to humans, and has not clearly demonstrated a capability for human-to-human transmission.
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