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EDITORIAL BE PREPARED.

AFTER a year of hype about the avian flu, it's still not clear whether the pandemic once considered inevitable actually is. But it's never a bad idea to plan ahead, especially since it's a historical fact that pandemics do sweep the globe periodically.

Considering that, California health officials have been wise to develop a plan to deal with large-scale virus pandemics, even if much of it may be motivated by a desire not to get caught in the post-disaster blame game that happened after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans.

There's no doubt that public education and planning, as bureaucratic as they sound, save lives. Consider that diseases in the past have been able to ravage populations due to the simple misunderstanding about what caused and spread them. We can't know for sure if the bird flu will fly or fizzle. But we can know we have prepared as best we can.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Jan 20, 2006
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