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May 10, 2007

Albany-- Health experts are trying to make sure we're ready for a deadly flu pandemic. Thursday night in Albany, health care workers listened to state public health leaders, including the Director of Preparedness Dr. Patrick O'Neal. He says being prepared could be the difference between life and death for many people.

"We prepare for the worst case scenario and hope that the situation isn't as bad as what we prepare for. But to prepare for anything less that the worst case scenario leaves us essentially unprepared for the some of those critical situations," O'Neal said.

He said the greatest threat right now is a strain of bird flu in southeast asia. If it mutates into a form that's easily spread from human to human, it could be catastrophic.

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