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CDC releases report on worldwide influenza projects

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an annual report on Monday profiling a variety of CDC influenza-related projects from around the world, including epidemiology training, vaccine effectiveness studies and flu surveillance.

The CDC began its international flu efforts in 1997 when the agency investigated the first human infections with the H5N1 avian flu virus in Hong Kong. When H5N1 re-emerged in Asia in 2003 and 2004, the agency made an effort to strengthen its gaps in epidemiologic, laboratory and surveillance capacity, CIDRAP News reports.

“(In 2004, the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services) developed a multi-faceted approach to support global capacity for seasonal influenza and pandemic preparedness,” the report said, according to CIDRAP News.

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