US military begins planning for avian flu pandemic


Richard Moore

It seems the military knows something we don't. Keep in mind the recent US 
effort to reconstruct the devastating 'Spanish Flu' virus.


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US military begins planning for avian flu pandemic

By Jim Mannion - Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military has begun to plan for a possible avian flu 
pandemic that could kill as many as three million people in the United States in
as little as six weeks, a Pentagon planning document said.

The Defense Department's "Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza," which was
posted Wednesday on a Pentagon website, lays out guidelines and planning 
assumptions for US military services and combatant commands.

Possible scenarios include US troops being called in to put down riots, guard 
pharmaceutical plants and shipments, and help restrict the movement of people 
inside the country and across its borders.

The plan envisions fast moving, catastrophic waves of disease that would 
overwhelm health facilities and cripple the ability of state and local 
authorities to provide even basic commodities or services.

"A pandemic in the United States could result in 20-35 percent of the population
becoming ill, three percent being hospitalized, and a fatality rate of one 
percent," the document said in a section on "planning assumptions."

A human-to-human outbreak of avian flu was most likely to occur outside the 
United States and may not be contained effectively, it said.

"A pandemic outbreak will last between 6-12 weeks and multiple pandemic waves 
will follow," it said.

If a pandemic influenza starts outside the United States, it will enter the US 
at multiple locations and spread quickly to other parts of the country, 
according to the report.

A vaccine for the specific strain of flu would not be available for distribution
for a minimum of six to nine months after a human-to-human outbreak had been 
clinically confirmed, it said.

Transportation within states or internationally will be restricted to contain 
the spread of the virus, and communities may voluntarily close schools and limit
public gatherings.

"Quarantine and other movement restrictions, especially if the restrictions are 
involuntary, will have minimal effect on the spread of the disease due to a very
short incubation period and the ability of asymptomatic individuals to shed the 
virus," the document said.

"Military and civilian medical treatment facilities will be overwhelmed," it 

It said the military will be called on to evacuate non-infected people from 
areas abroad that are having problems, and to help allies.

But the guidance said the US military's top priority would be to preserve the 
operational effectiveness of the Defense Department and its forces around the 

Additionally, the Defense Department will develop a plan to ensure the 
continuity of operations of the US government and be prepared to support 
civilian authorities with medical supplies, airlift and security forces.

A key military role will be to distribute medical supplies and medications and 
provide security for the production and shipment of vaccines on orders of the 

"When directed by the president, DoD will provide support to civil authorities 
in the event of a civil disturbance," the document said. "DoD will augment 
civilian law enforcement efforts to restore and maintain order in accordance 
with existing statutes."

The military also may assist civil authorities in "isolating and/or quarantining
groups of people in order to minimize the spread of disease during an influenza 
pandemic," it said.

[Published May 10, 2007, follow this link]
[Pentagon link]

[NB: see also The Heron's Latest Catch, October 30, 2005,"Is Avian Flu another 
Pentagon Hoax? " By F. William Engdahl - Global Research, Oct/30/2005.]

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