Regional Pandemic Flu Summit to be held in Pittsford (June 6)

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – More than 65 people have already signed up for the state’s seventh regional pandemic flu summit, hosted by Local Emergency Planning Committees, Tuesday, June 6 in Pittsford (LEPC #2), at the Vermont State Police Academy (Criminal Justice Training facility), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Vermont State Police Academy is located at 317 Sanatorium Road in Pittsford just north of Route 7. To sign up for the Pittsford summit, call Mary Trombley at 802-775-0871 or email: mtrombley@rutlandrpc.org.

Local first responders, emergency management directors, LEPC members, health department, health care, hospital and municipal officials will review Vermont’s pandemic flu preparedness and discuss how their organizations and communities can prepare.

Kerry Rood, DVM, state veterinarian for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, and Mary Lou Bolt, district director for Rutland Office of the Vermont Department of Health are on the agenda to discuss pandemic influenza and bird flu.

State health, emergency management and homeland security officials will also discuss emergency management coordination, public health response, public information and emergency risk communication and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of a new and severe strain of influenza that can spread easily from person to person. The current outbreak of bird flu (influenza strain H5N1) is not a pandemic but has caused illness and death in birds and some humans overseas. There is no evidence that it can easily spread from person to person. World, national, state and local governments are working to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

A total of nine summits planned statewide are sponsored by the Office of Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Homeland Security.

REGIONAL SUMMITS:

For more information about pandemic influenza and for preparedness planning checklists, visit the Health Department's website at HealthVermont.gov.

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