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Indiana outlines bird flu plan

Indianapolis -  Indiana officials urged residents Tuesday to be informed and prepared for the possibility of a flu pandemic, and said the state was aggressively pursuing plans to react to an outbreak should it occur.

State agencies worked together to create a new website to serve as a clearinghouse for timely and accurate information should the H5NQ bird flu that has killed more than 100 people overseas mutate into a strain easily passed among humans as some experts fear. Most human cases have been linked to contact with infected birds.

The bird flu began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003 and it has spread recently with migrating birds to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. No cases have been reported in the United States, but officials say it is likely to arrive this year in migrating birds.

"We don't want to cause panic because we want people to just pursue good preparedness," said state Health Commissioner Judith Monroe. "On the other hand we don't want people to be lackadaisical."

Note: Due to technical problems, Eyewitness News could not offer a live stream of Tuesday's press conference as planned. Click here to watch the press conference.

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