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A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. It is determined by how the disease spreads, not how many deaths it causes.
When a new influenza A virus emerges, a flu pandemic can occur. Highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5N1, or “bird flu,” is an example of an influenza virus with pandemic potential. This is a nonhuman virus (it is novel among humans and circulates widely in birds in parts of the world). Because the virus is new, the human population has little to no immunity against it and can quickly spread from person-to-person worldwide.
The United States is not currently experiencing a flu pandemic. If a pandemic occurs, JCPH will work with state and national officials to provide updates on the steps being taken to address the pandemic.
Prepare an emergency kit, learn about public health strategies intended to stop the spread of infectious diseases, such as isolation, shelter in place and quarantine.
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