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06BUENOSAIRES1024 2006-05-05 21:05:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Buenos Aires
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ARGENTINE CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR AVIAN FLU

Tags:   TBIO KFLU KPAO SENV AR 
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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/05/2016
TAGS: TBIO KFLU KPAO SENV AR
SUBJECT: ARGENTINE CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR AVIAN FLU

REF: STATE 69310

Classified By: Ambassador Lino Gutierrez, Reasons 1.4(b) and (d).



1. (C) DCM, accompanied by POLCOUNS and POLOFF, met May 5
with the MFA's Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Luis
Cappagli. Among the issues they discussed were reftel points
regarding contingency planning for avian flu. DCM explained
the steps being taken by U.S. authorities domestically and
abroad, and inquired as to the state of Argentine planning.
(In a meeting later that day, Ambassador provided the same
information to Deputy Foreign Minister Roberto Garcia
Moritan.)



2. (C) Cappagli said that the GOA believes it is well
prepared for any potential outbreak. He said the Argentine
Ministry of Health had been tracking the spread of the
disease and was drawing up plans in the event that the
disease spreads to the Western Hemisphere. The GOA has
developed an 89-page pandemic contingency plan based on PAHO
and U.S. practices. The DCM offered the possibility of
bringing a U.S. disease control expert to consult with GOA
officials, an offer which interested Cappagli.

GUTIERREZ