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06DHAKA2167
2006-04-18 06:00:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Dhaka
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AVIAN INFLUENZA: SITUATION UPDATE APRIL 12

Tags:   AMGT  ASEC  CASC  AMED  KFLO  AEMR  BG 
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						UNCLAS DHAKA 002167 

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S/ES-O/CMS,SCA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC CASC AMED KFLO AEMR BG
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA: SITUATION UPDATE APRIL 12

REF: A. STATE 219189

B. 2005 DHAKA 6421

C. DHAKA 001142



1. On April 12, the Mission Avian Influenza working group
met to review the preparedness stance at post and in-country.
While there have been no major developments in the last
month, additional measures have been taken to notify AmCits
and Mission personnel about AI as suggested in Ref A. As part
of America Week in Chittagong, AI information was delivered
to AmCits at a Town Hall meeting. Avian Influenza has been
the focus of two Mission-wide brown bag lunch presentations,
one by USAID and another by the RMO.



2. Because of political and natural disaster concerns in
Bangladesh, the Mission has considered contingency plans for
draw downs and the like. The AI working group also wants to
prepare personnel to remain in Bangladesh during periods when
resources may be unavailable. In an emergency situation, it
is likely that the pouch will not arrive, and access to the
local market will be cut off. To that end, the RMO and MGT
will issue a Mission Notice to provide suggestions of items
for each household to have on hand, based on CDC guidelines.



3. The BDG AI plan (Ref C) remains largely unfunded. Plans
to improve capacity at CDC-supported ICDDR,B are under
consideration. Contributions by other donor organizations
have not been announced officially, but are expected. A
high-level delegation from the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services will visit Bangladesh in the next few weeks to
discuss AI plans with relevant partners.



4. Summary: With the announcement of an outbreak in Burma,
Bangladesh is currently an AI-free oasis in the region.
Without means to thoroughly conduct surveillance for or
testing of suspected H1N5 virus samples, however, it is not
likely that the country is in the clear. Because of health
care service conditions in the country, the focus of the
Mission remains preparation to shelter essential personnel in
place in the event of an outbreak.
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