The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) last month announced an updated plan for collaborating with Canada and Mexico on pandemic flu preparedness. The update to the initial 2007 plan builds on lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. According to HHS, the countries will collaborate on actions such as surveillance and early warning systems for disease outbreaks and epidemiological investigations of animal and pandemic flu viruses. The plan also calls for protecting critical infrastructure in a public health emergency and lays the groundwork for mutual assistance during a response.

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