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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 7, 2006

Provost Appoints Pandemic Preparedness Task Force

Prompted by global concern about the potential spread of avian flu, the University of Iowa's executive vice president and provost, Michael J. Hogan, has appointed a task force to examine the university's preparedness in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Dr. Christopher G. Atchison, clinical professor and associate dean in the College of Public Health, will chair the task force.

"The university needs to be prepared to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff," Hogan said. "We have a wealth of medical and public health expertise on our campus. We need to ensure that we have a plan to utilize that expertise efficiently."

The task force, which includes members from the university's health science colleges, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University Hygienic Laboratory, Student Health Services and the Department of Public Safety, will consult and coordinate with local, regional and statewide government agencies, as well as with campus and area health care providers and with the other two Regents universities.

The task force will generate a report assessing the university's preparedness and recommend a plan for response in the event of a pandemic crisis.

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