The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor" 

Pandemic: Not A Question Of IF


The next pandemic outbreak is just around the corner, according to Steve Cline, the deputy state health director.

Cline gave Transylvania County health providers and other local officials a talk on pandemic flu last week at the library.

"It's impossible to predict when the next pandemic will occur, but it will occur," he said.

A flu pandemic typically comes from a virus that is a new strain and is on a global scale.

It will be important, he suggested, for local communities to plan for such an outbreak, because when it occurs, dealing with it will likely fall largely on the local community....

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