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Berkeley Lab Pandemic Flu Information Site


From the Director:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the alert on the H1N1 virus to the highest level (Phase 6) which constitutes a pandemic. The Lab continues to monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state officials on testing, treatment, and response guidelines.  One significant concern is that the virus may change and could affect the world population much more severely during the next flu season.  As winter and the flu season begin in the southern hemisphere, the World Health Organization and CDC are continuing to monitor developments closely.  We want to be prepared in case the situation becomes more serious during our next flu season.  This involves having a Business Continuity Plan in place in the event that a partial shutdown of the Laboratory becomes necessary.

The purpose of such a plan is to ensure that in the event of a pandemic or any serious incident we are prepared to protect our employees and to continue the Lab’s research mission without disruption, or restore operations as rapidly as possible.

The Lab is committed to a coordinated effort that prepares everyone to rapidly resume essential functions if they are disrupted by any unplanned event such as a pandemic. Of utmost importance is to protect the health and well-being of our employees, and to ensure guidelines are in place to allow them to continue to perform their jobs in the best capacity possible.

As we monitor pandemic developments, we will use this site, as well as other forms of communication such as Today at Berkeley Lab and Level One announcements, to relay news about potential Lab operations changes and developments that may affect our research, our operations, and employees’ health and jobs.   


Paul Alivisatos
Interim Director