Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Secretary of Health & Human Services Mike Leavitt and Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, will discuss preparations for avian influenza in the U.S. during a live Web cast at 1 p.m. EST Monday, March 20.



The briefing will include details of the expanded migratory bird monitoring system and an update on response plans in the event of an outbreak among domestic birds. Secretary Leavitt will discuss public health preparedness.



The live event can be viewed online at www.usda.gov.



For more information on asian influenza, visit PandemicFlu.gov (same as AvianFlu.gov); www.USDA.gov and www.DOI.gov.



SOURCE: USDA news release.