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- Pandemic Influenza: International Contingency
Veterinary Public Health Consortium, 27 October 2004.
- Avian influenza
update: Implications of H5N1 infections in pigs in China: World
Organization, 25 August 2004.
on Influenza A (H5N1) and SARS: Interim Recommendations for Enhanced
U.S. Surveillance, Testing, and Infection Control: U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, February 3, 2004.
Flu a Disaster for Poultry Production, Threatens Global Food Security:
Statistics released by FAO earlier February showed that more than 450
million birds had been culled in Asia excluding China, about some 0.7
percent of the
region's total inventory, prompting questions related to the deliberate
of biological agents.
Need for Guidance: The United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) warned today that killing wild birds is not an
appropriate measure to
control the spread of bird flu, which has already ravaged domestic
poultry farming in nine Asian countries.
agencies call for funds and technical assistance to prevent bird flu
becoming global threat: UN News Service, 27 January 2004. Disease Outbreak News: World
tough to tell apart: It's mid-January and you've got a fever, a
and an all-over achiness. Must be the flu, right? Then again,
it be SARS? How are you -- or your doctor -- supposed to know? ``That's
very good question and one we have no answer for right now,'' said Dr.
Erme, the Akron Health Department's disease-control medical officer.
Flu Surveillance Network. For additional information on SARS, visit the
Biodefense Reference Library: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Epidemiological
- Update of practice guidelines for the management of
community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent adults: Infectious
Diseases Society of America, Clinical Infectious Diseases,
2003;37:1405-1433. See also: New
give specifics for pneumonia care, American Medical Association
Dec. 22/29, 2003.
- Co-Infection A-Fujian-H3N2 - Methicillin Resistant
Aureus (MRSA): MRSA, endemic in many hospitals, one of the leading
of nosocomial pneumonia and surgical site infection and the second
cause of nosocomial blood stream infections. Prevention Methods for
transmission of staphylococcol pneumonia.
- Influenza: A-Fujian-H3N2/MRSA/Toxic Shock Syndrome
Discussion papers, related information.
- Uninsured a risk to public health: Doctors worry
they are likely to spread disease in epidemics because of
or fear of treatment, St. Patersburg Times, 7 December 2003.
- Free flu vaccination for anyone over 55: CDC chief:
Su Yi-jen, director of the Center of Disease Control (Taiwan), urged
people to have themselves vaccinated against influenza, which he said
assuming pandemic proportions. The China Post, Saturday, 29 November
2003. Click here for the U.S. CDC Influenza Vaccine Information 2003-2004.
- Pandemic Influenza and Vaccine Production: 28
How They Start, How They Spread, and Their Potential Impact:
Disease Control and Prevention.
for Deliberate Epidemics: In May 2002, the World Health
Assembly passed a resolution, Global public health response to natural
occurrence, accidental release or deliberate use of biological and
chemical agents or
radionuclear material that affect health. See resolution. The
Secretariat provided a background paper, Deliberate use of biological
and chemical agents
to cause harm for consideration by the World Health Assembly.
- Mental Health: Whether it is September 11 or
influenza, this topic is of utmost importance.
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