Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pandemic-Flu (H5N1, Avian Influenza, "Bird Flu") Educational References

Here is an update of the references I posted last week during Pandemic Flu Awareness Week:

Background and historical references:

Barry, John M. (2004). The great influenza. NY: Viking. [comment: A very readable account of what happened and why in the 1918 pandemic, with an emphasis on the political expediences and cronyism of the day and media complacency - along with accounts of the public-health leaders who needed to fight not only the virus, but politicians and newspaper editors in order to eke out ways of dealing with the virus. Also, a good description of how this type of influenza differs from the typical, yearly bouts of influenza that most all of us are aware of.]

Department of Health and Human Services (2004). Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan [Executive Summary - Draft August 2004].

Garrett, L. (2005). The next pandemic? Foreign Affairs, July/August issue. Link

National Intelligence Estimate (2000). The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Its Implications for the United States. (NIE 99-17D, January 2000). Link

Osterholm, M.T. (2005a). Preparing for the next pandemic. The New England Journal of Medicine, 352, 1839-1842. Link

Osterholm, M.T. (2005b). Preparing for the next pandemic. Foreign Affairs, July/August issue. Link

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Influenza 1918 (American Experience). Link [comment: Includes a transcript of the broadcast.]

Snacken, R., Kendal, A.P., Haaheim, L.R., & Wood, J.M. (1999). The next influenza pandemic: Lessons from Hong Kong, 1997. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 5(2). Link


Medical/clinical/public health references:

Australian Government Department of Health and Aging - Avian Influenza (also called Bird Flu): Link

CDC - Avian Influenza (Bird Flu): Link

CDC - Antiviral Agents for Influenza: Background Information for Clinicians (December 2003): Link

CIDRAP - Avian Influenza: Link

Department of Health and Human Services - Medical Surge Capacity and Capability Handbook (2004): Link

Department of Health and Human Services - Pandemic influenza: Link

Department of Health and Human Services - Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise Package: Link

Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) - Animal Health: Avian Influenza: Link

Gani R, Hughes H, Fleming D, Griffin T, Medlock J, Leach S. (2005). Potential impact of antiviral drug use during influenza pandemic. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11, 1355-1361. Link

NIH NIAID DMID (National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases): Link

NIH NIAID DMID - Influenza page: Link

NIH NIAID DMID - Development of a Clinical Trial Plan for Pandemic Influenza Vaccines (22-23 September 2005): Link

The Writing Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Human Influenza A/H5.
Avian Influenza A (H5N1) infection in humans. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2005; 353: 1374-1385.
Link

WHO - Avian Influenza: Assessing the pandemic risk (January 2005): Link

WHO - Avian Influenza Fact Sheet: Link

WHO - Responding to the avian influenza pandemic threat: Recommended strategic actions (02 September 2005): Link

WHO Global Influenza Preparedness Plan (2005). Link


Surveillance and tracking websites:

Avian Influenza Outbreak Maps: Link

European Union Documented Human Case Map [jpg updated on a regular basis]: Link

ProMED-mail: Link

World Health Organization (WHO): Link


Individual websites:

FluWiki: Link

H5N1 Blog: News and resources about Avian Flu: Link

A webpage from my own website: Infectious Disease Link [comment: I have not updated the page in over a year, but contains some educational and backgrounder general resources.]

At the more "worst-case scenario" end of the spectrum is The Coming Influenza Pandemic, a .pdf document written by a Georgia physician that you can download from the webpage cited below. Some of the self-care, home-care comments might be useful. Some of the contents seem alarmist, unless taken with a "worst case" grain of salt -
Link

Flu Pandemic Preparedness Snowball by Peter M. Sandman (10 October 2005): Link

Pandemic Influenza Risk Communication: The Teachable Moment by Peter M. Sandman and Jody Lanard (04 July 2005): Link
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