Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Pandemic Flu Awareness Week

Here are some references that I would recommend for Pandemic Flu Awareness Week, which is promoted by the folks at FluWiki and which we are in the middle of right now:

Background and historical references:  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 expediencies and cronyism of the day and on the concurrent 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 pandemic. Also, the book offeres 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  

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

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: 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 and many links are dead ones, but does contains some educational and backgrounder general resources.]  

At the more "worst-case scenario" end of the spectrum is The Coming Influenza Pandemic, a .pdf booklet 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 may seem alarmist, unless taken with the scenario's grain of salt and the physician's motivation to 'prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.'- Link  

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