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  • Swine Flu: Top 20 Answers You Need to Know
    With more outbreaks of the new strain of swine flu come outbreaks of misinformation and rumor. Below are 20 questions answered by infectious disease expert Charles Ericsson, MD, professor of internal medicine and director of travel medicine at the University of Texas ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Infection Preventionists Urge Public to Stay Calm, Heed Advice About Swine Flu
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today encouraged the public to remain calm, listen to public health authorities and follow common sense health precautions during the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus outbreak.“This is the ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • WHO Offers Interim Guidance for Swine Flu Outbreaks
    The current situation regarding the outbreaks of A(H1N1) swine influenza is evolving rapidly, and countries from different regions of the globe have been affected. Based on epidemiological data, human-to-human transmission has been demonstrated along with the ability of the ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Using a Small Stockpile of a Secondary Antiviral Drug in a Flu Pandemic
    In a global influenza pandemic, small stockpiles of a secondary flu medication – if used early in local outbreaks – could extend the effectiveness of primary drug stockpiles, according to research made available today ahead of publication in PLoS Medicine. Many ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Social Separation Stops Flu Spread, but Must be Started Soon
    A disease spread simulation has emphasized that flu interventions must be imposed quickly, if they are to be effective. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Public Health have shown that staying at home, closing schools and isolating infected people within the ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study of 1918-1919 Outbreak Shows Spanish Flu Origin
    A French study of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, which analyzed mortality rates in approximately three-quarters of the European population, has concluded that it is unlikely that the virus, often described as Spanish flu, originated in Europe.Published in the May issue ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • 1918 Spanish Flu Virus Resulted in Current Lineage of H1N1 Viruses
    In 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a swine respiratory disease occurred concurrently. A KansasStateUniversity researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurses Call for Broader Action to Combat Flu
    The nation's largest organization of registered nurses today called for broader, national action to promote containment and prevention of a wider swine flu pandemic.While welcoming the Obama administration's call on Congress Tuesday to allocate $1.5 billion for combating ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Replace “Swine Flu” with “H1N1”
    Communication is a key element in management of an outbreak/epidemic/pandemic. The first wave of communication (on the weekend) seemed to me to be pushing the public panic button a bit but it seemed to have stabilized yesterday (at least on TV reports) into more ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Avian Flu Research Sheds Light on Swine Flu Outbreak
    By Gwyneth Dickey  A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News