Outbreak Investigation


  • Scientists Accelerate Efforts to Develop H1N1 Vaccine
    Scientists around the world are accelerating their efforts to develop a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus as rapidly as possible, reports Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). The need for such a vaccine received a strong impetus from the World Health ...More
    June 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Strategies to Rein in Epidemics Need to be Retooled for Rural Populations
    An infectious disease striking a large city may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one another on crowded sidewalks.A group of KansasStateUniversity engineers is finding that a ...More
    June 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Flu Cases in the U.S. Top 10,000
    The Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that there are currently 10,053 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza infection in the United States and there have been 17 deaths associated with this strain of ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Draws Renewed Attention to Health Policy Issues
    The global spread of a unique strain of swine-origin H1N1 influenza (SO-IV) is almost a certainty. The lethality of the SO-IV and the impact of a pandemic on an already fragile world economy has yet to be determined. However, in the early days of this pandemic we have much ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Combining Commitment and Technology to Control the Transmission of Acinetobacter
    Acinetobacter and Long-term Acute CareLong-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) provide an important segment in the continuum of care for a small population (estimated 2 percent to 3 percent) of acute care patients.1 These patients are medically complex, and are dependent on ...More
  • Face Protection Effective in Preventing Flu Spread
    A new article in the journal Risk Analysis assessed various ways in which aerosol transmission of the flu, a central mode of diffusion which involves breathing droplets in the air, can be reduced. Results show that face protection is a key infection control measure for ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • WHO Influenza A(H1N1) Update for May 19
    As of  May 19, 40 countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For a breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country, CLICK HERE. ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Passenger Screening
    Four major U.S. national laboratories have worked together to develop a computer model to help airport authorities screen passengers for pandemic influenza. The tool can help estimate false negatives, people with influenza who slip through the screening process, and so ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk Perception and Infectious Diseases
    With the current outbreak of flu, and in the absence of a vaccine or treatment at present, the only way to contain the virus is to get people around the world to take precautionary measures. In a special editorial in the latest issue of the International Journal of ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Says Concern Over Flu Pandemic is Justified
    Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the following statement before the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland today: “Over the past three decades, the world has, on average, been growing richer. People have, on ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News