Outbreak Investigation

  • 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
  • Immune Response to Influenza Predicted by Mathematical Model
    Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a mathematical model to predict immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as the emergent 2009 influenza A (H1N1). This model examines the contributions of specific sets of ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Pandemic Planning Needed to Ensure Adequate Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns
    Pregnant women and newborns are at greatest risk in a flu epidemic, but more planning must be done to ensure that they receive priority treatment should an outbreak occur, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and University of Pittsburgh study. The ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Published Studies Back Use of Latex Gloves in Swine Flu Kits
    Amidst measures being taken to address the swine flu (H1N1 virus) outbreak, Operation USA and other groups are distributing precautionary kits that contain face masks and natural rubber latex gloves, according to the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC). There ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers Study the Human Factor in Spread of Pandemic Illness
    By Susan PolowczukIndustrial engineers Sandra Garrett of Clemson University and Barrett Caldwell of Purdue University have proposed a new system to warn of an impending pandemic by monitoring signals in human behavior. The system could result in using a simple icon on a ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Expert to Present H1N1 Update at Annual APIC Meeting
    Michael Bell, MD, medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide conference attendees with important updates and further CDC guidance related to the H1N1 flu virus at the 36th annual educational conference and international meeting of ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Polls Show Americans Concerned About Swine Flu, Taking Actions to Protect Themselves
    One in three Americans is worried about the H1N1 influenza outbreak, but more than half of the people are paying extra attention to good hygiene and preparedness as a way of protecting themselves from the virus, according to a new poll by the American Red Cross.The survey ...More
  • H1N1 Influenza Cases Update
    The total U.S. count as of the morning of May 10 for H1N1 virus infection is 2,532 confirmed cases and 2 deaths. To access the state-by-state data from the CDC, CLICK HERE.For a global update from the WHO issued on May 5, CLICK HERE.For the top 20 ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Genes Dissimilar to Past Pandemics
    Some genetic markers of influenza infection severity have been identified from past outbreaks. Researchers have failed to find most of these markers, described in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, in samples of the current swine-flu strain.Jonathan Allen and Tom ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News