Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Pandemic Flu: Get Informed, Be Prepared

The U.S. Government has one stop access to avian and pandemic flu information which is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs due to a new influenza virus for which people have limited or no immunity and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads person-to-person, carries serious sickness and can sweep a country and the globe very quickly.

With a pandemic, the entire world is at risk and countermeasures may delay it but cannot stop it. Health experts are concerned that H5N1, a highly pathogenic avian virus will spread. It is particularly dangerous because:
  • It is especially virulent
  • It can spread by migratory birds
  • It can be spread from birds to mammals and, in some cases, to humans
  • It continues to evolve
The U.S. Government web site contains details which include:
  • Whats Happening Now
  • Avian Influenza Viruses
  • Avian Influenza in Birds
  • Human Infection with Avian Influenza Viruses
  • Vaccination and Treatment for H5N1 Virus in Humans
  • What would be the Impact of a Pandemic
  • How are We Preparing
  • Fact sheets
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • History of Pandemics
Click here to read more about pandemic flu...



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