Avian Influenza -- H5N1
Avian Influenza (commonly known as Bird Flu) is caused by a virus that occurs naturally in birds. The H5N1 virus (or avian flu) is highly contagious among birds. While this virus does not normally affect humans, cases of the virus have been reported. Most of these cases have involved people who have had direct or close contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces. However, a few cases of human to human contact of H5N1 have occurred.
Scientists are concerned that the virus may change and that it will be easily spread from person to person. Because this virus does not normally infect humans, there is little or no immune protection to the virus in the human population and an influenza pandemic could occur.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Includes updates of recent outbreaks, key facts, and links to information to specific groups such as: poultry industry, health care professionals, airline industry, etc.
World Health Organization, Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response
Includes hourly updates of outbreaks, fact sheets, and information on diagnosis and treatment.
US Department of Health and Human Services page on Avian Flu, includes links to planning guides for State and Local Governments, Businesses, Individuals, Health Care Professionals, and Communities.
Guidance for Protecting Workers against Avian Flu
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Includes guidance for farm workers, laboratory workers, medical personnel, food handlers, airline flight crew, and travelers.
Nature, Web Focus – Avian Flu
Google Earth maps of the flu’s spread, links to full-text articles in Nature that deal with Avian Flu
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Animal Health, Avian Influenza, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Includes slide show with pictures of infected animals to help in detection and control of virus.
World Health Organization RSS Feed (You will need a newsreader to view)
MedlinePlus page on Bird Flu (Spanish version available)
New York Times: How Serious is the Risk of Avian Flu?
National Academies Press: The threat of pandemic influenza : are we ready? : workshop summary
The New England Journal of Medicine: Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Infection in Humans (RCS Login Required.)
A Food and Drug Administration panel of outside medical experts backed, on February 27, 2007, an H5N1 vaccine by Sanofi-Aventis, a pharmaceutical company. The FDA said that clinical studies of Sanofi's vaccine showed "no significant safety signals that would preclude administration of this vaccine to additional persons." Read the Sanofi briefing to the FDA.
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