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April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Arrives


December 30, 2006

  • Progress Report, Federal Pandemic Planning and Preparation

  • Summary document, with enumerated accomplished & pending elements. CIDRAP digest and review.

    Posted to Federal Page, PandemicFlu.gov section


  • New Book, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching , by Michael Greger, M.D.

  • Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, The Humane Society of the United States. The whole text is freely available, and all proceeds from the sale of the paper copies (& the author's speaking engagements) are to be donated to charity. The book includes 3168 references to other publications.

  • US HHS Interim Guidance on Planning for the Use of Surgical Masks and Respirators

    in Health Care Settings during an Influenza Pandemic (October 2006)

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified respirators (N-95 or higher) are recommended for use during activities that have a high likelihood of generating infectious respiratory aerosols,[c] including the following high-risk situations:

    • Aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., endotracheal intubation, nebulizer treatment, and bronchoscopy) performed on patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza
    • Resuscitation of a patient with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza (i.e., emergency intubation or cardiac pulmonary resuscitation)
    • Providing direct care for patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza-associated pneumonia (as determined on the basis of clinical diagnosis or chest x-ray), who might produce larger-than-normal amounts of respirable infectious particles when they cough

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    If supplies of N-95 (or higher) respirators are not available, surgical masks can provide benefits against large droplet exposure, and should be worn for all health care activities for patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic-influenza.

    Contributed by Gabor Lantos. Posted to PandemicFlu.gov site on Federal page.


  • Interim Guidance for Protection of Persons Involved in U.S. Avian Influenza Outbreak Disease Control and Eradication Activities

    • Update, Jan 14, 2006

      Contributed by Warner Hudson, MD. Posted to Federal page, miscellaneous agencies' recommendations.

  • WHO Guidelines regarding H5N1 or outbreaks of avian or pandemic flu

    • Collecting, preserving and shipping specimens for the diagnosis of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection.
      Guide for field operations
      October 2006
  • New York City has its own comprehensive (266 pages) planning document for Pandemic Influenza

    Posted to Community section, sorted by state.

     

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As creator, author, editor, I have given up keeping routine news items here. Instead, I have posted any I find that seem truly novel (not just another case or country) to Occ-Env-Med-L, where the archives can be searched (by keyword, date, author, etc) here.

Daily updates are also available at CIDRAP


 

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Conferences

    We will be listing national and regional (and virtual!) conferences regarding Pandemic or Avian influenza as regards Occupational Health issues, regarding workforce and workplace concerns.

     

Date

Location

Title

Organization

and Announced Speakers

Link

April 26-28, 2006

Cambridge, Mass.

Preventing Disasters and Minimizing Their Consequences

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

David Gergen, Professor of Public Practice and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

Howard Koh, Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director, Harvard Center for Public Health Preparedness

Keynote speaker James Lee Witt

Tova Solo, Senior Urban Specialist, Disaster Management and Urban Development Group, The World Bank

Michael St. Louis, Chief Science Officer, Coordinating Office for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease

Harvard School of Public Health Ctr for Continuing Prof. Educ.

Online or PDF

 

May 3-4, 2006

Suntec Singapore

Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: The Avian Dimension and Other Emerging Threats

Organizers:
  • The Lancet
  • Roche
  • Baxter
  • Elsevier
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore
Speakers (program):

John Oxford, Professor of Virology at St Bartholomew’s & Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK and

Dr Klaus Stöhr, Head of the Global Influenza Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Registration

S$1650 = Singapore dlr = US$1014

S$495 (Researcher / Scientist / Academia Only) = US$304

May 21-24, 2006

Long Beach, CA

5th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters

UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters (CPHD)

Leadership in Unprecedented Events
Leonard Marcus, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health

Joseph Henderson, MPA
CDC & New York State

The Ethics & Economic Impact of an Influenza Pandemic
Jonathan Fielding, MD, MA, MPH, MBA
Dir. Public Health & Health Officer for Los Angeles County
UCLA School of Public Health

Registration

$325 (before April 21, 2006)

June 29-30, 2006

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Asian-European Conference on Avian Influenza 2006

Société Française des Antioxydants

(?huh... there's one talk on green tea)

Registration

Student: 295 Euros

Academic: 495 Euros

Industrial: 895 Euros

 

 

For questions: e-mail OHDEN's moderator, Gary Greenberg, MD