What ’s in a Name? Why WHO’s Formal Name for the New Coronavirus Disease Matters
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 — making sure not to reference Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus originated. COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 19. “Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” said Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.” The WHO referenced guidelines set in 2015 that ensure the name does not refer to a geographical location, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news

Pandemics, regional outbreaks, and sudden-onset disasters - Gully PR.
Pandemics of influenza, cholera, and plague are part of global history. Regional epidemics and pandemics of infectious diseases, primarily influenza A, continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality while remaining unpredictable in nature. Sudden-on... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease Source Type: news

How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus
“Everyone knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” observes Albert Camus in his novel The Plague. “Yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people by surprise.” Camus was imagining a fictional outbreak of plague in 1948 in Oran, a port city in northwest Algeria. But at a time when the world is reeling from a very real microbial emergency sparked by the emergence of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, central China, his observations are as pertinent a...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV health ideas Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Derail Xi Jinping ’s Dreams of a Chinese Century
It took eight hours for a doctor to see Wu Chen’s mother after she arrived at the hospital. Eight days later, she was dead. The doctor was “99% sure” she had contracted the mysterious pneumonia-like illness sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan, Wu says, but he didn’t have the testing kit to prove it. And despite the 64-year-old’s fever and perilously low oxygen levels, there was no bed for her. Wu tried two more hospitals over the next week, but all were overrun. By Jan. 25, her mother was slumped on the tile floor of an emergency room, gasping for air, drifting in and out of conscious...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV China Source Type: news

This Doctor Was Vilified After Contracting Ebola. Now He Sees History Repeating Itself With Coronavirus
Panic swept through New York City in fall 2014 when Dr. Craig Spencer became the first person in the giant metropolis to be diagnosed with Ebola. The physician had contracted the deadly disease while helping sick patients in the hard-hit West African country of Guinea as a volunteer. As Spencer’s liver was failing and his then-fiancée was quarantined in their apartment, the public vilified him, picking apart his previous destinations and activities, including riding the subway and going bowling. Now, amid another public health emergency as the novel coronavirus outbreak spreads internationally, Spencer says th...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Chan Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Source Type: news

Global Solidarity, Collaboration and Urgent Action Needed to Defeat the New Coronavirus Outbreak
Once in a very rare while, a single, serious challenge consumes the attention of the entire world. We are living through one such period today as countries and communities come together to end the new coronavirus outbreak. This virus, provisionally known as the “2019-novel coronavirus,” has, as of 3 February 2020, spread to 24 countries, with over 17,000 people being infected to date, 99% of them in China. The limited numbers of cases elsewhere around the world – just 153 so far – show that efforts to contain the virus in China are curbing its global spread, alongside the detection and clinical care...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tags: Uncategorized health ideas Source Type: news

Why We Are So Ill-Prepared for A Possible Pandemic Like Coronavirus
We were surprised in 2002 when a new coronavirus called SARS emerged from southern China and spread to 17 countries, causing more than 8,000 disease cases and nearly 800 deaths. We were surprised in 2009 when a new H1N1 influenza strain emerged in Mexico and caused worldwide panic. We were surprised in 2014 when Ebola virus broke out in three West African countries, with nearly 30,000 cases and more than 11,000 deaths. And here we are now, facing the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak, on the verge of becoming a worldwide pandemic, wthin China reporting over 20,000 cases and nearly 500 deaths. Three years ago in a book, Deadl...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV health ideas Source Type: news

FDA Approves Novel Pandemic Influenza Vaccine FDA Approves Novel Pandemic Influenza Vaccine
Audenz (Seqirus) is the first and only adjuvanted, cell-based pandemic vaccine to provide active immunization against the influenza A virus H5N1 strain.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 4, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others
Why are some people better able to fight off the flu than others? Part of the answer, according to a new study, is related to the first flu strain we encounter in childhood.Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona have found that people ’s ability to fight off the flu virus is determined not only by the subtypes of flu they have had throughout their lives, but also by the sequence in which they are been infected by the viruses. Their study is published in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens.The research offers an explanation for why some people fare much worse than others when infected with the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 4, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

FDA Approves Audenz (Influenza A (H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted) as First-Ever Adjuvanted, Cell-Based Pandemic Influenza A (H5N1) Vaccine
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C., Feb. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Seqirus, a global leader in influenza prevention and pandemic response, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Audenz™ (Influenza A (H5N1) Monovalent... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - February 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

A Bigger Impact in a Smaller World: The China Situation
People wear face masks in the waiting area at China's Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Credit: UN News/Jing ZhangBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) We are now living in a hyper communicative world where news does travel faster than lightning. Boundaries, borders, geographical and time differences have become next to obsolete in today’s speed driven world. At any point in time people, news and local occurrences can influence internationally without much local isolation. Along with the advantages of technology, communications and connections world is also facing new challenges that are proportionally evolv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say
Rapidly rising caseloads alarm researchers, who fear the virus may make its way across the globe. But scientists cannot yet predict how many deaths may result. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Epidemics SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Viruses Influenza Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Deaths (Fatalities) United States Politics and Government World Health Organizat Source Type: news

Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Products and Dietary Supplements During an Influenza Pandemic
This guidance provides recommendations to industry regarding postmarketing adverse event reporting for drugs, biologics, medical devices, and dietary supplements during an influenza pandemic. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Xenophobia ‘Is A Pre-Existing Condition.’ How Harmful Stereotypes and Racism are Spreading Around the Coronavirus
As 10-year-old Connor and a friend played one recent day at recess, they were approached by a group of boys wanting to play a game — testing the boys for coronavirus. Connor, who is half-Chinese, and his friend, also Chinese, played along at first, but Connor’s mother Nadia Alam tells TIME that they quickly became uncomfortable and that the other boys wouldn’t stop, she says. “In this instance, I honestly don’t think the kids who targeted my son acted out of malice,” Alam said in an emailed statement to TIME. “They were acting out the fear and ignorance around them. My son was upse...
Source: TIME: Health - February 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV onetime Source Type: news

Emergency preparedness, resilience and response to a biological outbreak - Welby-Everard P, Quantick O, Green A.
Major disease outbreaks continue to be a significant risk to public health, with pandemic influenza or an emerging infectious disease outbreak at the top of the UK National Risk Register. The risk of deliberate release of a biological agent is lower but re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Can Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus? Experts Say That Depends
A new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has spread throughout Asia and globally, has prompted people around the world to buy medical face masks in hopes of preventing infection. Retailers in the U.S. and across the Internet are running out of antiviral face masks as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) now exceeds 9,700 globally. More than 200 people have died from the virus in China, where the majority of the 2019-nCoV cases have been detected. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Thursday as the outbreak continues to spread. As o...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

Viral Outbreaks Are Here to Stay. This is How Humans Will Fight Back
The year of the rat is off to an ominous start. “We just stay home and don’t go out,” says Mr. Dong. The 33-year-old researcher, who provided only one name, has no other options. He, his wife and their 3-month-old daughter live in Wuhan, the epicenter of an unfolding global health crisis. They’re treating the forced time at home as a holiday, though he says, “this is different than any of them before.” Families like his huddle in their homes, fearful that if they venture out, they will get sick. Since the first cases of a previously unknown pneumonia-like illness emerged in December, Wuh...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Charlie Campbell Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA Warns Purell To Stop Making Unproven Claims About Hand Sanitizers
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration is giving the maker of Purell products a stern warning: Stop making unproven claims that over-the-counter hand sanitizers help eliminate Ebola, MRSA or the flu. In a “warning letter” to Purell’s parent, Gojo Industries, the agency called out the company for making numerous marketing claims that potentially position its sanitizing products as a pharmaceutical drug rather than an over-the-counter topical antiseptic. The letter from the agency’s director of compliance cited numerous examples of what the FDA says are unproven claims for Purell products m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Hand Sanitizer Source Type: news

Scientists race to protect humanity from future pandemics
New viruses are a threat but experts predict the old enemy influenza will be most deadly (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Season Got Off to a Strange Start. What Does That Mean for the Months Ahead?
Flu season is always unpredictable. Different viral strains circulate each year, which makes forecasting the disease’s spread—and formulating the annual flu vaccine—an educated guessing game. Even so, the 2019-2020 flu season has been particularly unusual. Influenza B, the viral strain that usually circulates toward the end of flu season, instead emerged first this year, shifting usual transmission patterns. A vaccine mismatch and reduced immunity to influenza B may have contributed to the early and severe start of this flu season. What does that mean for the months ahead? TIME asked Lynnette Brammer, an ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Estimating the Incidence of Influenza at the State Level - Utah, 2016-17 and 2017-18 Influenza Seasons
Timely state- or local-level estimates of the number of persons who are ill and seek medical care due to influenza (flu) contribute to preparedness and communication messages needed during flu season and in the event of a flu pandemic. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - December 19, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Influenza (Flu) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Pandemic Flu Source Type: news

U.S. Government and Global Health Security
Source: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Published: 12/17/2019. This issue brief, updated in December 2019, discusses how attention to global health security - efforts to help prepare for and address pandemic and epidemic diseases - has grown significantly over the past few decades, driven by the ongoing threat posed by emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including HIV, SARS, influenza, Ebola, and Zika. It details the U.S. Government's efforts in global health security, and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), with agency activity descriptions. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Multiyear Budget: Fiscal Years 2018-2022
This report describes the five-year interagency budget plan for the basic research, advanced research and development, regulatory review, procurement, stockpiling, and replenishment of the U.S. government ’s civilian medical countermeasure enterprise for Fiscal Years 2018-2022. It describes estimated spending by threat for the cumulative five-year period and the change relative to the last year’s report, including for pandemic and seasonal influenza; broad spectrum antimicrobials; filoviruses, in cluding Ebola; and chemical, nuclear, and radiological threats. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preparing Intensive Care for the Next Pandemic Influenza Preparing Intensive Care for the Next Pandemic Influenza
Are ICUs adequately prepared for the next major flu pandemic?Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Flu Is Getting An Early Start In The US This Season
(CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors on a conference call this week that the United States is seeing more flu than is typical for this time of year. “Influenza is off to an early start,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University who was on the CDC call, which included members of the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network, a group of hospitals that help the CDC assess the severity of the flu season. Thirty states are seeing flu activity — for this time of year, that’s the most states in a decade. Three s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston flu season Source Type: news

Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.
Predict, a government research program, sought to identify animal viruses that might infect humans and to head off new pandemics. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Epidemics United States Agency for International Development Animals Livestock Diseases Bats United States Politics and Government Federal Budget (US) Ebola Virus Avian Influenza Infections Pigs Monkeys and Apes Source Type: news

Patients With T2DM Who Have Flu More Likely to Be Hospitalized
FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 -- The risk for hospitalization with pandemic influenza is higher for patients with type 2 diabetes than for those without type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Paz... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Non-Pharmaceutical Public Health Measures for Mitigating the Risk and Impact of Epidemic and Pandemic Influenza
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 10/2019. This 91-page document provides recommendations for the use of non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza. In the early stage of an influenza pandemic or epidemic, non-pharmaceutical public health measures may be the only set of countermeasures that are readily available in all countries. This guideline is intended to support the development and updating of national plans for mitigating influenza epidemics and pandemics in community settings. The recommendations will also be of interest to indiv...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In 1918, a parade sparked a killer flu outbreak in Philadelphia. This Saturday, another parade pays homage to those victims.
The event kicks off “Spit Spreads Death,” an exhibition about this city’s health disaster and the worldwide influenza pandemic nearly a hundred years ago. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Trump signs order aimed at development of better flu vaccines
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at spurring the development of better vaccines to protect against seasonal influenza as well as a potential pandemic flu outbreak. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How Good are Masks for Preventing Infection?
Discussion With continued exposure to respiratory pathogens and the emergence of novel respiratory pathogens, personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures are important for decreasing occupational exposure to respiratory pathogens. PPE and procedures are particularly important when anti-infective treatments or vaccination are unavailable or have limited effectiveness. Medical masks are “[a]lso known as a surgical or procedure mask. As personal protective equipment, a facial mask is intended to protect caregivers and health-care workers against droplet-transmitted pathogens, or to serve as part of facial protect...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 9, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Five-Year Regional Strategic Plan to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response – 2019–2023
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. Published: 9/2019. This 35-page plan builds on and is aligned with the Global Strategic Plan to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response; the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance; the Research and Development Blueprint for action to prevent epidemics; and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. It is also guided by regional approaches, networks, and mechanisms for health emergency preparedness and response, such as the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, a common strategic framework for t...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHE (Public Health England) Infectious Diseases Strategy 2020 to 2025: Addressing Urgent Threats in the 21st Century
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 9/2019. This 21-page strategy outlines Public Health England's work to combat infectious diseases, and sets out the strategic priorities for the five-year period 2020 to 2025. Topics include being a world leader in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), strengthening global health activities to protect health in the United Kingdom and globally, and addressing globalization and climate change, which have the potential to increase the probability of the introduction of global infections like pandemic influenza, together with the speed and reach of further spread...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza A Viruses and Development of Candidate Vaccine Viruses for Pandemic Preparedness: September 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. This nine-page document summarizes the genetic and antigenic characteristics of recent zoonotic influenza viruses and related viruses circulating in animals that are relevant to candidate vaccine virus updates. Zoonotic influenza viruses continue to be identified and evolve both genetically and antigenically, leading to the need for additional candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Strengthening Partnerships for a Safer World: Report of the Global Technical Consultation on Strengthening National Health Security Through Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 8/2019. This 62-page report summarizes a meeting held on December 10-12, 2018, to discuss the crucial role that pandemic influenza preparedness has in supporting broader health security; explore practical tools and tactics for aligning planning and priorities at national, regional, and global levels; and reach consensus on next steps in partnering for influenza preparedness and health security. The report details 11 actions for individual countries, and seven recommendations. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: Results and Impact of U.S. Government Investments
Source: Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). Published: 8/2019. This 28-page report details the results and progress achieved through United States investments in global health security, including efforts that enhance the global capacity to respond to and contain outbreaks of high-threat diseases such as Ebola, Zika, Rift Valley fever, and pandemic influenza. It provides examples of early detection of serious infectious diseases and effective responses to outbreaks, programs driving progress, and public diplomacy and stakeholder engagement. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exposure to 2009 pH1N1 Vaccine During Pregnancy Seems Safe
THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 -- Exposure to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza vaccine in pregnancy is not associated with most negative health outcomes among offspring, according to a study published online July 10 in The BMJ. Laura K. Walsh, from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Emergency Preparedness: Nuts and Bolts - An All Hazards Approach
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency (ODPS). Published: 7/10/2019. This 54-minute presentation from a conference for school nurses is part of a series that provides updates in emergency preparedness, including pandemic influenza, responding to trauma and performing triage, understanding the steps to effectively control bleeding and equipment, practical tips for securing appropriate and budget-friendly supplies, and use of community resources to assist the nurse in the establishment of a school medical emergency response team. It focuses on the all hazards approach to preparedness. (Video o...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Overview
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency (ODPS). Published: 7/10/2019. This 36-minute presentation from a conference for school nurses is part of a series that provides updates in emergency preparedness including pandemic influenza, responding to trauma and performing triage, understanding the steps to effectively control bleeding and equipment, practical tips for securing appropriate and budget-friendly supplies, and use of community resources to assist the nurse in the establishment of a school medical emergency response team. It focuses on pandemic influenza and influenza surveillance. (Vid...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Establishing School Medical Emergency Response Teams
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency (ODPS). Published: 7/10/2019. This 38-minute presentation from a conference for school nurses is part of a series that provides updates in emergency preparedness, including pandemic influenza, responding to trauma and performing triage, understanding the steps to effectively control bleeding and equipment, and practical tips for securing appropriate and budget-friendly supplies. It discusses how to use community resources to assist in the establishment of a school medical emergency response team. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gu...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health-Related Workplace Absenteeism Among Full-Time Workers --- United States, 2017--18 Influenza Season
During an influenza pandemic and during seasonal epidemics, more persons have symptomatic illness without seeking medical care than seek treatment at doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 3, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Influenza (Flu) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Workplace Wellness Safety Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Third WHO Informal Consultation, Geneva, Switzerland; 7 –9 June 2017
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 37-page meeting report provides an overview of discussions and outcomes from the third World Health Organization (WHO) informal consultation on influenza vaccine response during the start of a pandemic, held in June 2017. The aim of the meeting was to address challenges and bottlenecks in vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic, including issues associated with the decision to start the pandemic vaccine production that might entail the switch from seasonal to pandemic vaccine production. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola, H.I.V., Spanish Flu, SARS — the 20th Century’s Deadliest Hits
In “The Pandemic Century” Mark Honigsbaum covers nine outbreaks that shaped how we think and respond to diseases. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Books and Literature The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris (Book) Mark Honigsbaum Epidemics Influenza SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Ebola Virus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Source Type: news

Stalk antibodies provide flu protection in humans
(University of Michigan) A universal flu vaccine that could prevent a potential influenza pandemic has been a holy grail for epidemiologists around the world ever since the first flu vaccines were developed in 1938. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Building Bridges in Preparedness: Report of a Stakeholder Consultation on National Health Security and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 6/2019. This 56-page report summarizes the key themes and messages to emerge from the presentations and discussion at a meeting held in Accra, Ghana, on December 5-7, 2017, to find the critical synergies between national health security planning and influenza pandemic preparedness that can strengthen countries ’ ability to cope with health threats with pandemic potential. The meeting participants agreed on five guiding principles to support stronger collaboration and coordination among themselves; these are detailed in the report. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in WHO (World Health Organization) Member States: Report of a Member States Survey
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 6/2019. In late 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Influenza Programme consulted its Member States through a survey to better understand the current level of pandemic preparedness among Member States and to identify the capacity areas in which WHO and its partners should focus their technical assistance in the coming years. This 56-page summarizes the methods and findings of the survey, including that while globally 92 of 104 countries indicate they have a national pandemic influenza preparedness plan, 44 of those were developed before the 2009 influenza pa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spanish flu may have lingered two years before 1918 outbreak and vaccine could have treated it
(Taylor& Francis Group) The most severe pandemic in recent history, killing some 50 million people worldwide, the Spanish influenza, may have emerged up to two years earlier than previously believed. And, according to a new and influential study, its early manifestation was ignored at the time as a 'minor infection.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

IntraHealth ’s Jeanne Tessougué of Mali Honored as Heroine of Health during World Health Assembly
May 22, 2019Women in Global Health honored IntraHealth International ’sJeanne Tessougu é as a Heroine of Health Sunday during the 72nd annual World Health Assembly in Geneva. Tessougu é was one of seven women honored for their leadership in improving health care and advancing gender equality. The annual Heroines of Health awardshighlight women ’s major contributions to the global health care industry. Women currently hold 70% of jobs in the industry and contribute nearly $3 trillion to the health and social sectors,according to Women in Global Health, yet comprise a small percentage of global...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Mali Mali Human Resources for Health Strengthening Activity World Health Assembly Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

The UK's pandemic influenza research portfolio: a model for future research on emerging infections
In this Personal View, the authors describe the projects that were set up, the challenges of putting these projects into a maintenance-only state, and ongoing activities to maintain readiness for activation, and discuss how to plan research for a range of major incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news