September 24 Flu Update
There are two young boys in the hospital with suspected bird flu in Indonesia.The latest potential case in Indonesia has died.More news from Bulgaria. Letter to editor on inevitable pandemic.Hong Kong has re-started poultry imports from South China.Meanwhile, the South China region with the outbreaks has suspended exports.China says it is cooperating fully with WHO.Hospitals in Kansas City are getting ready for a pandemic.Bird flu is said to be "stalking" Tanzania.Newton County, MO, is urging residents to prepare for a pandemic.Revere with a good post. Data shows that school absenteeism is very low in the US. Widespread school absences would stress the system--including parents and workplaces.
CIDRAP has kicked off pandemicpractices.org, a set of peer-reviewed pandemic practices.
Here are a few examples of resources in the database:
- "North Carolina's Ethical Guidelines for an Influenza Pandemic." A task force of public health and medical experts, according to the description, carefully addressed three ethical issues: the responsibility of healthcare workers to provide care and to be protected, the balance of individual and community needs, and the "prioritization" of limited resources.
- "Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity." The materials, provided by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, describe the authors' experiences in reopening a closed hospital in Boston and offer an extensive tool kit to address problems others may encounter in doing the same.
- "Pandemic Influenza Mortuary Planning Guidelines." The materials recount how a committee in Barron County, Wis., assessed the county's capacity for processing human remains and established a Unified Mortuary Preparation Facility and a Family Assistance Center. The group developed a "strategy to increase remains processing capacity through resource sharing and utilization of a unified command structure."
- "Isolation and Quarantine in Alexandria, Virginia." The document details the city's strategy for invoking and enforcing isolation and quarantine for any contagious disease that poses a public health threat.
- "Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza." The kit, from Montgomery County, Md., is "a user-friendly guide for family reference, including tabs."
September 9 Flu Update
Slow news day/no news day!