Pandemic Flu

An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. Influenza viruses that have the potential to cause a pandemic are referred to ...1

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Symptoms of Pandemic Flu

The new pandemic influenza virus causes symptoms similar to all flus: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people have vomiting and diarrhea. So far, however, the virus seems no more deadly ...2

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Causes of Pandemic Flu

“There’s nothing particularly unusual about this virus in terms of transmission,” explains Dr. Ira M. Longini Jr. of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington, Seattle. “It’s within the bounds of usual flu, but people ...3

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Diagnosis of Pandemic Flu

Influenza Diagnosis: Currently, most influenza strains go undiagnosed or are identified in a laboratory miles from a doctor’s office. If the strain is diagnosed, the time between a throat swab and a final read out can be days, if ...4

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Treatments: Pandemic Flu

Influenza Treatment: Currently, there are four drugs available to treat the flu: oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), rimantadine (Flumadine), and amantadine (Symmetrel). Rimantadine and amantadine (the adamantane drugs) are only effective against influenza A. Due to the development of drug resistance ...5

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Prevention of Pandemic Flu

If you are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms you should avoid travel. If you are in a high risk group you should reconsider your need to travel. If travel is essential you should take all practical steps to prevent ...6

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Research for Pandemic Flu

Since we can’t predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or which strain of the virus will cause it, NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is funding many different approaches to get us ready ...7

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  1. Source: CDC: flu/ pandemic-resources/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2009/ December/ feature1.htm
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NIAID (NIH): diseases-conditions/ influenza-diagnosis
  5. Source: NIAID (NIH): diseases-conditions/ influenza-treatment
  6. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 14/ 118/ 669/ pandemic-influenza
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2006/ December/ docs/ 01features_01.htm

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