Avian flu - Where can I find out more about it?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided an extensive website resource on avian flu. The website includes fact sheets on such aspects as the disease in humans, the role of migratory birds, countries affected by outbreaks in birds, assessment of possible cases, clinical features and countries with human cases in the current outbreak.

These resources are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

World Health Organisation

The WHO have an extensive section of their website dedicated to covering Avian flu issues including explanations of treatment and latest news on outbreaks both among humans and animals. That site there is provides regional sub-sections addressing avian flu in particular geographical areas as well as providing maps charting the progress of outbreaks.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/avian_influenza/en/index.html

Other sources of advice and information are linked below:

UK Agencies

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Department of Health

http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/EmergencyPlanning/PandemicFlu/fs/en

Health Protection Agency

http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/influenza/avian/avianflufaq.htm

Foreign Office

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1115137377255

National Travel Health Network and Centre

http://www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htm

US Agencies:

US Government Avian Flu website

http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

This site maintains a map identifying areas where avian and human outbreaks of this virus have been identified.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/

This site provided by the US government includes advice in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

CDC Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklists

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic/checklists.htm

European Agencies:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

http://www.ecdc.eu.int/

Health & Consumer Protection DG of the European Union

http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/health_consumer/dyna/influenza/index.cfm

Shipping & Transport Resources:

Richards Butler paper on impact of Avian Flu on shipping.

IMO Circular No. 2694 - Avian Influenza - The IMO has issued a circular letter providing background and guidance on minimizing the risk that highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza may present to passengers, seafarers, and the public at large. Among measures under consideration are quarantines and travel restrictions.

Other:

AON Insurance Brokers Paper on Pandemic Influenza

http://www.aon.com/about/news/newsroom/issues/avian_flu.jsp

This section links to an order form for a 28 page review of pandemic influenza and appropriate risk management.

The resources on this section of the website are being continually reviewed and any amendments will be notified via the Latest Updates section of the website.

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