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Avian influenza


In 1997 and again since 2003, there has been concern about the the Influenza A(H5N1) virus which continues to circulate causing outbreaks in birds and occasional human infections.

In the midst of ongoing concerns about the H5N1 virus adapting to humans and causing a pandemic, a new influenza virus (H1N1) emerged from the Americas. The 2009 pandemic appears to have been similar in impacts to the 1957 and 1968 pandemics, but with better surveillance as well as improved medical care and therapeutics likely leading to lower overall mortality. In addition, preparedness efforts are likely to have helped reduce its impact.

On 10 August 2010, the World Health Organization declared that the world is now in the post-pandemic period as the new virus is now behaving as a seasonal influenza virus. This is the normal pattern with influenza pandemics.

The world must now prepare for the next pandemic.




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Behaviours Now and During a Pandemic

Wash - Inform - Stay Apart - Etiquette

Care - Assess - Rest - Evaluate

WHO/UNICEF Meeting Recommendations, December 2006

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