Sources and Links

News aggregators and blogrolls

An online news aggregator is a webpage or service that collects syndicated content from disparate sources and provides a consolidated view. Aggregators substantially improve upon the time and effort needed to regularly check websites of interest for updates. Through subscriptions to syndicated content feeds and the aggregator’s periodic collection of updates, users are able to create a unique information space that caters to their specific needs. A blogroll is a collection of links to other weblogs

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Suspect News Sites

It is recommended by Flu Wiki readers that flu articles from these sites be confirmed elsewhere

  • PR Web
    PR Web isn’t credible because anyone can post a “press release.”
  • WorldNetDaily
    Agenda-oriented news site
  • Rense
    Rense is prone to conspiracy theory and outrageous stories. It occasionally carries legit stuff, but plays it up way out of proportion.

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News blogs and daily commentary

These blogs are maintained by both amateurs and health care professionals and offer daily news and commentary on public health issues related to avian influenza.

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Bulletin boards & discussion fora

The following bulletin boards or discussion fora cover avian influenza and public health issues.

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Authoritative sources of background information

  • CDC: Avian Influenza The avian influenza page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • CIDRAP. Avian Influenza: Implications for Human Disease Background information from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. CIDRAP is headed by Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, a leading expert.
  • Foreign Affairs: The Next Pandemic? A special section in Foreign Affairs’ July/August 2005 issue. Coverage in coordination with Nature Magazine. Articles by Laurie Garrett, Michael T. Osterholm, William B. Karesh and Robert A. Cook (on free access);
    “No one can truly be isolated from a pandemic” (Osterholm)
  • Flu.gov A website about influenza, pandemics and preparedness managed by the United States Dept. of Health and Human Services.
  • Mayo Clinic: Bird flu (avian influenza) Influenza page of the Mayo Clinic, with bg information and advice.
  • Nature: Warnings of a Flu Pandemic Nature Magazine’s 26 May, 2005 issue focusing on avian flu / pandemic. Contains a great number of articles by top experts (mostly on free access).
  • Preparing for the Next Pandemic (author: Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H. New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 352:1839–1842 #18. May 5, 2005) full text | pdf
  • ProMED-mail Highly respected medical news source. The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases is an electronic outbreak reporting system that monitors infectious diseases globally. The news on ProMED are selected and reviewed by health care professionals associated with the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Usually a day or so later than “breaking news” sources but with value added of moderator comments (perspectives vary with particular moderator on duty). The avian influenza news page on ProMED-mail is edited by, among others:
    • Lawrence C. Madoff, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Author of three articles in “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine”
    • Peter Cowen (PC) Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
    • Craig R. Pringle (CP) Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick. Formerly Secretary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
    • Arnon Shimshony (AS) Associate Professor, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • YaleGlobal: Avian Flu Special report with several articles.

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Congressional and Legislative Testimony

  • Testimony of Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh before the House Science Committee “Gaps in the National Flu Preparedness Plan: Social Science Planning and Response” (Dec 14, 2005)
  • Testimony of Baruch Fischhoff, PhD (MS Word doc) Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University before the House Science Committee “Gaps in the National Flu Preparedness Plan: Social Science Planning and Response” (Dec 14, 2005)
  • Testimony of Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH (pdf) Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Associate Director, DHS National Center for Food Protection and Defense Professor, School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine University of Minnesota before the House Committee On International Relations “Avian Flu: Addressing the Global Threat” (Dec 7, 2005)
  • Testimony of Scott Layne, MD UCLA School of Public Health to CA legislature - “California’s Level of Preparedness For An Outbreak of Avian Influenza” (Nov 4, 2005 .pdf transcript)

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Official resources

see International Category for pandemic plans by region and country.

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Other sources of background information

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Maps and statistics

see also the maps section in the International category

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FAQs

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Travel Guides

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Reports

Please sort by date - most recent first.

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Critique of U.S. pandemic flu planning

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Risk Communication

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Scientific papers

Please sort by date - most recent first. See also CIDRAP (avian flu/pandemic flu), Nature and FIC for links to recent scientific research.

Run a live search of PubMed for Influenza in Birds, Tamiflu, Influenza A Virus

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Spanish Flu 1918–19

Links to articles, books and scientific research on the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Run a live search of PubMed for 1918 influenza pandemic, Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype

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Black Death

The Bubonic plague or ‘Black Death’ is thought to have decimated the populations of mediaeval Europe.

Run a live search of PubMed for Bubonic Plague or Black Death in Humans

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Swine Flu

Run a live search of PubMed for Swine Flu, Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype

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SARS 2003–04

Run a live search of PubMed for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS Virus

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News articles

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Recursos en español

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