Pandemic influenza

The public health response to the potential for pandemic influenza, although not a bioterror threat per se, represents an opportunity to implement some of the lessons learned from other, recent experiences in biodefense. While it is not clear that the cause of the current avian influenza epidemic, H5N1, will be the next pandemic strain (Bartlett and Hayden, 2005), the possibility of a future influenza pandemic appears to be all but certain (Mermel, 2005). H5N1 has met two of three criteria for a pandemic: it represents a novel subtype of influenza to which the population is immunologically naïve, and it is capable of infecting humans (albeit in limited fashion to date) and causing potentially lethal disease (WHO, 2005). The remaining pandemic hurdle for the virus is the ability for efficient human-to-human transmission (Fauci, 2006).

Given this, and the state of scientific knowledge that is currently available, we are in a much more favorable circumstance than our predecessors were at the time of the 1918 influenza pandemic. We are in a position to couple the recent public health lessons related to bioterror threats with our expanding databases of genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology, and apply all of this knowledge to the immense challenge posed by the threat of pandemic influenza.

Swine Influenza

Swine Influenza

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