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Jun 12, 2009

Jun 12, 2009

Pandemic declaration prompts CDC huddle with businesses

(CIDRAP News) – On the heels of yesterday's pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today urged businesses to review their pandemic plans to make sure they're flexible enough to respond to a moderate or severe pandemic.

Jun 11, 2009

Jun 11, 2009

What does WHO pandemic declaration mean to your organization?

By raising its pandemic alert level to phase 6 today, The World Health Organization (WHO) has put every continent, country, organization, and individual on official notice. The critical wake-up call has sounded; no more pressing the pause button.

Jun 04, 2009

Jun 04, 2009

Novel H1N1 influenza: Lessons learned and yet to be learned

The irony is hard to miss. Much is being discussed and published about the "lessons learned" from the 2009 pandemic of the novel H1N1 influenza. And I expect the World Health Organization (WHO) will (as I did in my last column) finally call it a pandemic any moment now, based on extensive and growing transmission of the novel influenza virus in Australia and Europe.

May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009

Yes, it's a pandemic: Where do we go from here?

No, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared the novel H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak a pandemic. It should. And it may. But your next steps need not depend on the WHO raising the pandemic alert level to phase 6. In fact, they shouldn't depend on it.

May 04, 2009

May 04, 2009

How soon can you expect phase 6, and what really changes when the phase does?

As the novel H1N1 influenza virus (aka the "swine flu") spreads to more countries and sickens more people, the question invariably arises, when will the World Health Organization (WHO) change the pandemic alert level to phase 6?

May 01, 2009

May 01, 2009

Straight talk on business travel, working smart, school closures, and realistic expectations

The media may have deflected their focused attention away from the novel H1N1 influenza virus (what they've called swine flu) for the moment, but I know you're still on high alert, and with good reason.

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 29, 2009

What does the bump to phase 5 mean for your business now?

After seeing the pandemic alert level sit at phase 3 for years, suddenly witnessing the World Health Organization (WHO) accelerate from phase 3 to phase 5 in mere days feels terribly unnerving. Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast—literally.

Apr 27, 2009

Apr 27, 2009

What do the WHO pandemic alert phase changes mean to you?

Big news today: The World Health Organization (WHO) ended days of speculation and finally bumped the pandemic alert level to phase 4. What's more, it did so after releasing revamped definitions and meanings yesterday.

Apr 27, 2009

As US swine flu cases double, some travel to Mexico discouraged

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed 20 more swine influenza cases, all connected to previous cases at a New York City high school, and said federal officials will issue new travel advice urging against nonessential travel to Mexico.

Apr 24, 2009

Apr 24, 2009

The swine flu news gets worse -- and what you should do about it

In yesterday's Special Edition, we reported on two potentially alarming developments: a novel swine flu outbreak in California and Texas that had infected seven people, who all recovered; and a much more severe respiratory disease outbreak in Mexico, with 120 reported cases, including 13 deaths.

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