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The Threat of Bird Flu

Is a pandemic on the horizon?

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

The Threat of Bird Flu (8/24/2005)

Presentation transcript

Presentation video

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. What happens when the influenza A virus transfers from wild birds to domestic birds?
  2. How are bird flu and human flu related?
  3. What is needed for a pandemic to occur? Which of these conditions are present at this time?
  4. How can we become more prepared for a bird flu outbreak?
  5. What are the positives and negatives of the recently discovered vaccine?

Related Links

Get Up to Date (WHO)
WHO site provides the latest bird flu information.

Short Supply (ABC News)
Medicine isn't readily available to treat a bird flu outbreak, reports ABC News.

From Birds to Humans (WHO)
How did this happen?

Bird Flu in Humans (WHO)
The World Health Organization reports the cumulative number of confirmed human cases of avian flu.

Warnings of a Flu Pandemic (Nature)
Nature, the international weekly journal of science, provides a Web Focus on avian flu with news and scientific reports warning about the potential of a human flu pandemic.

Avian Flu Vaccine (Science Daily)
Researchers believe they have found a single vaccine that could be used to protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics.

Signs and Symptoms (Mayo Clinic)
Mayo Clinic describes how bird flu reveals itself in humans.

Links updated: 23 January 2009
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