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CE spotlight: Flu pandemic preparation: What does your facility need to know?*

Nurse Leader Insider, September 7, 2009

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It seems like potential pandemics require an animal in the title—especially if the word "flu" is involved. But influenza pandemics are no laughing matter, and with swine flu still on everyone's mind, facilities need to ask: Are we ready for the next pandemic?

Novel influenza A (aka H1N1, swine influenza, swine flu, hog flu, or pig flu) is an infection of a host animal by any of a specific type of microorganisms called swine influenza virus. The swine flu moniker stems from media labeling of a swine-origin A/H1N1 pandemic virus, similar to the way avian flu was caused by the HPAI (high pathogenic avian influenza) H5N1 strain that is endemic to wild bird species in several countries.

The 2009 swine flu outbreak in humans stems from a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (origin unknown). According to the World Organization for Animal Health, this strain has not been isolated to pigs and causes the normal symptom of influenza in humans.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the new CE article, "Flu pandemic preparation: What does your facility need to know?*" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's online resource center, www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com.


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