ICT for Health (Education)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Threat of Bird Flu

H5N1 (aka "avian influenza A" aka "bird flu") has been confirmed in wild birds in northern Mongolia. Meanwhile, it was ruled out in the deaths of 50 birds in Oulu, Finland. Kazakhstan has also reported cases. National Geographic's cover story (October 2005) is on the potential for the bird flu to become a pandemic on the scale of the 1918 influenza (~21 million people died), accelerated by modern transportation. The interest here is in how ICT can enable higher quality surveillance and response given the potential speed of the outbreak.

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