The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Infectious Disease

The National Academies

What You Need To Know About Infectious Disease

Modeling Community Containment for Pandemic Influenza: A Letter Report (2006)

As the influenza virus continues to evolve and develop resistance to available pharmaceutical drugs, scientists and policymakers are concerned that the world may be hit with a pandemic that cannot be contained by vaccines and antivirals. If this is the case, nonpharmaceutical community containment strategies may be vital to helping protect the public against influenza outbreaks. The Institute of Medicine convened a committee to examine influenza epidemiology, existing containment models, and historical responses to influenza pandemics in order to assess the utility of community wide intervention strategies and make recommendations to policymakers. Modeling Community Containment for Pandemic Influenza is a letter summarizing this committee meeting.

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True or False: The only way public health agencies can deal with infectious disease is to have good surveillance in place, wait for an outbreak to happen in a human population, and then rush to contain it.

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    By identifying pathogens in the animals where they naturally live and monitoring those organisms as they move from animals into people, it may be possible to prevent deadly new infections of animal origin from entering and racing through human populations.