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European Risk Observatory Report: Expert forecast on Emerging Biological Risks related to Occupational Safety and Health

A 145-page report that identifies the top emerging biological risks likely to affect workers across Britain and Europe. The report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is part of a series of “Risk Observatory” studies aiming to prepare employers and governments across the EU for possible occupational health and safety threats of future. Read More

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science

An 18-page article offering suggestions on why and how to catalyze the civic infrastructure for an extreme health event. Read More

Infectious Disease

A webquest with virtual field trips and educational activities for middle and high school science students on infectious disease. Read More

What's Making You Sick?

This free, standards-based, online publication, developed for middle school science teachers, explores sickness. Viruses with such exotic names as Ebola, bird flu, monkeypox, and West Nile have been making the headlines lately. Even those middle-schoolers who don’t read the news online or in print have probably heard some of the warnings, predictions, and hype surrounding mention of these viruses. Knowing the facts is important for all of us. Read More

AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Pandemic Avian Influenza

A pandemic influenza is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new strain of influenza virus appears, which causes serious illness and death in humans and is easily spread from person to person. Much of the focus on pandemic flu in recent years has centered on the potential threat posed by avian influenza, which is caused by the H5N1 strain of Influenza A. The concern is that the avian flu virus will develop the ability to spread easily from person to person. Read More

Pandemic Flu

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is directing nearly $1.1 billion in existing preparedness funds to manufacture two important parts of a vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile, to produce small amounts of potential vaccine for research, and to perform clinical research over the summer. Read More

Seasonal Flu Weekly Reports

All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received. (Due to the response to the novel influenza A (H1N1) investigation, surveillance regions were changed from Census Divisions to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Regions.) Read More

Vector-borne Diseases and Zoonotic (transmitted between animals and humans) Diseases

The potential of emerging diseases such as Avian Influenza (bird flu) to spread rapidly world-wide is accelerating research on zoonoses, diseases that are transmitted between animals and humans. Plans to investigate and either prevent or control such disease outbreaks involve coordination of standardized animal and human health data; increased collaboration among veterinarians, doctors, and wildlife biologists; as well as the development of early warning systems. USGS is contributing expertise to these areas by describing and investigating the links between animal disease and public health threats. USGS is also contributing expertise to the study of vector-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. Arthropods, such as fleas, ticks, or mosquitos, are common vectors that transfer disease from an infected individual to others, be they wild or domestic animals or people Read More


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