In Spring of 2009, an outbreak of influenza type A H1N1 appeared in Mexico. Within days dozens had died in Mexico, leading to the closure of schools, churches, and other public settings. In addition, it was quickly carried throughout the world, spreading to the United States, Canada, European countries, and New Zealand, and threatened to become a full-scale global pandemic.
Twelve years earlier, a global outbreak of avian influenza sickened at least 229 people and killed 131. Then in 2003, an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which became known as SARS, caused 8,000 illnesses and killed 774 on three continents.
These diseases served as wake-up calls to the world health community for the possibility of a new pandemic influenza outbreak. This is the first of three courses covering pandemic influenza. This first part covers the history and virology of pandemic influenza, infection control and public health measures.To complete this course, you must do the following:
The material is organized around the following categories:
The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the history and virology of pandemic influenza, an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza, treatments for influenza, and patient education measures. The course also provides nurses with an understanding of the infection control and public health measures for a pandemic influenza outbreak.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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