Many organizations are moving their pandemic plans into “All Hazard Health Plans” that include seasonal and pandemic influenza, MERS CoV, common infectious diseases, malaria, chemical, biological, radiology and nuclear threats as well as environmental issues such as air pollution. These plans should be standardized globally, but adjustable locally to meet the local health impact and severity. With media attention growing with new outbreaks in Asia, many companies are taking another look at their plans.
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As an estimated 3 million Muslims return from Mecca and Medina from the hajj, health officials around the world are on the lookout for any signs of The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The illness has caused more than 100 cases and 45 deaths since it surfaced in 2012. Read full blog post
Over the past two weeks, we have seen a heightened state of alert in China in response to the identification of a new Avian Influenza virus A(H7N9) that has acquired the capability to infect humans. There are now more than 60 confirmed cases and numerous deaths. Read full blog post
Recently, a strain of bird flu virus was identified (H7N9) in China that’s now affecting humans. So far, more than 30 people in Shanghai and three surrounding provinces have become infected. New cases are being reported nearly every day and there have been a significant number of fatalities.
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News that a traveler who had spent time in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan turned up in a UK hospital gravely ill with the novel coronavirus was a stark reminder of the speed with which an infectious diseases can move across the globe at the speed of transoceanic air travel. Subsequent news that a family member, who presumably not been traveling, has been hospitalized with similar symptoms suggests they possibility of the disease spreading through human to human contact, raising concerns that this might be the next big health worry for managers responsible for international business operations. Read full blog post
This year’s flu season in the United States is off to an early and powerful start. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update says 41 states reported widespread activity the last week in December, up 10 states from the previous week. Read full blog post
The release of the film “Contagion” last week coupled with the recent FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) notification of a troubling strain of bird flu (H5N1) – has put pandemic planning back in the forefront. Read full blog post