Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:245-245. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.000412

In this special theme issue, Michael L Perdue & Tim Nguyen (246) look at the WHO public health research agenda for influenza two years from its initial publication. Nahoko Shindo & Sylvie Briand (247) discuss influenza at the beginning of the 21st century, while, in an interview, William Ampofo (254–255) tells Ben Jones why it is essential to track the burden of influenza in Africa.

Kenya

Population-based influenza burden

Daniel R Feikin et al. (256–263) look at the burden of influenza in rural western Kenya from 2007 to 2009.

Mongolia

Mitigating influenza transmission

KJ Bolton et al. (264–271) find that timely pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions could lessen the severity of future epidemics.

Bangladesh

Influenza-associated mortality in 2009

Nusrat Homaira et al. (272–278) examine influenza mortality data from four sentinel sites.

China

Influenza deaths in cities

Luzhao Feng et al. (279–288) assess influenza mortality in temperate and subtropical cities.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Improving influenza surveillance

C Steffen et al. (301–305) discuss ways to improve influenza surveillance in tropical countries.

Indonesia

Healthy food markets

Gina Samaan et al. (295–300) assess the feasibility of guidelines for improving the safety of bird markets.

Peru

Surveillance priorities

Hugo Razuri et al. (318–320) look at the obstacles to effective influenza surveillance.

Brazil, New Zealand, Sierra Leone and the United States of America

The medium is the message

Ben Jones (252–253) reports on influenza communication efforts in Brazil, New Zealand, Sierra Leone and the United States of America.

Global

Preventing pneumonia

Adam L Cohen et al. (289–294) review pneumonia control options.

Lessons from the pandemic

Maria D Van Kerkhove & Neil M Ferguson (306–310) describe how outbreak analysis and mathematical modelling can affect pandemic policy decisions.

Preparation is key

Angus Nicoll et al. (311–317) evaluate the next steps for pandemic preparedness in the 21st century.

The influenza enigma

Patrick Adams (250–251) reports highlights of the history of influenza research.