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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus guidance documents, FAQs and situation updates

To inform countries and the general public on the evolving pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus, WHO has set up a web page with complete coverage of this public health event. It provides situation updates and maps, technical guidance documents, information for the general public such as frequently asked questions and basic advice on prevention and hygiene. The page is updated regularly.

WHO experts consultation on Ebola Reston pathogenicity in humans, 1 April 2009

The discovery of Reston ebolavirus in pigs in the Philippines in November 2008 and subsequent human infections, prompted WHO to organize an informal meeting of international experts to provide guidance to WHO in responding to specific questions related to the pathogenicity of Reston ebolavirus in humans. A panel of 18 experts was convened by teleconference on 1 April 2009 bringing together expertise on Reston ebolavirus and emerging infectious diseases in the fields of virology, pathogenicity, immunology, epidemiology, laboratory techniques and ecology. The meeting focused on the pathogenicity of Reston ebolavirus in humans and addressed a specific set of questions.

Polio network helps respond to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus

The technical network of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is actively helping support the global response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus. With a network of technical staff and associated transportation, communications and data management capacity in more than 70 countries, the GPEI network has in the past helped identify and respond to outbreaks due to avian influenza, SARS, meningitis, Marburg fever, Ebola, cholera and other serious infectious diseases.

Polio vaccination required for the Hajj

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has again highlighted polio in its health regulations for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims in Mecca. Saudi Arabia requires that all pilgrims arriving from countries with on-going polio transmission must vaccinate their children prior to arrival. Pilgrims travelling from polio-endemic countries must be vaccinated, regardless of age, and will then receive another dose of oral polio vaccine on arrival.

Yellow fever: Release of two new interactive CD ROMs

Two new interactive CD ROMS for control and prevention of yellow fever are now available in French: Investigation d'une épidémie de fièvre jaune and Campagne de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune. The first provides training based on role-playing and decision-making, and it has been developed for use by health professionals working in Sub-saharan Africa. The second CD ROM, Campagne de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune is a training tool developed within the GAVI initiative to combat yellow fever. The objective is to encourage countries to develop quality immunization campaigns. The English versions will be released shortly.