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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: WHO situation updates

WHO continues to provide full coverage and situation updates on pandemic (H1N1) 2009 on the Global Alert and Response - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 web site. On this site you will also find the latest guidance documents for national authorities, as well as information for the general public. Visit:

WHO interim technical advice for case management of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 on ships – now available online

This document is part of a series of guidance documents on pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and the public health emergency of international concern determined by WHO Director-General on 25 April 2009. These documents are updated regularly and can be accessed on the WHO web site. The target audience for this document includes National IHR Focal Points under the International Health Regulations (2005), competent authorities at ports, national public health officials, as well as ship operators, port administrators, other port personnel, ship crew members, and other port authorities and stakeholders involved in ship travel.

Five keys to safer food – Train the Trainer course – Module 1: Directed to Women

Further to publication of the WHO Guide on Safe Food for Travellers*, the WHO Food Safety programme has released the Train the Trainer course – Five keys to Food Safety – Module 1: Directed to Women. This training course provides guidance on how to both educate on and promote the adoption of safe food handling behaviour. The first module was designed to target women as women play an important role in the production and the preparation of safe food. The course was developed in response to the increasing number of requests from countries to assist in strengthening their food safety education programmes for the prevention of foodborne diseases. This course also supports the WHO Director-General's priority to promote the health of women, particularly in developing countries (see the WHO Report on Women and Health launched on 9 November 2009 at

The training course is available in English at

Contact: Françoise Fontannaz (Tel: +41 22 791 3697 - E-mail: fontannazf@who.int

*WHO Guide on Safe Food for Travellers:

Natural ventilation for infection control in health-care settings

Adequate ventilation can reduce the transmission of infection in health-care settings. Natural ventilation can be one of the effective environmental measures to reduce the risk of spread of infections in health care. This guideline first defines ventilation and then natural ventilation. It explores the design requirements for natural ventilation in the context of infection control, describing the basic principles of design, construction, operation and maintenance for an effective natural ventilation system to control infection in health-care settings.

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