Accession Number:

ADA526847

Title:

Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. April 2009

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT

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Report Date:

2009-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The World Health Organization raised the level of influenza AH1N1 alert to five on a one to six scale, meaning that it considers a pandemic highly probable. All countries are asked to activate their pandemic plans and be prepared to deal with emergency situations. The flu--a combination of swine, bird, and human viruses--started in Mexico and rapidly spread around the world, with cases confirmed in 11 countries, as of the end of April. WHO flu expert Dr Keiji Fukuda said, Containment is not a feasible operation. In response to the outbreak, WHO has applied the International Health Regulations 2005 that entered into force in 2007 for all member states. Some experts consider that the influenza AH1N1 will test IHR 2005s efficiency and countries compliance, as well as provide an opportunity for increased preparedness for eventual future acts of bioterrorism and expedite research for a vaccine that would protect against a larger spectrum of viruses. The Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development announced that the development of a universal flu vaccine is getting closer to reality.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE