IDSA is working to keep members informed during the swine influenza outbreak. The latest notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Health Alert Network (HAN) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are available on IDSA’s homepage, www.idsociety.org. (IDSA members can sign up to receive these alerts via e-mail online. You must be logged in to have access to this link.) The homepage also includes a link to more resources from CDC, the World Health Organization, and others.
CDC has set up a swine influenza website at www.cdc.gov/swineflu. The site is updated regularly as new information becomes available. A page with interim guidance documents, generated with input from many IDSA members, is available on topics including:
New guidances are being added frequently.
CDC provides clinicians with real-time information to prepare for and respond to emergency events, including the swine influenza outbreak, through the Clinician Outreach Communication Activity (COCA). Participants will receive regular e-mail updates emergency issues and on training opportunities relevant to clinicians. Clinicians can sign up at emergency.cdc.gov/clinregistry/. Audio files from two recent COCA conference calls on swine influenza are available at the bottom of CDC’s swine influenza guidances page.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also set up a page devoted to swine influenza at www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html, including regular situation updates. WHO’s site also has a guidances page, which includes:
IDSA and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) jointly host the Emerging Infections Network (EIN), a provider-based sentinel network designed to help the public-health community detect trends in emerging infectious diseases. The Network provides a great opportunity for members to share knowledge quickly across large geographical distances. The EIN listserve allows members to discuss new disease trends and difficult cases. Click here for more information or to join EIN.
The Society sent an e-mail notice to members at the beginning of the crisis and will continue to provide information in this manner as necessary. Key experts within and outside CDC and WHO are IDSA members, and Society staff are working closely with all involved to facilitate communication of important information to members, Congress, the media, and the public.
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