Navigation Links
1957-58 Flu Pandemic Can Provide Clues to Planning for h1n1
Date:8/5/2009

Similarities Between 2 Pandemics Can Aid in Preparedness and Response

BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. prepares for a resurgence of H1N1 influenza this fall, much can be learned from looking at a previous pandemic that had similar patterns. In an article published today in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) examined historical documents, published material, and newspaper coverage related to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic to compare the progress and severity of that outbreak with the current one. The simple, practical actions taken in 1957 allowed the country to continue functioning with minimal disruption.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090805/DC57357LOGO)

Lead author Dr. D. A. Henderson had major responsibility for establishing the CDC influenza surveillance program during the early stages of the 1957 flu; data and analysis of events presented are based on his direct experiences as well as copies of surveillance reports that were published in 1957-58.

"There is need for an understanding in national policy circles of the options for dealing with a pandemic, and time is short if states and local communities are going to be prepared," said Henderson.

During the 1957 pandemic, 25% of the U.S. population became ill, and excess mortality due to pneumonia and influenza occurred. It was a rapidly spreading disease, and it quickly became apparent to U.S. health officials that efforts to stop or slow its spread were futile.

Thus, no efforts were made to quarantine individuals or groups, and a deliberate decision was made not to cancel or postpone large meetings such as conferences, church gatherings, or athletic events. Health officials emphasized providing medical care to those who were sick and keeping community and health services functioning. School absenteeism was high, but schools were not closed unless the number of students or teachers fell low enough to warrant closure.

Special efforts were made to speed the production of vaccine, but the quantities that were produced were too late to substantially affect the impact of the epidemic. The spread of the disease was so rapid that within 3 months it had swept across the country and had largely disappeared.

Although it is impossible to predict the course that H1N1 will take, planning for it can be informed by the experiences of the recent past.

The article, "Public Health and Medical Responses to the 1957-58 Influenza Pandemic," was published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism ahead of print at: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/bsp/0/0.

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation's resilience in the face of such events.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. HHS Announces $75 Million in Supplemental Funding to States for Pandemic Flu Preparedness
2. CEO Addresses Tennessee Business Leaders About Developing Pandemic and Business Continuity Plans
3. Peer-Reviewed, Online Database Showcases Local, County and State Pandemic Planning
4. New Report Says a Pandemic is Overdue, But Companies and Nations are ill Prepared to Cope With the Impact
5. Report highlights inadequate pandemic planning as a threat to EU security
6. AIDS Ignorance: One-Third of Adults Admit Little or No Knowledge of Pandemic
7. Global Summit on AIDS & The Church Calls for Public, Private and Parish Sectors To Unite in Response to Worldwide Pandemic: Pastor Rick and Kay Warren Host More Than 1,700 at Event Featuring International Dignitaries, Political Figures and International E
8. Vical Expands Clinical Testing of DNA Vaccine Against H5N1 Pandemic Influenza
9. CEO Addresses Georgia Business Leaders About Developing Pandemic and Business Continuity Plans
10. iJET Unveils 2007 Year-in-Review Report on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Planning
11. Flu Pandemic: Is the U.S. Ready?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... On 2 March 2017, the United ... Operations Command’s Patriot Award. The award was presented by the USSOCOM Commander, General ... for its significant and enduring support to the command. , Accepting the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... European Guidelines and the New MEDDEV 2.7/1 Rev. 4 Guidance, **An FDAnews ... http://www.fdanews.com/mdclineval                  , How will the new EU MDR language change the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... March 25th from 10am - 2pm. All events will be located in the ... will be hosting a no-cost Child ID event. No appointment is necessary and each ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... GeBBS Healthcare Solutions unveils the ... 21st annual Compliance Institute on March 26-28 in National Harbor, Maryland. ... chart types with a comprehensive set of features including built-in workflow, interactive audit ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... News Advisory/Interview Opportunity , After six years of advocacy, testimony ... Europe for public health and the environment and is calling on the United States ... the overwhelming support of European citizens, the European Union (EU) will, beginning next year, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... Florida , March 22, 2017 ... ... uses and applications for cannabis CBD oil continues to ... explosive CBD Oil extraction market are enhancing production through ... thriving in the legal marijuana sector include: Future Farm Technologies ...
(Date:3/22/2017)...  Varex Imaging Corporation (Nasdaq: VREX ) ... pricing agreement with Toshiba Medical Systems under which Varex ... tubes for integration into Toshiba Medical,s CT imaging systems ... effective April 1, 2017. Potential sales of ... to be in the range of $345 million to ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... WOODRIDGE, Ill. , March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... providing innovative solutions for patients who suffer from ... their management team. Recent hires include experienced medtech ... Officer (CMO), Richard Powers , Chief Information ... President of Manufacturing and Operations, who bring a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: