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The following web sites and new articles have been selected as resources for additional information. These links are not part of the Marian Koshland Science Museum web site. The National Academies does not endorse and is not responsible for material found on external sites. The links will open in a separate window.

Science NOW Magazine
Mutation Fired Outbreak of Deadly Tropical Virus
What a difference a nucleotide makes. A simple change in the gengetic sequence of the chikungunya virus may have triggered a massive outbreak of the deadly tropical disease on an island in the Indian Ocean in 2005 and 2006.

Science NOW Magazine
Italian Virus Outbreak May Portend Global Spread
Another pathogen has jumped its tradional boundaries to begin what some fear is a march around the globe.

US Government
PandemicFlu.gov
The US Government has built the Avian Influenza website to inform the public about the virus. It provides updates about recent cases world-wide, steps the government is taking to manage a potential pandemic, and information about how this virus is/could evolve.

National Institutes of Health
Emerging Infectious Diseases
This is a list compiled by the NIH that provides links to information about many different emerging infectious diseases all over the world.

National Academies Press
Microbial Threats to Health: The Threat of Pandemic Influenza (2005)
The National Academies' 2005 publication, Microbial Threats to Health: The Threat of Pandemic Influenza, prescribes ways to address microbial outbreaks before they become dangerous through measures of containment and control, particularly to prepare for the threat of an avian influenza outbreak.

National Academies Press
Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response (2003)
Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response, published by the National Academies in 2003 focuses on giving recommendations on ways to survey, control, and prevent microbial disease outbreaks.

National Academies Press
Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States (1992)
The 1992 Academies' study, Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States, discusses the key factors that are necessary for an epidemic to occur and provides recommendations for ways to prevent them from spreading.

National Academies Press
The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? Workshop Summary (2005)
The 2005 Academies' workshop summary, The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready, provides different perspectives of scientists about the avian influenza potential pandemic and individual scientists' recommendations about ways to address the situation.

National Academies Press
A Call to Action Against Microbial Threats: Meeting the Challenges Posed by Infectious Diseases (2003)
In 2003 the Academies' published A Call to Action Against Microbial Threats: Meeting the Challenges Posed by Infectious Diseases in INFocus Magazine. The article uses the examples of SARS and West Nile to highlight the lack of preparation of the Nation and world for a potential pandemic threat.

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