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A project of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, AlertNet is a news aggregator that aims to raise awareness of humanitarian crises around the globe, particularly 'forgotten' emergencies that rarely make headlines. It publishes news from over 400 aid agencies and other media outlets across a range of topics, from natural disasters to climate change to health. AlertNet also provides tools for journalists, including facts and figures, crisis briefings and training modules.
The CIDRAP avian flu website publishes news written by in-house journalists as well as links to free stories appearing elsewhere. It hosts lists of guidelines and selected research papers, with links to full articles where available.
The site's detailed, up-to-date, overview documents are particularly useful. The first of these, on agricultural and wildlife considerations, defines avian flu and describes its hosts, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and prevention amongst other topics. The second looks at the implications of bird flu for human disease. It describes available lab tests, epidemiological and clinical features and available treatments. The current status of candidate vaccines, travel recommendations and surveillance are also all considered at length.
This blog provides comprehensive coverage of bird flu news and developments. It is frequently updated and contains a number of links to other relevant H5N1 resources, including journal articles, government sites and audio-video files. Links to French language websites are also provided.
This Reuters site covers new developments in the bird flu crisis, and offers a free email alert service. Features of the site include a summary of the bird flu crisis, a timeline of events and links to other online resources.
The Flu Wiki aims to help local communities prepare for and cope with a possible influenza pandemic by collecting information and encouraging discussion. It is a collaborative website that allows any user to edit content, and has an extensive list of other online resources relating to all aspects of avian flu and pandemic preparedness, and a popular online discussion forum.
The WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of H5N1. The site gives information on the virus for the general public as well as more technical resources for experts. The associated media centre provides news stories, statements and media notes. The WHO regularly publishes a table of confirmed human cases of avian influenza.
The OIE produces an avian influenza portal for national veterinary services and veterinary professionals, farmers, media and the general public. They compile an update on cases of H5-type avian influenza in animals, which includes disease outbreak maps and graphs.