Warnings against Influenza pandemic

Critical Care

LogoIn new evidence presented to a House of Lords committee in July, the UK government has warned that 50 million people could die as a result of failing to act against a possible global flu pandemic.

Increased globalisation and changes in lifestyles were blamed for giving rise to new infections and allowing them to quickly spread. Rapid detection and accurate diagnoses were described as key factors in halting any future outbreaks both within a country’s borders and beyond.

Preceding these findings, Dr Anantham and colleagues published a review article in Critical Care in June, describing the obligations placed upon healthcare professionals in light of a possible pandemic. Seemingly mirroring the government’s stance, the authors of the review warn against the consequences of a weak response to this threat, particularly by physicians.

Review   
Clinical review: Influenza pandemic physicians and their obligations
Devanand Anantham, Wendy McHugh, Stephen O’Neill, Lachlan Forrow
Critical Care 2008, 12:217 (24 June 2008)

Critical Care’s reviews and commentaries require a subscription for access, but if you do not currently have a subscription to the journal, you can register for a free 30-day trial. All research articles published in the journal are open access.

Surayya Johar
In-house Editor, Critical Care

View the latest posts on the On Medicine homepage

Comments

By commenting, you’re agreeing to follow our community guidelines.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *