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Letter from the Editors--H1N1 Resources

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In this week's Letter from the Editors, we present a round up of links to information on H1N1. Our focus was on sources that are collections of information and regularly updated, with the addition of two resources that take less serious perspective to the current pandemic panic.

If you know of a resource that meets these criteria and think it should be added to this list, please email us at info@ohpe.ca or editor@ohpe.ca.

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1 Maps and News

Canada.com Swine Flu news
http://www.canada.com/health/swine-flu/index.html

CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/04/27/f-swine-flu-map.html
Map of H1N1 cases worldwide and links to CBC news stories on H1N1 issues

CTV Health
http://www.ctv.ca/health
Links to recent print and video stories on H1N1

FluTracker
http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com/
Map of H1N1 cases worldwide

Ottawa Citizen Swine Flu Updates
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/swine-flu/index.html

Toronto Star HealthZone Swine Flu Outbreak coverage
http://www.healthzone.ca/swineflu

Toronto Star Map of the Week's H1N1 in Ontario map, showing cases in each health unit
http://thestar.blogs.com/maps/2009/05/map-of-the-week-h1n1-in-ontario.html
Map of Ontario H1N1 cases in each health unit

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2 Ontario Resources

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html
Ministry emergency response plan, news releases and videos, contact information for all Ontario local public health units and for Telehealth Ontario
MOHLTC also has http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/emu/pan_flu/pan_flu_mn.html -- much of the same information, but not presented as cleanly.

Toronto Public Health
http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/h1n1/index.htm
Basic information only, but it is available in multiple languages:http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/h1n1/multilingual_resources.htm

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3 National Resources (Canada)

FightFlu.ca
http://www.fightflu.ca/

From the Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments. Updates, information on symptoms and prevention, links to provincial and territorial information. Available in English and French.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
http://www.ccohs.ca/
Comprehensive resources on influenza outbreaks generally and pandemic outbreaks specifically (http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/pandemic_flu.html), a pandemic planning website covering home, work, and community (http://www.ccohs.ca/pandemic/), and a free 20-minute Pandemic Awareness e-course you can do at any time from your own computer (http://www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/pandemic_aware/).

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/swine_200904-eng.php
Updates, FAQs, information for travellers, separate sections for health professionals and media along with general information on how to care for someone with H1N1 flu at home, proper handwashing, and emergency planning for families.

Canadian Medical Association Infobase - Clinical practice guidelines : H1N1 (human swine influenza)
http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/87104/la_id/1.htm
Many recently-updated guidelines on appropriate response to H1N1 flu.

Government of Canada News Centre on Swine Influenza
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=/index&nid=446729
Links to PHAC, FightFlu, etc. as well as statements by government officials

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4 International Links

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of influenza A(H1N1) and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic.News, guidance documents, regional information, FAQs, and daily situation updates, including maps showing laboratory-confirmed cases and deaths

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention H1N1 Flu information centre
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
General information as well as publications, an RSS feed, video podcasts on many relevant topics, a Twitter feed, widgets you can add to your website and more. An excellent collection of information and tools with which to disseminate it. Much of the information is also available in Spanish.

H1N1 Flu Updates from the DynaMed Clinical Summary (free from EBSCOhost)
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/h1n1/
"Consolidates information from multiple sources for health care providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses during this outbreak."

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5 Levity

The Sneeze Game
http://www.miniclip.com/games/sneeze/en/
Sneeze once and watch the infection spread! The more people you infect, the more points you get.

Reuters: Afghanistan's only pig quarantined in flu fear
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5444XQ20090505