April 2006
New Scientist;4/1/2006, Vol. 190 Issue 2545, p27
This article reports that a simulator showing how outbreaks of avian flu or SARS might spread around the world would be a great help in the struggle to contain such diseases. Such is the vision of researchers at the World Health Organization, who last week said that to effectively confront emerging infectious diseases they need a massive chunk of computing power. The global epidemic simulator would mimic climate simulators, which monitor the movement and behaviour of weather systems. It would record where disease outbreaks occur, where they are heading and, crucially, allow scientists to try out virtual mitigation measures to see which might work best on the ground.


Related Articles

  • New regulations aim to prevent international health crises. Moszynski, Peter // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/16/2007, Vol. 334 Issue 7606, p1243 

    This article reports on a reworking of public health emergency regulations that came as the result of an agreement by the 2005 World Health Assembly. The revision broadens the scope of notification to the World Health Organization (WHO) from cases of communicable disease to all events that may...

  • SARS and avian flue. Goddard, Nicholas; Delpech, Valerie; Watson, John // Pulse;9/13/2004, Vol. 64 Issue 36, p68 

    Presents views of physicians on severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS and avian flu in Great Britain. Concern on the threat posed by SARS to the world; Comparison of the severity of risk posed by avian influenza with SARS; Level of threat of both diseases in the country.

  • WHO's next?  // Nature Medicine;Oct2006, Vol. 12 Issue 10, p1104 

    The article discusses the merits and profiles of leading contenders for the post of director general of the World Health Organization from the list of the 15 nominated candidates making the race more crowded than expected. The incumbent Lee died suddenly just three years into his five-year term....

  • Development of vaccines for SARS and avian influenza.  // WHO Drug Information;2004, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p220 

    The article reports on a joint workshop that was held between the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the World Health Organization on development of vaccines against SARS and avian influenza. Discussion took place on various aspects of vaccine programmes on SARS, influenza, HIV,...

  • Bird Flu Far More Deadly than SARS, WHO Says.  // Clinical Infectious Diseases;1/15/2005, Vol. 40 Issue 2, preceding p1 

    This article reports that the bird flu virus is far more lethal than the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus that struck Asia last year and could unleash a pandemic that could kill as many as 50 million people, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said. A WHO estimate last week that...

  • FLUed: A Novel Four-Layer Model for Simulating Epidemic Dynamics and Assessing Intervention Policies. Chung-Yuan Huang; Tzai-Hung Wen; Yu-Shiuan Tsai // Journal of Applied Mathematics;2013, p1 

    From the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, to the 2009 swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, to the projected highly pathogenic avian influenza A event, emerging infectious diseases highlight the importance of computational epidemiology to assess potential intervention...

  • WHO's call for international pandemic action unheeded. Lett, Dan // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/24/2005, Vol. 172 Issue 11, p1429 

    Explains that the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) for developed countries to help developing countries finance preparations for an impending influenza pandemic remains unheeded. Preparations made by Canada in reaction to the WHO warning of an impending influenza pandemic; Annual...

  • Avian Flu Virus Mutating, Posing Bigger Threat--WHO.  // Clinical Infectious Diseases;7/15/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 2, preceding p1 

    This article reports that the spate of human avian influenza cases in Vietnam this year suggests the virus may be mutating in ways that are making it more capable of being passed from person to person, according to a World Health Organization report. While investigators could not prove human-...

  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.  // Journal of Environmental Health;Nov2004, Vol. 67 Issue 4, p39 

    This article reports that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is on course to be operational in 2005. The European Union (EU) summit in December 2003 decided that the ECDC will be based in Sweden, and the Swedish government has chosen Stockholm for its location....


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics