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Avian Influenza: A critical View

Azmal Hussain (Editor)

The ongoing H5N1 influenza outbreak among birds with occasional transmission to human beings is of major concern owing to intriguing parallels between the H5N1 virus and the 1918 influenza strain. According to the checklist of the World Health Organization, should the highly pathogenic virus acquire the capability of easy human-to-human transmissibility, even the most conservative scenario can anticipate up to several 100 million outpatient visits, more than 25 million hospital admissions and several million death all over the world.

In order to face an unknown threat like this, it is wise to imagine and plan for the worst. As the threat is global, strategies must also be global. But the task becomes quite tricky given the presence of hundreds of different nations with different prevailing socio-ecological situations. There has been much alarm about avian influenza and its potential for a global pandemic ever since the current epidemic of its infections in humans began in 2003. Although there have been a number of published reports on the clinical features of avian influenza, there are few guidelines on the practical management of patients afflicted by it. At this juncture, a popular scientific basis for understanding the emergency is of utmost importance, which can enable anybody concerned to address the issue with a pragmatic approach. This book is expected to sensitize a wide range of stakeholders by providing a thorough understanding of the socio-biological as well as epidemiological aspects of the issue.

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About the author

Azmal Hussain

Azmal Hussain holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology from Gauhati University. He has handled several action and research ventures independently for different organizations working for the underprivileged and particularly addressing issues like nutrition and education with a focus on women and children. He is also commissioned as a research and documentation expert in the projects sponsored by different development agencies like Lutheran World Relief, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, UNICEF etc. Presently, he is working as a Faculty Associate at Icfai Business School Research Center, Kolkata. He has already edited several books in the areas like health, nutrition and community development, published by Icfai University Press.

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Bibliographic information

Title Avian Influenza: A critical View
Author Azmal Hussain
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788131416884
length vii+184p., Figures; 24cm.