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Pandemic Influenza Response Plan for Prisons and Jails, Part II  

Author:  Rachel D.  Schwartz, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 08, Number 01, November/December 2006 , pp.3-6(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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This is part two of a twopart series on Avian Influenza (H5N1). In Part I, we discussed the early spread of the flu. This early spread is setting the stage for a pandemic of epic proportions. In this installment, we will address the issues of absenteeism, treatment, containment, training, education, and strategy development. Evidence indicates that infectious disease outbreaks in penal institutions tend to be “explosive” in nature, with high attack rates as well as significant morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: overcrowding, WHO, CDC, risk assessment, Treatment, Containment, triage, hygiene, social distancing, Absenteeism

Affiliations:  1: Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

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