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[A comprehensive reference document covering all aspects of the biology of human avian influenza H5N1 virus updated to 16 May 2007 is available at the CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota) website via the general link:]

The contents are arranged under the following headings and include references to key publications:

Laboratory testing for avian influenza in humans
Summary of avian influenza in humans
Current outbreak of H5N1 in birds and other animals
H5N1 in humans: epidemiologic features
H5N1 in humans: clinical features
Treatment and prophylaxis
Current status of H5N1 candidate vaccines
Current WHO and CDC travel recommendations
Use of seasonal flu vaccine in humans at risk for H5N1 infection
Surveillance considerations
Influenza pandemic considerations
Infection control recommendations
Guidance to protect workers from avian influenza viruses
Food safety issues

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