Avian Influenza Toolkit for Travel ClinicsThe Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is committed to protecting the health of Michigan citizens, which includes planning for the possibility of an influenza pandemic. While the current avian influenza A / (H5N1) outbreak in Asia, Africa and Europe has not yet reached the United States, everyone involved in the healthcare sector must be ready for such a situation. As healthcare providers who interact with international travelers and visitors, you could possibly be faced with a patient infected with a novel or avian influenza virus. In preparation of such an event, MDCH has compiled the following information regarding avian and pandemic influenza for travel clinics:
- Avian Influenza: Michigan's Preparation and Response Brochure
- Laboratory Algorithms for Influenza Testing:
For additional information, the following websites may be helpful:
- The MDCH Influenza website at http://www.michigan.gov/flu
- The CDC Avian Influenza website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/
- The WHO Avian Influenza website at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/en/
We hope that you will find this information useful. Because the current situation with H5N1 avian influenza is constantly changing, MDCH will update this information quarterly. If you are a travel clinic or receive international travelers and are interested in receiving hard copies of these materials, contact the MDCH Bureau of Epidemiology at (517) 335- 8165. In addition, please feel free to contact the MDCH Bureau of Epidemiology at (517) 335-8165 or your local health department at any time with any questions or for more information.