|Date||June 20 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to emphasize the importance of ongoing surveillance to detect human infections with novel influenza A viruses, including highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. A(H5N1) viruses continue to spread among wild birds and poultry in the United States and many regions of the world. Surveillance can also identify human infections with swine influenza A viruses, which are referred to as variant influenza A virus infections. These sporadic infections typically occur during the summer and early fall after exposures to pigs at agricultural fairs. Given the pandemic risk posed by novel influenza A virus infections, healthcare providers should remain alert to the possibility of human infections with influenza viruses that can spread between animals and people.
During this COCA call, presenters will give a comprehensive overview of novel influenza A viruses, focused on avian influenza A(H5N1) virus and variant influenza viruses. They will discuss CDC’s guidance for clinicians on testing, specimen collection, and antiviral treatment for people with suspected or confirmed infections. Presenters will also address patient exposure histories and review questions to ask patients to help guide clinical diagnosis and testing for novel influenza A virus infections.
Free Continuing Education (CE) will be offered for this COCA Call.