Investigating Outbreaks of Novel Infectious Disease: An International Case Study
What can and should be done when lethal infections with epidemic or even pandemic potential emerge? This paper presents a case study describing an unusual public- private partnership which allowed for assembly of detailed clinical information on 648 cases of confirmed and suspected H5N1 avian influenza from 13 of 16 countries reporting avian influenza. Cases were included from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam; the exceptions were Djibouti, Myanmar, and Iraq. Dr Nancy Dreyer of Quintiles Outcome describes the factors that contributed to the success of this collaboration and its potential application to the study of other emergent and troubling threats.