Newsletter No 17 07 February 2006
News from the Media Scene:
Learning About Avian Flu

The World health Organization has published the “WHO Handbook for Journalists: Influenza Pandemics” to help journalists demystify the science behind avian and pandemic influenza.

The guide aims to help journalists understand influenza terminology for more accurate reporting as well as to standardize the journalistic language covering bird flu outbreaks.

The handbook deals with differences between bird and pandemic influenza; facts about influenza; treatments; the pandemic phases and how to get ready for it.