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New Release: Infectious Disease and Pandemic Preparedness

While the initial wave of the H1N1 influenza virus (Swine flu) appears to be waning, the potential for an outbreak of a new viral strain or other infectious agent remains a constant threat. Global traffic, which contributes to the rapid spread of disease, coupled with a lag time for the creation of vaccines, increases the potential of these types of infections to reach pandemic status. At that stage, these infections can not only cause serious illness or death among a significant portion of the population, but also cause considerable disruption to daily activities. During such events, appropriate infectious disease control measures and self preparedness techniques are key to minimizing impact.

In collaboration with Respond Solutions Inc., a company that provides customized training to help organizations effectively respond to and manage emergencies, CPKN has released Infectious Disease and Pandemic Preparedness. This 30 minute course is designed to provide learners with a greater understanding of influenza, infectious disease, and pandemic preparedness.

"This is knowledge that every person should have," says Dean DiMonte, Director of Respond Solutions Inc., the Content Provider for Infectious Disease and Pandemic Awareness. "Regardless of the type of work you do, this course provides basic information that can help protect you, your family, and your co-workers from contracting or spreading infectious disease agents."

Using a blend of text and video media, this course focuses on the causes, methods of transmission, and impacts of influenza infections. It also describes personal preparedness measures that help minimize the spread of infectious disease. In addition to a final assessment, the course features several practice activities which helps learners reinforce new information.

"We're very pleased to have the opportunity to work with CPKN on this initiative," continues DiMonte. "Online delivery will significantly increase our ability to reach audiences in Canada, and around the globe. In fact, we're hoping it reaches pandemic proportions - - an information pandemic, that is."