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Each topic has links to relevant MGH departmental pages, current information in the news, and full-text background information.

Current topics are:
Bioterrorism and Anthrax
Hormone Replacement Therapy
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
Smallpox Vaccine
West Nile Virus

Bioterrorism & Anthrax

MGH Resources

Additional General Information

For the Consumer

For the Healthcare Worker

  • Bioterrorism Resources from Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
    Agent fact sheets, bioterrorism readiness plan for health care facilities, disaster plan checklist, and information on historical trends, epidemiology, and vaccines.
  • JCAHO Perspectives special bioterrorism issue on emergency preparedness.
  • Online Training Courses
    Click on "Search", scroll down and select the subject "Bioterrorism/Emergency Preparedness" or type your keyword topic (e.g., anthrax).

Key Documents

Hormone Replacement Therapy

MGH Resources

Papers relating to the Women's Health Inititiative (WHI) clinical trial

Responses from medical associations

Additional background information and resources

  • The Women's Health Initiative Study Group. "Design of the Women's Health Initiative clinical trial and observational study" Controlled Clinical Trials 1998;19(1):61-109.
  • WHI Participant website Includes notices to participants and links to media coverage.
  • WHI website


MGH Resources

Reporting Agencies

  • WHO Influenza page Includes statistics and how the composition of the vaccine is determined.
  • CDC Influenza page U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Includes Information for Consumers, Patient Education material, Information for Clinicians (ACIP recommendations, diagnosis, testing, vaccine, Webcasts, MMWR reports).
  • Mass. Dept. of Public Health Includes news and statistics for Massachusetts.
  • Boston Public Health Commission Includes Fact sheets in Chinese, Haitian/Creole, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

News Reports

Other Web Resources and Online Articles

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

MGH Resources

Worldwide Reporting Agencies

  • WHO SARS page World Health Organization. Includes Guidelines and Recommendations, Travel Advisory, Daily Summary of Reported Cases, Press releases and Updates. Also includes links to Health Agencies in other countries.
  • SARS in Europe from the European Union.
  • Health Canada General information and for the health professional.
  • CDC SARS page U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Includes Updates, Alerts, Information for Clinicians (Diagnosis, Guidelines, Training, Webcasts, MMWR, Articles), Patients, Travellers, Other Languages.
  • Mass. Dept. of Public Health Includes Suspected cases by county, Alerts, Guidelines, and Fact sheets in Chinese, Khmer, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese and for colleges.
  • Boston Public Health Commission Includes Cases in Boston and Fact sheets in Chinese and Vietnamese.

News Reports

  • Yahoo! News Latest developments and news stories from various news services.

Other Web Resources and Online Articles

Smallpox Vaccine

MGH Resources

For the Consumer and Health Care Professionals

  • Smallpox from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Excellent site includes links to:
    • Basic information for the public
    • In-depth information for Health Professionals (Diagnosis/Evaluation, Infection control, Images, Lab testing, Online training, Webcasts, Videos, Vaccination)
    • List of People Who Should NOT Get the Smallpox Vaccine
  • Smallpox from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Excellent site includes links to:
    • Basic information for Teens, Parents, Media
    • Information for Health Care providers, Lab professionals, Military, Public Health professionals
    • Reference Materials: ACIP Recommendations, MMWR, EID and other Journal Articles, Books, Publications, Presentations
  • Smallpox from the National Library of Medicine
    Links to News, Overviews, Diagnosis, Treatment, Pictures, Prevention, Research, Law, Organizations, and pages in Español/Spanish.
  • Public Health Fact Sheet from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health. Two page patient fact sheet on smallpox
  • In Spanish / en español

The Vaccination Debate

West Nile Virus (WNV)

MGH Resources

General Information

  • Best place to start - MedlinePlus: West Nile Virus page provides News, Overviews, Diagnosis, Treatment, Maps, Prevention, Research, Organizations; from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Boston Public Health Commission: West NileVirus homepage Local information.
  • Mass. Dept. of Public Health: WNV Webpage Consumer and health care provider information, daily bird and mosquito updates, weekly reports for the state by town.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control's webpage includes prevention, background information, daily count.
  • West Nile Virus Resource Guide Information on WNV and pesticide related topics from NPIC (National Pesticide Information Center).

Additional Resources for the Health Care Professional

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