A shot-in-the-dark email leads to a century-old family treasure — and hope of cracking a deadly flu

The pandemic occurred before the age of molecular virology. Back then it wasn’t even known what caused influenza; influenza viruses were first detected in 1930. In the decades that followed, though, it was recognized that the pandemic was caused by an influenza A virus of the H1N1 subtype. In the late 1990s, U.S. army scientists found and deciphered the virus’s genetic code.

FluLabSurge 1.0.

This software allows laboratory directors and emergency planners to estimate the daily number of specimens expected to be received for testing and the laboratory’s testing capacity during each pandemic stage.

CommunityFlu 2.0

This software allows users to simulate the effects of various interventions – including vaccination, school closure, facemasks, and patient isolation – on the spread of an influenza pandemic.

FluSurge 2.0

This spreadsheet allows hospital administrators and emergency planners to estimate hospitalizations and deaths during an influenza pandemic and to compare existing hospital capacity to expected numbers of patients needing hospitalization, intensive care, and ventilator support.

Pandemic Influenza Triage Tools

This toolkit consists of a Pandemic Influenza Triage Algorithm to triage patients with influenza-like illness, a Community Site-of Care Tool to determine the appropriate care site for patients based on the Pandemic Influenza Triage Algorithm, and the Community Healthcare Decision Pathway to assess resource and medical surge to determine appropriate care sites.