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Ebola Outbreak Resources

September 22nd, 2014 by Bruce Abbott

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a web page,

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.

Emergency Access Initiative:
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak.

GIDEON coverage of Ebola:  GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)  is used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. Gideon is a licensed resource:  access through the VPN:,,SSO=U+?disease=10700&country=G100&view=Distribution

The Centers for Disease Control Ebola outbreak page:  In addition, the CDC has a general topic page on Ebola:

The World Health Organization has a web page on the outbreak: as well as a general topic page on Ebola This is the link to the WHO response page:

Update October 28, 2014:  Here is a resource guide from the University of Iowa:


CDC Releases FluView – ILI Activity Monitor

January 8th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

The FluView Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Activity mobile application has been updated for the 2012-13 influenza season. From the Center for Disease Control:

“With this application, you can:

– Explore Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Activity Levels across the US

– View ILI trends over several weeks

– Get on-demand access to state health department websites for local surveillance information”

ILINet consists of more than 3,000 health care providers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands reporting more than 30 million patient visits each year.

For more information, please visit the CDC FluView website.

To get the app, go to the iTunes Store.