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Tracking Ebola in Liberia

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Tracking Ebola in Liberia, American Libraries, October 3, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in western Africa poses a serious threat to health in the region. Governments of the affected countries, as well as organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been working to control the deadly virus.

Information is an important tool in fighting the outbreak. Alison Blaine, a master’s student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and a research assistant in the UNC Davis Library’s Research Hub, is part of an interdisciplinary team that developed ebolainliberia.org, a website that provides data and news about the Ebola epidemic. Blaine provided American Libraries her personal perspective on the project and the importance of visualizing data, as well as the role libraries can play in doing so.

See the full interview with Alison Blaine at http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/tracking-ebola-Liberia

Ebola Resources

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

DIMRC  wants to take the opportunity at this time to inform you of some important resources you may find useful with the current Ebola situation, since it is becoming more of an international concern. Whereas we do have some information in WISER on Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (of which Ebola is one of the agents), we’d also like to point you to the following trusted resources for more current information that is pertinent to the current outbreak. Please note that this web-based information is much more current than our apps can be, since the situation evolves so rapidly.

 

  • NLM Ebola Information:

As a library, we collect, organize & disseminate information. The resources below contain links to many government, non-government, international, journal articles, situation reports, multi-language, maps, & social media information.

If you’re looking for EMS guidance for Ebola, we will show you the current guidance available here!

 

 

 

All the above pages have links on the left side of the page where you can get to information on signs/symptoms, transmission, risk of exposure, prevention, treatment, etc. Updates are occurring regularly, so check back to get the latest, or subscribe (using your e-mail address) to them for updates at – http://www.cdc.gov/Other/emailupdates/

NLM Ebola-related Resources

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources (DIMRC) 

The guide to links and sources of information on the Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources was released in August and has been continuously updated. The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the outbreak of Ebola viral disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF). Resources from NLM, additional federal agencies, and other key organizations are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public. These resources include guidelines, training materials, free journal articles and books, genetic sequence information, maps, situation reports, social media, information for the general public, and more.

NLM Emergency Access Initiative

The NLM Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) was activated in August to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals, over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Virus Variation Resource for Ebolavirus

The NLM National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) created an Ebolavirus resource that includes a specialized database and provides users an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to this pathogen (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/viruses/variation/ebola/). The resource also aggregates links to Ebolavirus data at NLM and important links to other Ebola-related resources.

Other NLM Resources on Ebola

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:

NLM has a long history of providing health information in preparation for and response to all types of disasters, and has developed a number of tools and advanced information services. The library has a dedicated Disaster Information Management Research Center (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/), responsible for health information and informatics research related to disasters and public health emergencies.

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

NIH News in Health, August Issue

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.  This month includes news about recognizing life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, surviving sepsis, and mind/body therapy for fibromyalgia.

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.  You can order a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries of clinics.  Just email or call (301) 402-7337 for more information.

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