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Physicians’ perception of pandemic influenza
  1. Nigel Curtis1,
  2. Andrew J Pollard2
  1. 1
    Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of General Medicine; Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne; and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2
    Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, Children’s Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Associate Professor Nigel Curtis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia; nigel.curtis{at}rch.org.au

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The possibility of a human influenza pandemic, arising from either mutation of an avian influenza virus or reassortment with a human strain, has received much attention and media exposure. Although there are some dissenters,1 the expert consensus remains that a pandemic is almost inevitable.27 The need for a greater appreciation of the risks and challenges posed by avian influenza, and the need for doctors to draw attention to this “predicament of extraordinary proportions” has recently been highlighted.8

We exploited the opportunity afforded by an electronic voting system at a recent course at Oxford University, “Infection & Immunity in Children”, to investigate the perception of physicians on …

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