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by: DemFromCT

Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 18:24:16 PM EST

From the old forum, some helpful abbreviations.
DemFromCT :: Abbreviations
:-) or (-: or :-D: SMILE!  Also:  :-(: Bad or frown. Just turn your head.

AHAW: Animal Health and Welfare

AIV: Avian Influenza Virus

AOL: America OnLine

B2H: Bird To Human Transmission of virus

BIL: Brother-in-law

BOB : A prepared backpack or duffel bag filled with essential items you may want to have with you in an emergency. Can be grabbed quickly if you have to leave your house; also for storing in your car.

BOGO: Buy one, get one free.

BOH: Board of Health

BUMP: Added as a Forum thread comment in order to keep a current discussion at the "top of the heap" so others may comment on it.

C2C: Cat To Cat Transmission of virus

C2P: Cat To Pig Transmission of virus

CA: The Golden State of California, also referred to as "The Left Coast". The Golden State.

CDC: US Centers for Disease Control. A governmental agency in charge of tracking, recording and controlling major infectious diseases.

CFR: Case Fatality Rate (total of deaths divided by total of cases).

Chicken Little: Character in children's story about a little chicken who ran around trying to convince every one that the sky was falling (which he truly believed), but no one would listen to him. Usually used insultingly to refer to someone who is panicking unnecessarily.

CNS: Central Nervous System

CT: The great state of Connnecticut, located in Southern New England. Alternative: conspiracy theory.

CWP: Concealed Weapons Permit; Issued by local jurisdictions (in the US) allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons, usually handguns.

CYA: Cover Your Arse

DD: Dear daughter

DH: Dear husband

DHHS: Same as HHS - Department of Health and Human Services. A major agency of the US Government whose functions are described by its name.

DHS: Department of Homeland Security - agency in charge of protecting the civilian population of the United States.

DIY: Do It Yourself, the wiki's ultimate motto ;-)

DNS: Domain Name Server; a server on the Internet that translates IP addresses to http verbage used in web browsers to locate Internet web sites more easily.

DOD: Department of Defense.  US Cabinet position responsible for all facets of United States Military defense.

DS: Dear son

DW: Dear wife

ECDC: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control http://www.ecdc.eu.i...

EFSA: European Food Safety Authority

EMP: Electo-Magnetic Pulse; the Electro-Magnetic radiation from a nuclear explosion, thought to be able to disable all electrical systems within line-of-sight of the detonation.

EMT: Emergency Medical Technician; a First Responder in almost any emergency.

ESL: English as a Second Language

ETC: Environmental Technology Council

EU: European Union

FAO: Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org/

FDA: United States - Food and Drug Administration - A division of US Health and Human Services; Consumer Protection and Health Agency

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency - US agency in charge of responding to local emergencies and natural disasters.

FIFO: First in, first out. Rotating the food stock on your shelves so that you use the stuff with the oldest expiration date first

FP: Family Physician: an MD or DO (four years of medical school or osteopathy school) who has completed an approved three-year residency in Family Medicine; the family physician is also Board-Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

FPLV: Feline Panleukopenia Virus; A species of PARVOVIRUS infecting cats with a highly contagious enteric disease.

FYI: For Your Information

GMA: Good Morning America; morning television show on the ABC television network (US).

GP: General Practitioner; medical doctor who specializes in the overall health of the human body.

H2H: Human To Human Transmission of virus

H5N1: An avian influenza virus subtype. Experts believe it might mutate into a form that transmits easily from person to person.

HA, NA, PA, PB1, PB2, NP, M(or MP): M1 and M2, NS: NS1 and NS2:  8 gene segments of the influenza virus coding for 10 proteins. HA and NA define the serotype, e.g. H5N1

HPAI: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

IIRC: If I Recall/Remember Correctly

IMHO: In My Humble Opinion

IMO: In My Opinion

Indo: Indonesia

IOM: Institute of Medicine; The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation (USA) to improve health.  Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, unbiased, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, industry, and the public.

IP: Internet Protocol; generally used when talking about Internet connectivity-"What's your IP address?"

ISP: Internet Service Provider; telecomm or cable service providing Internet access to customers.

JIT: Just In Time - especially "just in time delivery," which might cause widespread problems during a pandemic. Many businesses expect to have regular deliveries of necessary products. Delivery slow-downs or failure will cause problems. For example, water treatment plants don't stock the chemicals they need to last more than a short time. If the chemicals aren't delivered, the plant can't purify water, and their customers will not have clean water.

LOL: Laughing Out Loud

LPAI: Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza

LQTM: Laughing Quietly To Myself

LRT: Licensed Respiratory Technician

LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurse; can perform simple as well as complex medical procedures, but must operate under the supervision of either a professional Registered Nurse (RN) or a physician.

MD-DO: Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathy

Med. Ctr.: Medical Center. Usually a designation for a large teaching hospital. Usually associated with a major University.

MI: The state of Michigan, located in the Northern midwest. The Wolverine State. Borders with Canada.

MIL: Mother-in-law

MSM: Mainstream media (Companies / Corporations like CCN, ABC-News, Fox-News)

MSN: Microsoft Network

NJDHSS: New Jersey Health and Senior Services

NPI: Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention

OIE: French acronym -  World Animal Health Organization - intergovernmental organization created by International Agreement to collect, analyse and disseminate veterinary scientific information.

ORS: ORT: Oral Rehydration Solution or Therapy; oral rehydration salts, or oral electrolytes. A solution to restore liquids in the body, it is a simple, cheap, and effective treatment for excess sweating, vomiting or diarrhea-related dehydration. It consists of a solution of salts and other substances such as glucose, sucrose, citrates or molasses, which is administered orally. An inexpensive home-made solution consists of 8 level teaspoons of sugar and 1 level teaspoon of table salt mixed in 1 liter of water

OTOH: On The Other Hand

OZ: Either Australia or Seattle, Washington, USA; also a Hollywood movie, The Wizard of Oz, 1939
PC: Politically Correct - way of communicating so as to not offend anybody or any entity; also, Personal Computer.

PF51: PandemicFlu H5N1, PanFlu5.1 to differentiate the serotype of this PanFlu from the last two pandemics, PF32 and PF22.

PPE: Personal Protection Equipment. Masks such as the N95 or purified air filtering units, gowns, gloves used by professionals to prevent infection or contamination by hazardous substances.

PPF: Personal Pucker Factor. On the Fence- a fluwiki poster- invented "a rating of how worried I was about the bird flu going Kung Fu on us". Several threads are filled with posters PPF and comments.

PSA: Public Service Announcements on American TV

R0 aka R naught: The other "number" that is frequently mentioned in the influenza case and infectious disease epidemiology is called the Basic Reproductive Number, usually designated by the symbol R0 (pronounced `R naught"). It is the expected (average) number of new infectious cases in a completely susceptible population produced by a single case during its entire period of infectiousness. Like transmission probability, this simple definition hides some subtleties. See Disease Transmission Primer.

RBD: Receptor Binding Domain - part of the HA-gene of H5N1 responsible for enabling the
RMSD: Two meanings- 1. Root-Mean-Square Deviation: command to evaluate the root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) between specified sets of atoms. 2. Removable Media Storage Device: a small, portable digital storage device generally meant to be used with USB-equipped computers; thumb-drive or jump-drive

RN: Registered Nurse - This is the skilled nursing practitioner who is the front line in most US hospitals. They work with the Doctors to dispense medicines, therapies and treatments, record patient conditions and render hands-on care.

ROTFLMAO: Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off

RSS: Really Simple Syndication - A format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites.

RT: Respiratory Technician

RWFK: (Bronco Bill's) Red Wine FLU Killer

SEH2H HP H5N1: Sustained Efficient Human to Human  Highly Pathogenic  H5N1


SIP: Shelter In Place; To find shelter in a predetermined place of your choice until a threat passes.

snip: snip is used when skipping a piece of text in a long article, to keep the posting short.

SNP: Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

SNS: Strategic National stockpile

TEOTWAWKI: The End Of The World As We Know It; short way of saying "I believe that our way of life is going to change drastically!"

TPTB: The Powers That Be.  Those un-named/unknown entities that make up the rules.

TSHTF: Short way of saying "When the poop hits the fan". In other words a situation suddenly becomes extremely messy.

USGS: United States Geological Survey

VA: The Commonwealth of Virginia, located along the Eastern Seaboard of the US. The Old Dominion State.

WHO: World Health Organization

WTF: What The F&*#; An expression of exclamation.

YOYO: You're On Your Own - The position you are in, will be in, if TSHTF (see above).

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Um, could you alphabetize these please?

Juuuust kidding!

I really was just kidding...
But you rule!

[ Parent ]
if you think of any others, add them here.
and i'll alef-bet them.

Hey Dem, what
about BB's bird flu red wine stuff? LOL! Never can remember the initials.

United we stand: Divided we fall

[ Parent ]
been there forever
RWFK: (Bronco Bill's) Red Wine FLU Killer

[ Parent ]
I didn't look down far enough. Good grief! n/t

United we stand: Divided we fall

[ Parent ]
PF-Pandemic Flu, ASL - American Sign Language n/t
What does n/t  mean?


[ Parent ]
no text in the comment box, the entire message is just in the subject line.

[ Parent ]
Thanks, One more EOC-Emergency Operations Center n/t

[ Parent ]
If y'all would like...
...I'll add these to the Wiki Glossary tomorrow...at least those that aren't already there...

that's where I took them from ;-)
but the formatting made me alphabetize.

[ Parent ]
Oh. Well then....uhm....
Never mind, then. :-D

[ Parent ]
How about adding "ABBF" (Anything But Bird Flu)? 

your mileage may vary.


Also, O:-) pretending to be an angel, or };-> pretending to be devilish.

The first smiley (which then spread virally, of course): http://research.micr...

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

RTFM - Read The Frick'n Manual n/t

hth - hope that helps

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

just horrible enough.

link http://www.newfluwik...

All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...

What does this mean please?

Compressed Methane Gas?? Maybe?? n/t

[ Parent ]
Community Mitigation Guidance
Or else Community Mitigation Guidelines.  I'm not sure which.

We used to say NPIs -- non pharmeceutical interventions.

Pandemics are "Wicked Problems". - Average Concerned Mom

[ Parent ]
I knew that! ;-)
Community Mitigation Guidelines....yeah, that's it!

[ Parent ]
AFAIK/AFAIR=as far as I know/as far as I recall (or remember) n/t

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

MRE = Meal, Ready to Eat - US military rations

DMAT = Disaster Medical Assistance Team (USA)

DMORT = Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (USA)

DMORT-WMD = specialized DMORT - Weapons of Mass Destruction

NDMS = National Disaster Medical System (USA)

thanks... I'll add later... n/t

[ Parent ]
how about adding ILI - influenza-like illness; it's appearing a lot lately.  Also, some use DG for dear grandchild.  BTW, what does n/t mean on the subject line?  
Hmm, I don't see BTW up there either.

n/t means no text
when someone has a short comment that only takes one line, they can just put that on the subject box.  The n/t notation tells readers they don't need to click on the link cos there's no more text.

All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...

[ Parent ]
Thanks, I have been looking for a list like this!

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