AP: “We have a long flu season ahead of us”

The Associated Press reports: “Estimates of deaths caused by the swine flu have grown to nearly 4,000 since April, roughly quadrupling previous estimates. But that doesn’t mean swine flu suddenly has worsened. Instead, the federal numbers made public Thursday reflect a long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu’s true toll.” We’re glad to see public agencies making a better…

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Tune in: Crowdsourcing and the H1N1 Virus Webinar with URISA

This Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 PM (EST) URISA, the Urban Regional Information System Alliance will be hosting an exciting Webinar about the controlled crowdsourcing technology behind Rhiza’s popular FluTracker website. FluTracker is able to make outbreak data available to the public 5-10 days ahead of the estimates provided by the CDC. This Webinar will explain how you can utilize…

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Petition the CDC, WHO for Better Flu Data

Concerned citizens and medical professionals alike need detailed, timely information about the spread of H1N1 swine flu to safeguard their communities and families. The CDC and WHO should be releasing more detailed and timely information about the spread of swine flu than is currently available to the public. Moreover, both organizations are releasing information with decreasing frequency, despite the increasing…

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FluTracker Powers Public Engagement Project

Who said playing video games never amounts to anything Coral Cross, a new game from the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS), is using FluTracker data to spread pandemic preparedness information faster than the flu itself can spread. Commissioned by the Hawaii Department of Health in 2008 and funded by the US federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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WHO Officially Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

BREAKING NEWS — Sudden spikes of swine flu have led the World Health Organization to declare swine flu a pandemic, which is marked by sustained, widespread transmission across the world. Health leaders announced in the Times of London: “We need to avoid complacency in dealing with a virus that is an unknown and seems to be spreading quickly.” (Watch a…

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