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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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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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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New on FluTracker: Flu Trending

The FluTracker map makes it easy to determine where clusters of swine flu are in relation to homes, businesses, and facilities. But what about flu information not tied to location, like the average number of new swine flu cases per day, the total growth in cases since the beginning of the epidemic, and the increase in reports of fatal cases„…

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H1N1 Swine Flu: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

The headline reads: “Flu fears ease, but next wave looms”. In past pandemics that turned deadly, like 1918’s Spanish flu, a relatively mild spring outbreak preceded a period of greater virulence and fatality the following autumn and winter. MSNBC notes: “[The] big fear is that the current swine flu virus could die down now in the north, but mutate during…

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Prepare, Plan, and Protect Your Assets with FluTracker

The evolution of the swine flu epidemic in the southern hemisphere, where flu season is just beginning, has far-reaching implications — both on global business now, and on planning for the northern hemisphere’s flu season this fall. To monitor the spread of swine flu, FluTracker data can be downloaded instantly for noncommercial use. Want to use FluTracker to support your…

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