Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fashionable Respitatory Masks

Fashionable respitatory masks


Found at Josh Spear, Trendspotting

Here is some more flu-fashion

And I bet you've seen this commercial by now.

U.S. has 109 confirmed swine flu cases: CDC | Health | Reuters


Reuters: U.S. officials said on Thursday the national total of confirmed H1N1 swine flu cases had risen to 109, but that the country had still only recorded one fatality in the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website that New York was lead the case tally with 50, while Texas reported 26 and California 14. South Carolina had confirmed 10 new cases, it said.

U.S. has 109 confirmed swine flu cases: CDC | Health | Reuters

Google Flu Trends | Mexico

Google has created experimental estimates of flu activity in Mexico using aggregated search data. Unlike Google Flu Trends for U.S., this data has not been validated against confirmed cases of flu. After conferring with US and Mexican health officials, Google decided to share these initial results to provide additional information on the evolving epidemic.

Google Flu Trends | Mexico

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco officials confirm first H1N1 case

photo Koen de Koning

"San Francisco has its first confirmed case of swine flu, a child who recently traveled to Mexico, the city's public health director announced today.

Dr. Mitchell Katz offered few details about the case but said the child is not in school. Mayor Gavin Newsom said the child is recovering."

San Francisco officials confirm first H1N1 case

Swine Flu, A Manufactured Crisis


The H1N1 crisis from an agricultural point of view:

"Let me preface what I’m about to say by telling you that my comments are in no way meant to diminish the grief and suffering of those folks in Mexico who’ve lost loved ones through the influenza situation affecting our continent this week, nor to whitewash the dozens of Americans sickened with the illness.

That being said, “swine flu” is as manufactured a crisis is you can possibly imagine."

ABN Radio, Ohio's Voice for Agriculture: Swine Flu, A Manufactured Crisis

Do You Have Swine Flu?

Indepth survey to test if you have symptoms of H1N1...

Do You Have Swine Flu?

The Latest in the Fight Against H1N1 Flu

As the number of cases continues to grow, federal, state and local public health agencies are adapting their response to the outbreak of H1N1 flu with both on-the-ground and online resources. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has put together a list of what agencies around the country are doing to address the needs of the public and keep them informed.

Public Health Update: The Latest in the Fight Against H1N1 Flu

Listen to Jeffrey Levi comments to reporters about swine flu on April 27, 2009.
Listen to the full conference call with reporters on April 27, 2009.

General Instructions for Disposable Respirators

This podcast, by the CDC intended for the general public, demonstrates how to put on and take off disposable respirators that are to be used in areas affected by the influenza outbreak.

The Etymology of A/H1N1

Wikipedia: Influenza A virus strains are categorized according to two viral proteins, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). All influenza A viruses contain hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, but the structure of these proteins differs from strain to strain due to rapid genetic mutation in the viral genome. Influenza A virus strains are assigned an H number and an N number based on which forms of these two proteins the strain contains.

Dutch confirm swine flu case in three year-old

First case of H1N1 in the Netherlands:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities have confirmed a first case of swine flu in the Netherlands in a three year-old who had recently returned from Mexico, the health ministry said on Thursday.

The swine flu virus has killed up to 176 people in Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak, and the World Health Organisation has raised the official alert level to phase 5, the last step before a pandemic.

Including the Netherlands, 12 countries have now reported cases of the H1N1 strain.

The Dutch case was in a child who had returned from a trip to Mexico on April 27, officials said. The parents, who were not infected with the flu, are to be given preventative medicine.

Spain on Wednesday reported the first case in Europe of swine flu in a person who had not been to Mexico, illustrating the danger of person-to-person transmission.

Both U.S. and European officials have said they expect to see swine flu deaths.