Latest Swine Flu H1N1 News

Here’s a round up of the recent swine flu news:

As of 06:00 GMT, 8 June 2009, 73 countries have officially reported 25,288 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 139 deaths. WHO

By June 3, 2009, all 50 states in the United States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were reporting cases of novel H1N1 infection. While nationwide U.S. influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the country at this time, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity. CDC

A central Alberta pig farmer whose animals were quarantined after it was discovered they were infected with swine flu has voluntarily culled his entire herd, according to an industry organization.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is being held in a Shanghai hotel, after a passenger on his flight from the US fell ill with suspected swine flu. BBC

The number of swine flu cases in the UK is probably double the official figure, a leading bacteriologist has said. [Why a bacteriologist is discussing the issue as opposed to a virologist is unclear. BBC

New Zealand confirmed its 14th case of swine flu Sunday. All of the country’s cases so far have been contracted overseas. Beinghealthyhomeandaway blog

South Korea’s health ministry says it has confirmed one more case of swine flu, bringing the country’s total to 47. Beinghealthyhomeandaway blog

An Ontario man who died in hospital over the weekend had tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, a spokesman with the Ontario Ministry of Health said Tuesday. The adult male was the third person with swine flu to die in Canada.NY Times

2 thoughts on “Latest Swine Flu H1N1 News”

  1. According to 8 new people in the US died from the swine flu over the weekend. Is that right?? I thought this thing was over.. I mean I hope it’s not still spreading so fast, but it sort of seems like it is.

    1. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of H1N1 by any means Gerald. Indeed, it is possible that the virus is evolving right now. It may become less or more virulent in coming months. It is possible that we’ll see a second wave of infections if the latter, perhaps in the Northern autumn as the weather changes, but it could just easily become less virulent and settle down as an annual spring endemic human disease. Who knows? As far as I can tell, the answer to that question at the moment is no one.

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