Japanese people wearing flu masks The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an H1N1 flu alert that summarizes activity around the globe:

In the southern hemisphere where flu season is waning, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia appear to have passed their peak influenza activity and are returning to baseline levels. South Africa and Bolivia continue to experience high levels of influenza activity.

In the tropical regions of Central America and Asia, H1N1 activity is increasing or remaining at high levels with some countries reporting moderate strains on the healthcare system.

In temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, North America, Europe, and Central Asia, H1N1 activity remains low overall, with some countries experiencing localized outbreaks. In Japan, the level of flu activity has passed the seasonal epidemic threshold, signaling a very early beginning to the annual influenza season.

Will the Japanese experience translate to the rest of the northern hemisphere? We will find out shortly.


About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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