Category Archives H1N1 (Swine) Flu

With the benefit of a few weeks of perspective on the H1N1 outbreak, it's possible to conclude that the some of the initial response qualifies as overreaction. Let's start with the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic. Observers such as Michael Fumento have argued that the WHO adopted a "pandemic" definition that is skewed toward human transmission of animal…

The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic but has characterized it as "moderate in severity" and has not recommended any international travel restrictions.  At a press conference this morning, WHO officials noted that the most severe cases are in adults aged 30 to 50 and said their greatest concern is "we don't know how this virus…

Japan is taking the threat of H1N1 very seriously, as evidenced by the new process arriving international flights must undergo.  I experienced this first hand when I went to Japan a few weeks ago to attend my niece's wedding. As I prepared myself for the flight from the U.S. to Japan, H1N1 was not something that I was thinking about. …

The H1N1 virus is no longer front page news, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has not classified the current outbreak as a pandemic despite 40 countries collectively reporting over 10,000 cases, including 79 deaths. Most epidemiologists agree that widespread transmission of H1N1 is inevitable, and that a more virulent strain may emerge in the fall. This sobering prediction and…

As the evidence mounts that the H1N1 virus is beginning to stall out at as a "near pandemic" (currently WHO Level 5), what have we learned so far? First, although intense media coverage has sparked the sales of face masks and engendered a great deal of anxiety, CDC and WHO officials and the federal government have managed the outbreak with…

The CDC has recommended Tamiflu® and Relenza® for treatment of the swine influenza virus . As is often the case in any type of outbreak, there are numerous conflicting reports arising concerning the availability of the necessary medications. One of our physician advisors, who is based at a Mexico City hospital, has provided us with the latest information on the treatment…

After 24 surreal hours on the ground in Mexico, I’m on my way back out of the country. I had arrived in Monterrey yesterday for a conference of Mexican Hospitals, but the conference has been canceled due to the swine flu outbreak.   Here are my observations from my quick stay:   The mood and behavior of people has changed…

Not since the panic of 1976, when a Fort Dix, New Jersey soldier died and four of his fellow recruits became ill, has there been such attention paid to swine flu. The 1976 "outbreak" triggered a massive effort from the US government to immunize the entire population. The pandemic never materialized despite only 24 per cent of the population receiving…

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