Tag Archives H1N1 (Swine) Flu

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…

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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