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Canadian Press (Helen Branswell, with contributions from AP reporters) AP has a piece up about how Mexicans are coping that is worth a read, but we were drawn to this description of how the Mexican authorities first recognized something was amiss:.

Swine flu: Saturday 6 pm EST

There may not have been much news at the CDC briefing, but it is coming thick and fast now. The CDC works through state health departments and defers to them on information about what is going on in their localities. Hence all questions about this were deflected at the 1 pm CDC briefing. I think…

CDC has just concluded a press briefing and the big news is there is no big news. In fact there was hardly any small news. The major questions have been identified — how transmissible, what is the epidemic curve, are there more cases in the US, are there subtle genetic differences in the US and…

Swine flu: while we wait . . .

There will be an update from CDC later today and WHO’s expert committee established under the new International Health Regulations (IHR) meets via teleconference this morning North American east coast time at 10 am (4 pm Geneva time) to consider whether the swine flu situation merits declaring it ?a public health event of international concern.?…

Some end-of-the day (but not end-of-the-world) bits and pieces in the emerging swine flu story. From Helen Branswell (Canadian Press):

Latest on swine flu from CDC

Two recent sources of information, a conference call for clinicians and a just concluded media conference call held by CDC Acting Director Richard Besser.

Swine flu update

Friday April 24, 1:40 pm: AP and NYT reporting that Mexican authorities are saying that they have determined that 16 of 60 deaths are “swine flu,” with 44 more being tested. They have yet to confirm whether it is the same as the California/Texas cases, but that’s a bit irrelevant since either way it sounds…

Is Mexico a part of the swine flu story?

Late yesterday we summarized a CDC media briefing about the developing investigation of cases of influenza in California and Texas with a previously unknown flu virus with genetic components from pigs (“swine flu”, humans and birds). At the same time reports were surfacing of an especially virulent respiratory disease outbreak in central and southern Mexico…

Ethics sting in Big Pharma country

As an academic epidemiologist I routinely do NIH funded research involving human subjects. That means my university must adhere to very strict regulations and guidelines for the protection of research subjects. Approval and monitoring of the ethical conduct of research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), of which NIH is a…

The evolving Swine Flu story

This afternoon CDC held a “media availability” on the evolving swine flu cases. Evolving is an understatement. There are now more recognized cases, although not all cases are “new,” with some cases retrospectively recognized now that more intense investigation is occurring. The total is now seven cases. Two occurred in San Antonio, Texas, two sixteen…