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CDC is reporting about 14,000 confirmed or probable cases of swine flu, although they have already said this may represent only a fraction of the total number of infected. I wasn’t able to find the latest number of those hospitalized (some of you probably have it but I couldn’t locate it with a quick search),…

The World Health Organization (WHO) is not the world’s health department or the world’s doctor. It is an intergovernmental agency that is part of the United Nations (UN). The UN, despite what hard right wingnuts might think, is not a world government. The international system is technically anarchic, meaning that there is no governing body…

When is a pandemic not a pandemic?

Is it a pandemic or is it not a pandemic? Since the world has never had a chance to make a call like this at the outset of a pandemic, nobody is quite sure how to handle it. The usual definition — an epidemic (an increase in cases beyond what is expected) of global dimension…

As I write this the US has 279 confirmed cases and one death from H1N1/2009 in 36 states. WHO has tallied 1085 1124 cases in 21 countries with 25 deaths. There is a backlog of samples waiting for confirmation, so by the time you read this the counters will probably have rolled upward, especially as…

Swine flu: why I’m not complaining

There is a tendency to be preoccupied with the latest in fast moving events, but I want to pause for a moment to make a point that has been lost in the discussion: we are witnessing a medical science landmark. Never before have we watched a flu outbreak of global dimensions unfold in real time.…

Swine flu: afternoon briefing

The daily CDC conference call was not particularly informative, but these daily briefings are still extremely valuable. Things are happening fairly fast but nothing we didn’t expect. There are now 40 confirmed US cases in the same 5 states (California, NY, Texas, Kansas, Ohio). The 28 new cases sere contributed by the New York prep…

A concise summary of some additional developments, courtesy Bloomberg:

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…

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):