You have to move fast these days to keep up with the flu. Or outrun it.
A quick roundup from the last 24:
From the invaluable H5N1:
Scotland sees it Worst week yet for swine flu, with new cases running at 2,000 a day
- Toronto catches the wave.
Meanwhile, Helen Branswell reports that Dutch researchers find mutation linked to greater virulence in swine flu virus — but so far it doesn’t appear to be the big upgrade in nasty we’ve been fearing. Effect Measure gives it a good look.
A sad story about Ground zero of Canada’s flu crisis, about a village in WInnipeg that asked for sanitation supplies — and got body bags.
Avian Flu Diary look as well at another study showing the swine flu does its worst when it goes particularly deep into the lungs.
And a couple doctors tweeting from Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, where they set up tents to handle the overflow, record a remarkable surge there. No links, but tweets tell a sort of shouted story of acceleration, starting last Friday, Sept 25:
Mon 9/28:setonh1n1: Last 24hrs at Dell Children’s volume was 386! Majority with flu illness. With continuing rise in cases when will it peak and start to taper? Tue 9/29: setonh1n1: Extremely busy again, 353 patients. Over 70% with flu or ILI. Second tent treatment area opens today with an extra doc or nurse practitioner