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Influenza—virus, not magic

With all the news abuzz about swine flu, it’s important to remember a few things. Influenza can be very, very dangerous, but it’s still just a virus, and one that we know quite well. There have been a number of flu pandemics in the last century, the most famous (and most deadly) being the “Spanish…

Swine flu—don’t panic

So far, it looks like the US Gov’t is on top of this one. If you’re interested in following along with the story, I strongly suggest following the Effect Measure blog. The writers know their stuff, and so far, government websites aren’t all that much health. Some basics: As you remember, the flu virus changes…

Flu update

It’s been a slow flu season this year—until now. In the last week I’ve seen people dragging themselves into the office looking like absolute hell—fevers, cough, severe muscle aches—in other words, they’ve got the flu. The latest CDC data shows a marked increase in flu activity. A large percentage of isolates are influenza A, type…