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    Joe Dollard Apr 29, 2009

    Research around swine flu; effects, spread of the flu, etc.

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            Google Health - H1N1 (swine) influenza

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            Stephen Foley on Sep 2, 2009

            Swine influenza is flu virus usually found in pigs. The virus occasionally changes (mutates) and becomes infectious in humans. When this happens, the disease becomes a concern to humans, who have little or no immunity against it. This means the virus has the potential to spread quickly around the world. It also may be more difficult to treat than the usual, seasonal human flu viruses.

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            Victoria could tip world into swine flu pandemic | National News |

            pandemic Australia
            Cyted by
            Stephen Foley on Jun 9, 2009

            Victoria could tip world into swine flu pandemic

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            Parents slam authorities' flu response |

            effects Australia school closures
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 24, 2009

            given the relative mildness of cases, the reaction seems excessive

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            Officials urge calm as virus spreads |

            Australia school closures
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 24, 2009

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            Australia's swine flu alert level raised |

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 22, 2009

            increasing number of cases in australia causes concern.

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            WNYC - WNYC News Blog » Swine Flu Spreads, More Schools Close

            NYC school closures
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 20, 2009

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            AFP: NY probes possible swine flu in toddler death

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 19, 2009

            detailed concern over the death of a toddler, and increasing school closures in NY

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            Swine flu cases soar towards 10,000 |

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 19, 2009

            Update on current situation

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            Second Australian swine flu case confirmed

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 19, 2009

            first confirmed outbreak in Australia

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            WNYC - News from Associated Press

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 10, 2009

            report on the current situation and spread of the virus.

            US, Costa Rica swine flu deaths reported

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            SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington state man with underlying heart conditions became the third person infected with swine flu to die in the U.S., health officials said Saturday, while Costa Rica reported the first swine flu death outside North America.

            Japanese authorities, meanwhile, scrambled to limit contact with their country's first cases, and Australia and Norway joined the list of nations with confirmed cases of swine flu.

            A Snohomish County man in his 30s died on Thursday from what appeared to be complications from swine flu, the state Department of Health said in a statement. The man had underlying heart conditions and viral pneumonia at the time of his death, but swine flu was considered a factor in his death, the statement said.

            The man, who was not identified, reportedly began showing symptoms on April 30.

            His death and the death of a 53-year-old man in Costa Rica on Saturday brings the global death toll to 53, including 48 in Mexico, three in the United States and one in Canada.

            Like other deaths outside Mexico, the Costa Rican man suffered from complicating illnesses, including diabetes and chronic lung disease, the Health Ministry said.

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            NSW woman tests positive to swine flu |

            Cyted by
            Joe Dollard on May 8, 2009

            Australia has its first confirmed case of swine flu.

            But the NSW woman who arrived in Brisbane on Thursday on flight QF16 from Los Angeles is no longer infectious and had a weak strain of the virus, authorities say.

            Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the woman, who cannot be identified for privacy reasons, contracted the disease in late April while overseas and had recovered before returning to Australia.

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            Video about the symptoms and the treatment of swine flu - Swine Flu - Swine Influenza Virus H1N1

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            Stephen Foley on May 6, 2009

            Video about the symptoms and the treatment of swine flu
            Mai 1, 2009
            Tags: Swine Flu CDC, Swine Flu Pandemic, Swine Virus, Video, Virus

            The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publisehd a video that includes information about the swine flu. You can watch it here or read the transcript of the recording.

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            Cyted by
            Graham Smith on May 6, 2009

            The global total of swine flu cases increased dramatically yesterday - but just one new case was confirmed in Britain.
            As some 1,490 cases were confirmed worldwide, public health experts were watching closely to see whether the virus would take hold in the southern hemisphere, where winter is beginning.
            A cluster of six cases was reported in New Zealand but the bulk of cases remained in the north and central America.
            In Mexico, the source of the infection, the total of confirmed cases reach 822, including 29 deaths.
            Several European countries, including Germany, France and Italy reported several cases while the total in Spain climbed to 57.
            In Britain the total of confirmed cases reached 28 with a further 333 under investigation.
            British chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson warned against complacency yesterday.
            He said: "We may see an apparent peak in the incidents over the next month or so, but that doesn't mean it's gone away.
            "It could be that we'll see a resurgence of the virus in the autumn and winter when the normal flu season starts.
            "We must not be complacent. We know that flu viruses can change their character very rapidly as they move through populations."
            Meanwhile growing numbers of GPs complained of lack of support in dealing

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            Facebook | Facebook

            Cyted by
            Graham Smith on May 5, 2009

            Found this reference to swine flu on facebook.

            Take a look at how discussion of the swine flu on Facebook continues to grow and varies depending on geography. These screenshots come from Lexicon, a tool for spotting language trends on Facebook available at

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            Swine Flu — Sciencebase Science Blog

            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 4, 2009

            I think it speaks for itself!

            What is cyberchondria?

            Cyberchondria is an anxiety disorder related to hyperchondria and brought on by reading too many tweets with the #swineflu tag, listening to conspiracy theorists, and viewing online news stories about diseases that scare the sheesh kebab out of you for no good reason.

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            Mexico Prepares to Lower Alert as Swine Flu Cases Ebb -

            mexico spread
            Cyted by
            Joe Dollard on May 4, 2009

            In Mexico City, where most of the nation’s 26 deaths from the virus and more than 700 infections have been recorded, restaurants and other eateries will reopen on Wednesday. Churches and museums will reopen Thursday, but bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theaters will remain closed until further notice, The Associated Press reported.

            Across the country, most factories and offices will reopen on Wednesday, Health Minister José Ángel Córdova said in a news conference. A decision has not yet been made to reopen schools, which have remained shuttered for well over a week.

            In another sign that the disease may not be as serious as feared, Mr. Cordova said that the flu, influenza A(H1N1), appears only slightly more contagious than the seasonal flu, less than thought. Each sufferer is, on average, passing the disease along to between 1.4 and 1.8 people, a statistic known as the R factor. The number of new cases is declining in Mexico, he said, and no deaths have been reported since April 29.

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            Google tracks swine flu in Mexico | Australian IT

            Cyted by
            Stephen Foley on May 3, 2009

            GOOGLE.ORG has begun using flu-related internet search traffic in Mexico to create an online map that might provide clues to how influenza is spreading in that country.
            Google tracks swine flu in Mexico

            Google is using its search muscle on flu-related topics to make reliable, real-time estimates of actual cases of influenza in Mexican states

            The internet giant's philanthropic arm has been doing the same for the US at its Google Flu Trends website since late 2008 but global spread of an influenza strain traced to Mexico prompted a longer reach.

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            Flu fear higher than needed |

            WHO risks
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 3, 2009

            Article questioning the severity of the outbreak, and the response of the WHO.

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            Mild cases help reduce fears over swine flu |

            spread risks
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 2, 2009

            Article in the again questioning the seriousness of the outbreak.

            THE swine flu outbreak that has caused panic around the world may not be as bad as first feared, with fewer than half the suspected cases tested in Mexico returning a positive result.

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            The science: Is swine flu as deadly as we think? | World news | The Guardian

            mexico spread risks
            Cyted by
            Leanne O'Shea on May 2, 2009

            Article which questions the seriousness of the H1N1 virus, and offers an explanation for the higher number of recorded deaths in Mexico.

            The events from the last week suggest this is true

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