Swine flu emergency - October 2009

The Swine Flu or H1N1 Pandemic

President Obama Declares National Emergency

International Situation Update
Swine flu - US Situation Update

The Swine flu emergency was made official in the fall of October 2009

At the end of October 2009 President Obama declared the H1N1 Pandemic a National Emergency. This declaration facilitated the implementation of emergency plans designed to enhance the ability of treatment facilitaties to handle the surge in H1N1 patients. In the USA over 1,000 deaths have been linked to the virus. The week before the declaration US officials reported that H1N1 activity was widespread in 46 states and health officials say that numbers can be compared to peak seasonal flue levels.

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called "FluView". For the latest CDC Update Click Here

Official Text Released by the Whitehouse on 24th October 2009
Click here for the BBC Article on the official declaration

WHO and CDC Advice

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) United States and The World Health Organization (WHO) have been monitoring the H1N1 pandemic since April 2009. As well as information on other deadly deseases and advice on how to keep healthy the CDC gives the public advice on how to avoid H1N1 and what to do if you have been exposed to the virus or develop symptoms. Information can be assessed under the following headings:

H1N1 Flu

The CDC estimates that the number of cases is significantly higher than the number of confirmed cases. In May 2009, the CDC estimated there were 100,000 cases of H1N1 in the US; At the June ACIP meeting the CDC estimated there were 1 million cases in the US, but, according to conservative estimates the number of actual cases is probably more like 40 times the number of confirmed cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) should be consulted for information and statiistics on Swineflu in other countries.

Preventative Measures

What to do to prevent infection
What you should do if you become infected
What you should do if you care for someone with H1N1
What is Swine Flu?
What is the H1N1 Virus?

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