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July 1, 2009

H1N1 continues its emergence

Filed under: Biosecurity — by Philip J. Palin on July 1, 2009

Despite the end of flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, the incidence of H1N1 continues to increase.  Over 1 million Americans are now estimated to have the virus. Several jurisdictions, including Washington D.C. and Wisconsin, are seeing an unusual number of cases of summer flu linked to H1N1.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the H1N1 virus is displacing the former seasonal strain.  Late yesterday the Buenos Aires region joined four other Argentine provinces in declaring a health emergency.  Schools  have been closed and other social distancing tactics are being implemented. Argentina’s response to the virus has been delayed and complicated by a national political campaign that concluded with an election on Sunday.  (More from the Buenos Aires Herald)

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has released a helpful round-up of good practice guidance for pandemic preparedness.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering workshops to help businesses prepare for pandemic.

Every Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update US laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 at its FluView website.

UPDATE: Good late Wednesday overview of the situation in the Southern Cone from the Associated Press.

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 1, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

Not much to do except follow the vaccine production cycle. I still say not much availabiity before January of next year.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 3, 2009 @ 8:37 am

A new target of 600 million doses has suddenly appeared as opposed to the earlier 60 million. Interesting progression indeed.

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