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Swine flu outbreaks plotted worldwide

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1. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Healthmap.org has created a special map to plot swine flu outbreaks worldwide. See Healthmap Swine Flu Alerts

These are represented by yellow, orange or red balloons. By clicking a balloon, more info is generated regarding the alert.

Clicking a country in the navigation menu causes the map to jump to that location.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2009, at 02:42 by Blinq ]

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

For more information about this strain of swine flu:

CDC - Swine Influenza (April 27, 2009)
WHO - Swine influenza - update 3 (April 27, 2009)

WHO has raised the pandemic alert to level 4 as of April 27th. For more information on WHO's Pandemic Alert System:

Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)

Both WHO and the CDC are updating their websites daily. The last entries are from yesterday April 27th).

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Those who are traveling to Mexico and have their airline tickets, check the airline's website as flights are being canceled. Some US airlines are allowing passengers to change their flights without penalties or other fees.

Swine flu: flight information for travellers (UK)

US airlines let customers change Mexico travel plans

3. Posted by MikeGavino (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I found this interesting article on the net about Swine Flu.... Pasadena News: Current Swine Flu Fears Mirror Earlier Bird Flu Concerns

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

As I'm sure most of you are aware, WHO raised their pandemic alert to level 5 yesterday. In their latest update, they make two important statements:

  • WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.
  • There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.

By raising the alert level certain actions are set in motion - all of them dealing with health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, research facilities, governmental officials and their level of preparedness. Such actions include the distribution of vaccines and other medications, hospitals preparing for a larger influx of patients, ramping up on diagnostic testing and the development of a specific vaccine, and municipalities receiving adequate information to pass on to a possibly panicked populous (among other duties). This increased alert level does not affect us as individuals.

Swine influenza - update 5

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Such an uproar over swine flu! I mean, I get that people are wary about travelling and catching the the flu. But regular ol' flu kills tens of thousands of people every year.

Meanwhile, over 3,000 children die in Africa every day from preventable illness. That is, illness we already have cures for. Cures that don't quite seem to make it all the way over to them.

Haven't seen anything about that in the news for ages.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Such an uproar over swine flu! I mean, I get that people are wary about travelling and catching the the flu. But regular ol' flu kills tens of thousands of people every year.

Meanwhile, over 3,000 children die in Africa every day from preventable illness. That is, illness we already have cures for. Cures that don't quite seem to make it all the way over to them.

Haven't seen anything about that in the news for ages.

Preachin' to the choir here, T! Does it not fall under the "out of sight - out of mind" train of thought? (Rhetorical, as you know coming from me.) It's only important if you may be the one infected - but then, I digress... ;)

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

It's only important if you may be the one infected - but then, I digress... ;)

That's very true. Although I'd guess you're more likely to catch a ton of other diseases first.

Not, you know, that that's any better...

8. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Such an uproar over swine flu! I mean, I get that people are wary about travelling and catching the the flu. But regular ol' flu kills tens of thousands of people every year.

Meanwhile, over 3,000 children die in Africa every day from preventable illness. That is, illness we already have cures for. Cures that don't quite seem to make it all the way over to them.

Haven't seen anything about that in the news for ages.

I'm definately with ya there. The sad thing is as developed countries have the treatments, preparedness and awareness (ie. through media) for swine flu - I don't think it will affect us that badly.

Sadly, if this swine flu thing spreads more to the developing countries I fear that it might end up as another AIDS/malaria/tuberculosis :(