Update on 2009 H1N1

“The new H1N1 is like the avian flu on steroids. It really is a new beast, so to speak.”

- Sherif Zaki, M. D.,
CDC Chief of Infectious Disease Pathology

 

 Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report by CDC showing novel H1N1 flu virus is widespread throughout the United States as of October 17, 2009. See website links for more information at the end of this Earthfiles report.
Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report by CDC showing novel H1N1 flu virus is widespread throughout the United States as of October 17, 2009. See website links for more information at the end of this Earthfiles report.

“Contrary to the perception among many people that this influenza, the novel H1N1, is mild, (new) data vividly demonstrate that this influenza can make you very, very ill.”

- William Schaffner, M. D.,
Vanderbilt University Flu Expert

Click for podcast. New England Journal of Medicine on October 8, 2009, reports CDC research that indicates 7% mortality in U. S. 2009 H1N1 cases - higher than normal seasonal flu. H1N1 cases began doubling each week in September 2009. Further, a virulent strain of H3N2 is coming north from Southern Hemisphere. Novel 2009 H1N1 photomicrograph by CDC.
New England Journal of Medicine on October 8, 2009, reports CDC research that indicates 7% mortality in U. S. 2009 H1N1 cases - higher than normal seasonal flu. H1N1 cases began doubling each week in September 2009. Further, a virulent strain of H3N2 is coming north from Southern Hemisphere. Novel 2009 H1N1 photomicrograph by CDC.

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October 30, 2009 - Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas -   On Friday, October 23, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 pandemic to be a U. S. national emergency. He said, “The rates of illness continue to rise rapidly within many communities across the nation, and the potential exists for the pandemic to overburden health care resources in some localities.” The goal now is to lift bureaucratic requirements to help hospitals and health care facilities deal more easily with the pandemic emergency.

 

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