0 Flu Death Toll Overstated, Varies Widely: CDC

CDC A Sneezer Seasonal flu kills a lot of people and the media (including me) typically report that influenza causes about 30,000 deaths every year. It appears that this number is almost always wrong. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — in its weekly death-and-destruction summary otherwise known…

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0 The Pandemic is Over

Flickr, by Sir Sabbhat Relax, no need to pandemic The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 “swine flu” flu pandemic (the one you forgot was happening) as officially over. So what did we learn from this episode? Did we just luck out, as WHO officials say? Or was it…

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0 WHO Still Pondering When to Call Off Pandemic Alert

Flickr photo by Y Remember the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009? The one that didn’t quite happen? Well, the World Health Organization has been thinking about declaring it’s over. The new virus, H1N1, has been much milder than regular flu — so far showing only about one-third the mortality rate…

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0 When Pig Flu Flew

Critics are claiming public health experts last year hyped the potential threat of a uniquely piggish version of the influenza virus – the H1N1 virus, or so-called swine flu. This time, however, some of the critics add that the hype was done to benefit the drug industry. The World Health Organization and other leading health authorities strongly reject the criticism, saying they acted prudently given the risk of a deadly pandemic such as the world experienced in 1918.