Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tracking the flu
A word about this widget.....
This is a link to the CDC. It has updates to the H1N1 form of swine flu, in the United States.
It seemed like they were slow on reporting the numbers, but they ONLY report lab confirmed cases. Suspected outbreaks are not included, and those pending lab confirmations are not included, so if you are hearing about other States being reported or the numbers seem delayed, it is because they are only reporting officially confirmed numbers.
In a way this seems to be a disservice. They should post a pending, or suspected cases, in a different chart, perhaps, because by the time the State shows up on the grid, it could put lots of people at risk.
Google has a US map that does include suspected and pending data
I don't want to engage in panic, but staying informed & taking precautions is recommended.
We will need to tune in to State & local news to get regional updates.
Right now, there are no reported cases in my State, but I am going to buy some of that alcohol based hand cleaner gel anyway, for work. We have 300 people in a our building, and because it is a travel industry, workers take trips all over the world, and recently to Mexico as well.
The new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) is currently listed by the United States and World Health Organization as a Phase 5 pandemic virus. Serious stuff!
Feel free to link the Widget, and WASH YOUR HANDS!