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Here's a map documenting all known cases of swine flu, updated by the World Health Organization as they are declared. Pink markers are suspect cases, purple markers are confirmed cases, and yellow markers are negativu.Se. Markers without dots in them are deaths.
What you need to know.
Swine flu "debacle" in 1976 recalled: "Warren D. Ward, 48, was in high school when the swine flu threat of1976 swept the U.S. The Whittier man remembers the episode vividlybecause a relative died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and the 1976 illnesswas feared to be a direct descendant of the deadly virus. 'The government wanted everyone to get vaccinated,' Ward said. 'But theepidemic never really broke out. It was a threat that nevermaterialized.' What did materialize were cases of a rare side effect thought to belinked to the shot. The unexpected development cut short thevaccination effort — an unprecedented national campaign — after 10weeks."
Health experts "puzzled" over disparity in deaths between Mexico and U.S. : "Nearly all those who died in Mexico were between 20 and 40 yearsold, and they died of severe pneumonia from a flu-like illness believedcaused by a unique swine flu virus. The 11 U.S.victims cover a wider age range, as young as 9 to over 50. All thosepeople either recovered or are recovering; at least two werehospitalized."
Queens Prep school epicenter of flu in NYC.
Swine flu to be called "Mexican flu" in Israel? World Animal Health Organization: Shouldn't be called "swine flu": "The flu virus spreading aroundthe world should not be called "swine flu" as it also containsavian and human components and no pig was found ill with thedisease so far, the World Animal Health body said on Monday. A more logical name for it would be 'North-Americaninfluenza', a name based on its geographic origin just like theSpanish influenza, another human flu pandemic with animal originthat killed more than 50 million people in 1918-1919."
Obama on swine flu ("This is obviously a cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert. But it is not a cause for alarm."), AFTER THE JUMP…