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Flu virus sparks ‘social distancing’ trend

Move towards ‘social distancing’ as people worry about swine flu epidemic

Thinking the Unthinkable

Six (Uncomfortable) Questions About the Swine Flu

WHO statement on swine flu

The Director-General has raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4.

CDC: Human Swine Influenza Investigation

Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.

Swine flu: What it is, how to fight it

It’s a common respiratory ailment in pigs, but this strain appears to bea subtype never before seen in pigs or humans. Here are answers to questions you may have about swine flu

News Stories

May 4

WHO hits back at critics, warns of second wave

The head of the World Health Organization hit back at critics who have accused it of over-reaction to the swine flu crisis, warning it may return “with a vengeance” in the months ahead.

Flu Spreads Deeper in U.S., Europe, Latin America

The swine flu epidemic spread deeper into the United States, Europe and Latin America — and in Canada, back to pigs — even as Mexico’s health chief hinted Sunday it may soon be time to reopen businesses and schools in the nation where the outbreak likely began.

Swine flu hysteria crowds hospitals

After a week of headlines about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, many emergency rooms and hospitals are crammed with people, many of whom don’t need to be there.

U.S. antiviral supplies tighten as prescriptions soar

Pharmacies across the country are struggling to meet demand for antiviral medications as anxious patients rush to fill prescriptions, raising the specter of supply shortages for those who really need treatment.

Mexico says flu epidemic over the worst

Mexico announced on Sunday its swine flu epidemic had passed the worst and experts said the new H1N1 virus might be no more severe than normal flu, although it could still have an impact on world health.

Hong Kong hotel quarantine move stirs controversy

Travelers quarantined in a Hong Kong hotel for a week after a Mexican guest tested positive for the H1N1 flu expressed dismay on Saturday at the tough steps, while an infectious disease expert said the authorities had over-reacted.

China denies flu discrimination against Mexicans

China denied discrimination lay behind its confinement of scores of Mexican nationals over fears of the H1N1 flu, urging Mexico to respond calmly and cooperate in fighting the virus.

Swine flu goes person-to-pig; could it jump back?

Now that the swine flu virus has passed from a farmworker to pigs, could it jump back to people? The question is important, because crossing species again could make it more deadly.

Swine Flu May Merge With Other Flu Viruses, CDC Says

Swine flu’s potential to reconfigure its genetic material and become more deadly is a “major concern,” said Anne Schuchat, a scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Irate pig farmers clash with police in Egypt

‘They fired guns, and they threw stones and bottles’

May 1

WHO Slammed for Slow Flu Response

Mexico’s top epidemiologist says the World Health Organization was slow to react to an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that grew into the swine flu epidemic, and wants a probe.

Mexico prepares for flu shutdown

Mexico is preparing for a five-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread of swine flu.

Mexico: 300 confirmed swine flu cases, 12 dead

Mexican health authorities said Thursday they confirmed 300 swine flu cases and 12 deaths due to the virus among a total of 679 people tested so far.

More than 40 probable swine flu cases reported in Illinois

The number of probable cases of swine flu has risen to at least 41 in Illinois on Thursday and with school children among the possible cases, several area schools will close through the weekend.

More schools close, swine flu cases pass 100

Hundreds of schools scattered around the country closed as the nation’s swine flu caseload passed 100 Thursday, and U.S. authorities said they eventually could produce enough vaccine for everyone if necessary — but that shots couldn’t begin until fall at the earliest.

Middle East Governments Respond Aggressively to Prevent Spread of Swine Flu

So far, Israel has been the only Middle Eastern country to have confirmed cases of swine flu, after two travelers were inflected following a trip Mexico. Yet some Middle Eastern countries have taken aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the H1N1 influenza A virus.

Biden’s Advice to Avoid Air Travel Borders on ‘Fearmongering,’ Airline Says

Vice President Biden’s comment that he would advise against air travel or commuting in any confined space due to flu fears borders on "fearmongering," an airline spokesman said.

Biden Backtracks After Swine Flu Travel Warning

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would tell his family to stay out of airplanes or subways to avoid contracting swine flu, prompting his office to issue a clarification.

Obama Staffer Tested Negative for Swine Flu, 3 Family Members Diagnosed

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that an administration staffer exhibited flu-like symptoms while traveling in Mexico City as part of the advance security team for Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Misinformation Spreads Along With Virus

Confusion over how to prevent catching swine flu spreads as more become ill.

Flu ‘source’ village besieged

In his white lab coat, Dr Alejandro Cevallos is going door to door. His helper bangs the iron gate outside each house in La Gloria.

Swine Flu Dampens Rallies for Illegal Immigrants

The timing is not the best. Immigration-rights rallies are set for Friday as health officials try to clamp down on a swine flu epidemic with roots in the same country as many of the expected demonstrators: Mexico.

Swine flu may bring heat scanners to US airports

You might have to go-through one more screening step at the airport because of the swine flu outbreak.

April 30

WHO raises flu threat level, warns pandemic imminent

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday the world is at the brink of a pandemic, raising its threat level as the swine flu virus spread and killed the first person outside of Mexico, a toddler in Texas.

BBC Outbreak Map

Track the virus spreads across the world.

Mexico to Shut Down, Citizens Urged to Stay Home

Mexico’s president told citizens on Wednesday to stay home for a five-day partial shutdown of the economy, after the World Health Organization raised its alert level and said a swine flu pandemic was imminent.

World takes drastic steps to contain swine flu

From Egypt’s order that all 300,000 pigs in the country be slaughtered to travel bans and putting the kibosh on kissing, the world is taking drastic – and some say debatable – measures to combat swine flu.

Texas Declares Swine Flu Emergency

Texas became the second US state to declare a swine flu emergency Wednesday as officials shut a number of schools and cancelled sports meets after the first US fatality was reported in the state.

France asks EU to suspend flights to Mexico

France called on Wednesday for a European Union ban on flights to Mexico in the latest response to fears of swine flu, but the EU’s executive Commission said it had no power to curtail travel from its 27 member nations.

More than 100 U.S. schools closed because of swine flu

At least 74 schools have closed across the country because of confirmed or probable cases of swine flu and 30 more have closed as a precautionary measure, the Department of Education said Wednesday.

Outbreak of swine flu could fizzle like 1976 scare

The last time America faced a full-fledged swine flu scare was 33 years ago, when feds warned that the U.S. faced a possible epidemic.


Swine Flu – Myth vs. Fact

Mexico’s health secretary may have thought he was allaying fears about swine flu when he suggested that the nation’s swine flu death rate was 6 or 7 percent. In reality, that would mean a monstrous killer virus — and no experts are close to saying that.

Obama vows great `vigilance’ as swine flu spreads

Obama vows `great vigilance’ for swine flu as it takes first life in US, won’t close border

Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull

Egyptian leaders ordered the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of pigs today to help protect against swine flu, prompting angry protests from the poor Christan farmers who feed their animals with a country’s food scraps. The decision was also criticized as a "real mistake" by a senior UN food expert.

First Mexico fatal flu victim sought help for days

The 39-year-old woman who was the first to die in Mexico’s swine flu epidemic spent the last eight days of her life going from clinic to clinic to find out what was wrong with her but doctors were baffled.

April 29

Confusion — WHO says only 7 dead from swine flu

A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Swine flu will kill in US, says CDC chief

More Than 60 Cases Confirmed; Obama Asks For $1.5 Billion To Fight Fast-Spreading Disease

New swine flu infections intensify travel fears

A global hunt for swine flu turned up new infections all around the world on Tuesday, and frightened governments warned people to stay away from Mexico, where up to 159 people have died.

Scientists: Swine Flu Vaccine Still Months Away

U.S. scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a swine flu vaccine ready in early May, but are finding that the novel virus grows slowly in eggs — the chief way flu vaccines are made.

Obama seeks $1.5 billion for swine flu as cases jump

President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday for an additional $1.5 billion to fight swine flu as the confirmed caseload jumped to 65 people across six states in what doctors fear may become a pandemic.

Drunk Passengers Cause Flu Scare on Flight

Two men who had too much to drink caused 117 passengers on a flight from Mexico to Maryland to wait on board after landing while health authorities checked the two for symptoms of swine flu, officials said Tuesday.

Why has swine flu killed only in Mexico?

Mexico has reported 152 fatalities in flu-like cases in recent days, seven of which have been confirmed as swine flu. By contrast, the United States has had 64 confirmed cases, five hospitalizations and no deaths.

Mexicans put faith in masks — but do they work?

The cloth patches in green, blue and white are everywhere, clamped tight over the mouth and nose of teachers, toddlers, policemen and drunks.

Schwarzenegger declares emergency over swine flu

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency that will help California agencies coordinate efforts in response to the outbreak of swine flu.

Pork Industry Fights Concerns Over Swine Flu

The swine flu is producing global hesitation over eating pork.

April 28

World closer to swine flu pandemic

A new virus has killed up to 149 people in Mexico and the World Health Organization moved closer on Monday to declaring it the first flu pandemic in 40 years as more people were infected in the United States and Europe.

Swine flu epidemic enters dangerous new phase

The swine flu epidemic entered a dangerous new phase Monday as the death toll climbed in Mexico and the number of suspected cases there and in the United States nearly doubled. The World Health Organization raised its alert level but stopped short of declaring a global emergency.

How Bush Prepared for the Outbreak

Tools developed in the last few years will help the Obama administration fight back.

WHO not recommending swine flu travel restrictions

The World Health Organisation is not recommending travel restrictions and border closures to fight swine flu, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

WHO Has Enough Antiviral Medication for 5 Million

The World Health Organization is working closely with Mexican officials to make sure effective drugs are available to fight the outbreak of swine flu, but cautions other countries may need more as well if the disease spreads, a senior official said Monday.

Swine Flu Could Mean New Threat to U.S. Economy

The U.S. economy, which was showing tentative early signs of a recovery, faces a potentially grave new threat: swine flu. A widespread outbreak could batter the tourism, food and transportation industries in particular, deepening the recession in the U.S. and possibly worldwide.

US military ‘monitoring’ flu outbreak

The US Defense Department said on Monday it was closely following the outbreak of swine flu but had no immediate plans to release anti-viral drugs from its stockpiles.

UK, France, Germany advise against travel to Mexico

Britain, France and Germany advised their nationals against non-vital travel to Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak.

Swine flu fears may hammer travel industry

For an ailing global travel industry, swine flu couldn’t have erupted at a worse time.

Cruise lines cancel Mexico stops over flu fear

At least three cruise lines have canceled stops at popular ports in Mexico over concerns about swine flu, while those that haven’t are assuring passengers the ships are clean and risk is low because most reported illnesses there are inland.

Swine flu spreads to Middle East, Asia-Pacific

The swine flu epidemic crossed new borders Tuesday with the first cases confirmed in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, as the number of deaths in Mexico blamed on the virus surpassed 150.

A Timeline of Events in the Swine Flu Outbreak

A timeline of events in the swine flu outbreak

April 27

Global Race to Contain Flu

The world’s governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health emergency. "It’s not a time to panic," the White House said.

WHO: Swine Flu Has "Pandemic Potential"

Eight Cases Suspected At NYC School; More Than 1,000 Sickened In Mexico As Schools Remain Closed, All Public Events Cancelled

Obama has no flu symptoms after Mexico visit

The president met with a museum director in Mexico City who died a week later of pneumonia.

U.S. Activates Emergency Plan to Contain Swine Flu

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said 25 percent of the stockpile for the swine flu anti-viral medication has been released as the U.S. declares a public health emergency.

Swine flu raises travel concerns in Europe

The top EU health official urged Europeans on Monday to postpone nonessential travel to the United States and Mexico because of the swine flu virus, and Spanish health officials confirmed the first case outside North America.

Is swine flu ‘the big one’ or a flu that fizzles?

As reports of a unique form of swine flu erupt around the world, the inevitable question arises: Is this the big one?

Mexico City locks itself in amid swine flu fears

The cardinal said Mass in a shuttered cathedral. Soccer teams played to empty stadiums. A televised variety show filled its seats with cardboard cutouts. Mexico’s overcrowded capital locked itself indoors Sunday, terrified by a new strain of swine flu that was spreading around the world.

Swine flu fears close schools in NY, Texas, Calif.

Cleaning crews spent the day scrubbing down every desk, chair and classroom at a New York City high school. Infected students wore surgical masks as they recovered in their beds. Anxious parents woke their children at night to check their temperature.

US says not testing travelers from Mexico for flu

The United States is not testing airplane travelers from Mexico for the swine flu virus that has heightened fears of a possible pandemic, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Sunday.

1976: Fear of a great plague

Does America mobilize for mass inoculations in time to have everybody ready for the next flu season? Or should the country wait to see if the new virus would, as they often do, get stronger to hit harder in the second year?

Asia on alert over swine flu threat

Asian health officials went on alert and urged the public to be vigilant amid the threat of a flu strain that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and sparked warnings of a potential pandemic.

W.H.: Obama Updated Regularly, Despite Golf Outing

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Obama is being updated regularly on swine flu tracking, and the administration is not suffering from the lack of a secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Russia Suspends Mexican, Some U.S. Meat Imports on Swine Flu

Russia suspended imports of all meat from Mexico and the U.S. states of Texas, California and Kansas shipped after April 21 on concern about the spread of swine flu, the country’s veterinary watchdog said.

U.S. Pork Industry Assures Product is Safe

U.S. pork producers, responding to a swine flu outbreak that has escalated into a public health emergency, said Sunday their product is safe and that consumers cannot catch the virus by eating properly cooked food.