be safe, stay in the know, and travel wisely
The pandemic has swept across Mexico and most recently jumped borders and oceans propelling fears of a virus outbreak perhaps deadlier than that of SARS. There have been over 100 deaths in Mexico to date, and cases of the swine flu have been reported in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, France, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain and the UK.
There have been at least twenty swine flu cases have been confirmed in the U.S. alone, but not deaths. It’s unclear, even to health officials, why the cases in the U.S. have been milder. You can track the spread of the swine flu as well as receive updates in a number of ways. First, Google Maps user Niman, whose profile says simply “Biomedical Research, Pittsburgh, PA, USA”, has created this Google My Map of the current Swine Flu outbreak (below). Healthmap is giving updates via Twitter.
In addition, Healthmap has a map of global disease outbreaks, pulling news from different sources to generate the map. Tip: the map by default doesn’t just show flu outbreaks; to change the setting go into the “Diseases, last 30 days” section of the LH sidebar and check only influenza. Additionally, the CDC and WHO are also places i-genius members can look at for outbreak information.