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Swine Flu Back in the Headlines

Swine 'Flu was back in the headlines this week as the WHO attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to explain its management of the H1N1 pandemic. As the immediate threat of the pandemic appears to have receded, attention has now turned to analysing if the incident could have been managed better. In [...]

On the 22nd of October the Department of Health issued new 'Guidance for Planners'. The latest data points to an even less severe pandemic than had been forecast in their previous planning assumptions (dated 3rd of September). Whilst infection rates have risen sharply, doubling to an estimated 53 000 new infections last week; the scientific [...]

On the 3rd of September, the Department of Health issued new planning assumptions for swine 'flu, based on analysis and modelling of the most up to date data from the UK and abroad. These supersede the previous assumptions (published on the 16th of July) and cover the period through to May 2010. Whilst infection rates [...]

On the 16th of July, the Department of Health issued new planning assumptions for swine 'flu, based on analysis and modelling of the most up to date data from the UK and abroad. The news is generally positive: in particular it is now estimated that the fatality rate will be somewhere in the region of [...]

The WHO have decided that Swine Flu has reached such levels as to be classified as a global flu pandemic. This is due to the rapid increase in cases in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile. There are now some 30,000 cases worldwide, and there have been 141 deaths, none of which have been in [...]

Swine ‘Flu Update

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have upped the alert state to Level 5, suggesting that a Pandemic is imminent, whilst swine 'flu is now confirmed to have reached 12 countries in 3 different continents. The number of confirmed cases in Mexico has risen to around 300. 12 people are known to have died from the [...]

Mexican Swine Flu

An outbreak of swine flu virus has killed 81 in Mexico, with further cases being found in the United States. New Zealand, France and Israel has also reported suspected cases. The government in Mexico has imposed restrictions, closing public buildings, including schools, and cancelling public events. Some 70% of bars and restaurants in Mexico City [...]