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APRIL 26, 2009 8:28PM

The Web 2.0 Guide to Swine Flu

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Kudos to the Centers for Disease Control for marching onto the Internet to share information related to swine flu with us.  For those who are looking for information, there are several ways to track the latest:

 (Note: not an inclusive list, so if readers know others, let me know and I'll add them for everybody)

 Home Pages on the Web:

  • CDC Swine Flu Site  Contains the latest information, including numbers of cases reported and advisories to protect yourself.  You can RSS feed or get email updates as our understanding of what's happening progresses.


  • Video/Podcast  short features from the CDC's influenza division explaining the symptoms, signs, and potential treatments for the illness
  • Widget code to embed and follow developments with
  • Ecards Seriously, send Pig Pen or any of your other less hygenic friends a Hallmark to remind them to wash their hands
  • Flikr See what's new and old (there was a 1976 swine flu oubreak) at the Agency's photostream

Twitter CDC is Tweeting, which is how I found about both the White House Briefing and last Friday's briefing, on two different sites.  They usually alert folks to any live events and briefing they'll be holding ahead of time

Other Sites

  • White House Blog With a transcript of today's press briefing
  • Google Maps  Someone, somewhere is tracking cases at Google Maps.  At this point, it's not clear who is and how accurate it may be, however. 

The point here is a good one:  keeping the public up to date and informed, and doing it in a way that prevents any widespread panic.   Many of the sites also are available in Spanish, as is the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636.



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Very valuable, Doctor. Thanks very much for this wealth of information on this new outbreak.
State health departments:
http://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/resources/state_departments.htm (text)
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/international/relres.html (clickable map)

Knowledgeable, frequently-updated reports and discussion by a collective of public health scientists and practitioners:
I couldn't help myself I had to learn the origins of the google map. The author Dr. Henry Niman virus researcher. Thought people would want to know.

Thanks for this Doctor---incredibly valuable.
Question: I was just reading the CDC info and they say alcohol based hand cleaners are effective against swine flu. It's my understanding that alcohol does not kill viruses, only bacteria. What's the correct information?
Great Rahul! And I too applaud the estimable, invaluable CDC!

Ethanol is effective against some strains of viruses, including influenzaviruses, but not nearly as much as handwashing with soap and water.

Wash your hands every time you go to the restroom or eat, and you will be well ahead of the game in keeping yourself protected from infection.
Thank you for this information.I just have one question--of course the center for Disease Control would want to err on the side of being overly zealous, but my concern is that this is creating wide-scale panic among people when it isn't necessary. I have also heard that the overuse of Tamiflu will make the strain even stronger and render the medication useless.I want to be warned of possible dangers in my world and my environment, but I do not want to live in fear at all junctures. Where is the middle ground here? How much in danger are we?
Oh by the way, if you hear about it evolving quickly, do not be alarmed; that's a good sign. Flu viruses tend to "want" to evolve to less lethal forms, so that they can become endemic and spread among many hosts, rather than kill their host too quickly before they have a chance to spread to another host.
Thank you so much for the information. I've passed this on to friends and family. Rated
In addition to the links you've provided, I have listed links to ProMED updates on my blog page:

The more reliable information, the better! Thank you!
Google map! Now that's way cool. Thanks.
About 5 months ago my wife contracted swine flu - she's an elementary school teacher. Honestly...it's wasn't that bad and never got to the pneumonia point.

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