Thursday, July 30, 2009

Swine Flu

The mainstream media stopped reporting it a while ago, even the tireless e-reporters, voluntary wikipedia editors, barely update any more. you could be forgiven for thinking that the pandemic is over.

Swine Flu:
map of swine flu spread
Orange = Lab confirmed cases, Black = deaths, Grey = no confirmed cases.

This map, and most of the info on swine flu i have been following are from wikipedia and its cited sources.

To compare this with bird flu and SARS:

Bird Flu:
map of bird flu spread
light red = outbreak in birds, dark red = outbreak including people.

SARS Bird Flu Swine Flu
7 months later
People infected:5,328436181,509(+~3,000/day)1,629,955
People killed:7752621,272 (+~50/day)17,173
Countries infected:1615165(+~1/day)212
Countries with deaths:71240(+~1/day)120
Countries with no infection:20720858(-~1/day)35

While everyone ignores swine flu because it isn't new any more, some things are still developing. A new country is being infected every day, and someone dies in a new country almost as often.

In the United Kingdom:

The NHS is not ready for a second wave of swine flu cases expected this autumn, a House of Lords committee said. It warned hospitals do not have enough intensive care beds to cope and predicted the new A(H1N1) flu helpline could be overwhelmed with calls.

In the United States:

The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel
to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall,
according to Defense Department officials.

And since no source i have found lists the countries that are still swine flu free, here is my best attempt: (including inhabited territories and antarctica only)

Asia: 9 (now 2)

(originally included Pakistan - infected 3 Aug, Timor Leste - infected 12 Aug, Kyrgystan - infected 24 Aug, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Armenia, North Korea)

Europe: 5 (now 4)

San Marino
Vatican City
(also Helgoland, Svaalbard)
(also Faroe Islands until infected)
(originally included Moldova - infected 30 July, Liechtenstein - infected 6 Aug, Belarus - infected 8 Aug)

North America: 4 (now 1)

(St. Pierre et Miquelon was added)
(also Montserrat until infected)
(originally included Greenland , Anguilla and Saint Barthemly- later infected)

South America: 1 (now 0)

(French Guyana was infected on 31 July)

Australia/Oceania: 8 (now 6)

Pitcairn Island
Norfolk Island
Christmas Island
Cocos Islands
(originally included Kiribati - infected 6 Aug, Wallis and Futuna - infected, Tuvalu - infected 12 Aug)

Africa: 31 (now 21)
CAR, Guinea, Burkina-Faso, Guinea-Bisseau, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Benin, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia
(also Comoros, BIOT, FSAT, St. Helena, Asencion, Tristan da Cunha, Spanish North Africa)
(also Ghana, Rwanda, Burundi until infected)
(originally included Mozambique - infected 31 July, Zimbabwe - corrected, Angola - infected 4 August, Madagascar - infected 14 Aug, Cameroon - infected 14 Aug, Democratic Republic of the Congo - infected 15 Aug, Mayotte - infected, Djibouti - infected 15 Aug, Lesotho - infected 1 Sept, Malawi - infected 10 Sept, Nigeria, Congo, San Tome and Principe, Somalia, Senegal, Mali, Chad)

And Antarctica: 1