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Modeling the spread of H1N1 in the Internet age

CNN reports that H1N1 is still a problem, particularly in the Southeastern U.S.  Traditionally, epidmiologists model the spread of a contagious disease based on two factors: the transmission rate between people and the frequency of contact between individuals.  A study by  Yoo, Kasajima and Bhattacharya (2010) incorporates a third factor that will affect the spread […]

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World War I’s Greatest Killer

“It is sometimes called the Great Swine Flu epidemic and sometimes the Great Spanish Flu epidemic, but in either case it was ferocious.  World War I killed twenty-one million people in four years; swine flu did the same in its first four months.  Almost 80 percent of American causalities in the First World War came […]

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Swine Flu Emergency Declared

As I predicted, the H1N1 influenza virus has returned to the U.S. this fall.  FluTracker gives a visual representation of the spread of the disease.   In response to the spread of H1N1, President Obama declared the H1N1 outbreak a national emergency.  The declaration will  “allow a hospital to set up a make-shift satellite facility […]

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H1N1: Do I have it? Do I need a vaccine?

Two weeks ago, the U.S. government released its H1N1 vaccine to the public.  Many people have had a number of questions about whether or not they should get the vaccine.  The CDC website has a list of Key Facts and a Q&A section that is helpful.   There are five major groups who should have […]

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Looming Threat: H1N1 Outbreak in the Fall

The Washington Post reports that most Americans are not very concerned about swine flu.  Should they be worried?  Maps from the New England Journal of Medicine and RhizaLabs detail that swine flu is still a problem. The CDC reports that “from April 15, 2009 to July 24, 2009, states reported a total of 43,771 confirmed […]

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