Remember the H1N1 flu that spread across the planet in 2009? It was the same flu strain that was predominant during this winter's flu season. Now it's turned up in sea otters living off the coast of Washington state, and researchers don't know how it got there.
The CDC has just released its latest update on influenza activity in the United States, and the picture it paints is not pretty. First things first: GET VACCINATED. You're over six months old? Get vaccinated. Someone you interact with on a regular basis is at high risk of flu complications (i.e. young, old, pregnant,…
In 2009, swine flu created a minor pandemic, only killing about 15,000 people but infecting millions more. The avian flu H9N2 is ravaging bird populations throughout Asia. They're bad enough on their own...but what if they joined forces?
The swine flu pandemic of 2009 was one of the worst flu scares in recent memory, even if its actual effects ended up being relatively moderate. Now something unambiguously good could come of all this: a universal flu vaccine.
With the middle of the year having fallen earlier this week (July 2nd for the curious), it's time to take stock, look back and wonder: What has 2009 taught us so far?
Scientists now have an idea of just how the H1N1 virus may be so deadly, and what makes it different from earlier viruses from the same family. Hint: It's where it goes inside your body that counts.
A fake BBC news site reports that swine flu is creating zombies. Still it makes our hearts flutter reading news reports like this: "After passing....he rose from the dead and lunged at his mother."
The first genetic analysis of the H1N1 flu has revealed that things may not be as bad as first feared, although scientists admit that history may provide an example that no-one wants to see followed.
Today epidemiologists have released four maps showing the way a flu pandemic will spread, depending on how nations respond with anti-viral drugs. Two scenarios demonstrate how to stop the spread of swine flu, fast.
The swine flu genome has been sequenced. Writer and computer geek Stephan Zielinski spent a little time tinkering around with algorithms and figured out a way to convert one of its genes into ambient music. I have to say, it sounds amazing. You can listen to it, and learn more about how he did it, on his blog.
Feeling worried about the impending swine flu epidemic? Just to make you feel more panicked, we've put together a list of 11 movies that show what happens when humanity is attacked by unstoppable viruses.