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Swine Flu Update Monday May 11: Ontario, Canada and Colbert Nation

antigenicshift_hirescrop1Ontario has reached a total of 110 confirmed human swine flu cases, all still considered mild.  The age range is between 1 and 62.  Canada reported its first swine flu fatality, an Alberta woman with asthma.

ScienceInsider has had outstanding coverage, and I’m adding their swine flu RSS feed to the sidebar on the right side of this page.  Interesting extracts from today:

  • Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London estimates an R0 of about 1.5 (consistent with last week’s report).
  • Based on available data, Ferguson estimates a case fatality rate of 0.4%, with a range between 0.3% and 1.5%. That’s far less than the 1918 pandemic, and likely to decrease as more mild cases (less likely to have been reported or tested early) are confirmed.

Also, Colbert had author Laurie Garrett on his show last week talking about the Swine Flu outbreak.

You can watch here from the U.S.:  http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/226864/may-06-2009/laurie-garrett

And here from Canada:  http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/the-colbert-report/full-episodes/may-6-2009/#clip169176

You may also apply a level of skepticism appropriate for listening to someone who has their own eponymous website.

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