Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu & You

So there's a lot of talk about swine flu right now, and some of it is pretty scary. No need to panic, the doctors tell us, and a little information might help. So far, there have been no cases in Louisiana and with some precautions, the residents of this state might be able to keep it that way. Here are some links for people curious about the outbreak: stop shopping for all your swine flu information needs.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Information on Swine Flu

The Centers for Disease Control Swine Flu Page

The National Library of Medicine: Swine Flu

The World Health Organization: Swine Influenza

The Public Health Agency of Canada: Human Swine Influenza

The National Health Service of the United Kingdom: Swine Flu Alert

What to Do If You or Someone You Love Contracts Swine Influenza

A Little Perspective: Endemics and Pandemics of the Past

In 165 AD, smallpox killed an estimated 5 million people--about 3% of everyone on the planet. The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed 50 million, or 5%. As of this writing, there are 112 confirmed cases of swine influenza on planet Earth. History has a way of giving us some perspective like that. Here are some links about the history of disease outbreaks:

The Swine Flu Scare of 1976

Reuters Factbox: Past Flu Pandemics

The Worst Outbreaks of Disease in History

Library Books That You Might Enjoy

Terrebonne Parish Library System Catalog Search: Disease Outbreaks

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