The spread of the H1N1 virus from its first observed outbreak on April 24 prompted the World Health Organization to warn that the first influenza pandemic since 1968 is “imminent.” Mexico has seen more than 600 cases of the influenza, and lab results have confirmed cases of the virus in over twenty countries and in half of U.S. states.
The Mexico Institute in collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting an event on the swine flu outbreak, Influenza Outbreak in the Americas: International Cooperation in Response to the Spread of H1N1 Flu on Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on the fifth floor. The agenda, link to the live webcast of the event, invitation, and RSVP can be found on the Wilson Center website.
Join us to discuss the influenza outbreak and how governments, international organizations, and civil society groups in the Americas are cooperating to address it.
Katherine Bliss, Deputy Director of the Americas Program at CSIS, will speak at the Mexico Institute event on May 5. She recently answered a set of “Critical Questions” on the swine flu outbreak and the Mexican and international response.
Mexico’s El Universal has compiled an interactive graphic (in Spanish) that includes statistical information on the number of deaths and suspected cases in Mexico and worldwide as well as the symptoms of the H1N1 swine flu virus and contact information for Mexicans who suspect they may have the virus.
The Brookings Institution website on Pandemic Disease has over a dozen resources on pandemic disease, influenza, and public health initiatives. The resources include past events as well as recent commentaries on some of the technical aspects of computer modeling of epidemics in addition to experts’ reflections on the costs of pandemic diseases.
The Council on Foreign Relations has also published a number of useful resources on the swine flu outbreak.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Swine flu
Mexican Secretariat of Health
H1N1 information from the World Health Organization