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Matt Rosenberg

Geography of Swine Flu

By April 28, 2009

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The New York Times has published a graduated circle map to represent suspected and confirmed swine flu (H1N1 cases. The L.A. Times also has a graduated circle map which is navigable and can be viewed by date or in animation showing the spread of H1N1. U.S. swine flu projections are being modeled by a lab at Northwestern University and they provide animated maps showing 28-day swine flu projections.

There is exists a Google Map showing global cases of H1N1, I am not a fan of the map (as it is difficult to both visualize density or distribution on a Google pin-point map). Hopefully swine flu won't spread much further but if it does, a nice official choropleth map of global distribution of swine flu might be a good option.

I recommend one turn to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swine flu site for a geographic distribution cases by state. It is also worthwhile, if you're a Twitter fan, to follow the CDC on Twitter. For the global view, read the latest updates on the World Health Organization website (look under "Situation Updates").

For news and information, NPR's Flu Shots blog is a great source. The study of the geographic distribution of diseases is part of the sub-discipline of geography known as medical geography. What are your favorite sources for updated information?


May 4, 2009 at 1:02 am
(1) Tom Robinson, Ph.D. says:

Thanks for all these tips, Matt, especially pointing out the weakness of Google-Mapping this.

October 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(2) M. Kerjman says:

INTERESTING-I found this blog just a few moments ago, poliching Dinosaurs: Back to the Future http://www.wikio.com/article/dinosaurs-back-future-134708846

And I am surely convinced in geography of outbreaks since time being: The X-Challenge(1993) http://omega.twoday.net/stories/302957/, for instance.

Thank you for your blog.

October 23, 2009 at 11:38 am
(3) Edna Reith says:

I contracted swine flu 3 days after drinking Evian bottled water – a thing I don’t usually do. Has anybody else had that experience?

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