H1N1 (swine flu) weekly update: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

h1n1Here are this week’s H1N1 updates from the HealthMap team of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program.

  • Reports have stated that the United States has likely reached its peak for H1N1, as only 32 of 50 states are now reporting widespread influenza activity.
  • While H1N1 may have peaked in parts of the Northern hemisphere, the number of deaths worldwide jumped by over 1,000 during the past week, reaching more than 7,800.
  • Transmission of the virus remains high in East Asia and Canada.
  • A large outbreak of H1N1 had been feared to occur during this year’s Haj season, however only 73 cases and five deaths were reported.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported an increase in serious pneumococcal infections associated with H1N1 cases in the United States. The CDC also released new figures stating that as many as 34 million may have already been infected.
  • Finland confirmed human-to-pig transmission of the H1N1 virus, while a pig herd in Indonesia was also reported to be infected.