knittingknots (knittingknots) wrote,

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Some interesting (to me) articles and the latest just out data on the number of CDC cases of the flu.

Interesting article about the current flu strain's background:

Influenza viruses mutate constantly and they also swap genetic material with one another promiscuously, especially if an animal or person is infected with two strains at once.

Rabadan's team said this particular strain looked partly like another hybrid, or what scientists call a reassortant, virus.

"The North American ancestors are related to the multiple reassortants, H1N2 and H3N2 swine viruses isolated in North America since 1998," they wrote.

The whole article:

Flu Geek page for the day:
Social Media Tools for Consumers and Partners
(lots of widgets and stuff)

Latest CDC Headcount

Alabama 1
Arizona 18
California 26
Colorado 4
Connecticut 2
Delaware 10
Florida 3
Illinois 3
Indiana 3
Iowa 1
Kansas 2
Kentucky* 1
Massachusetts 7
Michigan 2
Minnesota 1
Missouri 1
Nebraska 1
Nevada 1
New Hampshire 1
New Jersey 7
New Mexico 1
New York 63
Ohio 3
Rhode Island 1
South Carolina 15
Tennessee 1
Texas 40
Utah 1
Virginia 3
Wisconsin 3

TOTAL 30 States 226 cases


A few things to remember: These are not all the cases of flu out there. These are only cases confirmed by the CDC, and do not take into consideration cases that haven't been run through their testing system. Whether or not a sample gets into the system varies. New Jersey, for instance, said that unless the person was hospitalized, they weren't going to send samples in.

For comparison, 1 week ago, there were 20 confirmed cases.
Tags: influenza
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