https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php The coronavirus outbreak may seem reminiscent of past global epidemics like SARS, MERS, swine flu, and the Zika virus. We looked at the data to see how those epidemics compare to the new coronavirus. While some of those examples were deadlier than the coronavirus, they were far more limited […]
The CDC has issued guidelines on how to avoid spreading coronavirus, warning everyone to stay home if they feel sick. But for a lot of Americans, this isn’t possible. Research shows that hourly employees in the US are likely to come into work while sick, due to the lack of […]
Pandemics have afflicted civilizations throughout human history, with the earliest known outbreak occurring in 430 BC during the Peloponnesian War. Many of these pandemics have had significant impacts on human society, from killing large percentages of the global population to causing humans to ponder larger questions about life. Here are […]
I was diagnosed with swine flu during the 2009 pandemic, which killed 12,469 people in the US and between 151,700 and 575,400 people worldwide, according to the CDC. The swine flu generated a similar level of panic to what we’re seeing with the coronavirus today, and as with swine flu, […]
Many Chinese tech firms are equipping the country’s farms with artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and blockchain technologies to monitor their pigs’ health. But none of this has managed to curb the biggest epidemic facing Chinese farms today – the outbreak of the African swine flu, a gruesome and deadly disease […]
China is grappling with a widespread African swine flu (ASF) epidemic, a disease fatal to pigs but harmless to humans. ASF’s effects on pigs are gruesome. Symptoms include diarrhoea, depression, and miscarriages. The government is urging farmers to cull infected pigs to prevent the spread of the disease, which is […]
It's estimated that influenza -- the common flu -- was the cause of death in 30 to 50 million people in 1918 and 1919. It was the second deadliest pandemic in history, just behind the Black Plague.
Double the amount recorded at the same time in 2013.
[credit provider=”Flickr Alex E. Proimos” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/6073731653/”] Some prize pigs at Ohio’s county fairs may have a dark secret.Two months ago, a 61-year-old Ohio woman died after catching a new strain of swine flu.
[credit provider=” C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish, CDC”] An influenza virus isolated from Korean pigs is deadly and transmissible by air in ferrets, which are used as stand-ins for humans when studying the disease.This particular virus is likely not a grave threat to humans, said study researcher Richard Webby, […]
[credit provider=”Nicholas Valentin via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_valentin_murphy/3480535682/”] Swine flu is spreading in Indiana, with human cases rising tenfold in a week, state public health officials said on Wednesday, confirming 113 people are infected and saying they expect to see more.The total confirmed cases of the Influenza A variant virus that has […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Swine_flu_in_Kazakhstan_%282009%29.jpg”] How many people did swine flu kill during the H1N1 pandemic a few years back? If you answered 18,500, you’d be — excuse the pun — dead wrong. By at least 133,000 deaths.Researchers from the centres for Disease Control have upped their estimate of the number of […]