It’s Official: WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

Clinical laboratory managers should be planning for a busy flu season this fall Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared that A/H1N1 influenza (swine flu) is a global pandemic. This is the first such flu pandemic in 41 years. The announcement was not a surprise, since it was know that WHO was prepared to make this declaration weeks ago. But objections from several countries that such a declaration might trigger civil unrest and economic disruption caused WHO to defer...

Clinical Laboratories Deal with Soaring Demand for Swine Flu Testing

Tidal wave of Swine Flu Specimens Puts Stress Public Health Laboratories In the United States, the number of confirmed and suspected cases of A/H1N1 influenza continues to increase day by day, although the overall number is limited. As of today, Thursday, the CDC reports 109 confirmed A/H1N1 cases in 11 states, and one confirmed fatality in the state of Texas. Clinical laboratories across the United States are swamped with phone calls from physicians’ offices and requests for collection...
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