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More than 1 in 5 infected with H1N1 virus worldwide during 2009-10 flu season

More than a fifth of the world’s population was infected by the H1N1 virus in the 2009-2010 flu pandemic, according to new estimates released on Friday. The study confirms warnings that so-called swine flu was highly contagious. It also estimates that the flu’s lethality — as previously reported — was…

Nine in Mexico dead from A(H1N1) swine flu

The death toll in Mexico from an outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu has hit nine, with 573 cases detected, officials said Sunday. The strain represents some 90 percent of detected cases of influenza in the country, the health ministry said in a statement. The number of cases reported was up…

Like it or not, flu shots work

This is super interesting. (Via.) The NY Times is understandably fascinated by the cultural and effort-related aspects of this story, which involves a bunch of researchers swooping in and using an isolated religious farming communities to conduct a test on disease transmission, but the results of the test are just…

When life resembles The Onion

For those of us who’ve been pushing back against anti-vaccination hysteria—most of it coming from the left—I think there’s an inevitable sense that the whole anti-vaccination thing is so nutty that it’s inevitable that it’s going to be picked up by the right wing, the home of most nutty conspiracy…

You don’t need to eat a veggie burger to be grossed out by poo lagoons

I’m going to be sharing my environmental posts at this brand spanking new community environmentalist blog The Clade, which was started by former Pandagon contributor Chris Clarke. I highly recommend checking it out and adding it to your RSS feed, and contributing if you have useful environmental news or opinions.…

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