H1N1 Outbreak 2009

News of suspected and confirmed cases of H1N1 (swine flu) have spread quickly on the Internet, as people search for answers and share their thoughts on the disease. The flu was first detected in Mexico in April 2009 and has quickly grown to be considered an international public health emergency by governments and health agencies.

Websites of the World Health Organization, Red Cross, and ReportingonHealth.org are good for distinguising facts from rumor. AllTop's Swine Flu page has a ton of English language media headlines collected in one place.

Masked girl in Mexico City by Esparta Palma on Flickr

Masked girl in Mexico City by Esparta Palma on Flickr

Also known as “swine influenza A”, H1N1 is a respiratory disease of pigs that can be passed between humans mainly through coughing and sneezing.

Global Voices posts about the swine flu

December 26 – Palestine: Swine Flu Arrives In Gaza
November 13 – Hungary: Flu Vaccination as “the Great Hungarian Experiment”
November 10 – Ukraine: Flu Stats, Panic, Gauze Masks (and Some Lingerie)
November 9 – Ukraine: Internet Offers Swine Flu Common Sense
November 7 – MENA: H1N1, Vaccines and Conspiracy Theories
October 31 – Ukraine: Swine Flu (and Some Election Politics)
October 11 – Oman: Bloggers Swine Flu Dance Off
October 8 – Oman: Swine Flu Campaign Update
September 23 – USA: Video Contest Promotes “Swine Flu” Prevention
September 21 – Omani Bloggers Take the Streets To Combat Swine Flu
September 19 – Omani Bloggers Swine Flu Campaign
August 23 – Ecuador: Continuing to Face the H1N1 Virus
August 14 – India: Swine Flu Scare
July 14 – Paraguay: As the H1N1 Virus Spreads
July 09 – Arab World: Swine Flu Fever Continues
June 23- Philippines: A(H1N1) panic continues to grow
June 19- Egypt: Between the Swine Flu and Approaching Plague
June 15- Paraguay: Governmental Response to Arrival of H1N1 Virus
May 29- Bahrain: Swine Flu Arrives
May 24- Influenza A(H1N1) cases in Southeast Asia
May 15- Saudi Arabia: Will Swine Flu Threaten Hajj?
May 14- MENA: Does Swine Flu Spread from Touching Pigs?
May 10- Global Health: “Swine Flu” In Images
May 8- Central & Eastern Europe: Swine Flu (aka “California 0409”)
May 7- Southeast Asia: Twitter reactions on H1N1 virus
May 6- Mexico: Scenes From an Outbreak
May 4- Americas: Region Responds to the H1N1 Virus
May 4- Southeast Asia: Reactions to the H1N1 virus
May 3- China: Quarantining all Mexicans
May 2- Egypt: Combating H1N1 with pigs culling
May 1- Kyrgyzstan: Government Acts to Prevent Swine Flu
May 1- World Videos: “Swine Flu” Perspectives, Humor and a Grain of Salt
Apr 30 – Caribbean: Keeping Track of Swine Flu
Apr 30 – Kuwait: Swine Flu Blues
Apr 29 – Mexico and Hong Kong: Fears over the fatal swine flu virus
Apr 28 – Caribbean: When Pigs Fly?
Apr 28 – China: Tracking swine flu on Twitter
Apr 27 – Global Health: Swine Flu Threat Spreads Worldwide
Apr 25 – Mexico: Concern Over Swine Flu Outbreak


A Flu Wiki that anyone can edit has been created to document the swine flu outbreak.


Several people have been tracking swine flu reports on online maps, including biochemist Dr. Henry L. Niman in the USA who is compiling data from a wide variety of sources on the map below.