Swine Flu: How To Track Influenza A(H1N1) Online


05.05.2009

In the past couple of weeks we have presented you ways to track the swine flu. I think that it was me in particular who had kept you informed and advised you to not rely entirely on the Google Swine Flu Map. I admit that it’s useful, but I said that it’s not entirely accurate. Also, there is the 2009 Swine Flu H1N1 Outbreak and Migration Map which was developed using Microsoft’s Live Search Maps. You can always track the swine flu online thanks to Twitter as there is a big number of H1N1 related tweets per day. However, the best way to track the swine flu online is to use official websites from CDC and other health related websites.

Here is how to track the swine flu online:

1. First of all, you have to stay informed therefore you should use Google News where you can setup a Google News Alert. This will help you to stay updated with the latest news about the Swine Flu. The entry form can be found here, and you have to enter your preferred details, and then you will receive breaking news via email or directly into your RSS feed reader.

2. If the Google News alerts are not satisfying enough, and you want more details and information then you absolutely need to check the WHO’s official Disease Outbreak News Center. The World Health Organization provides information about current and past diseases, but there are also breaking news about outbreaks, epidemics, or pandemics. The WHO Disease Outbreak News Center can be found here, but you can also receive updates about the Influenza A(H1N1) into your RSS feed reader.

3. Another way to learn more about the H1N1 Influenza A is provided by the Center for Disease Control. CDC’s tool is called Travel Notices and it can keep you updated with worldwide swine flu outbreaks. This will help you decide whether is safe to travel somewhere or to check if the H1N1 virus is coming your way. Now that WHO is probably going to raise its alert level to 6 after the second death outside Mexico, I don’t know if any place in the world is safe. You can check the CDC Travel Notices here, or you might want them into your RSS feed reader.

4. It’s easy to check the Google Swine Flu map or the Live Search Swine Flu H1N1 Outbreak and Migration Map, but why wouldn’t you choose for the best Swine Flu Map? The HealthMap is an all-in-one swine flu tracker, and it features a heat level depending on confirmed cases of H1N1. The HealthMap can be found here, but you can also check for news on its Twitter page.

Well, I hope this was helpful for you, but let me know how do you track the swine flu online.

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