Looking for information about swine flu?

Pig Most of the articles I’ve read in the past couple of days mention that experts and policy-makers at places like the CDC and the WHO don’t have nearly as much information as they would like, but the information they do have they are making available in a variety of ways. The CDC and WHO websites are always good sources of information, and they have both set up specific sites to communicate with the public about these swine flu outbreaks.

Because the outbreak is so recent and information is still emerging, newspaper articles can be a good place to look. Of course there are newspaper websites like nytimes.com and washingtonpost.com, but for a broader look try our LexisNexis database – a search for “swine flu” retrieves articles from New York, Toronto, Tokyo, London and more. For a more academic look, try the news portions of journals like Science and Nature.

If you’re searching PubMed for articles, be aware that there isn’t a MeSH heading for swine flu exactly, and a search of the term “swine flu” won’t map specifically to articles about this particular strain. You can use the MeSH heading “Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype”, but be aware that this will retrieve articles about both human and swine H1N1 strains, and remember that very recent articles won’t necessarily have had MeSH headings assigned to them yet.

There is also a lot of information being made available by various public health agencies and media outlets. As always, if you need any assistance finding information, please ask us!

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