The last global outbreak was the Spanish Flu in 1918. It ultimately ended up killing an estimated 100 million people. Health officials are determined not to let that type of thing happen again.
Technology and communications have revolutionized humanitarian operations, making it possible to track incidents of Influenza A (subtype H1N1).
MSNBC has a nifty map graphic showing the current status of the flu pandemic.
We want to reiterate that the World Health Organization alert yesterday referred to the scope (geographical extent) of the pandemic, rather than the severity (actual number of cases).
Still, it's important to be prepared and protect yourself and your loved ones from infection. Heart to Heart has created a straightforward factsheet on the flu pandemic that gives you answers to basic questions about this strain of Influenza A.