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A-H1N1 Pandemic by BenHeine A-H1N1 Pandemic by BenHeine
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An illustration I made during the H1N1 crisis...
Pencil on large paper, digital coloring.
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For more information about my artwork: info@benheine.com
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A/H1N1 Pandemic Spreads at Unprecedented Speed, Says WHO

The A/H1N1 influenza pandemic has been spreading at an unprecedented speed, much faster than other pandemics in history, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said.

"In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as the new H1N1 virus has spread in less than six weeks," the UN agency said in a briefing posted on its website.

The new flu virus has caused more than 94,500 laboratory-confirmed infections in more than 130 countries and regions, with more than 400 deaths, according to figures released by the WHO on July 6.

The agency will no longer issue the global tables showing the numbers of confirmed cases for all countries, because the number of infections is increasing so fast in many countries that it has become almost impossible for them to follow through laboratory tests, said the WHO briefing.

A strategy that concentrates on laboratory confirmation and investigation of all cases is extremely resource-intensive. And in some countries, this strategy is absorbing most national laboratory and response capacity, leaving little capacity for the monitoring and investigation of severe cases and other exceptional events, it said.

However, there is still an ongoing need in all countries to closely monitor unusual events, such as clusters of cases of severe or fatal virus infection, clusters of respiratory illness requiring hospitalization, or unexplained or unusual clinical patterns associated with serious or fatal cases, the WHO said.

As part of continued efforts to document the global spread of the A/H1N1 pandemic, the WHO will still provide regular updates describing the situation in newly-affected countries, according to the briefing.

The WHO will continue to request that newly-affected countries report the first confirmed cases and, as far as feasible, provide weekly aggregated case numbers and descriptive epidemiology of the early cases, it said.

(Article source: [link])

World Health Organization website: [link]
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:icont-thomas:
T-Thomas Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   General Artist
I love your design
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:icongaaraitsuke:
GaaraItsuke Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Hello. Awesome job, and amazing resolution.

I wanted to let you know that I used this work to create a cover for my Portfolio in school. If I can't do it, please let me know so that i remove it.
You can see how it turned out in here -> [link]
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:icongreyday19:
greyday19 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Digital Artist
My sister go it, she is ok now but it was scary.
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5-blue-marks Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
Keep an eye on H5N1. That's more of a concern at this point in time.

Great image. I just wish it had a more worthy strain of Influenza attached to its title.
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kartix Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Encore une fois du très bon.
Bravo.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
merci!
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:iconammanda:
ammanda Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Outstanding job...congratulations!!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank u
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Vandervir Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Right hand finger is strange :)

but this is awsome
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:icongarrison-kelly:
Garrison-Kelly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Writer
I love the fact that you used those hands in particular.
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