Academy Swine Flu a Test Delight

Air Force medical researchers took full advantage of a rather large and isolated outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus, the so-called Swine flu, over the summer at the US Air Force Academy. According to a Medical News Today report, the latest issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine includes a article by the academy’s lead medical investigator, Dr. Catherine Witkop, who states, “The USAFA outbreak provided a unique opportunity to gain valuable information about the natural behavior of the nH1N1 virus.” The work done at the academy, she wrote, benefitted “planning assumptions and in defining effective control measures.” All told, the academy identified 134 confirmed and 33 suspect cases of Swing flu in June and July. (Also read Reuters report)