H1N1 flu in Canada: outbreak or pandemic?
Johanna Wagstaffe answers your questions in Science Smart, a weekly video column
With theflu season well-underway, many questions are coming in about the difference between an outbreak and a pandemic.
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But what factors characterize an influenza pandemic rather than a localized outbreak, and how does Health Canada monitors these changes?
In this week's Science Smart video column, the CBC's Johanna Wagstaffe tells us how a flu is tracked and when and how it's labelled as dangerous.
If you have a science question you'd like answered, send Johanna a tweet (@Jwagstaffe) or an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.