Almost two months after the first case was reported, and about a month since anyone cared, the World Health Organization has declared swine flu is officially the first flu pandemic in 41 years!
So far, H1N1 has killed 144 people, a small number compared to the millions who died during the last flu pandemic -- or even compared to the 250,000 to 500,000 who die of the regular flu every year.
Thirty thousand people have been infected worldwide. As of the Miami-Dade health department's last count on June 5, there are 75 confirmed cases in the county, with no deaths. That represents a little less than a third of the total cases in Florida.