By Monday morning, the death toll in Mexico had gone over 149 with thousands more suffering symptom of infection.
Reported cases were also listed in the United States, while Canada had six reported cases listed by Monday, two of them in British Columbia. Numerous provincial health departments spending Sunday hosting press conferences to try and keep the flow of information within the realm of fact and not rumour.
The outbreak became the lead item of the news cycle for the various all news networks, all with their particular level of interpretation as to the risk involved.
As the swine flu suddenly wrested the headlines away from the economic troubles, it brought the heavy on graphics and urgent music approach to lead item status. As the media speculates whether the swine flu will be a temporary blip much like the bird flu of a few years ago, or if indeed the next great pandemic is underway.
We will keep track of the news items on the topic here, providing an archive of sorts for the tracking of the flu and any developments from it. The archive will be found in our right hand column under the items of special interest banner.
April 29-- WHO raises pandemic alert
April 29-- U.S. reports first swine flu death
April 29-- Keep fear-o-meter on low for now
April 29-- The boy at swine flu's ground zero
April 29-- Will Swine Flu Stunt Economic Recovery?
April 29-- Swine flu strikes 4 in the GTA
April 29-- Egypt orders slaughter of all pigs
April 28-- Confirmed swine flu cases reach 13 in Canada
April 28-- Four Ontarians have flu virus
April 28-- Tour operators cancel flights to Mexico
April 28-- Scientists seek clues to flu in Mexico
April 28-- Canadian tour operators cancel Mexico trips
April 28-- Swine flu no re-run of 1918 pandemic
April 28-- Swine flu virus under surveillance in B.C.
April 28-- Swine flu jumping borders
April 28-- Canadian government travel recommendations
April 28-- Swine flu cases climb worldwide
April 28-- Let my wife come home, husband pleads
April 27-- WHO may raise pandemic threat level
April 27-- Timeline: Swine flu outbreak
April 27-- Investors juggle flu fears, GM cheers
April 27-- Swine flu kills 149 in Mexico
April 27-- Canadian swine flu cases expected to rise
April 27-- What the #!%*? is the deal with swine flu?
April 27-- Swine flu lands in Canada
April 27-- Health system prepares for swine flu
April 27-- Flu fears prompt EU travel warning
April 27-- Asia girds for spread of swine flu
April 27-- Stock markets sickened by swine flu