Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu news on the YouTube Home Page

We posted our first news-related bulletin on the YouTube home page yesterday, focusing on the swine flu outbreak, which is the biggest story in the news right now. Outbreaks of swine flu, a strain of the influenza virus commonly found in pigs, are cropping up around the world. 149 people have died from the disease in Mexico, and cases have been reported in the U.S., Spain, Canada, and New Zealand.

Using the new "spotlight" featured videos module, which launched last week as part of the new YouTube home page design, we will be featuring more breaking news content on the YouTube home page. Yesterday's module included video coverage from the CDC, CBS News, Associated Press, and a TED Talk given by "virus chaser" and infectious disease expert, Nathan Wolfe, on how and why viruses (like swine flu) spread.

Here's a message from Dr. Joe Bresee with the CDC Influenza Division:


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