Geospatial Overview of 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic

  • Hassarangsee S.


In 2009, the fatal outbreak of H1N1 influenza A became one of the most serious global concerns since mid-April. Within two months, the outbreak spectrum surged to pandemic. After one year, H1N1 caused at least 18,000 deaths in more than 200 countries worldwide. However, with timely collaborative responses among various organizations worldwide, the spread of the disease was finally brought back to normal. Swift action and cooperation through sharing relevant and comprehensive information played a crucial role for decision makers to issue pertinent measures and guidelines for preparedness and response. By deploying web-based technology and geographic information systems (GIS), these planning and intervention processes were achieved more economically and effectively.