Insights (Essays)

Insights (Essays) April 2013

New H7N9 Data: An Epidemic Rising?

Neil Seeman

Posted 4/15/2013 @ 9:05AM EDT

As of the time of writing, it has been suggested that the new bird flu strain in China, H7N9 – with a higher case fatality rate (CFR) at present than SARS – bears possible signs of human-to-human transmission. Our global data capture company, The RIWI Corporation, tracked 7,016 Chinese “fresh” (i.e. non-panel based) Internet users – with a 24.08% response rate – over 20 hours. Our tracking data are visualized here with mouse-over technology revealing different levels of intensity of public awareness of the contagion (varying by region and by city) across China. At the 95% confidence interval, the margin of error is 1.8%, 19 times out of 20.

The RIWI data tracker ran in all parts of China from Sunday April 14th at 22:49 to Monday April 15th at 19:50 China Standard Time. 

The full text is at the below link with mouse-over visuals.

Wikipedia (seriously) is the best and most reliable news source of everything happening by the hour. 

About the Author(s)

CEO, The RIWI Corporation. Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto. CEO, Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Policy. Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation. Adjunct Professor, Ryerson University School of Health Services Management.


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