The Guardian have been publishing swine flu data on their Data Blog. They are sourcing their data from by the World Health Organisation, the US Centers for Disease Control, country health agencies and press reports, which makes their data the most up to date I have found. One thing missing from their data is a sense of scale for each country. Of course populous countries like the US have had a high number of infections, but this also means that hidden in the smaller numbers are some fairly significant infection rates in countries with smaller national populations.
So, in a return to a theme started in my Olympic medal tally posts, here are the top 20 swine-flu afflicted countries ranked by lab-confirmed infections per million population (as at 15 June 2009).
|Rank||Country||Confirmed Cases||Population||Cases per Million|
Mexico was the source of the swine flu outbreak, but is now only ranked 5th in infections per capita, while Australia has rocketed to 4th place, largely due to the extensive outbreak in Victoria. As The Guardian continue to update their data, I will monitor the per capita rankings.
UPDATE: The data has been updated and Panama has now fallen to 4th place, which puts Canada in the lead and Australia in 3rd place. I have now uploaded the data to Swivel.