Worldfocus explores the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in this special report. While the infection rate seems to be subsiding in Mexico for now, many other countries are preparing for potential outbreaks, either now or later in the year when the typical flu season begins again in the northern hemisphere.
Stephen Morse of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health discusses how he sees the H1N1 flu epidemic playing out over the next few months in Mexico, the U.S. and the world. Ask Professor Morse your questions about the virus here.
Roben Farzad of BusinessWeek discusses the implications of Chrysler's bankruptcy and its partnership with Italian manufacturer Fiat.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week's top stories: The H1N1 flu, the Taliban in Pakistan and Fidel Castro and Cuba.
Sacha Feinman of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting describes how people in Mexico go about hiring a "pollero," or people smuggler, to take them to the U.S., in what has become a big -- and dangerous -- business.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide has now risen to at least 257. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the scientific community's attempts to pinpoint and fight the virus.
On Monday, in reponse to a growing swine flu epidemic, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level from three to four. Beyond Mexico, the United States and five other countries were dealing with confirmed cases of the flu. Martin Blaser of the New York University School of Medicine discusses the scope of the outbreak and how world governments are responding.
After Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa decided not to renew an agreement allowing the U.S. to use an air base in Ecuador, speculation has swirled as to where in the region the U.S. will move. Reportedly, the military is considering moving its operations to Colombia -- but as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, Colombia may not welcome the U.S. with open arms.
Governments the world over are racing to find and contain pockets of swine flu. Andrew Garrett of Columbia University discusses the threat posed by swine flu, how the disease spread from Mexico and how long it might be before it is brought under control.