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Fergus Walsh | 09:53 UK time, Thursday, 21 May 2009

I've been reporting for the BBC since 1984 and for the past few years, I've been the medical correspondent for BBC News.

Fergus Walsh receives H5N1 jabI reported from Vietnam and Turkey on the threat posed by H5N1 avian flu. I have also reported on HIV/Aids, malaria and TB - which together claim millions of lives each year. These pose a far more immediate and deadly threat to the world than swine flu.

Given that the virus has caused very few deaths in comparison, it may seem odd to start blogging now. But it's the potential of swine flu to create a global health emergency which has prompted the blog.

I'll try to chart the progress of the virus around the world, to assess the threat it poses, and to let you know what various governments and health bodies are doing to prepare for a pandemic.

Fergus Walsh on H1N1I'll do my best to answer your questions and respond to your comments. Bear in mind that I'm not a qualified scientist, but a journalist. So I'll try not to blind you with complex data. If you have a complicated scientific question, please try to put it as simply and clearly as possible.

I certainly don't have all the answers, but I can try to get them for you. I guess that everyone's hope is that the likely pandemic of H1N1 flu doesn't happen. If that's the case, then at some point, I can wind up this blog. For the time being, though, it pays to be prepared. Welcome to Fergus On Flu.

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