I Thought We Stopped Calling it the Swine Flu

Oh well.

WHO has confirmed 985 cases of the H1N1 virus worldwide.

Mexico thinks its cases of swine flu are declining and are thinking of re-opening the city earlier than planned.  Again, this is good news but “WHO chief Margaret Chan said the real test would come when the winter influenza season hit countries.”

I feel like everyone is repeating themselves.  In the meantime, take a look at this video so you can get a good visual in your head the next time you see someone sneeze without covering their mouth.

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Will it or Won’t it? Yes?? No? What?

While it’s good that the virus seems to fairly mild right now, people shouldn’t let their guard down just yet.

Swine flu infections in Mexico and the US have peaked but could return with a vengeance in the autumn, senior health officials said yesterday.

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary of Britain, said that the virus had been contained in Britain but he expected more infections later in the year. “Our evidence from all previous pandemics is that you get two phases,” he said. “You get a first wave that is often very mild and then you get a much more serious wave that comes along in the autumn and the winter,” he told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One.

Below is a picture of several piglets dressed like baby tigers nursing from a real momma tiger, who seems to be pretty gullible.

Where are the pigs?
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Updates

A school in Rockville, Maryland has been closed due to a suspected swine flu case that appears to have been acquired in the community.

“In all the other cases, the patient had some link to a person who had recently traveled to Mexico, where the disease seems to have begun. But in this case, officials said, neither the student nor his immediate family had traveled recently, which makes it more worrisome…”

The number of possible swine flu cases at the Harvard Dental School has risen to 9.

8 students at Amherst College have been isolated due to possible infection.

A man in the UK has been confirmed as the first person to have contracted the virus without visiting Mexico.

Around 300 people staying at a hotel in Hong Kong have been quarantined after a guest was confirmed to have the swine flu.

The CDC says it’s “good news” that this current strain lacks the genes of the 1918 virus that was so deadly, but the fact that “the new virus is a very unusual four-way combination of human genes and genes from swine viruses found in North America, Asia and Europe” does not make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

People are still wearing those ridiculous masks around as if they help.  They only really help if you’re sick in not spreading around all the germs that come out of your mouth.

Tonight seems like a good night for zombie movies.

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Happy Friday!

Confirmed cases are now at 331.

Hong Kong and Denmark have their first cases of confirmed swine flu.

Mexico is beginning their 5 day shutdown in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a real-life version of 28 Days Later, mainly due to the terminology: confirmed cases, shutdowns, confinement, PHASE 5,  etc. but without the zombies.

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