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Swine Flu Could Be Next Major Headline

April 26, 2009

Over the past 48 hours this story about swine flu is becoming THE story.

Churches stood empty Sunday in heavily Roman Catholic Mexico City after services were canceled, and health workers screened airports and bus stations for people sickened by a new strain of swine flu that experts fear could become a global epidemic.

President Felipe Calderon has assumed new powers to isolate people infected with the deadly swine flu strain that Mexico’s health minister says has killed up to 81 people and likely sickened 1,324 since April 13.

Mexican soldiers and health workers patrolled the capital’s subway system handing out surgical masks and looking for possible flu cases. People were advised to seek medical attention if they suffered from multiple symptoms — which include a fever of more than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, a sore throat, respiratory congestion and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

Hundreds of public events from concerts to sports matches to were called off to keep people from congregating and spreading the virus in crowds. Zoos were closed and visits to juvenile correction centers were suspended.

  1. April 27, 2009 7:16 AM

    Check out John Nichols’ piece: GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness

  2. non quixote permalink
    April 27, 2009 7:10 AM

    Interesting to peruse the net on this and see references to this flu strain as possibly a newly human engineered virus that has, “yet to be found in swine,” and is being characterized as a, “biological weapon being deployed,” for purposes of population control through pending declarations of martial law to scare tactics to divert attention from the torture memos to attempts to spike the price of Rumsfeld’s stock holdings values in, tamiflu.

    One commenter suggested to not panic because 34K US citizens die annually from complications of the normal flu strains that have been around for years.

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