Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu / Influenza 2009 H1N1 - Reason for Concern, Not Worry

Influenza 2009 H1N1 / swine flu is literally front-page news for the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of 06:00 UTC / GMT, 11 countries have officially-confirmed cases of influenza 2009 H1N1.
Country # of known cases
Austria 1
Canada 34
Germany 3
Israel 2
Mexico 156
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 3
Spain 13
Switzerland 1
United Kingdom 8
United States 109
(source: WHO)

Also from WHO: "...There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness...."

I'm glad WHO is trying to make that clear. I'm concerned that more countries will follow Egypt's lead, killing pigs with no perceivable reason.

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