No, I'm not poking fun. By now you've probably heard about it. If not, well, here you go.
I'm saying CRAP! because I had pork for dinner last night. Yummy delicious barbequed pork. Tender and perfect, with a side of home made mashed potatoes. YUMMY!
I'm also saying, OMG! Because this just in from npr breaking news. Swine flu. In the US. Epidemic, in fact. Have I swallowed any?
Known cases mostly involve recent Mexico visitors. No, I have not been to Mexico. Phewf! But people are dying over there because of this Swine flu.
States with known infected people: California, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Kansas.
- Russia and Serbia have banned meat products from Mexico, California, Texas and Kansas.
- Other countries, like Korea, are hightening their check on imported pork products.
- Tokyo's Narita airport as even "installed a device to test the temperatures of passengers arriving from Mexico." - npr.org
I really don't want to know about that last one, if you know what I mean; just the thought of it shuts my mind off. I start thinking of stupid songs like the ones that get stuck in your head. But the situation itself can't be ignored. I can't go I singing forever, can I?
People are being quarentined in a variety of places all over the world...
We're suppose to stay calm...
We're suppose to take precautions...
"12 million doses of antiviral drugs will be moved from a federal stockpile to places where states can quickly get thier share if they decide they need it." -npr.org
- Swine Flu Symptoms
- Symptoms include a fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit,
- body aches,
- a sore throat,
- respiratory congestion and,
- in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.
- The virus is usually contracted through direct contact with pigs, but Joseph Domenech, chief of animal health at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, said all indications were that the virus is being spread through human-to-human transmission.
- No vaccine specifically protects against swine flu, and it is unclear how much
protection current human flu vaccines might offer. -- NPR.ORG
For more information, visit npr.org at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103485844&sc=nl&cc=brk-20090426-1317
You can also find information previously published on HubPages by John Z at http://hubpages.com/hub/Swine-Flu-Pandemic---Just-Not-Yet
and by jerryjackson: http://hubpages.com/hub/SWINE-FLU-VS-AVIAN-FLU
and by Hope Alexander: http://hubpages.com/hub/Swine-Flu--The-Pigs-Are-Deadly
AND THE BEST ONE BY FAR WITH THE MOST AMOUNTS OF INFO ON THE SUBJECT AND HOW TO STAY SAFE COMES FROM Hal Licino AT http://hubpages.com/hub/Stay-Safe-From-The-H1N1-Mexican-Swine-Flu-Public-Toilets-Can-Kill Thanks a million times over Hal.
Photo courtesy of http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/pig-01.html