A rapidly spreading, nasty flu suddenly starts popping up in Mexico and at far-flung areas within the United States.
If it’s susceptible to OTC drugs, presumably we’re okay; developing countries, not so much. In fact, with 60 already dead in Mexico and another 1,000 suspected cases, I wonder if the next drug racket the cartels down there get into won’t be Tamiflu. All we need now is for the virus to migrate to Pakistan, where the country’s already teetering, and we’ll have a true apocalyptic clusterfark to end all clusterfarks.
As for the immigration angle, the boss is already all over it. A perfectly secure border wouldn’t stop this from spreading — see, e.g., SARS hopping across the Pacific from China to Canada in 2003 — but it sure might slow it down. Ah well, it’s “racist” to even think such things. Apologies.
The Flu, now officially designated H1N1, has now popped up in California, Texas, Kansas City and New York City in the US.
Tests confirmed that eight New York City schoolchildren had a type A influenza virus that was likely to be the swine flu, the city’s health commissioner said. Kansas state health officials confirmed two cases of swine flu, CNN reported, adding to the original eight cases in the United States.
Officials from WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped Mexican health experts test hundreds of patients with flu symptoms for the never-before-seen virus.
In Mexico City, parents canceled kids’ parties, bars were closed and residents stocked up on DVDs as people stayed home for the weekend to avoid contamination.
“I think it’s worse than they’re telling us,” said 35-year-old Lidia Diaz, sniffling and wearing a surgical mask as she headed to a clinic in the capital.
SO far all the fatalities are in Mexico, none in the US.
What is worrisome here is the sudden appearance in so many widely spaced places at virtually the same time. The World Health Organization was very, very quick to call this a “of international concern” – faster than I can recall them ever having done so, in fact.