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  1. Lenny May 24, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    I do think that swine flu is something that we should be paying attention to, but I honestly don’t think that it is as big of a deal as many are making it out to be. I guess I put myself in the crowd of thinking that there are billions of people in the world and 85 deaths is a very small number in comparison. Also, the common flu kills more people than that in the US in a year.

  2. Mark May 24, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    I don’t want to be all the dismissive about swine flue, but I do feel like there is a huge panic over it that isn’t necessary. I guess I know that people panic about the unknown, but with as little as we know about it, 6 deaths in the US is not a lot. Especially since swine flu has been in the US for a while now.

  3. Brittany May 26, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    Lenny and Mark,

    I have to agree with you both on the overall feeling that the media seem to be making a much bigger deal out of this than it probably really is. Remember all the fuss a few years back about the bird/avian flu? I remember feeling that whole “we’re all going to die” type scare. Of course, I was much younger and much more impressionable, but it’s the same message the media are trying to get across.

    And that was a really good point, Lenny, about more people dying from the common flu each year than this. No one makes a big deal about the flu, unless it’s flu shot season, and that’s about it.

New on the swine flu

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It’s still one of the biggest news topics right now and I’m sure you’re eager to know what the latest is regarding the swine flu. Well, here goes….

Last week, Friday, we discovered that the swine flu had spread to New York City, where, according to an AP report, lead to the closing of three schools there and a very sick assistant principal who had to be hospitalized.

Not even a week later, the assistant principal died from the swine flu.

Hundreds of students were sent home sick in Queens, New York, while maintenance workers sprayed the schools down with disinfectants.

Also last week, in an AP report, a woman in Arizona was confirmed as the fourth person in the nation to die from the swine flu.

Keep in mind, this is all just last week.

New government reports indicate that at least 100,000 cases of the swine flu currently exist in the U.S. And in a report from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control say that there have been at least 5,400 “confirmed and probable” swine flu cases, 200 persons that have been hospitalized and at least six deaths in the U.S. that have resulted from it.

And finally, the latest and greatest breaking news on the swine flu front is that CDC researchers believe that this current strain of the swine flu has been circulating for at least the last 10 years. They’re calling for intense future monitoring of pig populations and this new viral infection strain.

Final statistics as of today: As reported by the World Health Organization, the swine flu has caused a total of 11,000 people to become sick in 41 countries and has lead to the deaths of at least 85 people the world over.

There are people on both sides of this worldwide news story. Some say the swine flu is not big deal, just another branch of the common flu. They argue that 85 deaths in a world with more than six billion people isn’t something to worry about. Others point back to the flu epidemic that struck less than a century ago that killed an estimated 50 million people, that so-called “common flu” that shares many of the same flu symptoms as the swine flu.

Could the swine flu ever reach such proportions? At this point, it doesn’t seem as if anyone has that answer.

Brittany @ May 24, 2009

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