April 27, 2009

Not Just Birds, Pigs Too.

Piglet may not see the light of any day for now in countries like Russia, because the country has blocked imports of swine from the southern US and Mexico. Why? Two words: Swine Flu.

As if you haven't heard already, the Internet is abuzz with information about the newly discovered Mexican killer (OK, it's not necessarily Mexican, but the most severely affected area is Mexico and some parts of the States), so for now, if you can, why not go vegan?

Half-hearted joking aside, health organizations are now working hard to contain the potential epidemic. If you have a relative in Mexico, pray that they don't get the disease, as H1N1 is also easily communicable between humans, unlike bird flu (H5N1) which in my knowledge is only communicable from animals to humans. With the rate of people getting the disease though, it's highly likely that said relative will get quarantined in the airport like all those New Zealanders and New York preschoolers ahead of her.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It's also classified as Influenza A.

Reference: CNN

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