Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu Pandemic

People, wearing surgical masks, make their way in Mexico City, Friday, April 24, 2009. Federal health authorities closed schools across this metropolis of 20 million after at least 16 people have died and more than 900 others fell ill from what health officials suspect is a strain of swine flu new to Mexico. (Miguel Tovar / AP)

It's somewhat exciting to be able to look up info on this very scary issue and post updates on Soompi. For those who don't know, the swine flu is a virus which one usually gets from contact with pigs; ironically, there's a new strain (the source is unknown) in which the flu travels from human to human, and since humans have not developed a resistance to this flu, we can really be hurt by this virus with a heavy, possible, global pandemic.

So far, as of this evening, US cases (six in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas, and eight "supposed" cases in New York City, which are being sent to Atlanta for research) have been mild. About 1,300 cases have been reported in Mexico, and almost 70 people have died. For more info, click here

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