Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu

The recent outbreak of a new strain of swine flue is more worrisome to me than SARS was. SARS affected Asia, and the city that was primarily affected acted quickly to contain it. However, Mexico is just a one day drive to the south from us, and the Mexican government didn't realize they had a problem until recently. The Mexicans are taking strong measures now, but they've already seen over 80 fatalities. I think the swine flue will be contained this time. However, it brings to the forefront a longstanding concern: Is another global pandemic inevitable? And what's the best way to prepare for an eventual global pandemic without being alarmist?

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