On Sunday the United States declared a public health emergency to deal with the new swine flu. The flu originated in Mexico and has since been spread to other countries. According to Mexico’s health minister, this disease has killed 86 people and likely sickened around 1,400 people since April 13, 2009. Here in the US, officials say the virus has been located in New York, California, Kansas, Texas and Ohio. So far no fatalities have been reported.
The World Health Organization (WHO) decided on Saturday to declare the outbreaks in Mexico and the US a “public health emergency of international concern.” Kenji Fukuda, a WHO assistant director-general in charge of health security, said that the same strain of the A/H1N1 swine flu virus appears to be spreading directly from human to human. While, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called the outbreak a public health emergency of “pandemic potential” because the virus can pass from human to human.
The swine flu, for those that don’t know, is a respiratory disease found in pigs that can be transferred to humans. From Wikipedia:
“The origins of the new swine influenza virus SIV-H1N1 strain remain unknown. One theory is that Asian and European strains traveled to Mexico in migratory birds or in people, then combined with North American strains in Mexican pig factory farms before jumping over to farm workers. The Mexican health agency acknowledged that the original disease vector of the virus may have been flies multiplying in manure lagoons of pig farms near Perote, Veracruz, owned by Granjas Carroll, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.”
Did ya’ll catch that “maure lagoons” reference? Yup, just another by-product of factory farming. Of course everyone is going to be rushing to the pharmacy to stockpile an antibiotic or what have you to fight this disease. I’ve got a better cure. How about we stop factory farming? We could not only save animals lives but we could stop creating breeding grounds for diseases. I know, I know – novel idea.
Oh, and President Obama? According to the AP:
“President Barack Obama says the spread of swine flu is a cause for concern but “not a cause of alarm” and he’s staying on top of the problem.
Obama told a gathering of scientists Monday that the administration is “closely monitoring” cases of swine flu, how many people have it and what the threat is. Obama also said the American people can expect to get regular and frequent updates about what Washington is doing.
He said the swine flu threat dramatizes how the United States cannot allow itself to fall behind in scientific and medical research.”
Allow me to save the US millions of dollars in scientific and medical research – STOP EATING ANIMALS.
CDC suggestions for avoiding the spread of swine flu
Individuals are encouraged to take the following steps to stop the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
- Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to friends and co-workers or students.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.