Saturday, April 25, 2009

Keep an eye on this

The Mexican flu outbreak has me crossing my fingers and hoping it isn't what it really looks like.
"Most of Mexico’s dead were young, healthy adults, and none were over 60 or under 3 years old, the World Health Organization said. That alarms health officials because seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants and bedridden elderly people, but pandemic flus — like the 1918 Spanish flu, and the 1957 and 1968 pandemics — often strike young, healthy people the hardest."
Massive dislocation and migration caused by an ongoing economic crisis, extensive tourist activity and globalized travel, and a predatory influenza mutation that hits the human immune system the way 1918 or 1957 or 1968 did. This could potentially really, really suck.

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