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The new swine flu: don’t panic, but there is a very bad WCS

I have a handful of comments, mostly about how what you are seeing on the news is unimportant, and one comment about why you actually should worry. Within reason.

The new Swine Flu has now been verified in nineteen US states, with 141 cases. Technically there is 1 death, but since the young girl who died actually caught the flu in Mexico (and came to Texas for treatment) it is hard to say how that should be counted.

WHO characterizes the global spread of the flu as a “rapidly evolving” situation. As of an early morning update from WHO, the swine flu has been confirmed in Mexico (156 confirmed cases) as well as Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Each of these countries has between 1 and about a dozen cases, except Canada which has 34.

My comments:

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