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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Obama's Swine Emergency

by William Warren:
Obama's Swine Emergency

Tags: health care, political cartoon, political satire, swine flu, William Warren To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Posted by Bill Smith at 4:15 PM - Post Link

3 Comments:

Blogger DONNELLYSURFER said...

Please stop referring to this illness as the swine flu and call it by it's right name H1N1. It has absolutely nothing to do with swine and calling it as such only hurts hog farmers by giving people a false impression that eating pork or being around them causes it.

10/28/2009  
Blogger Bill Smith said...

Dear Donnelly Surfer,

Interesting, however when quoting others or posting stories by others, we do not change their titles or words. The Cartoon was satire.

Now an interesting story would be proof that "calling it as such only hurts hog farmers by giving people a false impression that eating pork or being around them causes it." I look forward to your or others research on this issue. Would make an excellent story.

As for the relationship between pigs (wine) and the H1Ni Icall you attention to the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza

ALSO:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic_H1N1/09_virus
which says:

Virus origins: . . .

In early June 2009, using computational methods developed over the last ten years, an international team of researchers attempted to reconstruct the origins and timescale of the 2009 flu pandemic. Dr Oliver Pybus of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, and part of the research team, claims "Our results show that this strain has been circulating among pigs, possibly among multiple continents, for many years prior to its transmission to humans." The research team that worked on this report also believe that it was "derived from several viruses circulating in swine," and that the initial transmission to humans occurred several months before recognition of the outbreak. The team concluded that "despite widespread influenza surveillance in humans, the lack of systematic swine surveillance allowed for the undetected persistence and evolution of this potentially pandemic strain for many years."

According to the researchers, movement of live pigs between Eurasia and North America "seems to have facilitated the mixing of diverse swine influenza viruses, leading to the multiple reassortment events associated with the genesis of the (new H1N1) strain." They also stated that this new pandemic "provides further evidence of the role of domestic pigs in the ecosystem of influenza A."[8] Some experts also suspect that a leading cause of the new virus outbreak is insufficient surveillance by the pork industry and the fact that "animal husbandry now more closely resembles the petrochemical industry than the happy family farm"

10/28/2009  
Anonymous Jamie Wheeler said...

This is AWESOME and yet soooo scary! This bill so needs to be OUT THE DOOR!

10/28/2009  

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