Thursday, April 30, 2009

H1N1
If the title confuses you, it's because this is the scientific term for the latest flu, the swine flu. Remember the bird flu? It was called H5N1 virus.

Some quarters are saying that it's inappropriate to call this new strain of flu 'swine flu', mainly because there really is no evidence the flu originated from the cute little fat piggy. Hence the scientific term would be more appropriate, or maybe even the term 'Mexican flu', since Mexico seems to be ground zero from this virus.

I also read that in some countries, sale for pork has also been affected. People are not buying because of the fear of the getting the virus. Egypt has announced they will be slaughtering roughly 300,000 pigs in the country.

From all the readings I've been doing so far about the virus etc, the H1N1 virus spreads like the common flu: Through tiny droplets which are inhaled when people cough and sneeze. No where does it say you get the virus from eating pork. In fact, in some reports, the H1N1 virus is a combination of pig, bird and human flu. And some experts also add that birds are an even greater carrier of viruses than pigs.

I'm still going to eat pork regardless, ahaks! But lately there has been some sick people at my workplace coughing and wheezing, so I'm gonna be bringing some extra masks to protect myself because I don't want to catch the common flu LOL!

Tsk, viruses these days are getting stronger and stronger. Could this be the price to pay for development and the way we human beings mistreat Mother Earth?

1 comments:

Eat first, atchoo later! :p