Swine Flu: Mutation, triple infection rates in NZ and the role of intensive farming in spreading disease
Okay, day 4 of swine flu and I’m getting bored by it already. If I don’t start seeing mass infection rates and death I’m going back to my Family Guy DVD collection. Here’s the latest, fears it will mutate to be resistant to Tamiflu, the numbers inside NZ of suspected cases trebled over night and most interesting the possibility that this swine flu has it’s source from Mexican intensive pig farming practices. Animals mass produced in such cruel environments need massive doses of antibiotics to keep them disease free, but that has complications (one of them being disease resistant viruses) and with Mexican locals fearing the pig waste is leaking into their water supply, it may be an idea to actually ask if that cheap bacon is worth the possible cost to us from such cruel farming products.
There would be a wonderful irony if a pandemic that killed millions of humans was started from cruel farming practices used purely to create cheap meat.
Swine flu pandemic alert rises
LATEST The World Health Organisation has raised the pandemic threat level from swine flu to phase 5 as the virus spread and killed the first person outside Mexico, a toddler in Texas.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the decision to raise the alert level from phase 4 - signifying transmission in only one country - after reviewing the latest scientific evidence on the outbreak.
"I have decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5," Chan told a news briefing.
Phase 5 is the WHO's second highest level of warning that a pandemic, or global outbreak of a serious new illness, is imminent. Phase 6 means a pandemic has begun.