Everyone who has been anywhere near a TV, connected PC, newspaper, or the office water cooler must surely have been pretty familiar with this whole Swine Flu (H1N1 A Influenza) business already.

There are a great deal of suggestions and various measures being  undertaken to avoid the great flu coming here. The heat sensors being set up at the airports (at least in Penang), newspapers telling us what we should do to avoid getting the flu, and our government is assuring the people that every measure is taken to keep us safe.

Yesterday’s news – Temporary freeze on permits for pork imports
Today’s news – 1.7 million pigs to be vaccinated against flu mutation

As far as I know (from the various news source and wiki entries), the current H1N1 A Influenza is a new strain of virus that consists of genetic materials from similar virus that infects human, birds, and pigs.

The nickname swine flu was rather unfortunate for there is no evidence that the current strain was originated from pigs. H1N1 A is trasmitted from human to human, not pigs/birds to human, though there is also a newly identified case of farmer transmitting the virus to his pigs recently. (Pigs are unique in a way that they can get flu from birds and human, in addition to their fellow piggy friends) /pig.

Many are afraid, but few has the right reasons to.

Yes this is “new” disease that we don’t know alot about, and it is potentially lethal. But lets put things into perspective, H1N1 A (stop calling it swine flu already) has 23 confirmed cases so far, all in Mexico except one. One the other hand, malaria is killing 1 to 3 million people every year.

The danger of overreaction is very real. Hospitals swarmed with people who are afraid that they might die as soon as they exhibit a little bit of symptoms might be denying other legitimate patients.

There is also a history on these things, the US incorrectly declared a pandemic on swine flu in 1976 and ordered the whole nation to go through inocullation. The result was 1 death from flu, and 20 others from inocullation itself.

Of course, closer to home, I still wanna eat my damn pork!

OMG the Swine Flu!
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28 thoughts on “OMG the Swine Flu!

  • May 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm
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    thats so bad. until people dont want to comment on this post… scared kena spread by submitting comment… scary…..

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  • May 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm
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    ya it fucking cancelled my fully sponsored Japan trip to an Asian Conference held by Imperial College just because the Rector and others are afraid of coming here to Asia!

    Ok i’m just bitter :'(

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  • May 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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    aeroplane1234,
    Ya very teruk!

    suanie,
    I need my siu yok!!

    christock,
    Wah really that’s very horrible. LOL teruk!

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  • May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm
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    Oh weeeelll, I thought I had swine flu (whoops I mean H1N1 A) for a bit there, but I suppose I don’t considering I’m still alive. Hopefully there’s no incubating period? Errr …

    That’s it, I’m staying far far away from everyone who comes back from Mexico with a flu now. RARRR!

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  • May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm
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    PinkPorkChop,
    Hahhahahaa

    Mellissa,
    H1N1 A or not I’ll still love you okayyy ūüėÄ

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  • May 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm
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    no siew yuk, no bak kut teh, no fah lam yuk, no char yuk, no marmite pai kuat….

    die lah..

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  • May 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm
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    calvaryzone,
    That’ll be very very tragic :S

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  • May 4, 2009 at 7:44 pm
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    Hahaha, have you mentioned that normal masks are not effective, and people need to buy the special N95 mask?

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  • May 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm
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    Agree agree. i still wanna eat my damn pork and I just had a pork burger in Krabi. best!

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  • May 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm
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    Eh, I don’t mind getting it. It’s like a 7 day vacation and no one outside Mexico (except for the Mexican kid in US) had died of it. w00t.

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  • May 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm
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    We still BKT weren’t we?

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  • May 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm
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    Aiyo i hope pudu siew yuk doesn’t shut down T____T

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  • May 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm
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    yauhui,
    That’s another myth :S

    eiling,
    Yesss, stimm right?

    Huai Bin,
    Hahhaa I think you can afford a better vacation than the hospital right?

    Myhorng,
    I hope so!

    Tan Yee Hou,
    Oooo noo! The horrorrrr

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  • May 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm
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    the intelligence that surrounds this place is astounding. you hear on the radio that they are announcing that the flu is not spread by consumption of pork and should no longer be called swine flu. the next day you read in the papers that they’re banning imports of pork to curb the spread of the disease.

    that’s kinda like contradicting themselves, isn’t it.

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  • May 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm
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    I WANT SIU YUK FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • May 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm
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    Enoch,
    Ya, this thing is seriously getting out of hand.

    sotong,
    ME TOO!

    Yatz,
    Hahaha so keng.

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  • May 5, 2009 at 1:29 am
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    Don’t worry bro, pork is still safe for consumption la, Just bloody ensure that the owner cooks for more than 70C.

    Aiyo, we can bring our own termometer marr..

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  • May 5, 2009 at 5:53 am
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    Dude, it’s flu, you don’t get normal flu by eating random stuff, you don’t get swine flu by eating an infected pig. You get the flu by having an infected person sneeze you all over or touch you, then bringing your hand or touched part to your mouth or nose for the fluids to enter your respiratory system. Or by defect, having an infected live pig sneezing or breathing on you.

    Oh, there’s rumors that this swine flu thing was man made and used as a test for a future biological weapon, since there’s no farms with pigs in Mexico city and DF.

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  • May 5, 2009 at 9:24 am
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    SK,
    It is safe to eat, but we’re already limiting imports.. -_-

    Positronic,
    Exactly my point! But I disagree with the second part tho..

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  • May 5, 2009 at 9:25 am
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    U still can eat pork, make sure is well cooked

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  • May 5, 2009 at 10:04 am
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    Wouldn’t want to take any chances.

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  • May 5, 2009 at 11:48 am
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    Vernice,
    Yesss pork!

    KH,
    On the same token, can’t go anywhere cos you might get into an accident? After all, the chances are much much higher

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  • May 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm
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    let’s hope we are all ok here =/

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  • May 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm
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    it is all because of KY!

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  • May 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm
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    drewnity,
    I sure hope so!

    yapthomas,
    Cis!!!

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