Sunday, April 26, 2009

Imported health problems

We've talked about imported poverty, now let's talk imported disease:

Tests show that eight students at a Queens high school are likely to have contracted the human swine flu virus that has struck Mexico and a small number of other people in the United States, health officials in New York City said yesterday. . . .
Health officials reached their preliminary conclusion after conducting viral tests on nose or throat swabs from the eight students, which allowed them to eliminate other strains of flu. Officials were also suspicious since some St. Francis students recently had been to Mexico, where the outbreak is believed to have started.
The president in Mexico assumed emergency powers to deal with the crisis, which has killed at least 81 people and infected about 1,300 others. All public gatherings have been banned, including more than 500 concerts and sporting events and the popular bicycle rides on closed boulevards.
Jules Crittenden contemplates "disease-fueled xenophobia," and links Michelle Malkin, who reminds you that concern about the threat of immigrant-born disease is "RAAAACIST." (Michelle, remember to use spell-check next time; there are actually five A's in "RAAAAACIST.")

Allahpundit has more about the Mexican swine flu epidemic, as does Pundette, who links Troglopundit. BTW, last night, I was at a birthday party attended by Trog's Wisconsinite (Wisconsinian?) friend Sean Hackbarth who tells me that Trog is the tallest blogger you'll ever meet. He's like 14 feet tall or something. But his knuckles still drag the ground.

Lots more swine-flu news at Memeorandum.

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