Potential Pandemic

Latest news from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that the latest outbreak of the Swine Flu [article link] could become pandemic. In Mexico, at least 86 deaths have been attributed to the Swine Flu. It is in Mexico where officials reported the first cases of the Swine Flu. Countries all over the world are taking measures to try and contain this flu from becoming pandemic. About 20 confirmed cases of the Swine Flu have been reported in the U.S. However, in each case, the patients are said to be easily recovering. Some medical officials are saying this Swine Flu could be treated with Tamiflu.

In 1968, the Hong Kong Flu was scaring people out of their minds. I remember it quite well since I was a senior in high school. In school, we had to wash our hands three times a day with lye soap. It was not any fun. Lye soap would make your skin burn for about 10-15 minutes after washing. Many people came to school with surgical masks that are pretty popular right now in Mexico. Almost a million people world-wide died from this pandemic outbreak. About 34,000 people died in the U.S. As I said, there were people who panicked as you would expect. But, life went on, kids went to school, parents went to work. I thank we were all thankful that the Hong Kong flu wasn't worse than it was. Now, we have to hope for the same with the Swine Flu.


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