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Fantastic Swine Flu Totem cartoon by Steve Brodner

Not so comic relief: Connecting the dots from NAFTA to swine flu. (Mother Jones) See something for the Digest? Send the link to dig...@ethicurean.com. For even more news and chatter, follow @ethicurean on...

Swine flu cull affects people and the environment in Egypt

Don't zabaleen on me: The Egyptian government pre-emptively culled the country’s 300,000 pigs supposedly in response to swine flu panic, but as many suspected, there were other motives. The International Herald Tribune reports that it was designed to curb the zabaleen, Christian Egyptians who sort and...

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Smithfield for H1N1

Tom Philpott might want to call a lawyer: The husband of pregnant Judy Trunnell, the first U.S. resident to die from the H1N1 flu outbreak, has filed a lawsuit against Smithfield Foods, the U.S. owner of a Mexican pig farm in La Gloria where "news reports traced the first cases." Steven Trunnell has filed a...

WHO: Pork isn’t safe. Yes it is. No it’s not.

WHO should we believe?: Yesterday Reuters reported that Meat from pigs infected with the new H1N1 virus shouldn't be used for human consumption, the World Health Organisation cautioned on Wednesday.…[WHO] said it was possible for flu viruses to survive the freezing process and be present in thawed meat, as...

“The Coming Plague”: The big book of nasty diseases

I first read “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” by Laurie Garrett nearly eight years ago. I have a penchant for “disease books,” and as Garrett’s book covers hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, hantavirus, and Ebola), yellow fever, meningitis, swine flu, AIDS,...

New swine flu game spreads virally around Internet

Zap-atistas: Swinefighter - The Swine Flu Game is a whack-a-mole-type game whose popularity must be driving Big Pork nuts. (Time magazine) We can hear their squeals now: "The doctor should be zapping sick humans, not pigs! The only pigs that are sick caught H1N1 from a human! Pork is safe!" Which it is. I...

If there’s ever a serious pandemic, we’re in deep shit

Stay home and call your doctor?: Billions of dollars spent on Homeland Security and biodefense in the U.S., and one very sick WSJ reporter can't get tested for swine flu, even once admitted to the hospital and placed in isolation. (Wall Street Journal) What are we going to do in the event of a really...

Photos of Granjas Carroll de Mexico pork factory are sickening, even with no flu connection

Updated May 4, 9:30am PST with editor's note and hog farmer's perspective Smithfield, you're forked now: The Observers, a French citizen-journalism site, has reposted text and disturbing photos here from a Mexican blogger who claims to be from near La Gloria — the town where the first case of H1N1 flu was...

CDC briefing: Novel H1N1 virus not raging out of control yet

The Centers for Disease Control held a press briefing this morning at 1 p.m. EST about the "novel H1N1" virus. Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director for the Science and Public Health Program, and influenza expert Nancy Cox gave updated statistics: there are 226 confirmed cases in the U.S. in 30 states, up...

Aporkalypse Now revisited: What’s new in swine flu

Thanks, people: Canadian health officials have found the new H1N1 flu virus in a swine herd in Alberta. They apparently caught it from a human who recently traveled to Mexico. (Reuters) The USDA says in a hasty statement, Not to worry, the virus is still not in our swine, but um, stay away from pigs if...

Aporkalypse now! Essential H1N1 “don’t call it swine flu” reading

Smithfield smeared: The Mexican government's chief epidemiologist said it's "highly improbable" that the Smithfield-operated Veracruz factory farm is responsible for the nation's swine-flu outbreak. Why? Pigs at the farm are from North America, while the genetic material in the virus is from Europe and...

The 1976 swine-flu epidemic

One flu over the cuckoo nest: Frequent Wired contributor Patrick di Justo looks at the 1976 government panic over an outbreak of swine flu at Fort Dix, NJ, and what the Obama administration can learn from that debacle, which resulted in a mass immunization program that the public saw as killing old people...

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