The recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus has set the world in crisis mode. Kipp looks at the origin of the flu, how it has affected tourism and what regional governments are doing to protect us.
May 18, 2009 5:36 by kippreport
Contrary to general opinion, there has been no confirmation of transmission between pigs and humans according to the WHO website. Handling and consuming animal products, such as pork, can transmit some viruses, but not the flu virus.
Swine flu is a respiratory virus; it spreads from person to person. In other words, says the National Geographic, a sneezing chef is a threat, not the spare ribs he’s basting. If the flu virus was primarily being transmitted from pigs to people, health officials probably wouldn’t be so concerned. That kind of transmission would limit a virus’s human spread to farmers and meat workers.
This is why health officials dropped the term ‘swine flu’ in favor of ‘2009 H1N1 flu’ on April 30.
An Israeli official even insisted that the flu be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork.