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Porcine hankerchief

Some context to the swine flu story may explain why people who work in public health are worrying so much about what flu can do.

swineflu_flying_pigThis particular example is extreme, but the time it occurred is interesting because it was during a period of great stress for humanity (the Great War). Perhaps collective, or group resistance to a virus is lower than it might usually be at moments like those we are in now.

There are some details on what is being planned in the UK here – just in case.

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