Chapter . Swine Flu

If someone had a cough in 2009, they probably had swine flu –at least they would think so if they watched TV.

Swine Flu

JIHO, France

By June 2009 the Center for Disease Control declared the flu a pandemic after it was discovered in over 70 countries. Most victims didn’t seem to be very sick, and there wan’t much to do about it. Huge crowds in Japan, all wearing face masks, made an interesting sight, especially because the masks made no difference in the transmission of the disease. The Swine Flu originated in Mexico, which saw their tourist industry dry up with the double whammy of flu and violence pandemics.

After the initial fear passed, ...

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