Did Swine Flu Originate in Mexico?

Not according to a small sample of Mexicans. CNN reporter Ted Rowlands asked random Mexicans where they thought the Swine Flu originated. No one interviewed believed the strain developed originally in Mexico. Some had heard a Canadian tourist was the likely source. Others believed that the U.S. is unfairly blaming Mexico. Check out this CNN video:

Tourists to Blame

Which brings me to some interesting questions. Can we identify the original source of the human infection? Pigs and birds, yes, but from where? Canadian, Mexican or American pigs? Are these migratory birds without borders? And was the sickness spread by an infected Canadian through an American tourist in Mexico? Does it matter? Neither the World Health Organization (WHO) nor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have information on their websites with definitive answers as to the geographic origin of the virus, or models outlining the original transmission sequence.

UPDATE: As of 5/13, the CDC has confirmed 3352 casesof H1N1 and 3 deaths in 45 states, including DC.  Illinois leads all states with 592 cases.  Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota have so far been spared.  Mexico has confirmed 2059 cases and 56 deaths.  The WHO reports that 5728 cases worldwide of Influenza A (H1N1) have been confirmed in 33 countries.

Here you can find a brochure entitled Swine Flu and You.

One Response

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