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Interesting but is it more scare-mongering or fair flagging of a reasonable concern?Come on, Wired, say it ain’t so! From the article:
The disease strikes North American pigs, but American humans were assumed to be safe. Only two human cases have been reported in the United States, where farmers keep a greater distance from their livestock, and dispose of meat known to come from sick animals.
Nevertheless, the assumption of safety may be false. In a study published last year in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Gray and fellow University of Iowa epidemiologist Tara Smith described the first search for S. suis in a U.S. population. Seven out of 73 Iowa hog-farm workers tested positive for exposure, compared to just one positive test in a 67-person control group.
Smith and Gray didn’t extrapolate national exposure levels from those geographically limited findings, but it’s not unreasonable to think a comparable ratio of pig farmers are affected nationwide. The S. suismicrobe is common, able to live in the tonsils for years without causing symptoms, difficult to eradicate with antibiotics and spread by the cross-country transportation of millions of pigs every year.
“You could say that between 5 and 10 percent of workers in the U.S. might be infected,” said Marcelo Gottschalk, a University of Montreal veterinary pathologist and one of the world’s foremost S. suisresearchers. “I don’t know if it’s true, but the extrapolation is fair enough.”
Ben Goldacre, a doctor in London and Guardian contributor has an excellent piece about swine flu and the media’s take on it. In the media we like to deal in hard facts - even if from time to time they are completely wrong (WMDs) - but with swine flu, everything is up in the air (literally) and so it’s a game of predictions and opinions. How many people will get ill? How many will die? Should I stock-up in Tamilflu/oranges/faces masks? Are we underreacting, overreacting? Anyway here in the UK the media have gone a bit schizo on the flu. The Daily Mail ran a front page headline earlier this week stating that “The Killer Flu Had Arrived.” In today’s paper swine flu has been relegated to page 10. Is it now a non story? Here’s Goldacre’s take:
I’m not showing off. I know I’m a D-list public intellectual, but I just think it’s interesting: because not only have the public lost all faith in the media; not only do so many people assume, now, that they are being misled; but more than that, the media themselves have lost all confidence in their own ability to give us the facts.