Monday, April 27, 2009

Mexican swine flu gets curiouser and curiouser

At the time of this posting, Mexican deaths from swine flu are at 149.

Baxter International, one of the companies trying to get a vaccine for this flu to market, was involved in a botched shipment of bird flu to an Austrian lab in February 2009.
The company [Baxter Intl] that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

And then there's this reported today (4/27/2009) from the UK Independent:
Felipe Solis, a distinguished archaeologist who showed Mr Obama around the city's anthropology museum during his visit to Mexico earlier this month, died the next day from "flu-like symptoms".
And from the "when it rains, it pours" file: Earthquake hits southern Mexico, about 250km from the capital.

And from the "random noise file:" The WSJ is all over a low-flying plane cruising Manhattan for a photo-op. From the WSJ:
A low-flying airplane escorted by military jets sent worried workers fleeing offices in the New York City area. The FAA said it was a "photo op" conducted by the Air Force.

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