Tuesday, May 12, 2009

When one knows little abt A/H1N1

I apologize in advance if anybody finds this offensive. But me and my colleague were in a wtflolz moment when we read this, this and this.

It sure makes a pretty interesting premise for a summer blockbuster.
Haha come on ppl. The A/H1N1 virus is transmitted from human to human. There's no reason to over-react like the Egyptian Government who took the opportunity to cull 300,000 pigs NOT as a measure against swine flu but for "general health measures".

I mean, isn't Khanzir lonely enough already?


  1. Well better safe than sorry all I can say. if you look at it in another way, it's in the interest of people's lives vs pigs, so which would be a priority?

  2. Hanie: Haha true, the people's lives are definitely more important.

    I just find it hilarious that they never even considered culling the pigs prior to the flu outbreak for their so called "general health measures"

    It sounds like a classic case of paranoia by limited information.

  3. I read more into it and it seems that the government are simply reacting to the fact that majority of the people there are already nervous of the swine flu, brought on by some rogue cases of unrelated bird flu. And i guess due the fact that Egypt has very high and dense population (which means if there's an epidemic caused by airborne disease like flu) it'll spread like wildfire in a very short time, and they'll have a real national crisis. Looking at the choices they have to weigh, I can't say I blame them for the call ^^;

    Or as Eisu suggested, if one wants to side with the pigs, they can put all the suspected sick ppl in an isolated hospital, then blow up the hospital and spare the pig XD

  4. We had the same situation with the Nipah virus. Thing is, the military did the culling to make sure it's effective, and the farmers were given compensation per pig (and those who felt it was unfair were given their day in court). It was, given the desperate situation, well-handled.

    The Egypt version: they asked the farmers to do it themselves (which some refused and just walked away from the abbatoirs), the Ministers said there'll be no compensation since the Coptic Christians can sell the pork (in a period where people don't want to buy pork, meaning most of the meat will rot and be wasted, and that means little compensation). That situation already sparked riots.

    Not only this is started from unfounded paranoia, but there's a very obvious lack of caring in the implementation.

    Link (http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/04/30/1915246.aspx)

  5. Hanie: Haha Eisu's got another classic case of extremism right there.

    Well I still feel that their call was a lil rash which didnt do well with the Christian minority. The Egyptian authorities also admited themselves tht the culling wont even curb the swine flu spread.

    Link (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=101551) (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/30/2557618.htm)

    Booya: Whoa~ We actually handled a crisis better than Egypt? I'm actually proud haha

    Heck, the fact we didn't cull our pigs (for now) goes to show we were even well more informed and acted accordingly.

    Makes u wish the Malaysian govt had this form of level headed-ness with politics too haha *looks at Perak Fiasco*