First, how was directionality of infection established? Was the worker sick when he came in contact with pigs? If so, what lapse in biosecurity allowed a sick human worker to even be on a swine farm as standard biosecurity practices on progressive or up to date swine farms would screen such an individual out and prevent him or her from coming into contact with pigs? Has the worker tested positive for the novel influenza A H1N1 virus? What is the prevalence of the new virus in the swine herd and finally, but most importantly, what quarantine and traceback procedures are in place to make sure that the swine herd does not infect other swine farms? Finally, although we know animal diagnostic laboratories have never seen this virus before in pigs, what surveillance efforts are being made to look at previous swine serum banks or test apparently healthy swine herds on a population basis to actively ensure swine populations are free of this novel influenza A H1N1 virus.(emphasis mine) I've been saying that what I've read makes it looks like H3N1, although details are so sketchy and the signal to noise ratio is ... boy, I don't know what the data-appropriate term is for a "whiteout" condition (that is, when there is so much data flowing it's impossible to watch anything meaningfully within a length of time that allows you to react in a time appropriate for the data you observe). At any rate, a bit-out it is. And none of the people talking, except a very few, are making any sense about this ... pandemic. I really don't think it's that big a deal, unless we start seeing this thing with a mutation that works (extra point if you can name the enzymes it needs to do this). If we do wind up with an H3N1 or H1N1 that is bidirectional from pigs to people, we'll be in Pretty Deep Shit... speaking of, where's PETA?).
I wish people would just shut their respective yaps and listen. There are a few things you need to concentrate on:
- don't go to work if you're sick.
- if you are sick, don't go to work. if it gets worse, go to the hospital. you'll be fine.
- wash your hands, idiot.