Monday, May 4, 2009


You have shot to fame almost overnight when you survived 36 days buried beneath rubble during the Sichuan earthquake on 12 May 2008. But today, barely a year later from the big new you have made, most people shun away from you. It's because you are directly or indirectly connected to this respiratory disease called Swine Influenza (swine flu) or H1N1.

Luckily, some experts who stood up for you. They said though it may known as swine flu but this has nothing to do with pig farming. The experts said the problem begins with the wily nature of the influenza virus itself. They thought, if pigs are to be blame, so too are birds and humans.

Now human beings has the reason to get a new flu vaccine every year. The virus has changed so much that it can shake off last year's shot. So add this to your 'annual do-list'.

The good new is that, despite the scare, people can still have their favourite pork chop, bak kwa, bak chor mee and bak ku teh... So take care, pigs.

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