The virus is an influenza A virus, carrying the designation H1N1. It contains DNA from avian, swine and human viruses, including elements from European and Asian swine viruses, the CDC has said.
That's a very bad recipe*. (Also now, possible reports of cases in a private school in Queens, NY.)
Globalization has its drawbacks. And if this sucker does go pandemic, the world economic situation will not help.
Which doesn't mean it's time to panic and run through the streets, because that never helps. But it's not a bad idea to review your reasonable precautions, such as stocking a flu kit, handwashing, and avoiding crowded public places**. Like the convention I'm going to be attending next weekend. *g*
(CDC updates, for those what wants 'em)
*I've been seeing some people cite the genetic makeup as evidence that This Must Be Bioterrorism. Well, Barth's excellent book aside, not so much. Viruses, because of the manner in which they reproduce, swap genetic material with just about everything they come within a loud shout of. The reason you get flu outbreaks originating where you get them is because those are places where humans, pigs, and poultry live in very close contact and serve as viral reservoirs for each other.
However, the problem here is that this is a
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/avian_faqs/en/index.html for more info on how it works and why it's bad.
**stocking up on ammo, hoarding canned goods... the usual...