Wednesday, April 29, 2009

730,000 People Could Possibly Get Swine Flu in Querétaro

Here's some local journalism at its finest. According to Rotativo, there are 50 Probable Cases of Flu in Querétaro! Except, in non-headline type, we see that 27 of the probably cases have been ruled out as not being flu, and three (3) cases are in fact flu, but flu virus Type A, also known as "non swine flu." So, with the jury still out on 20 of the 50 Probable Cases, an equally accurate headline would be "Still No Cases of Swine Flu in Querétaro."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I dunno. Can Rick Sanchez and Wolf Blitzer be wrong? And if they are "wrong," do we wanna be right?
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KeylimeSteve said...

My wife and kid were in Mexico City. Earlier last week she said they would just hole-up at the parents place, but decided fuch this! They're now enjoying the warm gulf waters in Veracruz, flying home next Wednesday unless some freak-farm politician decides we need to quarantine everyone coming in from Mexico.

With Mexican congressional elections coming up soon, what's your take on this being manufactured for political reasons?

From Reuters...
"Before the flu outbreak, Calderon was expected to lose seats in July congressional elections and his handling of the crisis could make or break his presidency. Pollsters say Mexicans tend to rally around their president in a crisis but could turn against Calderon if he does poorly."

Burro Hall said...

I think the upcoming elections are a big reason why the response has been so swift and forceful, but - even as cynical as I am - I seriously doubt the govt would create and unleash a deadly virus on the assumption that they'd then contain it and look like heroes.

On the other hand, it is mexico....