This is from Yahoo News this morning.
"From Egypt's order that all 300,000 pigs in the country be slaughtered to travel bans and putting the kibosh on kissing, the world is taking drastic — and some say debatable — measures to combat swine flu.
ordered the pig slaughter even though there hasn't been a single case of swine flu there and no evidence that pigs have spread the disease. Britain, with only five cases, is trying to buy 32 million masks."
Absolute fear is the only thing powering these actions. It's a flu. It is not a disease that will melt your flesh. We have very good hospitals. It is not a totally fatal virus. You can live through it. The flu kills people every year without mass slaughtering of animals. Yeah, it looks like many will get sick with the flu - but that does not mean the end of the world is here. Nor does it mean that all who get it will die.
Take a breath. Wash your hands, often. Calm down. Armageddon is not here. Be reasonable and rational.