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Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the crowd-I-walked-through-too dept.

Medicine 374

whisper_jeff writes "There's been a confirmed outbreak of Swine Flu at PAX. Those who attended and are feeling under-the-weather after the con should not write it off as a typical convention cold and go see a doctor to make sure, just in case." The linked post also lists the airplane flights of the cases known so far, so if you flew from Seattle on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday for any reason, you might want to compare your itinerary.

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First pox (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29369895)

suckas

I have only one thing to say: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29369905)

PATH TO OBLIVION!

Spread the FUD (4, Insightful)

RazzleDazzle (442937) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369907)

Isn't it just influenza?

Re:Spread the FUD (-1, Troll)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369959)

Yes, it's just influenza...that kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults.

A nuke is just a bomb, after all.

Re:Spread the FUD (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370017)

I think his point is that regular influenza also kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults. The mortality rate of H1N1 is no higher than for regular flu.

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370277)

IIRC H1N1 has about twice the kill rate as conventional flu. But only because no one has antibodies for it yet. Once it passes through the population a few times, its death rate will subside.

Re:Spread the FUD (3, Insightful)

Razalhague (1497249) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370539)

IIRC H1N1 has about twice the kill rate as conventional flu.

Had. That was back when they only tested those with severe symptoms. Naturally, they also had a higher mortality rate.

Re:Spread the FUD (2, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370403)

And, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that it may even be slightly lower than your ordinary, garden variety seasonal flu.

Many people don't realize that influenza can be a fatal, especially in those who are immunodeficient; this would include the elderly, diabetics, AIDS victims, small children, those undergoing chemotherapy, etc.

Of course, even the ordinary seasonal influenza can become very serious even for those who aren't immunodeficient -- if you don't take influenza seriously enough and ignore the symptoms and go strolling through life as usual without any extra rest, chicken soup, etc., you can wind up in the hospital.

But you're right in that swine flu > regular flu == False; the hysteria over swine flu is entirely media-generated. The press, looking for ever more pairs of eyeballs, hyped it up to keep people glued to the Internet news sites, TV, newspapers, radio news, etc. The public is very, very gullible.

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370475)

And, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that it may even be slightly lower than your ordinary, garden variety seasonal flu.

Such as?

Re:Spread the FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370039)

It kills far less than regular flu. Get a grip.

Re:Spread the FUD (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370159)

Get a grip.

If that was an international pun: win.

Re:Spread the FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370557)

I don't think so. Now if he GP had said, "Get a grippe," I would still be chuckling.

Re:Spread the FUD (5, Insightful)

RileyBryan (1475681) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370051)

Yes, but it kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults at a much lower percentage than normal flu strains. http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/30/science/sci-swine-reality30 [latimes.com] You are being controlled through fear.

Re:Spread the FUD (4, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370119)

Dude! Keep that stuff to yourself! I am poised to get at least an extra week of paid 'flu leave' this year. Bring on the FUD!

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

RDW (41497) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370421)

'You are being controlled through fear.'

Maybe, but speaking as an agent of the Global Pandemic Influenza Conspiracy, our chief weapon is surprise. Surprise and fear. Fear and surprise. Our *two* weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency. Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical dedication to the World Health Organization...

The Global Pandemic Influenza Conspiracy - Immanentizing the Eschaton since 1510!

Re:Spread the FUD (3, Informative)

Cochonou (576531) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370577)

It is the start of a pandemic: the actual lethality percentages are still clouded by a lot of statistical noise. Let's see a much more recent point of view, dating from the end of last month:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=103052 [thedailystar.net]

"Swine virus 100 times lethal than seasonal flu". Of course, it could still be statistical noise. But it seems trends are starting to emerge - there are targets who are not at risk from seasonal flu, but are more vulnerable to swine flu: namely pregnant people, obese people, and teenagers.

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

Turken (139591) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370221)

Yes, it's just influenza...that kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults.

so then... not too many PAX attendees need be worried about this?

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

British (51765) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370481)

so then... not too many PAX attendees need be worried about this?

Well, sitting in your parent's basement for years can't be good for building up a good immunity system.

Re:Spread the FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370249)

Yes, it's just influenza...that kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults.

A nuke is just a bomb, after all.

Fucking idiot... by the way the media is reporting that shooting yourself in the head is healthy, please try doing that without doing any research and just blindly trusting those who get paid for your attention by ad exposure and have no financial gain in providing you with the truth. Shit I should I have stopped at "shooting yourself in the head is healthy."

Re:Spread the FUD (4, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370309)

No, the swine flu, just like the normal flu, is a threat to sick kids with poor health care, and the elderly. Normal, healthy adults will feel like crap, and get over it just like a normal flu.

The media loves to blow these things up. SARS was going to kill us all. The avian flu was going to kill us all. Killer bees were going to kill us all.

Sadly, I work for a newspaper that ran a headline that Nebraska had its first swine flu death. What it hid much later in the story was that the case was a Mexican child who was already near death was transported to a Nebraska hospital, and then he died within a day of arriving. Most "American" swine flu deaths are stories like these.

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370325)

Yes, it's just influenza...that kills healthy kids, teenagers, and young adults.

[citation needed]

Young people may be catching the H1N1 virus more so than older people, but it hasn't been killing or hospitalizaing them in high numbers. From the news reports I've seen H1N1 has been hospitalizing people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and other serious lung ailments. It also seems to hospitalize blacks and hispanics more so than white people, which tend to have those illnesses more so.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/31/AR2009083100393.html [washingtonpost.com]
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125139557410564177.html [wsj.com]

Re:Spread the FUD (1)

Kligat (1244968) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370035)

Swine flu is the Apophis of pandemics. Now, Apophis has a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth in a few decades. Swine flu is probably several times more deadlier than a normal flu. Surely fascinating to someone that deals with the low probabilities all the time, but the end result is that it's nevertheless still low, and maybe some people are exaggerating for the sake of their profession.

Re:Spread the FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370301)

Maybe, but what about Mexican Flu? *gasp!*

Re:Spread the FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370337)

[Subject:] Spread the FUD

You misspelled FLU ...

Oh Noes (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29369921)

Pox at Pax!

Wash your hands! (5, Informative)

iocat (572367) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369927)

Memo to the nerds: wash your hands, early and often. Easiest way to prevent spreading disease.

Re:Wash your hands! (5, Funny)

Dmala (752610) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369973)

Great, next thing you know they'll want us to shower, too.

Re:Wash your hands! (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370157)

Memo to the nerds: wash your hands, early and often. Easiest way to prevent spreading disease.

Bah. The easiest way to avoid spreading disease is to not leave your basement.

Plus there's the additional protection offered by a 2mm Cheetos-dust-and-hand-lotion crust on the hand(s).

Let's just face the facts: If you venture out of the basement to attend a convention, then you're not sufficiently introverted.

Re:Wash your hands! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370495)

Important Swine Flu Information for nerds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTfxUvXL-ZI [youtube.com]

Re:Wash your hands! (1)

lothiel (146181) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370611)

You have 7 holes in your head. Keep your fingers out of them and you'll be fine.

Why would you go to doctor? (5, Insightful)

Puls4r (724907) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369935)

Why, exactly, would you run to the doctor just because you think you might have the swine flu?

If your temperature is within reason, and you don't have other symptoms or are at high risk, why would we want to inundate our medical system with a bunch of people who 'just want to make sure'?

I'm surprised one of the tagging words isn't 'ooohscaryscary'.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (5, Insightful)

Naturalis Philosopho (1160697) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370009)

... and me without my mod points. So I'll chime in. Right now the CDC recommends NOT going to the doctor if you think you have the flu (why spread it at all? They can't give you anything for it.) Just stay at home, watch the fever, drink lots of fluids and rest. Call your doctor and get a remote diagnosis if you need it for work or school but otherwise just keep away from the healthy people!

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (1)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370327)

I was going to say pretty much the same thing. The recommendation and approved procedure for suspected cases of swine flu here in the UK is to *call* your doctor and go through the symptoms over the phone to avoid spreading the disease further. If the doc thinks you have a genuine cases, then a friend or relation can go and pick up a prescription for your TamiFlu and, big whoop, you get to cut about one day off your suffering. My local surgery even has a sign on the door to that effect.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370349)

just keep away from the healthy people!

And more importantly, keep away from the not-so-healthy people! I have been dealing with chronic rhinitis (and subsequent cough/acute bronchitis caused by the constant post-nasal-drop), and I appreciate those who have/suspect they have the flu and stay home as much as reasonably possible. With the constant sinus infections I've had lately, the last thing I need is the friggin' flu too. ^_^ And yeah, wash your hands like crazy! (If you cough, sneeze, pick your nose, use the restroom, return from a trip -- WASH thoroughly for 30 seconds with warm water and soap! None of this dipping your hands in a stream of water for two seconds and immediately drying BS I always see people pull in public restrooms.)

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (0, Troll)

SlashDev (627697) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370657)

They don't want you to go to the doctor just yet, until the vaccines are available... Then you will dragged by your noze (or by your fear) to go there.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (2, Funny)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370053)

Exactly, they're more likely to die from the staph infection they have a high chance of receiving when they go to an American hospital.

Public Health (-1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370059)

If you do test positive for swine flu then proper public health measures can be taken.

Re:Public Health (1)

fifedrum (611338) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370213)

and what, pray tell, would those be?

go home, watch the fever, drink fluids, rest

just like any other flu?

Re:Public Health (1)

sherpajohn (113531) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370231)

Would that include possible internment at a FEMA "camp"?

Re:Public Health (4, Insightful)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370271)

You mean public health as in "Don't go visit other people (such as doctors) who can't do anything for you and might catch it from you?"

If you have the swine flu, there's nothing your doctor can do for you; you need to rest, drink fluids and keep yourself from making other people sick, and call your local non-emergency police number to report the case. Going to a doctor won't do anything for you, and it will actively endanger the health of other people.

I work in a subset of the public health field, and we're really fucking annoyed when we hear a bunch of well-meaning idiots telling people to go to their doctor for something that a doctor cannot possibly do anything about.

Don't waste resources pointlessly - it essentially denies treatment to people who actually do need it and can benefit from it.

It's the FLU! (5, Insightful)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370479)

If you do test positive for swine flu then proper public health measures can be taken.

It's the fucking flu! Have you never had the flu before?

WTF do you think "proper public health measures" are for a highly infectious, incurable disease that in normal situations runs its course in under a week? CLUE: It does NOT involve going into a hospital where you can infect other especially vulnerable people only to have a doctor tell you what you SHOULD already know, which is that he can't do anything for you!

I really don't get this disconnect people are having. It's called "swine flu" just to distinguish it from every other strain of flu that hits every year, but it is still essentially the same bug.

It's like the news reports I see on CNN where the info bar at the bottom will have "Symptoms of Swine Flu", and then lists the symptoms of THE FLU. In fact, maybe if instead of actually listing the symptoms, it just said "Symptoms of Swine Flu: Same as Every Other Flu" people would be less freaked out and slightly less ignorant about what Swine Flu really is -- THE FLU.

Seriously, FFS, if you think you have Swine Flu, pretend you have the "normal" flu (which you do) and act accordingly by staying home and not bothering your doctor. :P

Re:It's the FLU! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370597)

Swin flu isn't a bug, it's a virus.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370065)

Authorities should be alerted to outbreaks in each area and statistics should be available nation/worldwide. Seems reasonable to me to do this through general practitioners. It's better than telling people to go to the ER and report it.

Now I'm not saying that H1N1 is bad enough to warrant this kind of attention, but once it's been officially recognized as a pandemic or whatever certain procedures have to be followed.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370093)

Indeed. It's just a flu folks! Different maybe, but still a flu. There's no medication to cure it. There's absolutely nothing a doctor can do (besides tell you to take Tylenol cold, or an antihistamine). Once you have it, you're pretty much stuck with it.

ie: You can treat it with all sorts of medication and go to all sorts of doctors, and will be "cured" in 7 days. Or you could let your body fight it, and it will go away on its own within a week.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370567)

It's simply not true that a doctor can't do anything for you. We've had antivirals that are highly effective against influenza for a while now. However, it is important to limit the use of these antivirals to the most severe cases because of the risk of emergence of resistant strains. Thus, in general, doctors will not do anything for you unless there is reason to believe that you might not get over it on your own.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (2, Insightful)

Alphanos (596595) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370101)

Not for your own benefit, but for others who may have been exposed and are more susceptible. The guys at Penny Arcade are making a list of flights which had passengers confirmed by testing to be contagious with swine flu. Having this information available could help others.

Note: The list has grown substantially over the past few days as people get tested.

Re:Why would you go to doctor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370171)

If your temperature is within reason, and you don't have other symptoms or are at high risk, why would we want to inundate our medical system with a bunch of people who 'just want to make sure'?

Why, to provide an excuse for taxing smokers into the poorhouse of course. What else is health care for? "Medical science" = Best oxymoron. Ever.

Yep, it isn't very deadly (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370343)

If you look at it, the mortality rate is right in line with other flus. Ok, well that means treat it like any other flu. So you usually go to the doctor for the flu? Then don't go for this one. If symptoms are serious, then yes go to the doctor, urgent care, or the hospital (depending on how serious). However do that for ANYTHING.

The only reason this would need to be treated differently is if there was a higher mortality rate. If you were much more likely to die from it, then yes, maybe professional monitoring would be in order even for seemingly mild cases. However, since it seems to function just like any other flu, you shouldn't worry.

Screw swine flu. (5, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369977)

Why do people care extra-special about swine flu? It's already everywhere. It also doesn't have a mortality rate much higher than the average flu. And with prompt medical attention should respiratory symptoms develop, there's a minimal risk of mortality. I'd be more worried about that guy weaving in the SUV next to you with a greasy burger in one hand and a cell phone covered in ketchup in the other. A lot more.

Re:Screw swine flu. (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370175)

Because swine flu is a rarer type of virus in that it transfered from one species to another, something that bird flu hasn't (yet). Given that it can mutate that rapidly, we need to keep a close eye on it. Alot of people blame fleas and rats for "The Black Death" that plagued Europe and killed around half the population, but in hindsight alot of it was because of poor hygene practices and people thinking its just another disease, before it being fully developed in 2 months and killing the person.

Essentially, now that we know such rapidly mutating viruses can be dangerous, we like to keep them in check, so that the same thing doesn't happen again. Swine flu may have a low mortality rate now, but that doesn't mean it won't later.

Re:Screw swine flu. (1)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370289)

More likely it was caused by a bacteria not fleas or rats, although it was most likely transported via those animals. That would be poor pest control then.

Re:Screw swine flu. (2, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370369)

Because after the fall of the roman empire, people just seemed to stop bathing and threw their trash into the streets - And no one really knows why.

Re:Screw swine flu. (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370595)

It also doesn't have a mortality rate much higher than the average flu.

One of my biggest peeves about the media FUD around swine flu - It has a LOWER mortality rate than your typical annual flu. Lower. Less than.

As in, if you had to pick between a random flu-season strain or swine flu, you'd want to get swine flu!

Now, some fearmong^H^H^Hexperts claim that it "could" mutate into a more lethal strain - Which if we seriously believe that, everyone should do their damnedest to catch it ASAP, thereby exposing their immune systems to a similar virus and reducing the symptoms from that hypothetical killer version.


Nah... Let's just panic about it. Perhaps enough midly sick people driving like maniacs to their local hospital can raise the mortality rate to compete with a typical flu, via car accidents.

Alright (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369979)

Who was the Tychoid Mary [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Alright (1, Funny)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370019)

The word you are looking for is Typhoid. It says so right at the top of the article you linked to.

Re:Alright (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370103)

The word you are looking for is Typhoid. It says so right at the top of the article you linked to.

Whooosh.

Re:Alright (1)

Krinsath (1048838) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370179)

Or perhaps, and this is just a suggestion, the OP was making an oblique reference to PAX. More specifically for Penny Arcade and one of its central founders of Jerry "Tycho" Holkins. Hence the clever substitution of "Tychoid" instead of "Typhoid".

Re:Alright (0)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370393)

Yes, yes, the reference is obvious, but considering the educational state of a large percentage of the people in this country, I can guarantee you someone will use that in a discussion somewhere.

Especially when you consider half of young Americans can't find New York on a map [geolounge.com] .

Re:Alright (1)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370667)

I didn't get the "Tycho" part of the reference. Damned public school education didn't mention the pennames of the guys who write the Penny Arcade comic, even once!

Re:Alright (2, Informative)

Commander Doofus (776923) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370201)

GP is making a joke using the Penny Arcade comic's author's nick: Tycho. You know, the astronaunt [slashdot.org] .

Sigh... (1)

Commander Doofus (776923) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370263)

:%s/astronaunt/astronomer/g

Re:Sigh... (1)

pbrooks100 (778828) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370465)

dictionary.com word of the day: malapropism

Re:Sigh... (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370619)

And I thought for a second you were talking about someone's astronomer aunt.

Re:Alright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370461)

Woosh.

Admittedly, it wasn't nearly as funny as I'm sure eldavojohn intended, but you should be able to follow the link from PAX to Tycho Brahe.

Re:Alright (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370467)

A carrier of a dangerous disease, i.e. not someone with the flu, swine, bird or otherwise.

I'm Not Concerned (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 5 years ago | (#29369995)

How many die of 'regular' flu each year? 35K? 40K?M
How many have died of swine flu? What, one? five?

Settle down people. Settle down.

Re:I'm Not Concerned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370273)

How many die of 'regular' flu each year? 35K? 40K?

The WHO estimates that in the US, there are about 30 million cases of flu in a "normal" season, leading to about 36K deaths, for a mortality rate of 0.12%

As of July, the confirmed H1N1 mortality rate is about 0.5% but it's hard to compare since everyone is being told to stay home so only the cases sick enough or anti-authoritarian enough to go to the doctor anyway get confirmed. Either way, it's a far cry from the 2-5% that was originally estimated and spread as FUD.

Re:I'm Not Concerned (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370625)

Your math is off.

Normal flu is 30 million with 36k deaths (CDC says 19k deaths, but I'll keep your numbers)

For 0.12%

CDC says 1million have had it in the US this summer, 590 or so deaths ...

For 0.05%

Its not even as bad as the standard mix of flu strains seen in the typical year.

According to everyone EXCEPT the news media, this strain is of less concern than the standard seasonal strains as it appears to be non-mutating, your body becomes resistant after the first infection and it has a lower mortality rate than existing strains.

Re:I'm Not Concerned (1)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370355)

How many people die from smoking *in the US* every year? 300K 400K?

Settle down people. Settle down.

@400 US have died (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370443)

Mostly people under 40. Seasonal tends to get people over 65 and under 2.

Once it gets into a youth popoulation it infects 25% of a population or so. This is because no one has had it before. So places like schools or sporting events tend to shut down for a while then.

Re:I'm Not Concerned (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370533)

But its a pandemic, like the Spanish Flu from 1918 and the Hong Kong Flu from 1968. The 1918 flu pandemic killed millions all around the world . Of course the Hong Kong flu killed only about 34,000 in the U.S. compared with a yearly average of about 36,000 in the U.S. from ordinary flu. But beware its a flu pandemic, it might kill millions. /s

I'm so happy (-1, Redundant)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370005)

I never leave my basement. Why should I expose myself to you vile scum? I need enough firewalls and anti-virus to keep you all out, and still you invade my domain with trojans. And after playing games with you, tormenting you and listening to your pathetic whining and complaining, as well as being the victim of your merciless exploits and hacks, I know what kind of shits you are. Now you expect me to risk my LIFE and go out into the REAL WORLD and get close enough to you to get infected??? NO THANKS! You can't sucker ME into attending this so called "gaming conventions". You can keep your swine flu and your tempting but also disease-ridden breasted humanoids, I'm staying put with my firewall, my games and my porn.

      Signed - a gamer.

PS: It's a joke, stupid.

Re:I'm so happy (2, Funny)

mindbrane (1548037) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370247)

>Why should I expose myself to you vile scum?

You shouldn't dude, really, no one to see that. Thanking you in advance.

Disappointed (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370011)

Well I'm disappointed I clicked on the article hoping for a link to a corresponding comic. Sadly there isn't a swineflu comic.

Re:Disappointed (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370149)

I'm waiting for the (late) wednesday or friday comic to see what comes up. With enough spin, they might double the attendance of PAX next year. "Want a great weekend and a reason to stay home the next week? Penny Arcade is flying in lepers from all over the world for PAX2010!".

It's all Fruit Fucker's fault! (1)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370047)

They should have destroyed that little pervert a long time ago! Now he's spreading his fruit-fucking diseases around!

Relax people (1)

Genevish (93570) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370069)

Settle down folks, nothing to see here: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/swine-flu/story?id=8525109 [go.com]

Re:Relax people (1)

Math.sqrt(-1) (1574847) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370395)

Why would we let facts get in the way of paranoia?

So...? (1)

Anonymous Struct (660658) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370077)

Funny, there was a news article no more than an hour ago about how virtually everybody who got the flu this last summer had swine flu. Thus, it is proved that naming a strain of a virus does not necessarily ensure that it will kill millions, contrary to popular belief.

Hit them back! (4, Funny)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370117)

Eat bacon, ham, and pork ribs. Show'em who's the boss.

Re:Hit them back! (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370431)

Did someone say.... BACON!? [youtube.com] FF to 2:00 for applicable material!

Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370123)

That final Omegathon round really is intense.

Where are the zombies huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370223)

No zombies? Left 4 dead 2? damn

Just got back from Mexico (5, Interesting)

timpdx (1473923) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370243)

In response to Swine Flu, MEX airport, they have deployed an thermal camera that takes your temperature via your face. This is done before you can check in to your flight. You step in front of a ordinary looking camera, and the security officer then allows you to pass, there is a screen where you can see your own face & temp. Pretty darn accurate. Strangely enough I am sort of sick today, sore throat, but that has been going around the office.

Scared of catching swine flu? (1)

dfxm (1586027) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370299)

Even more of a reason to stay away from nerds.

Swine flu is God's punishment for ga... (3, Funny)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370357)

...mers! No, wait, that can't be right. Let me try that again. (Consults Big Book o' Plagues to Call Upon Heathens.) Okay, this is gonna take a while, I'll be back to damn all the perverts to Hell once I figure out some sort of tenuous and moon-logical connection. Don't start the flamewar without me, OK? Thanks!

Re:Swine flu is God's punishment for ga... (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370457)

I was gonna say, we should rename this "Nerd Flu"!

Microsoft Aims To Cure Server-Hugging Engineers... (2, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370371)

Swine flu outbreak at PAX.

That'll teach them.

Colloidal Silver (-1)

IMarvinTPA (104941) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370377)

Go to your local GNC, buy a bottle of Colloidal Silver. Drink it over the next few days. One bottle won't turn you blue (and it is really hard to do with lots of silver).

Colloidal Silver kills Bacteria, Viruses, and Molds by interfering with their oxygen processing enzymes. It effectively suffocates them to death.

IMarv

Re:Colloidal Silver (1)

NAR8789 (894504) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370665)

Viruses have metabolisms?

Re:Colloidal Silver (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370669)

Colloidal Silver kills Bacteria, Viruses, and Molds by interfering with their oxygen processing enzymes.

Do viruses even have oxygen processing enzymes ?

Re:Colloidal Silver (1)

gordyf (23004) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370671)

Viruses don't consume oxygen.

lawsuit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29370381)

.... And who was patient zero for PAX? Makes me wonder what kind of liability they could have for attending a place where they would likely spread a potentially deadly disease

Hmm...I wonder if this has anything to do with (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370405)

Tycho's past history of getting amorous [penny-arcade.com] with animals that are known carriers of dangerous strains of influenza.

The PAX (5, Funny)

Exiton (1244590) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370439)

The PAX was meant to calm the population and weed out aggression. The agent worked, but too well: 99.9% of the population became so lethargic that they stopped working, talking, and eventually eating and moving. They simply lay down and succumbed to death. The remaining 0.1% of the people had the opposite reaction to the Pax, becoming mindlessly violent and extremely aggressive. It was in the Air supply!!!

Re:The PAX (2, Informative)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370643)

The Reavers. They made them.

Not the flu, but a secret Omegathon level... (1)

nweaver (113078) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370483)

Its really the secret final level of the Omegathon: the contestent with the best immune system wins...

El Oh El (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370513)

At least everyone who attends PAX is the type of person to check in with /. and other online places to get it found out quickly.

PAX (1)

f5hacka (884374) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370555)

Time to break out the "I went to PAX and all I got was this lousy swine flu" T-Shirts

PAX (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#29370569)

I was at PAX. DON'T WORRY, I'M OK. The newspapers in Seattle were screaming about a Swine Flu outbreak at the local university (along with "COUGAR ATTACKS IN PARK"), so I figured it might pop up at PAX, along with some big rock concert event that was happening simultaneously.

I'm completely unconcerned, of course. Swine Flu = Flu + Hysteria.
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