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Green Grown and Sexy
We're up to six schools shut down now --three of them in Seattle (Aki Kurose, Madrona K-8, and Stevens Elementary)--and the

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Summer Vacation Comes Early, and Other Swine Flu News

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Green Grown and Sexy
We're up to six schools shut down now--three of them in Seattle (Aki Kurose, Madrona K-8, and Stevens Elementary)--and the city sent out a press release encouraging parents not to send kids whose school got canceled to the library or community center. But it didn't say anything about playing outside, and today's supposed to be sunny with a high of 71 degrees.

In other swine flu-related news, Joel Connelly notes that Maine's Susan Collins cut $870 million in pandemic flu preparation money from the stimulus package, and Seattle/King County Public Health director David Fleming notes that Mexico's swine-flu death tolls are likely inflated by underreporting of mild cases.

Finally, if you haven't heard it yet, here's a punny swine flu joke that's making the rounds:

People said we'd have a black president when pigs fly. Well, swine flu.

Of course, it's probably only the second-funniest flu/president remark of late, after this one.

 
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