Swine Flu

The Swine Flu has put people in Mexico and the United States in a frenzy.  There have been 68 people in Mexico who have already died, and there are eight cases discovered in the United States.  The U.S health experts have found that more than 1,000 people have gotten sick with the swine flu.  The swine flu has been found in California and Texas and is now spreading to other states too.  Schools in Mexico have been closing down, and travel to Mexico has also been put on hold.  I saw on the news that teenagers in the U.S. have gone to Mexico for spring break trips, and several of the people have come down with symptoms on the swine flu. 

This is a major crisis happening right now.  Public relations people will obviously play an important role in informing the public about the swine flu.  The public is concerned with where the swine flu is and how it will affect them.  It is up to PR people to attempt to control the crisis and find ways to help the situation. 

As for me, my family and I were supposed to travel to Cancun, Mexico the weekend after finals.  After hearing about all of the swine flu on the news, I was honestly too scared to go down there.  My Dad found out that the airline we were going to travel with is refunding all tickets to Mexico.  Needless to say, I am extremely relieved.  The point I was also going to make was that, along with the PR people controlling the swine flu in general, PR people for airlines are also having to come up with ways to turn this crisis around for people. 

As of now the swine flu is not considered a pandemic, but according to Dr. Jay Steinberg, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University Hospital, “History predicts that flu pandemics tend to occur once every 20 years or so, so we’re due for one.”

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Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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