Try as they might to spin the Swine flu “pandemic” into a national health emergency, the Obama Administration keeps tripping over their own public relations feet. It’s been learned now that even though the toddler that died toured a mall in Houston the day before he became sick, no one — not even his parents — are sick:
A Mexico City toddler who became the first swine-flu death on U.S. soil spent a day with his family shopping at a huge Houston indoor mall the day before he began to show symptoms.
Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos says the Brownsville family with whom the toddler was staying said they spent three nights in Houston just before he fell ill. Hospital and health officials said Wednesday that the 23-month old Mexico City boy arrived in Brownsville on April 4 and was hospitalized four days later.
They said he had no outside contact once he was hospitalized. The family has shown no symptoms.
As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza — at least in its current form — isn’t shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.
In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.
Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would not recommend taking any commercial flight or riding in a subway car “at this point” because swine flu virus can spread “in confined places.” A little more than one hour later, Biden rushed out a statement backing off.
“I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show.. “It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. …
That contradicted more restrained advice from President Barack Obama and the federal government — and the last thing the White House wants to do right now is shut down the airline industry and big-city subways out of mass panic.
Mayor Bloomberg, a RINO if ever there was one, as well as a huge Obama Fan, responded immediately by riding the subway himself.
Meanwhile in San Antonio, after more than a week of incubation, there is still only *ONE* confirmed case of Swine flu.:
San Antonio health officials said Wednesday that they had their first probable, but not confirmed, local case of swine flu, a 17-year-old girl, and a young patient from Brownsville in Cameron County at Methodist Children’s Hospital is a confirmed case.
Across the state, 15 other cases had been confirmed, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, with eight in Guadalupe County, three in Dallas County, two in Starr County and one in Fort Bend County. A toddler who died in Houston but traveled from Mexico was counted as the 15th case.
That’s all — fifteen cases in the second largest state in the U.S. After over a week of incubation for a disease with a 4-5 day incubation period — fifteen cases.
Can we say, “panicky over-reaction,” boys and girls?
At the hospital I’ve been working at this week, the ER has seen between 200 and 300 patients a night — up from the usual 100-150 a night. All of them think they have the swine flu.
All of them.
Well, that’s what we get when they call a Pandemic during Spring Allergy season . . .