Monday, April 27, 2009

Febbre suina

"Febbre suina" literally means pork fever, and refers of course to swine flu. Over the weekend the interest, and perhaps even a certain hysteria, has been building up over the potential for an epidemic or even a pandemic. The health authorities of the European Union have advised Europeans not to go to the US unless necessary, and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta countered by saying that this is excessive.

An Italian woman coming back from California with symptoms of some sort was hospitalized and tested for the disease, but was found to be negative. No cases have been reported in Italy. The Italian producers of porky products like prosciutto are assuring everyone that their porcine productions are perfect

Update May 13- well, that's not all, folks. Cases of the swine flu have in fact now been reported in Italy.