It appears that H1N1 has become particularly acute in the Ukraine. Some of the tinfoil-hatted are blaming drug companies -- which seems ludicrous, considering what's at stake -- while others suspect the illness has been misidentified.
Me, I don't know. It's a long way away and I don't speak the lingo, let alone understand the culture well enough to judge the veracity of a news source from the country. As a species, we're overdue for a plague or pandemic; but as a species, we make a habit of beating the odds. I do know that the simplest, oldest methods of preventing infection are highly effective, starting with washing your hands often and not touching your face unless you have just washed 'em. That's true for any cold and flu season, no matter how much or how little governments and news organizations hype the threat du jour.
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