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Entries by David Kirby from 04/2009

Swine Flu Outbreak -- Nature Biting Back at Industrial Animal Production?

| Posted 04.25.2009 | World

A deadly new influenza virus has managed to jump from pigs to people in a previously unseen mutated form that can readily spread among humans. How could this happen? There are several plausible explanations.

Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are "Breeding Grounds" of Swine Flu Pandemic

| Posted 04.26.2009 | World

We do know that Mexican pigs with swine flu are being destroyed. And we know that Mexican lawmakers think that confined animal feeding operations are making people sick.

"Patient Zero" Identified in Mexican Flu Outbreak?

| Posted 04.27.2009 | World

Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova announced Monday evening that officials have identified what they believe to be the earliest known case of the swine flu outbreak.

Reuters Mangles Flu Story and Blasts "Wild Theories" About "Evil Factory Farms"

| Posted 04.30.2009 | Media

It's entirely possible that the Smithfield facility at La Gloria had nothing to do with this outbreak. But it's not exactly a "wild theory" -- Smithfield pigs are being tested for the new H1N1 strain as I write this.