Swine flu: blame it to NAFTA

Pigs make particularly good biological mixing bowls, since they can be infected by bird, swine and human flu viruses and provide a hospitable environment for the viruses to swap genes and create entirely new strains in a process called reassortment. That is what may have happened with the A/H1N1 swine flu virus, which contains genes from bird, pig and human flu viruses. “When you get a large concentration of pig farms, people, wild bird and poultry, these things do happen,” says Peter Daszak, the president of the Wildlife Trust and an expert on emerging diseases. En Yahoo news

Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova announced Monday evening that officials have identified who they believe to be the earliest known case of the swine flu outbreak: A four-year-old boy in the village of La Gloria, Veracruz, near the huge Granjas Carroll hog operation, which is co-owned by Smithfield Foods of Virginia. But Mexican hog industry leaders and the Governor of Veracruz State argued that the virus originated in China — and passed through the United States before reaching Mexico. En Mex Files

Connect the dots yourself, huge pig farms, poor regulation, deregulation of health and environmental laws, low work wages, poor laborers, poor health…

Y en estos momentos es que se reconoce como verdaderamente ven las autoridades de USA a Mexico:

says Daszak. “We should be paying more attention to our own backyard.”

Más información en:

Hufftington Post: Swine Flu Outbreak — Nature Biting Back at Industrial Animal Production?

GRIST:  Swine-flu outbreak could be linked to Smithfield factory farms

Gavierito: Manure lagoons and swine flu

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