Swine Flu – Hype or Hazard (Update)

Headline of the Day:

Afghanistan’s only pig quarantined 

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.

The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain.

There are no pig farms in Afghanistan and no direct civilian flights between Kabul and Mexico.

“We understand that, but most people don’t have enough knowledge. When they see the pig in the cage they get worried and think that they could get ill,” Saqib said.

The pig was a gift to the zoo from China, which itself quarantined some 70 Mexicans, 26 Canadians and four Americans in the past week, but later released them.

Now this is what I call ridiculous…This is what I have to say,”Hey, you citizens of Afghanistan – quarantine the Taliban, not the poor swine!”


10 thoughts on “Swine Flu – Hype or Hazard (Update)

  1. Just heard a joke on Swine flu –

    It was once said that a black man would be president in the United
    States of America when pigs flew. Well, behold!!! 100 days into his presidency and swine flu!!!


  2. Lol@ Kislay’s joke and Vinod Sir’s interpretation!

    But yes, it’s totally ridiculous the way focus is lost and perspective too! What need s attention, as you say, quarantining the Taliban, is totally lost too!

    Fine one, great satire, in the situation!


  3. Bones, yet another gem…..and while it seems perfectly logical in hindsight, I never thought that Afghanistan would have only one pig!

    And a pig in the zoo. What next?

    Quirky Indian
    Yeah, even I didn’t think they would have only one pig…I wonder if Saudi has any?


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