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Watch Swine Flu Spread In Real Time

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 27th, 2009

First some humor, from 2005. I guess we knew they were going to get their revenge.

More recently…

Unfortunately, this is all too real. Felipe Solis Olguin, the director for the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City, (below) gives President Obama a tour, and dies the next day from “flu-like symptoms.” (Name game: Solis = Sun.) That’s no joke.

Now let me turn to the further harsh reality via Google Maps, thanks to Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo. See the spread of the pandemic, in real time. Click here.

A screen capture of the swine flu map, from earlier today. Click on it to increase the size for better viewing.

As Diaz says: “Reading the map is very simple: [x-out...We are all going to die.] The pink markers are suspect, the purple markers are confirmed, and deaths don’t have a black dot in the marker. The yellow markers are negative, but I don’t see any. Have fun watching. While you can.”

Back to straight cryptozoology a bit later, as soon as I shake this sore throat…but I thought Cryptomundians worldwide might be interested.

Thanks to the five people over the weekend who donated some greatly needed funds and all the fine folks at the Beyond Reality event who purchased my books. The hot water gets turned back on later today. Your thirty-seconds set aside to…

are greatly appreciated by me, the museum, and the cryptids of the world!!

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


5 Responses to “Watch Swine Flu Spread In Real Time”

  1. ukulelemike responds:

    I think the word ‘pandemic’ is thrown around a little too loosely anymore. A few cases here and there does not a pandemic make. I believe my wife just had this-since I’ve known her, she has never been sick more than a day or two, and has never been bed-ridden due to illness, but she recently went through about 11 days of illness, during which time she was in bed 95% of the time, throwing up and, well, the other end was effected too. She lost about 15 pounds, was dehydrated, and weak. Finally she came out of it and the only I can think is that she has the swine flu. Don’t know how she got it, but who knows?

    Not sure why people are dying from it, as it seems to me if you take care of yourself, get rest, and plenty of fluids so as not to dehydrate, you should get over it alright as she did.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    A pandemic (from Greek παν pan all + δήμος demos people) is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide.

    There is nothing sinister, evil, or sensational about using the word that merely describes what is happening.

  3. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Thanks for the link, Loren.

    Is it pandemic? Maybe not yet. But it’s definitely a pandemic threat.

    One thing I can tell you is that it is very likely that the death toll reported by the Mexican authorities is NOT accurate. The death toll seems to be higher.

    Sergio Sarmiento, a Mexican journalist, was informed on his radio show by an employee at the ISSTE (the Social Security Institute for State workers) that they had 194 deaths of individuals during the weekend. The Mexican government has informed of a death toll of only 103 deaths.

    Veratect, a bio-detection company, had informed the WHO and the CDC about the outbreak threat since April 2 (!)

    Why didn’t they inform the Mexican government directly? The outbreak was first detected by them in a pig farm in Veracrúz (the most important port in the south-east coast). From there it might have spread to Mexico city and other urban settlements.

  4. KristyBeast responds:

    I feel like there were some measures to protect from the spread of this disease which weren’t taken.
    In my opinion, Mexico as a whole should have been under quarantine the minute they confirmed that many deaths.

    How could they not think that it would spread so far? I think it’s irresponsible to assume to know how fast a disease can spread. I’m not a scientist and even I know that if the disease mutates, all bets are off.

    And in regards to the one U.S. death from swine flu so far, it would probably help some of the people who are wanting to panic to know that that child wasn’t even a citizen of the U.S. He caught the strain that killed him in Mexico.

  5. sschaper responds:

    It is mainly killing 25-45 year-olds, just like the Spanish Lady, though with a three times higher fatality rate.

    It kills by the over-reaction of the patient’s immune system, filling the lungs with fluid, and drowning them, just as the 1919 worked. The elderly and children are actually safer from this one – though there is the Mexican toddler who died in Texas recently, so apparently children -can- die from this.



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