He didn't, of course. But we're about to be swine flu'd right out the wazoo.
You have to snicker at the two-faced media coverage. "NOTHING TO PANIC ABOUT...YET" said one headline this morning; immediately beneath that, "Swine flu pandemic could potentially kill thousands in Ontario". Nope, nothing to see here, move along, move along...
(To be fair, they're a wee bit touchy in Toronto. The SARS epidemic was only six years ago.)
The World Health Organization just raised its pandemic-o-meter to a Level 4, which sounds ominous until you look it up.Level 4, according to the World Health Organization, means "human-to-human transmission...able to sustain community-level outbreaks". So this is of some concern if there's a case in your community, but it's by no means time to run for the hills. Especially since the strains circulating outside Mexico are comparatively mild.
That one in Mexico's a little uglier, mind you. This morning, the death toll was 40; last I heard it was 149 with thousands ill. Still, you need to remember Mexico City's population is well over twenty million. The mortality rate of this manbirdpig flu is minuscule.
So keep an eye out, but don't succumb to the hysteria that's already sweeping the media.