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“A census taker once tried to test me, I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice chianti”

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Census Taker Eyed As Possible Source of Flu’s Spread

By Mark Memmott

British news media, such as The Independent, are already making the connection to Typhoid Mary.

The story:

Maria Adela Gutierrez, a 39-year-old census taker in Oaxaca, Mexico, died of the H1NI/swine flu on April 13. As The Independent says, her job put Gutierrez in contact “with at least 300 unsuspecting members of the public when the disease was at its most virulent.”

But did Gutierrez spread the disease?

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Martin Vazquez Villanueva, the regional health secretary in Oaxaca, denied local news reports that said she had infected 20 people, as well as her husband and children.”

But according to The Independent, after Gutierrez became ill “state health authorities began to track down every person she’d had recent contact with and conduct check-ups.

“That discreet search … turned up more than 300 people, including many members of the public whom she’d interviewed as she knocked on doors in late March and early April. Local sources told Veratect, the US disease-tracking company which sounded the alarm, that between 33 and 61 of those interviewees ‘exhibited symptoms’ of a flu-like illness, though none have died.”

Evidently “Swine Flu” Mary potentially infected 300 people in her door to door campaign. And they say that taking the census is a civic duty! All this Swine flu jive really has me amused. I am just waiting on the whole “sudden zombie attacks” to start permeating the airwaves.

Look, unless this is a hemorrhagic fever or evolves into one with these symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Weakness
  • Severe headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting.
A rash, hiccups, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients. On dark skin, the rash is often not recognized until it begins to peel.
I am going to lump this more into the “SARS” category and break out the toilet paper, chicken soup, and ginger ale.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/04/29 at 19:54