From: Marc Asch
Date: 8/21/2012 16:56 CDT
IMHO, once again Michael Osterholm is out of step with the CDC and other health experts. He is saying swine should be banned from the State Fair. Here is a link to the story. 250 cases in 80 million fair attendees hardly seems to support his scare tactics. I certainly could see parents keeping their children away from the swine barn but Osterholm is just headline grabbing which does not advance the cause of public health when there is a real problem.
From: Ken Bearman
Date: 8/21/2012 17:59 CDT
I’m not so sure. An interviewee in a story on MPR this morning (I forget who it was) said putting infected pigs in the same State Fair barn with uninfected pigs could cause a quick spread of the disease. Then all those infected pigs would scatter around the state and could spread the disease widely. If that happens, it would put a lot more people in a lot more places in contact with the disease. By the way, what do you mean “once again Michael Osterholm is out of step”? What did I miss?
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