Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Theory

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist; I do not have a science background; and I base my theory purely on speculation.

One of the biggest mysteries confounding scientists is why the swine flu has been fatal in Mexico, but nowhere else (the one U.S. fatality was of a child from Mexico who came to Texas to seek health care). My hypothesis is that just as Native Americans at the time of Cortez died in the millions because they had no immunity against European diseases such as smallpox, something in the genetic make-up of certain people in Mexico today makes them particularly vulnerable to this new strain of swine flu. Perhaps an epidemiological study will shed light on this theory.


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