SHOOT: The writer of this article once again commits that stupid mistake of saying: don't worry about swine flu, this is worse. It's like a smoker arguing that alcohol is worse and vice versa. Why have such a compartmentalised view of things. Both these epidemics are important, and response justified.
Hundreds of thousands have been infected in South America, and in Australia the outbreak is being called the worst seen in 50 years. While the swine flu scare may be an overreaction in comparison, both outbreaks do highlight a clear link between environmental degradation and the spread of disease.