SHOOT: A colleague was saying to me over lunch that her boyfriend was suffering from flu then from a severe upset stomach, fever etc. A few days later, she isn't at work either. She was saying that interest in swine flu is 'overblown' because it's 'just like normal flu'. It's not, it's an exotic virus that our bodies have no natural immunity for. Which means the flu holds the cards to whether we recover or not, and if it changes - which flu's tend to do - then all bets are off. Interesting countries like the UK are publishing feverishly, noting how cases are rising etc. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/06/08/expert-true-uk-toll-double-115875-21423820/ South Africa's media are curiously mum. Either they know and they're not saying, or they don't know. I'm not sure which is worse.
Professor Barry Schoub, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, said: "Well over 100 000 cases (of swine flu) have been detected worldwide. South Africa had 125 cases by Monday this week. Fortunately they've all been relatively mild cases."