Posted by Bossip Staff
For those of you who have been scared sh*tless by the “pig-sars,” President Obama wants you to know that he is working to keep the disease from becoming a more widespread epidemic:
President Barack Obama told Americans that the government is taking all precautions to ensure the swine flu that’s infected people in at least 19 states doesn’t turn into a more dangerous and deadly threat.
“This is a new strain of the influenza virus, and because we haven’t developed an immunity to it, it has more potential to cause us harm,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “This creates the potential for a pandemic, which is why we are acting quickly and aggressively.”
Obama said while the strain of the flu, or H1N1, hasn’t been as virulent in the U.S. as in Mexico, where 16 deaths have been confirmed, Americans must prepare for the possibility of a resurgence. He’s asked lawmakers for $1.5 billion to battle an outbreak and develop a vaccine to prevent the virus from surfacing later this year during flu season.
“We will also continue investing in every resource necessary to treat this virus and prevent a wider outbreak,” he said. “The good news is that the current strain of H1N1 can be defeated by a course of antiviral treatment that we already have on hand.”
The virus has spread to 15 countries, bringing the world to the brink of the first influenza pandemic since 1968. Laboratory tests verified that at least 365 people in North America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand had the illness, with 10 deaths, according to World Health Organization’s Web site. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said evidence suggests that “transmission is widespread, and that less severe illness is common.”
In the meantime, street vendors please stock up on bedazzled and fake gucci masks. We’ll be needing them.