Egypt has no swine flu cases and that variant of the flu is not spread by pigs to humans, yet the Egyptian government has ordered the destruction of 300 000 uninfected pigs (AP).
China singles out Mexicans for special testing, even though they have been in China all along (AFP).
According to the CDC, the regular flu kills 36 000 people in the United States every year.
The mortality rate of anything new is grossly over-estimated. Nothing like a good scare for governments to show who is in control. Control being the operative word.