To: Crecente
From: Bashcraft

Late last week there were something like four or five Swine Flu cases in the Osaka-Kobe area. Now there are over 130! I doubt that's its mushroomed over the weekend, and I'm more inclined to believe previously infected people got tested for Swine Flu, but hey, I'm no doctor.

Then again, this area is fairly packed with people. Even though most of the cases in Osaka are in a suburb, Japanese suburbs are still rather dense. Seeing how something like 15 percent of the entire nation lives in Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, it's pretty easy for a virus to spread quickly. (Ditto for the greater still-Swine-flu-free Tokyo region!)

So things have gotten panicky here a wee bit. In the area where I live, there are people sick with Swine Flu, and Mini-Bash's school has been cancelled for the week. All the kids in the neighborhood are staying inside, no one is outside, like a ghost town. Movie theaters and zoos are closed.

Went to the pharmacy this morning to buy diapers for Micro-Bash and noticed that the place was sold out of masks. Everyone everywhere is wearing them.

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And to think a week or so earlier some TV commenters were wondering aloud if there wasn't something special in "Japanese DNA" that kept the virus from penetrating the island nation. Nope, sorry folks!

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