THE RIGHT GEAR: Mexico City  bus rider holds up the latest issue of the Mexican news magazine Proceso, featuring a story on swine influenza.

The CDC upped the global pandemic level yesterday. I’m sure people in Chicago are quaking in their boots right now. Can only imagine how this becomes some kind of ammo in the immigration debate.

With the news came a paid assignment. Your boy gets to do some reeeeal journalism on this health fiasco.
Which is great, but had me thinking, like Roy Scheider’s boat in Jaws:

JERSEY!! (R.I.P)

with this monster flu….I’m gonna need a bigger mask.

The reason? I have to go to the main respiratory hospital today in Tlalpan, which is the place where 6 of the 159 people died from flu-like illness. Buggin, right?

Like all work that involves hospitals, i’m expecting bad news and a long wait. Most people in the health community and law enforcement (the hospital is well guarded) are NOT feeling the media right now.

So, what’s new?

Hospital in Tlalpan, Mexico City
Hospital in Tlalpan, Mexico City*
TRIAGE: There was a tent in a court yard in between the hospital entrance and the waiting room. The red sign on the tent said respiratory patients only.
TRIAGE: There was a tent in a court yard in between the hospital entrance and the waiting room. The red sign on the tent said respiratory patients only.

I’m just looking forward to copping from this Nike store I discovered down by the hospital.

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PHOTO CORRECTION: The hospital identified in photo above is the Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González in Tlalpan. It’s a “level 2” location in the swine epidemic. Another hospital, just a few yards away, is a “level 3” hospital specifically for respiratory infections, called (INER) . It’s pictured below.

Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias where half a dozen flu deaths occured during the swine flu epidemic in Mexico City.
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias where half a dozen flu deaths occured during the swine flu epidemic in Mexico City.

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