Swine flu and the dramatisation of disease
Archived Articles 01 May 2009  EWR
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Frank Furedi, Spiked

The explosion of global fear about the outbreak of a deathly flu virus in Mexico is more a response to the dramatisation of influenza than to the actual threat it poses.

There is nothing unusual about the outbreak of flu. Every year, thousands of people die from the flu, and, in normal conditions, society has learned to cope with the flu threat.

The complete article is available on the Spiked Online site,
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