Go Philippines!: RP Team has Swine Flu

soccerA member of the Philippine Football Team has tested positive for the dreaded (and slightly deadly) Influenza A (H1N1) in Singapore, sending the team’s Singaporean liaison and anyone who has come into close contact with the team into quarantine.

Accordingly, the game that they were scheduled to play has been cancelled.



A hero’s welcome has been prepared for them by Environment and Natural Resources secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza, Jr. to honor “their spirit of true sportsmanship, their being the true epitome of team work, and for bringing honor and glory to the Philippines.”

A motorcade will bring them from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport through the streets of Manila and to Malacanang for a grand reception that will be hosted by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Face masks and squeeze-bottles of hand sanitizer will be distributed at the event.


  1. That\\\’s very sick of the writer of this article. Making fun of our team. They went to Singapore with the best of intentions – to win honor and glory for our country. Unfortunately, one of the team members got sick of H1N1. Now you are making fun of them and subjecting them to ridicule?

  2. If you look at the pandemic of 1977, when H1N1 or Swine Flu re-emerged after a 20 year absence, there is no shift in age-related mortality pattern. The 1977 “pandemic” is, of course, not considered a true pandemic by experts today, for reasons that are not entierely consistent. It certainly was an antigenic shift and not an antigenic drift. As far as I have been able to follow the current events, the most significant factor seems to have been that most people, who were severely affected, were people with other medical conditions.

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