Although there have been no cases of swine flu in Korea or even Asia for that matter, after the WHO declared the outbreak in Mexico and the US a public health emergency of "pandemic potential," they're not taking any chances. As of Saturday, Korea's CDC issued emergency travel alerts, requiring all returning passengers from the US cities of LA, Dallas, and Atlanta to be checked for flu symptoms. I wonder how they propose to do this, and what will happen if the test of some travelers turns out to be positive. Quarantine? Will they be checking all visitors from those airports or only returning Koreans?
In addition to the current death toll, I predict that this whole pandemic scare is likely to have devastating corollary consequences on perhaps the most adorable industry ever: miniature pet pigs.