June 19th, 2009, 04:15 PM
Editor, Advisory Board, Senior Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: Illness in Libya (poss. plague) & Ministry of Health in Egypt is Preparing Procedures
Swine were used for garbage removal in Egypt. When you get rid of the pigs you have a bloom in the population of other vermin. Rats are a prime example of opportunistic feeders of garbage. Once the swine were removed from the systemic removal of garbage something had to come in to take their place. This was a no win situation for Egypt. As swine are believed to be a perfect mixing vessel for H5N1 and H1N1 in a country with endemic H5N1 the government felt they had no choice except removing the pigs. Now we have another mammal transmitting disease. I hope they can control the rats on the border with Libya as introducing them to the rat population in Cairo would be disastrous.