Monday, 3 August 2009

Patient Zero

Who was the first person in the world to get swine flu? Experts are divided between a six-month-old child in Mexico and five-year-old Edgar Hernandez. But Edgar is the one who has caught the attention of the world media (well babies are more difficult to interview) and Edgar even has a statue of himself. The sculptor was Bernardo Luis Artasanchez who seemed to share the net's belief that there is something significant in being the first. The statue is called Nino Cero – Little Boy Zero and it stands in Edgar's home town of La Gloria, Mexico. It may be doing some good. It's starting to attract tourists to the small town, no doubt giving a welcome boost to the economy. But others are unhappy at their town becoming infamous as the place where swine flu started.

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