There is an outbreak of a mutated bird virus that has traveled through swine into humans. It's spreading from Mexico to the north. I always think of Wells's "War of the Worlds" when it comes to these things. The aliens were far superior beings yet they succumb to the awesome power of the virus. They say that human bodies don't have the resistances against these viruses with animal genes. When we look to the not so far past we should think of the millions that have died from the virus, the only true predator of man left.
I don't eat pork but I doubt the virus really cares. A pandemic of this size has the potential to wipe out millions of people. Shadowing the losses in the Afghan and Iraq war. So my friends in Texas and California, be careful and stay safe. Go to the doctor if you feel sick. They say they have a vaccine. We haven't had any US deaths yet, but the factors are clear that the strain is on the run and it is impossible to contain at this point.