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MENA: Does Swine Flu Spread from Touching Pigs?

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Environment, Food, Health, Humor, Ideas

More than 14 centuries after Islam prohibited the consumption of pork, pigs are once again making headlines across the Arab world – this time in the form of tweets.

Roba Al Assi [1] from Jordan is shocked with people's reactions towards the disease:

Roba Al Assi's tweet [2]

OpusP [3] remarks on Egypt's decision [4] to cull swine saying:

opusp's tweet [5]

aaalana [6], from Aleppo, Syria, is excited the disease has not been detected in that country:

aaalana's tweet [7]

Meanwhile, Lebanese habibh [8] sees the disease as a blessing in disguise, hoping it would curb some traditions, like the exchange of kisses when greeting people:

habibh's tweet [9]

Still in Lebanon, QifaNabki [10] brushes off swine flu as a smaller concern, noting:

qifanabki's tweet [11]

And this post will not be complete, if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not dragged into the matter. NewsatEleven [12] jokes:

newsateleven [13]