From L.A. Observed's observation deck, Kevin Roderick says there's no need for Angelenos to panic about a certain pandemic that may be migrating from south of the border. He notes that doctors are monitoring two local flu clusters that don't

seem to be part of anything other than the usual seasonal flu strains.

“The 11 swine [flu] cases found elsewhere in California,” Roderick says, “have only mild symptoms, nothing at all like what has been reported in Mexico.”

What's been reported in Mexico by the New York Times and others are 149 deaths and deserted plazas — which is also killing off a tourist industry already in decline because of the out of control drug wars. The NYT says the World Health Organization is recommending that efforts move away from containing the swine flu virus to saving as many lives as possible.

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