Story: Epidemics

Swine flew

Swine flew

The influenza A (H1N1) 'swine flu' pandemic caused over 3,000 cases and 20 deaths in New Zealand in 2009. It was not nearly as bad as health officials had feared, and widespread media publicity had suggested, which caused some people to question the judgement of officials in New Zealand and overseas. This 2009 cartoon plays on this criticism – a flying pig is a symbol of something that is improbable or not going to happen in the real world.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Mark Winter (Chicane)

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - New epidemics and new vaccines, 1970s to 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018