Five San Francisco cops have been tentatively diagnosed with swine flu, not to be confused with pig flu, which affects most police officers on a daily basis. Within days of one officer’s return from vacation in Mexico he and four other members of his shift began showing symptoms of H1N1.

While only one officer has been even tentatively diagnosed with the much talked about/not very deadly strain of flu, all have been sent home as a precaution, and the entire station is getting a good scrub.

Captain Al Casciato has declared that the officers are recovering nicely, but people who really take their health seriously should always remember to run from the pigs.

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  • Mel Baker

    What the @#%$’

    This is stuff you’re actually putting on the site. I thought the SF Appeal made up of former newspaper reporters has the actual goal of being a serious news publication, albeit designed to work better online.

    Where does this so-called journalist get off on saying “as opposed to pig flu?”

    What the hell kind of bullshit commentary is that?

    This wasn’t an opinion piece and the comment came out of nowhere.

    I’ve given the Appeal a couple of story ideas – that have been used – and have offered to do some health and science reporting for you.

    What kind of journalistic standard is this crap!

  • Eve Batey

    Mel, sounds like The Appeal is not your cup of tea. There are plenty of other serious news publications that I am sure will not offend you with bullshit commentary. We’re sorry to see you go, though.

  • breehill

    We need to get serious, which is why I have a tip, especially if you have children. My daughter learned this great program at pre-school called Germy Wormy Germ Smart. It teaches kids to understand how germs spread and how to NOT spread them. It was so much fun for her, and amazing how quickly the kids learned healthier hygiene habits! The website speaks for itself: