by Max Brantley
I'm thinking we're on the edge of full-blown hysteria about swine flu. It might be justified. I don't have a clue. But more stories like this -- about 12 "probable" cases in Benton County (that does not mean confirmed by any lab test, best I can tell) -- and it won't be long before everyone is hyperventilating. It probably doesn't help to have Vice President Biden warning against riding subways or airplanes. (Clarification issued.)
Understand, I am not making light. Mexico has a real problem. Cases have been reported in Europe. Schools have been closed in Texas.
I'm getting on a plane in a few minutes in any case. We shall see.
UPDATE: Not so fast, Benton County. All 12 cases are negative. Arkansas is still swine-flu free.