Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

Truckers and swine flu

| April 27, 2009
News coverage of the spreading swine flu has pointed out the role of air travelers in spreading contagious disease. If you’re thinking that truckers, likewise being a highly mobile group, could help the swine flu bugs get around, you’re thinking like Dr. John McElligot, CEO of Professional Drivers Medical Depots.
     He has put his truck stop-based clinics on “high alert” regarding the spread of swine flu.
Two of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company’s five clinics are in El Paso and Laredo, which is notable because both cities are on the Mexican border.  
     Dr. McElligot was interviewed by the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Though I doubt he meant to single out truckers in a negative way, he was a bit blunt in describing the role they play in situations such as this because of their transience: “It’s truckers that spread things when there’s something of pandemic or epidemic proportions.”

No news reports have linked specific swine flu cases to truckers or truck stops.

– Max Heine

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