I could not help but be struck by the coincidence here. Today I received my initial package from joining the GBS/CIDP Foundation and I decided to read about GBS, even though I’ve read most of it before and I have CIDP. I noticed in the GBS literature a statement “Many cases developed in people who received the 1976 swine flu vaccine”. So I looked that up on the Internet and found in Wikipedia that there have been a couple of outbreaks, including the one in 1976 in USA and another more recently in the Phillipines.
If history is any indicator, there is potential here that there is in fact some flu-like virus which when blasted out of the pig’s brain becomes airborne and inhaled by the workers in that area. Subsequently, the virus might cause an immune reaction similar to a mild form of GBS.
In my opinion, the investigators should be collecting the information on where the swine came from in days prior to the problem surfacing and going to those farms to test other pigs for virus (even if it means slaughtering some and checking samples of brain tissue). It may not be mad cow disease, but it may be something similar, capable of developing into just as serious an issue.
Or…perhaps we will never hear any more about it. (enter the Twilight zone)