The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX as it’s more well known, just ended two days ago. A lot of people there, something like 60,000 people in all. During it’s run Destructoid made an article about what was at PAX, it was(presumably) joked that there was a swine/regular/blogger flu there. Turns out they were right.
Robert Khoo, part of Penny-Arcade’s staff, just told Kotaku that “This is the real thing. If you get this number of people together in this close a proximity it is the perfect storm for these kind of wild fire virus spreads.”
Evidently this was all found out through a Boston game developer who contacted PAX officials after confirming a case from a doctor. Word on this was posted on twitter, and the CDC was promptly contacted.
While not a hugely dangerous virus, this is certainly a bad thing. All of the passes for the expo were sold out prior to the event, and very close conditions like this could not be better to transmit the virus. It was for this very reason that Dead Rising 2 was not brought to the E3, because of the possibility to catch the swine flu.
I can’t help but wonder if this spreads who they’ll cast as Tycho and Gabe for the made-for-TV movie about the gaming expo that cause the swine flu epidemic.
PAX Organizers Report “Confirmed Swine Flu Case” From Show [Kotaku]