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Swine flu an uncomfortable reality

Updated: October 30, 2009, 5:58 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In Stephen King's classic novel "The Stand," a super-flu roils out of control, decimating the population and setting up a biblical clash between survivors.

Given that New York Islanders forward Doug Weight -- one of four NHLers who have been publicly diagnosed with swine flu -- returned to action against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, it's safe to say we're not yet on the path to global ruin through swine flu epidemic.

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