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Jens Lekman Gets Swine Flu

He Catches the H1N1 Virus in South America

Jun 30, 2009 Photography by Lisa Carlsson Bookmark and Share

Sweden's own Jens Lekman has reportedly come home from South America with swine flu. According to this website, this Pitchfork news item, and Lekman's own blog, Lekman began feeling the effects on his flight home and is now in quarantine.  

As Lekman writes in his blog on June 27th:  

"I picked home one last souvenir from South America, it's called the H1N1 virus. Wrongfully known as the Swineflue.

I was crossing the Atlantic when things started getting really bad, the fever was hallucinogenic and shaking me like a leaf and I grabbed the sleeve of the Air France steward. 'I'm not feeling well, I should see a doctor' I said and the reply came as a brilliant mix of death anxiety and French rudeness: 'Uh, yes... Terminal D... go there maybe... when we land.' After that the stewards and stewardesses took long detours. A ring of empty seats formed around me. People's eyes were kind but determined, they read 'Poor you, I really wish you all the best but if you come near me or my kid I will have to stab you with this plastic fork.' I got up and went to the bathroom where I fainted.

Now I'm in quarantine for ten days. I can see the summer through my window and it's just perfect. Summer is always best through a window."


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September 28th 2009

Sounds like he should have taken a flu shot before going there.