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Prop Desk: Swine Flu Trades

If you think the swine flu trades are over, think again. They could all be back in play come winter.

According to a government report swine flu still poses a serious health threat. In fact nearly 2 million Americans could be hospitalized this coming winter with as many as 300,000 clogging intensive care units in heavily affected regions.

That bleak assessment comes from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

It’s not that the virus is more deadly than other flu strains, but rather that it is likely to infect more people than usual because it is a new strain against which few people have immunity," the White House said.

Although the report suggests vaccinations should mitigate the potential crisis, if left unchecked swine flu could wreak havoc.

How should you position yourself ahead of what could be a messy winter?

I bought some puts in Carnival Cruise Lines, reveals Joe Terranova.

I think airlines and casinos are very vulnerable, adds Steve Cortes. I’d consider shorting Wynn , LVS and AMR .

I like longGilead for Tamaflu, says Guy Adami.

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Trader disclosure: On Aug. 25th, 2009, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders: Terranova Owns (AMZN), (MSFT); Terranova Owns (CCL) Puts; Terranova Is Short (SHLD), (EES); Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (BTU), (MSFT), (NUE); Cortes Owns (SPX), (GS); Cortes Is Short Nasdaq 100; Najarian Owns (BAC); Najarian Owns (BUCY) & Short (BUCY) Calls; Najarian Owns (C) Calls; Najarian Owns (FCX), Is Short (FCX) Calls, Owns (FCX) Puts; Najarian Owns (INTC) Calls; Najarian Owns (JPM) & Short (JPM) Calls; Najarian Owns (MS) And Is Short (MS) Calls; Najarian Owns (MSFT) And Is Short (MSFT) Calls; Najarian Owns (PALM) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (TEVA); Najarian Owns (V) & Short (V) Calls; Najarian Owns (YHOO) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (XHB) Call Spread