I wanted to add some information I came across this morning. Now this to me is really scary considering that China hasn't made a peep about any of
Pig Disease in Humans Stirs Worry
Experts on a strep germ that's sickening people and pigs in China are baffled by reports of 37 farmers suddenly falling ill, bleeding under the skin
and dying - all previously unheard of with the disease.
Though not uncommon in pigs, Streptococcus suis is seldom seen in people and never dozens of cases all at once - raising bigger questions about
whether the germ has mixed with some other bacteria or virus.
"Something is different," Marcelo Gottschalk, one of the world's leading experts on the disease, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Mr. Gottschalk works at the University of Montreal in Canada in the world's only reference laboratory for the disease and says no one in China has
contacted him for help since the outbreak was reported last month
Ebola Recombinant Linked to Mystery Illness in Sichuan China?
I believe that this has been posted before but I wanted to mesh the two because to me it sounds as if the filovirus Ebola may have infected the pigs
and combined with the avian flu OR this strep bacteria and produced a new strain able to infect humans with hemmoragic results like Ebola.
The interview goes on like this:
D: "It's alright. We ran tests on those samples and isolated the SZ77++A3231 virus."
I: "What is this SZ77++A3231 virus?"
D: "This is a strain of the Ebola virus."
I: "Would you like to comment about it?"
D: "It's rather impossible to totally explain it."
I: "I can understand so, but why is the term "less-infectious" always affixed to our version of the Ebola virus?"
D: "There are 2 reasons for doing so. First, to reduce panic among the people should it ever leak. And second, the Ebola virus has evolved in China.
Re-combination has been detected. Most prominently at the portion which determines its effect on humans (very technical description, I can't describe
it. sorry.). Also, abrupt breaks in the sequencing were detected, leading to changes in the incubation period. (Or possibly "changes in the
incubation period were detected")
I: "How were these viruses classified then? / Could you elaborate more about the various strains?"
D: "Previously, strains of Ebola in China always had the EBO prefix. Subsequently following information leaks, the classification method was changed.
We stopped using the EBO prefix. Instead, coupled with the discovery that the virus had become more virulent and lethal, we re-named the strains
according to the placed where they were first discovered. For example, the strain in June became the SZ77++A3231. Sometimes, we don't even use their
place of discovery, instead directly naming it the ++A3231."
I: "In that way, the Ebola virus wouldn't even be brought into the picture."
D: "Precisely, viruses such as the Ebola are national secrets."
The above comments by a physician involved in testng samples from patients in the mysterious swine outbreak in Sichuan indicate that one of the agents
isolated is a recombinant Ebola virus originally isolated from Shenzen.
If this has any truth to it, we could be seeing a new strain of virus. Combined with a strep virus and Ebola I think this could have potential of
wiping out alot of people.
Any thoughts? Can someone add to this?