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Birdflu likely to mutate & jump from birds to humans

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posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 10:38 AM
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Dr. Robert Webster collects and studies samples of the virus in his Memphis, Tennessee lab. He says chances are good that the virus will mutate and jump from birds to humans. "[There are] about even odds at this time for the virus to learn how to transmit human to human."

If that happened, a deadly pandemic could quickly spread around the world.

Dr. Webster says we need to be prepared. "We can't accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. I think we have to face that possibility. I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role."

Scientists work around the clock, hoping the virus doesn't mutate, but preparing for the worst.

Source: Mambo blog




posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 01:06 PM
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Hi! Very interesting and thanks for sharing. I have a question though. Your source blog states this "As the threat of bird flu spreads around the world, the big question on the minds of scientists around the world is if — and when — the virus might mutate to allow it to be transmitted from birds to humans." I thought it could already be passed from birds to humans if humans were in direct contact with an infected bird? I also thought that what it is unable to do and what scientists are preparing for is the possibility that it may/may not mutate to a form that will allow it to be passed from human to human?



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