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Originally posted by Redpillblues
reply to post by ecoparity
If you dont think an average caugh isnt enough worry to be protected,I suggest you watch this..
Hong Kong—Yi Guan has plenty of experience at ground zero of an epidemic. In spring 2003, the virologist at Hong Kong University (HKU) isolated the SARS virus from masked palm civets in a wild animal market in China’s Guangdong Province. When the virus flared up again in late 2003, his team’s recommendation to slaughter all captive civets in the area may have been the key to stopping SARS in its tracks—the virus has not reemerged since.
Although SARS is his claim to fame, Guan has spent most of his career studying influenza after earning a Ph.D. on swine flu under eminent flu expert Robert Webster of St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently collaborating with Webster’s group.
Guan has been highly critical of what he sees as WHO’s slow response to the H1N1 emergency. He took a break from marathon hours in the lab and 3 a.m. conference calls with U.S. colleagues to speak with ScienceInsider.
The CDC is seeing "encouraging signs" that the H1N1 virus may be no more severe than the seasonal flu viruses that affect the country every year, said CDC Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser. Besser, however, clarified that U.S. health officials did not over-react by taking an aggressive approach in responding to the new virus. Reuters (05/03)
Heartland Blood Centers in Aurora, Ill., expressed concern over a possible shortage of blood during the summer months following the cancellation of some blood drives because of the swine flu outbreak. The blood supply of the American Red Cross currently is stable but could change "depending on how widespread the swine flu outbreak is," a regional agency spokesman said. Morris (Ill.) Daily Herald (05/01)
It depends on further mutations?
Y.G.: It depends on mutations and whether the virus further reassorts with other viruses—like H5N1. That could be a super nightmare for the whole world.
Q: You’re talking about the Armageddon virus?
Y.G.: The chance is very, very low that these two viruses will mix together, but we cannot rule out the possibility. Now, H5N1 is in more than 60 countries. It’s a panzootic, present everywhere except North America.
Q: If the nightmare comes true?
Y.G.: If that happens, I will retire immediately and lock myself in the P3 lab. H5N1 kills half the people it infects. Even if you inject yourself with a vaccine, it may be too late. Maybe in just a couple hours it takes your life.
PIGS are getting slaughtered to prevent the spread of a new strain of flu. Ducks and humans may be more to blame.
While the new H1N1 strain that threatens to spark a pandemic evolved in swine, its ancestors came from waterfowl, says Richard Webby, who has analyzed the virus’s genetic code.
Viruses that circulate in aquatic birds are the genetic ancestors of all pandemic-causing influenza, including the 1918 Spanish flu blamed for killing 50 million people, according to Webby, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in Memphis, Tennessee, that studies the ecology of influenza.
Pigs are a mixing vessel for human and bird-flu viruses because they are susceptible to both avian and mammalian strains.
“There is some quite good evidence that avian viruses get into swine barns through the practice of using pond water to wash down the barns,” said Webby, 38, who is also a virologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Webby was one of the first scientists to comb through a database containing the genetic fingerprints of thousands of flu viruses to find the closest relatives of the strain that infected a 10-year-old boy in California last month and spread to almost 900 people in 18 countries. His search, completed during the past week, failed to identify an exact match, suggesting the emergence of a new virus to which people would have little or no immunity.
Originally posted by cosmicpixie
reply to post by Muppetus Galacticus
In that article Yi Guan said that the risk of this virus merging with HN51 was "very very low". That's the first time I've heard someone specifically mention this possibility as being , in effect, remote.