posted on May, 29 2009 @ 09:42 PM
FlyersFan- spot on, re: The Coming Plague.
If you also read Barry's "The Great Influenza" there are terrific descriptions of hemmorhagic-like deaths in the most virulent form of the 1918
H1N1 strain- so much so that people thought it was a tropical disease (at the time, Ebola and others were either unknown or unclassified). Others
became so cyanotic, they turned blueish black as they drowned in their own pulmonary fluid, and people thought it was plague.
These things tell us influenza can look like a whole host of infections.
Now- the question is: are we seeing influenza in Africa, acting like a hemmorhagic fever, and dismissing it as such because it's Africa; are we
seeing a new emerging virus for the same reason we have a flu outbreak- overpopulation, global travel, no public health infrastructure, encroachment
on ecosystems in which the vecotrs live, etc.; or, are we seeing a combination- a reassortment of the current strains of influenzas infecting a
population who are vulnerable to both flu and a new virus? Could it be a chimera?
Any of these scenarios is troubling- and I wouldn't bet the farm on getting a clear answer from WHO. It's a shame Jonathon Mann is no longer with
us- he'd have solved this in 3 weeks- and Anthony Fauci has been captured by CDC and FDA. Where's Josh Lederberg? If anyone finds his opinion,
please post, as I will.