posted on Jun, 4 2009 @ 04:21 AM
Very interesting supposition by the Chinese that this is an HIV- type infection.
I have two questions:
1) IS this a new outbreak that, with decimation of WBCs, mirrors an immune-destroyer like HIV?; or
2) Is this an influenza outbreak that in a certain population, manifests LIKE HIV, by destroying the WBCs, and is being reported by the (famously
gun-shy) Chinese re: epidemic reporting?
In 1918, H1N1 utterly decimated circulating WBCs that released interferon- a cytokine used by the body to fend of viral infections and cancer-and
micrography of tracheal, pharyngeal and bronchial epithelia showed the presence of masses of WBCs initially, followed by a barren wasteland of
destroyed epithelial cells and almost NO WBCs in the areas studied either while the patient was alive, or post-mortem.
My guess (and it is only my supposition here) is that the flu outbreak has hit China HARd; they don't want to report the cases to the world, as it
would seem like some sort of failure on their part to contain it, and instead, are reporting it as a novel disease.
Yes, there has been discussion of an H1N1 or H5N1/HIV reassortment, but the viruses are not even closely related- one is a retrovirus, with entirely
different nucleic acid mechanisms, etc; one is an RNA virus with a different capsid of its own.
When looked at objectively (or as objectively as possible) it seems probable (Occam's Razor here) that these infections are influenza- and we know
from history that H1N1 and other A strains that are de novo, can and do kill within as little as 12 hours of infection.
Applying the scientific methodology, I will try to prove my hypothesis wrong.
And let's not make this personal- as the above poster said, we're in this together- to share information, dissect and discuss it, and try to draw
conclusions based on evidence, not by trying to fit the data to what we hope or expect them to be. So in that spirit, as I said, I will try to prove
my own theory wrong, and look forward to more information as it unfolds.
Thanks, OP for the link.
[edit on 4-6-2009 by CultureD]