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Ebola in pigs may become more dangerous for people: experts

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posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 02:48 PM
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Ebola in pigs may become more dangerous for people: experts


uk.reuters.com

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Researchers are worried about a type of Ebola virus spreading in pigs in the Philippines and have warned that it could mutate in the swine population and become more dangerous for people.

The Philippines had tested 141 people, the researchers said, and six of them who either worked on pig farms or with swine products were found with antibodies to the Ebola-Reston virus, which means they might have been infected by pigs at some time.
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posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 02:48 PM
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Oh dear this could go bad!

Although the threat is theoretical at the moment, but as we have seen with swine flu, mutations/government tampering can happen(delete preferred option).

As the article says, the possibility of the food chain being infected is very serious.

Those of you who enjoy your bacon keep your fingers crossed.

uk.reuters.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

Some related articles:

www.scidev.net...

WHO Ebola Reston in pigs and humans in the Philipines

[edit on 9-7-2009 by kiwifoot]



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 03:00 PM
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Its would be unimaginably more dangerous if it were to somehow become airborne in pigs. Once it goes airborne, it only needs that right mutation to become the worst epidemic our species has ever seen. Not being airborne is the only thing that has saved us from it so far in that its kills its host well before it can be spread via body fluids. Ebola has an insane mortality rate, something upwards of 70% I believe.



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 04:17 PM
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Yep you're right, %60-80 in humans!

Ouch!

It would be a very bad thing if it transferred from swine to human trhen became airborne.



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