posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 05:28 PM
So the pork industry runs its own tests to monitor flu, and it's "reluctant" to share its data with human health officials.
Industry results of pig flu tests are kept confidential.
As in state secrets, copyright and intellectual property rights? As in arrest whomever blows the whistle?
...Flu viruses circulate in humans, pigs and birds, and infect a range of animals. About 12 years ago, "those viruses began evolving and recombining
into new forms that could sicken humans much faster than before."
Much of the viruses' evolution and recombination occurs in factory farms.
Still, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic was anti-climactic - almost everyone got it, but few people were really sick.
Now it's back with a vengeance. In England, 27 people have already died this season from H1N1 swine flu.
Ten more deaths linked to
flu in a week as cases accelerate
Ten more people have died in the last week after contracting flu bringing the total this winter to 27, it has been revealed.
The H1N1 swine flu strain is responsible for the majority of the deaths as cases of influenza continue to rise.
It is feared cases of flu and deaths are accelerating as the flu season takes hold.
The number of people seeing their GP with flu symptoms has increased six fold in the last three weeks.
H1N1 is the predominant strain circulating this winter and is following a similar pattern as during the pandemic when it struck young age groups
hardest and caused some severe illness.
Most worrisome, children are the hardest hit.
Flu surge alarms doctors as virus hits children: Number of
recorded cases this season doubles as fears grow of swine flu resurgence
Influenza expert Professor John Oxford described the upward curve of the flu cases graph as “pretty horrible”.
Concerns over the spread and virulence of the latest flu outbreak are increasing among health experts, following a doubling of cases in a week and the
announcement today of 10 more deaths, taking the total this season to 27.
...According to the Royal College of GPs, confirmed cases have increased from 32.8 per 100,000 to 87.1 per 100,000 in the last week.
The true figure will be higher as some people will stay at home in bed without seeing a doctor.
The chief anxiety is that the predominant strain is H1N1 swine flu, which triggered last year's pandemic and is now coming around for a second
Elsewhere, Egypt and Indonesia both reported simultaneous cases of swine flu and bird flu - a situation which increases the likelihood that the two
strains will share genetic material, and create a super-flu.
Meanwhile, pig farms are flu factories and reservoirs. But information about flu on pig farms remains an industry "secret."
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