Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Britain On Alert For New Superflu
(visit the link for the full news article)
The alert comes after people started to fall victim to seasonal flu and the more virulent swine flu at the same time.
Such a rare incidence creates the risk of a lethal mutation, leading to an “ominous” super-flu virus for which humans have almost no immunity,
said medical scientists.
Dr Peter Hotez, a world-renowned infectious disease expert, warned: “Highly infectious strains of the virus against which humans have little defence
can spread from one continent to another within 24 hours.” He said the fact scientists had detected the rare double-flu infection highlighted the
The Express, pumped full of steaming manure as usual. That is the worst piece of alarmist codswallop I've read in a long while. There's almost
nothing factual in it, apart from the possibility that a mutation could occur.
Here's some of the distortions, exaggerations and outright cobblers employed:
"A new killer strain could spread to the UK within 24 hours". Theoretically true, but not likely. Even the expert on the subject stresses the double
infection is rare. *Any* infection can spread between continents within 24 hours, because of....air travel.
"This comes as Britain’s winter flu season gets underway, amid fears it could be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in years". No source
for this statement quoted. None at all.
"Last year more than 600 people died from winter flu in the UK, with hospitals so overwhelmed they were forced to cancel routine operations".
It's winter. Hospitals always get busy, with flu, yes, but also people breaking bones on un-gritted pavements. But the 600 figure is actually far
less than was predicted, with swine flue taking over from seasonal flu strains as a killer of the elderly and infirm.
"Temperatures are set to plunge to “Siberian levels” within the next fortnight and a bitterly cold December with temperatures of minus 15C is
on the cards". What's the source for this forecast? Who is quoted as saying "Siberian levels"?
And then, as always, a snippet of reality hidden in the middle of the panic:
"According to a report today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the people with double infections in Cambodia recovered and
the two flu strains did not combine into a new virus". Fancy that.
Viruses continually evolve, and there may be a time when a strong mutation leaves people vulnerable, but this kind of scaremongering does nothing to
prepare us in any useful manner.