posted on Apr, 3 2013 @ 08:56 AM
The scientists, at several research institutes around the world, urged Chinese veterinary authorities to widely test animals and birds in affected
regions to quickly detect and eliminate the H7N9 virus before it becomes widespread.
They said the virus is troubling because it can infect poultry without producing any symptoms, while seriously sickening humans. The virus, previously
known to have infected only birds, appears to have mutated, enabling it to more easily infect other animals, including pigs, which could serve as
hosts and spread the virus more widely among humans, they said.
Whilst you were all distracted by the North Korean hubbub, a deadly silent bird flu was spreading slowly.
This one is much worse in that it is much harder to track.
Already, more cases have been reported (see CNN Link).
Now, does this mean it's a much stronger form? I don't know - but it is more serious in that it would take longer to detect. But, in the recent
antibiotics scare, it would be quite disturbing if stronger strains were developing faster than we're able to find cures for them.....
Additionally, knowing China, there are probably much more cases than have been let on.
(visit the link for the full news article)