posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 09:14 AM
Reading this news article this morning left me a little more concerned about the possible outbreak of this new strain of bird flu H7N9. I admit I was
not very concerned about this particular threat just due to China's constant battle with bird flu type virus', and then I read this:
The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China have had
no history of contact with poultry, adding to the mystery about the virus that has killed 16 people to date.
Chinese authorities have slaughtered thousands of birds and closed some live poultry markets to try and stem the rate of human infection, but many
questions remain unsolved including whether the H7N9 strain is being transmitted between people.
WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl confirmed that "there are people who have no history of contact with poultry", after a top Chinese scientist was quoted
as saying about 40 percent of those with the H7N9 flu had had no poultry contact.
Reading this leaves one puzzled as to how they would come into contact with the virus if they had no contact with poultry, and it's not being
transferred human to human. Before today they had ruled out human to human transmission and said that it was due to direct contact with poultry. Now
they are at least opening up the possibility for human to human transmission:
Several avenues should be explored by an international team of experts going to China soon, including the possibility that the virus can be
spread between people, although there is "no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission", Hartl said. "It might be because of dust at the
wet markets, it could be another animal source beside poultry, it could also be human-to-human transmission," he added by telephone.
This is what raised my level of concern, as well as this:
China has warned that the number of infections could rise from the current 77. The latest victims are from the commercial capital of Shanghai,
where the majority of the cases have been found, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.
What has since been edited out of this story is the fact that there has now been cases confirmed in Beijing. This is a major transit hub for China,
and spread from there would happen quickly if it is actually being transmitted human to human.
Another thing that has since been conveniently edited out of the article was the fact that the CDC has already started working on a vaccine. It stated
in the article that it was "a just in case precaution that was being taken so that they are prepared in the event that this does become more
Some people here were waiting to see what the CDC's action would be on this, and if they had started working on a vaccine then it meant that the
situation was far worse than what was being reported. Hope this doesn't become the next big epidemic, but I will definitely be watching it more
closely now with these developments.