Hi Guys, two things i have noticed in the last few days which have been given very little media attention considering the possible health implications
of both viruses mutating.
Firstly, The Australian Lyssavirus (carried by bats and flying foxes), which is similar to rabies, has been detected in at least 1 dead horse, with
one more that showed similar symptoms which was disposed of before testing could be conducted. This is the first instance of Lyssavirus ever detected
in a horse, and many questions are being raised about horse to human transfer. 7 people have been in close contact with the horses and there are no
symptoms with any of the remaining horses or people who have been in contact with infected animals. The 7 people have been given the Lyssavirus
Innoculation which should prevent them from contracting the virus is they havent already.
Also, H5N1 has been detected in seals along the US coast between Maine to Northern Massachusetts.
Both of these cases raise important questions about the possibility of mutation and new infection pathways, so far the Lyssavirus scare seems to be
confined to horses, but history has shown us that it doesnt take much for a mutation to occur and all of a sudden we could have a runaway pandemic.
Concerns are being raised about human contact with seals mostly people who work in associated areas such as marine conservation or research.
Also, we have infection spreading throughout the middle east with a new SARS like cornovirus, also supposedly associated with bats.
so far infections from the 2013 cornovirus have been identified in;
Saudi Arabia: 31 people; 16 of them died
Qatar: 2 people; both survived
Jordan: 2 people; both died
UK: 3 people; 2 died, 1 recovered
UAE: 1 person; died
France: 2 people, both receiving treatmen
So in conclusion we have 2 bat related seriously dangerous viruses currently on the loose in Australia and the middle east, and H5N1 swimming around
off the coast of the US.