In a move that can only be described as incredibly reckless, scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have been conducting experiments in which they infect ferrets with both the H1N1 swine virus and the H5N1 bird flu virus to see if they will "reassort" and create a new hybrid flu virus. The rationale for these reckless experiments is that scientists want to know if a combination of H1N1 and H5N1 could become a "super flu" that would be both easily transmissible from human to human and highly fatal at the same time. Considering the fact that the World Health Organization says that over half of the people who have contracted H5N1 have died, the prospect of such a "super flu" developing is more than a little frightening. Of course scientists tell us that experiments such as this one are "perfectly safe", but the truth is that we all know that sometimes these experimental viruses do get out. If a lab-created H5N1/H1N1 hybrid does get out, what would that mean for humanity?
There is a disturbing new report out of Vietnam that appears to indicate that one family there has tested positive for both the H5N1 bird flu and the H1N1 swine flu. According to the report, poultry belonging to the family has also tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu. H5N1 has been circulating in Vietnam for several years, and now H1N1 has gotten a strong foothold there. Some infectious disease experts are now concerned that Vietnam could become the type of "fertile breeding ground" where we could actually see a reassortment or recombination where the H5N1 bird flu virus and the H1N1 swine flu virus combine to form a completely new strain. In fact, one of the top virologists in the world said that if such a reassortment happens, he will "retire immediately and lock myself in the P3 lab." Why would he be so concerned? It is because such a recombination could potentially create a "super strain" of the flu that would be as fatal as H5N1 but as easily transmissible as H1N1. If such a strain developed we could really be looking at a doomsday scenario.
That is why it is so important to keep a close eye on this situation in Vietnam. This could pote (Read More)....
There is a new video up on YouTube that got our attention today. The video was taken about one month ago, when the person who took the video was coming back from a trip to Jacksonville, North Carolina. It is a video of a billboard that warns of potential emergencies and of the need to prepare. The billboard features the letters H5N1 with a dead bird superimposed behind the words.
Now why would a huge billboard be advertising the danger of H5N1, when supposedly the big threat is the H1N1 swine flu virus?
Watch the video for yourself and decide what you think about the billboard. Could this be a sign of things to come?.....
Three people in Egypt are believed to have been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus as well as the H5N1 bird flu virus. These are the first ever reported cases of both strains of the flu showing up in a human at the same time. If these two viruses recombine to form a "super flu", could this be the beginning of the "worst case scenario" that top virologists have been warning about?
Reportedly, the three patients are recovering in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The source article linked to above also mentions a 28 year old man who tested positive for both viruses after arriving at the port of Safaga in Egypt after a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. It is unclear from the article if this 28 year old man is part of the other three patients or if he represents a separate case. In any event, the article does say that tests did confirm that the 28 year old man DID have both the swine flu and the bird flu.
So what does this mean?
Well, this could be really, really, really bad news for all of us.
Many flu experts are very alarmed that the H1N1 swine flu virus was found in turkeys on farms in Chile just last week. Now that it has been confirmed that birds can contract H1N1 as well as H5N1, some health authorities are now wondering if birds may serve as a sort of "mixing bowl" where a "super bird flu" may develop.
The reality is that various strains of the flu can mix together in a process that scientists call genetic reassortment or recombination.
So is something like this likely to happen?
Well, so far there are no reports of H5N1 circulating among turkeys in Chile, but in southeast Asia there have been huge problems with the bird flu virus circulating in poultry.
So what will happen if the swine flu does start circulating among the same flocks where the bird flu is already circulating?
Yi Guan is the world famous virologist at Hong Kong University that isolated the SARS virus in 2003, and his thoughts on what would happen during just such a scenario are downright chilling.
Many people believe that the flu strain is man made. Here is a set of videos explaining doctors and scientists explaining that the H5N1 strain has been modified by a company called Baxters. They found that Baxters who make the h5N1 vaccine are based in Chicago
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