Friday, November 27, 2009

China expert warns of pandemic flu mutation

They're not just warning about a mutation in general - viruses mutate all the time - they're talking about a specific mutation, a combination of H1N1 swine flu with H5N1 Avian (bird) flu. How could they know this? Perhaps because the H1N1 virus was developed in a laboratory, The WHO creates and releases pandemic viruses through mock-up vaccines, and government health agencies - in our case the CDC - have already combined H1N1 and H5N1 in a lab. But remember, if it "escapes" from a lab, it didn't really escape from a lab; it was a natural mutation.

    Reuters -

    China must be alert to any mutation or changes in the behavior of the H1N1 swine flu virus because the far deadlier H5N1 bird flu virus is endemic in the country, a leading Chinese disease expert said.

    Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases in China's southern Guangdong province, said the presence of both viruses in China meant they could mix and become a monstrous hybrid -- a bug packed with strong killing power that can transmit efficiently among people.

    "China, as you know, is different from other countries. Inside China, H5N1 has been existing for some time, so if there is really a reassortment between H1N1 and H5N1, it will be a disaster," Zhong said in an interview with Reuters Television.

    "This is something we need to monitor, the change, the mutation of the virus. This is why reporting of the death rate must be really transparent."