Saturday, August 22, 2009

Swine Flu Making the Jump to Birds

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If pigs could fly there would be barn yards in the sky. Who would have ever thought it possible but just yesterday it happened? Pigs can fly or rather the nasty flu they carry can now fly on the wings of birds they infect.

With the recent development, we are all in trouble. It will not be long when the wild migratory bird population gets infected as well and starts spreading the swine flu. But wait it gets better. Scientists are saying that soon the Swine Flu which is a hybrid of the Human Flu and Old Swine Flu will join forces so to speak with the very lethal Avian Flu.

Just remember these 3 simple facts.

1) The Swine Flu is very contagious and easily spread but the survival rate is very high. Only around 8% of the people infected die.
2) The Avian Flu is very lethal meaning that if you get it is about an 80% chance of mortality. However Avian Flu is not as contagious and less easily spread.
3) More people die every year from the Human Flu than the Swine Flu and Avian Flu combined.

Since the news Swine Flu has already made the jump to human, a new “Super Flu” combining Human, Swine, and Avian DNA be not long off.

May be December 21, 2012 will bring about a pandemic that will kill billions.

Excerpts from

Chile said Friday that tests show swine flu has jumped to birds, opening a new chapter in the global epidemic.

Top flu and animal-health experts with the United Nations in Rome and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were monitoring the situation, but said the infected turkeys have suffered only mild effects, easing concern about a potentially dangerous development.

So far, the virus — a mixture of human, pig and bird genes — has proved to be very contagious but no more deadly than common seasonal flu. However, virus experts fear a more dangerous and easily transmitted strain could emerge if it combines again with avian flu, which is far more deadly but tougher to pass along.

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