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Monday, 14 September 2009

What is swine flu in reality?

Swine flu Does this new mysterious virus actually have anything to do with pigs? Now they say it contains genetic material that is typically found in strains of the virus that affect humans, birds and swine. Well, always blaming it on animals, since they can't hire lawyers.

Has it escaped or been intentionally released from some lab where military experiments were being held? A way to control population growth? Most victims, especially deaths, were and are healthy people in their prime (fit for military service, by the way).
Looks like a biological weapon, along the lines of experiments CIA carried out during the cold war in UK: harmless bacteria were released on the Underground trains to see how they spread, among other tests on humans (well documented facts).

Are Asian and African countries also affected? Shouldn't northern countries have the highest rate of swine flu cases due to the climate? Why is this virus, unlike normal flu virus, so active in summer? Curiously it seems the virus doesn't attack the rich, famous and powerful, a least no deaths have been reported yet -- not that I wish them bad, it's a purely statistical interest.

What's more, each country sets different parts of the population as at risk groups. They say it's no more dangerous than normal flu (it's more contagious than a normal flue, but less mortal), then why so much fuss about vaccination and everyday death toll reports on media, while there is usually no such regular information on normal flu, cancer, coronary diseases etc death rates? I heard last year 3000 people died of seasonal flue (I don't remember exactly which European country). Why wasn't there any panic about pandemic or rush for special measures?

Could the vaccine carry side effects? By the way, where did bird flu go? Flu virus tends to mutate every season, so probably next year current vaccine won't be effective and each year new vaccines will have to be created, it looks like some people have secured their jobs and profits, but how many vaccines can a human body take? Is there a possibility of them starting to interact?

I wonder if the pandemic could have been avoided by simply closing Mexican airports until the danger of contagion was over, but what government would willingly loose part of their profits for a bunch of people?

I've failed to find any reasonable answers to at least some of these questions. One thing is clear: as usually, pharmaceutical industry will be raking it in.
If someone has got a clue, please enlighten me. I'd appreciate it very much.

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  1. Probably the easiest and simpliest answer, yet the most accurate would be evolution. H1N1, evolved according to the environment in which it resides.

    I doubt that it's some sort of human engineered, superflu virus. It has the characteristics of all natural occurring dlu viri and has similar genetic characteristics to all flu viri.

    Nothing vastly unusual.

    Cool blog by the way, thanks for oyur time and effort in answering peoples questions :-)

  2. Thanks a lot for stopping by and answering, Covenant. I love doing things that are both fun and potentially helpful.

    I hope you are right, really.
    So far any human made virus is created using already existing virus's genetic material (unless scientists manage to artificially synthesize one, but that would be creating life), so all they have to do is add a mutation, therefore the H1N1 having similar characteristics doesn't rule out a "lab origin". I'd rather think it's mutated due to climate change, pollution, and environmental damage; even some dormant viruses could become suddenly active for the same reasons.

    But, you know what they say, if you think the worst, you won't be far wrong -- it's just so convenient for the Big Pharma. Besides, unlike common flu viruses, it affects mostly the young and healthy, is much more contagious and resistant. Personally, I find it at the very least strange.


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