- Hello, Jeff - I received an email foward, as I see you
did, as well. I am not sure if people realize that China claims to have
found highly-pathogenic avian influenza type A H5N1 in pigs in 2004. We
have also now learned that Dr. Henry Niman discovered human influenza lab-created
genes WSN/33 in pigs in South Korea. Both of this information should
put us on alert re: a pandemic.
- We need to monitor the situation in both China and Korea
extremely closely. It is quite likely that a pandemic will be spawned
via pigs to humans.
- Patricia Doyle
- Avian Flu H5N1 found in pigs
- August 20, 2004
- Scientists in China say they have discovered a highly
virulent strain of bird flu virus in pigs.
- An official at the China National Avian Flu Reference
Laboratory said the H5N1 virus strain had been found in pigs at several
farms in the country. The spread to pigs has yet to be confirmed, but there
could be serious implications for human health if it is. The World Health
Organization said that if the pigs were harbouring both bird and human
flu viruses, the two strains could interact to create a strain capable
of transferring easily to humans. According to the Chinese scientists the
virus had been discovered in pigs in south-east Chinas Fujian province
in 2003, and in "another place" in 2004.
- Source: BBC
- The finding has not yet been confirmed, and it is not
yet clear whether the pigs were actually infected with the virus (i.e.
the virus replicating inside the pigs respiratory tract cells) or merely
found without actually infecting the pigs. If the H5N1 infection actually
infected the pigs the possibility increases of adaptation of the H5N1 towards
a virus with higher capability of infecting humans.
- More than 20 people died and almost 200 million birds
were culled during a flu epidemic in Asia earlier this year.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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- Go with God and in Good Health