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April 13, 2009

Altered Effect of Avian Flu?

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on April 13, 2009

According to a report in the Independent (London) the pattern of recent Avian Flu cases in Egypt may suggest the disease is adapting in a way that could be more dangerous.   All recent Egyptian infections have involved children.  The non-reporting of adults with the disease has raised concerns that adults are being infected but are either asymptomatic or are not becoming so ill as to come to the attention of health authorities.  If true, this could be a predicate for a greater probability of  human-to-human transmission.

RELATED STORY: “The H5N1 virus… appears to have successfully mutated toward residence in pigs. While the pig variety may be less virulent than its avian-oriented cousins, it is acknowledged among virologists that the transference to the swine environment is a precursor to human infection,” according to a report in the Archives of Virology and Digital Journal.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 14, 2009 @ 10:44 am

We certainly have not heard the end of the H5N1 story yet. Keep working hard WHO!

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