Why is this flu different from all the others?posted by The Vidiot @ 8:29 AM Permalink Bump and Update below.
I'm sure you've heard about the flu epidemic in Mexico City (it's not a pandemic until it goes global). Last I read, 800 ill and 60 dead so far. That's a 10% kill rate. It's no Captain Tripps, but it's significant.
But why is it so weird and suspicious?
The new Mexican Swine Flu has elements of DNA from the following: avian flu, human flu Type A, human flu Type B, Asian swine flu, and European swine flu. A strange combination never seen before and having less than 1/10% chance of being a natural event. Human and animal viruses from four or more continents suddenly recombine in a new flu during a non-flu season that spreads from human-to-human with a 10% fatality rating.It's pretty amazing, from a biological standpoint really. It's hard not to think there's a conspiracy. Could it be a government depopulation plan? Or just a pharmaceutical company wanting to rake in a few extra bucks? It's easy to 'go there' when there's a 1/10% chance of a natural occurrence of the strain.
- Update: Other websites are trying to remind folks that the world lost 40 microbiologists in 4 years (2001-2005) to mostly mysterious circumstances. Additionally, a commenter below mentioned that the farm where they suspect the flu originated is US owned.
For one thing, just because the strain here in the US is milder than in Mexico doesn't mean we'll not get hit with something worse. Additionally, with all the microbiologist deaths, the recent scandal involving the 'accidental' shipment of live virus to various labs by a pharmaceutical company, well, it's not hard to imagine that either the virus is evolving or worse, was designed to target a genetic group. Someone on a forum posted a Wayne Madsen Report that said it is definitely bioengineered. What was posted was only a blurb:
According to two mainstream media journalists, one in Mexico City and the other in Jakarta, who spoke to WMR on background, they are convinced that the current outbreak of a new strain of swine flu in Mexico and some parts of the United States is the result of the introduction of a human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic, with potentially catastrophic consequences for domestic and international travel and commerce.Madsen's track record is sporadic at best. He may or may not be a government disinfo guy. I'm just including it here so you can see what's being said out there. The end of the article cites Tamiflu and Relenza as effective treatments, both of which are products made by large companies with lots of government connections, which makes me think that this is disinfo. But that's for you to decide.
The journalists have been told by top officials of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the grave dangers posed by the new and deadly swine flu strain, known as A-H1N1. The flu, never before seen by scientists, has already killed up to 68 people in Mexico and has forced the cancellation of public events, including sports matches and concerts, and the closure of schools, libraries, and museums. Eight cases have been reported in Texas and California and one Texas family is already under a quarantine. Doctors are examining several students at a Queens high school in New York who displayed symptoms similar to those experienced by swine flu patients in Mexico.
Our Mexico City source said a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission "vectors" that suggest that new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.
Update 2: I was just thinking that maybe it's not as big a deal here in the US because it's a third or fourth generation infection. Maybe the virus can only be transferred to 2 or 3 people and then just sort of loses its steam down the line. That's not all that unusual for a virus.
And all the hullabaloo in the media is, as usual, for naught.