Flu Bird flu only two mutations away from more deadly form

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by melbo, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    Bird flu only two mutations away from more deadly form: UN

    LISBON: The bird flu virus is only two mutations away from a form that can spread easily between people, sparking a pandemic in which millions could die, the UN bird flu chief said in an interview published in Portugal Saturday.

    “Only two mutations are needed for it to become easily transmissible among humans,” Dr David Nabarro, who heads the UN drive to contain the virus, told weekly newspaper Expresso.

    “I wake up every morning thinking that today could be the day that I will see a report about a strange case of bird flu among humans,” he added. The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed tens of millions of birds since 2003 and there have been at least 165 confirmed cases of the strain spreading to humans, causing about 90 deaths, mostly in Asia.

    The virus has spread from Asia to eastern Europe and Nigeria this week reported Africa’s first known outbreak of the deadly strain of the disease.

    Experts have long warned that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted by humans and spark a global pandemic potentially killing millions.

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  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    :shock: :cry: ;) :D :D [beer] b:: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Do we need a Hurricane party smilie? [elim]
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    [sinking] Maybe this is more appropriate.
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