Dr. Adrian Gibbs, Australian Virologist, on Bloomberg TV

PETER’S NEW YORK, Tuesday, November 24, 2009–A just-released scientific paper spells out the hypothesis, first suggested in the weeks following the initial outbreak of swine flu in humans in the Spring of 2009, that the flu emerged from a laboratory.

The peer-reviewed paper, published today in the Journal of Virology, analyzes the makeup of the genes of the now-famous A H1N1 virus, and concludes that, although it could possibly have come about through cross-contamination among flocks of birds or herds of swine, an equally, or perhaps more probable explanation is that it emerged from laboratories that store viruses for research or vaccine production.

The authors, Adrian J. Gibbs, John S. Armstrong and Jean C. Downie, contend they have identified three swine flu viruses as the most likely parents of the new flu. The last time these parent viruses were known to have caused disease in pigs was from ten to seventeen years ago. Each parent comes from a different continent–one from North America, another from Europe, and a third from Asia. In order for these parent viruses to have combined in nature to form the new virus, pigs would need to have breached strict quarantines designed to prevent the spread of livestock disease. But the scientists note that the European parent was never found in North America, nor the North American virus in Europe, indicating that the quarantines were effective. This, of course, begs the question of how the parent viruses got together to form the new virus.

Some scientists have suggested that the pigs were shipped internationally and violated the strict quarantines. But Gibbs and his colleagues say perhaps a more credible hypothesis is that the parent viruses were individually stored in different sections of a laboratory, or in different laboratories, and were brought together for research or in the production of a vaccine. Storage in a laboratory would also explain why the parent viruses remained undetected in pig populations for a decade or more, and then suddenly emerged as components of the new virus–they were sitting on a shelf in a laboratory refrigerator during the interim. “Viruses,” the paper notes, “do travel between laboratories in cells.” The authors say additional investigative work is needed to establish which scenario is most likely.

(it really wouldn’t surprise me. Just MO.-cottontop)

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http://www.opednews.com/populum/diarypage.php?did=15073

 

 Ukraine Attacked by Super Flu: Real or hoax

By Nicole Straff

 

An outbreak of a type of viral pneumonia has plunged the Ukraine and its neighboring countries into a state of panic. A potentially lethal combination of three different viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which is believed to be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189, and as many as one million people have been infected, most of them within regions of Western Ukraine.

 

Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko has called in the World Health Organization to investigate, and a team of medical specialists is carrying out tests in Kiev and Lviv to identify the virus. Samples have been sent to London for analysis. However, preliminary tests reveal no significant changes in the pandemic based on samples taken from patients in the last few days, according to WHO affiliates in London and the Unites States. A total of 34 samples have been analyzed independently; analyses are performed as part of a global influenza surveillance network.

Canada
•  Vaccine allergic reaction prompts pulling of one lot (Link)
•  Saskatchewan has 2 more deaths, 11 total, 30 in ICU (Link)
•  Peterborough, Ontario man, 32, fights for his life (Link)
•  4 more deaths in BC, 34 total deaths so far (Link)
•  Health Canada says flu vaccine reactions an anomaly (Link)
•  2 new deaths confirmed last week in Nova Scotia (Link)
•  Alberta’s H1N1 flu rate nearly double national average (Link)

China
•  Hong Kong reports another death case of influenza A/H1N1 (Link)

Egypt
•  Confirmation of 10th death, 140 in hospitals with H1N1 (Link)
•  Egypt reports 11th death case of A/H1N1 flu (Link)

India
•  Chandigarh confirms 2 more deaths, total now 6 (Link)
•  3 recent deaths bring total deaths in India to 558 (Link)

Morocco
•  Confirmation of 114 new cases of H1N1 (Link)

The Netherlands
•  Dutch queue for H1N1 jabs in blanket plan (Link)

Serbia
•  17 deaths and 344 cases (Link)

Turkey
•  Confirmation of 112 deaths thus far  (Link)

By Nicole Straff

 

An outbreak of a type of viral pneumonia has plunged the Ukraine and its neighboring countries into a state of panic. A potentially lethal combination of three different viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which is believed to be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189, and as many as one million people have been infected, most of them within regions of Western Ukraine.

 

Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko has called in the World Health Organization to investigate, and a team of medical specialists is carrying out tests in Kiev and Lviv to identify the virus. Samples have been sent to London for analysis. However, preliminary tests reveal no significant changes in the pandemic based on samples taken from patients in the last few days, according to WHO affiliates in London and the Unites States. A total of 34 samples have been analyzed independently; analyses are performed as part of a global influenza surveillance network.

full article

http://www.aolhealth.com/condition-center/cold-flu/ukraine-super-flu?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl1|link6|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolhealth.com%2Fcondition-center%2Fcold-flu%2Fukraine-super-flu#

 

Canada
•  Vaccine allergic reaction prompts pulling of one lot (Link)
•  Saskatchewan has 2 more deaths, 11 total, 30 in ICU (Link)
•  Peterborough, Ontario man, 32, fights for his life (Link)
•  4 more deaths in BC, 34 total deaths so far (Link)
•  Health Canada says flu vaccine reactions an anomaly (Link)
•  2 new deaths confirmed last week in Nova Scotia (Link)
•  Alberta’s H1N1 flu rate nearly double national average (Link)

China
•  Hong Kong reports another death case of influenza A/H1N1 (Link)

Egypt
•  Confirmation of 10th death, 140 in hospitals with H1N1 (Link)
•  Egypt reports 11th death case of A/H1N1 flu (Link)

India
•  Chandigarh confirms 2 more deaths, total now 6 (Link)
•  3 recent deaths bring total deaths in India to 558 (Link)

Morocco
•  Confirmation of 114 new cases of H1N1 (Link)

The Netherlands
•  Dutch queue for H1N1 jabs in blanket plan (Link)

Serbia
•  17 deaths and 344 cases (Link)

Turkey
•  Confirmation of 112 deaths thus far  (Link)

United Kingdom
•  More children ‘than expected have had swine flu’ (Link)

United States
•  US: ECMOs can save lives of some of the most severely ill (Link)
•  CA: San Diego confirms 8 more deaths, total in SD now 45 (Link)
•  IA: Iowa State produces and supplies only H1N1 vaxx for swine (Link)
•  KS: Kansas confirms 2 more deaths, 21 total (Link)
•  MI: Michigan confirms 54 deaths since April1  (Link)
•  MN: Minnesota adds 6 new confirmed deaths from H1N1, 35 total (Link and link)
•  NH: 25 yr old Dartmouth student died of H1N1 (Link)
•  NJ: Morris County man is state’s 29th swine flu death (Link)
•  OR: 1 new death, 15 hospitalizations (Link)
•  RI: Rhode Island man 8th death since Sept. 1 from H1N1 (Link)
•  SD: “Healthy” 12 year old dies from H1N1 (Link and link)
•  TX: Mechanical rocking bed helped save a young mom’s life (Link)
•  TX: San Patricio County confirms 2nd death from H1N1 (Link)
•  WV: Physician confirmed to have caught H1N1 TWICE (Link)

General News
•  Avian flu: WHO warns of resurgence (Link)

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