Swine flu nature or man made

In a disturbing report, it is suggested that the H1N1 swine flu may be a man made monster that escaped from a lab. Connecting the Dots does not want to say one thing or another on this, but only to point out someone did say it and we want to just explore the possibility of this Hollywood type scenario.

There certainly have been enough movies out of Hollywood that depict some man made virus has caused havoc and death. So looking at this virus, we will give a shot at connecting some dots that just may be a mix of real and phantom dots.

First off the remote part of Mexico that was ground zero for the H1N1 outbreak is hard to get to. Second there is a large pig breeding farm about 5 miles down the road. News reports have said that there is a large open area filled with pig waste and all kinds of nasty things from the farm. That farm is co owned by an American company.

Third is the virus seems to mutate very quickly as stated in several reports. This is unusual and tends to suggest some mad scientists may have had their hands in this. That ends the known dots, and now for the phantom dots.

Depending if you prefer the virus that got away from a lab scenario, or some terrorists deliberately releasing the virus, or even the covert military experiment scenario, they all would make a great Hollywood movie. So you can let your imagination run on this. If the virus mutates in 2 months what would take other natural viruses years to do, does suggests a real bio monster.

Seeing that in 1918 when the Spanish flu killed 20 million people the global population was about 1.75 billion. Today the population is 6.75 billion and that alone suggest that 100 million or more could die just by running the numbers. The denser population now will spread the virus much more quickly and infect many more than in 1918.

Excerpts from the Bangkok Post;

Thailand should prepare for a second wave of the (A) H1N1 influenza, which could occur as early as July, warns a viral expert.

The pattern of the (A) H1N1 outbreak is similar to other flu pandemics such as the Spanish flu in 1918, which killed 20 million people worldwide, said Dr Thirawat Hemachudha, director of the World Health Organisation’s Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Viral Zoonoses.

Scientists say there are four steps which indicate whether the disease can cause a pandemic. They are that it is a new strain of virus, humans can contract it, it is non-seasonal, and the virus can spread quickly and widely.

”The (A) H1N1 flu has already passed the first three steps. We’ll just wait and see when the last step explodes. The current situation is like a warning sign, reminding us that the big wave is coming,” he said.

”According to scientific records, the second wave should happen between two months to two years [after the initial outbreak].”

State authorities should not lower their guard against the virus even though the rate of spread of the disease has stabilized in many countries.

Although the source of outbreak is not clear, some reports have said the (A) H1N1 virus could have leaked from a laboratory during the process of developing new vaccines.

Jessada Denduangboribant, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s faculty of science, said that the virus’ structure is astonishing.

”We found that its genetic code changes very quickly, which is unusual. There are eight segments of the viral genome, which is a kind of rearrangement of viruses from pigs, birds and humans.

”Normally, there should be some change in some segments. But in this case all of them have changed, which is very strange,” he said.

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