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The Evolution of Bird Flu and the Race to Keep Up

The Evolution of Bird Flu and the Race to Keep Up

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  • Renewed calls for fast-tracked pandemic bird flu vaccines are being put out in response to the publication of two studies detailing the successful mutation of the H5N1 virus into a more virulent, and airborne strain
  • On May 27, a 10-year old girl in Cambodia died after being infected with the H5N1 virus. The World Health Organization suspects she was infected while preparing chicken for a meal
  • According to a recent study in the Lancet, the 2009 swine flu outbreak was 15 times deadlier than initially reported. The study, which was led by a CDC researcher, came to this conclusion using statistical modeling. It appears to be little more than an attempt to justify past, present, and future pandemic responses, as the data so far has indicated the 2009 “pandemic" was in fact a very mild flu season
  • In October 2009, CBS News conducted a three-month long investigation that revealed the vast majority of “swine flu cases” were not any type of flu at all, let alone H1N1, but rather other types of cold or upper respiratory infection. This makes it highly unlikely that the death toll from H1N1 infection was underestimated, as claimed by WHO

By Dr. Mercola

H5N1, aka the bird flu, doesn't spread easily among humans, but its capability to mutate has scientists worrying whether it could mutate enough to cause a human pandemic. According to the featured article in The New York Timesi, a 10-year old Cambodian girl died on May 27 after being infected with the H5N1 a week earlier:

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