This strain of swine influenza that’s been cultured in a laboratory. . .
World Health Organisation and US officials were reportedly debating whether to change the common name for the virus from "swine flu" to another name, possibly "North American flu" to dissociate it from perceptions it was spread through contact with animals and animal products. The World Health Organisation says there is "zero evidence" that people are getting infected with the virus from exposure to pig meat or pigs. However, many countries say they are stepping up checks on pork imports from the region. Russia and several Asian countries have banned meat imports from Mexico as well as from several US states and Central American countries.
It is a hybrid bug. It is a combination of swine flu, bird flu, and another virus never seen before. It is able to jump from animal to human easily and kill otherwise healthy humans. It is interesting to note that the virus is breaking out in late April, which is not the ‘usual’ influenza ‘season’.Swine flu concern is spreading throughout the world after it was confirmed that human to human transmission is occurring and that the virus is a brand new strain which is seemingly affecting young, healthy people the worst.
Questions about the source of the outbreak are also being asked after a public health official said that the virus was “cultured in a laboratory”.
“This strain of swine influenza that’s been cultured in a laboratory is something that’s not been seen anywhere actually in the United States and the world, so this is actually a new strain of influenza that’s been identified,” said Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director .
It has been a difficult decision to cancel my holiday of a lifetime – but being in the same airport and possibly in the same hotel as people returning by emergency flights from mexico was a daunting prospect.Carrying the virus or taking ill in a foreign country is a risk this pensioner is not prepared to take. Many people will be counting the human cost of this infection, at the present I am merely looking at my depleted bank balance and the deep disappointment that not going will cause.
All that planning and for what?