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Bird Flu News

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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Scientists: China bird virus likely silent threat

Published: April 3, 2013

BEIJING - BEIJING (AP) - Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of the bird flu strain that recently killed two men in China say the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread silently among poultry without notice.

The scientists said Wednesday that the H7N9 virus seems troubling because it can generate no symptoms in poultry while seriously sickening humans.

Dr. Masato Tashiro, a WHO scientist studying the virus' genetic data, says the virus also appears to have mutated into a form that enables it to more easily infect animals such as pigs, meaning they could serve as hosts that spread the virus more widely among humans.

H7N9 is previously known only to have infected birds.

The preliminary findings need further testing.

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happy41ce
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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I guess ill be on a no meat strike for awhile
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GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

The virus has "mutated...?  It could spread silently?

"The scientists said Wednesday that the H7N9 virus seems troubling because it can generate no symptoms in poultry while seriously sickening humans.

Should we be worried...?

GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

 


Quoting happy41ce:

I guess ill be on a no meat strike for awhile

Me too...if it's not one thing it's another lately...sigh...

 

happy41ce
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:14 AM
I had sooo much ham this weekend. And I am pregnant. Eeeeeeek!

Quoting GrannyM.:

 




Quoting happy41ce:

I guess ill be on a no meat strike for awhile

Me too...if it's not one thing it's another lately...sigh...


 

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MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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Sounds like it is altered by humans.
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MorganTho
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM
Its always troubling when a virus makes a species jump. That's what happened with the original influenza, and then results were devastating. I'm wondering if its spread from handling chickens the way people were getting a strain from county fairs from the pigs. I don't believe that strain was as contagious as our standard flu.

Quoting GrannyM.:

The virus has "mutated...?  It could spread silently?


"The scientists said Wednesday that the H7N9 virus seems troubling because it can generate no symptoms in poultry while seriously sickening humans.


Should we be worried...?

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frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

"The scientists said Wednesday that the H7N9 virus seems troubling because it can generate no symptoms in poultry while seriously sickening humans."

I'm not sure why that's troubling. There are many diseases that are latent in the host. Skunks can carry rabies without ever showing signs of the disease, but in humans, the disease progresses quite rapidly. This statement doesn't seem well thought out.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Sounds like it is altered by humans.

Why do you say that?


Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Quoting happy41ce:

I guess ill be on a no meat strike for awhile

You won't get it from properly cooked meat.

What you want to avoid is the live farm animals.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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Quoting frogbender:

"The scientists said Wednesday that the H7N9 virus seems troubling because it can generate no symptoms in poultry while seriously sickening humans."

I'm not sure why that's troubling. There are many diseases that are latent in the host. Skunks can carry rabies without ever showing signs of the disease, but in humans, the disease progresses quite rapidly. This statement doesn't seem well thought out.

"inconvenient" or "frightening" might be better words than "troubling".

If lots of farmers in a country find their entire flock is dying, the authorities in that country have a good chance of being informed, and they can ban transport of animals.

If the only way to detect the spread is via a blood test, a ban is far less likely to be put in place in time to stop the outbreak spreading.

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