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CDC: Swine Flu Not as Deadly as 1918 Flu

This from the Associated Press:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new virus is “a very unusual” four-way combination of genes from human, bird and pig viruses found in North America, Asia and Europe.

CDC flu chief Dr. Nancy Cox said the good news is “we do not see the markers for virulence that were seen in the 1918 virus.” Nor does swine flu virus have the virulence traits found in the H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in recent years in Asia and other parts of the world, she said.

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 1, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
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Comments

Does anyone else think this is just a drill for the pandemic virus that might come one day? It doesn't seem to be that big a deal. It's interesting to see how it travels, but the precautions are over the top. It doesn't add up.

Posted by: broberts1 | May 1, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope that one great good may come out of this disease -- and that is that CAFOs be disbanded nationwide (and worldwide), because of the grave dangers they are posing to our health, our water quality, our antibiotics' effectiveness, etc.

I didn't see any mention of the link between the CAFOs and this swine flu in the small list of articles on this page, however, in New Scientist, Debora MacKenzie links this swine flu virus to large-scale pig farming operations in the United States, and notes that this virus had its origins there as long ago as 1998.

See: http://www.grist.org/article/2009-04-30-NS-swine-cafos/#comments

I hope the Post will give this side of the story a LOT more attention. It's a travesty that the population of the public is being sold out for the profit of a few big corporations.

Posted by: possum_107 | May 1, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

PS. Here's the link to the original article.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227063.800-swine-flu-the-predictable-pandemic.html?full=true

Posted by: possum_107 | May 1, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

How do we know that this started with the random finding at the end of March. Our family and local school was affected by a very similar out break in January, coughing with a high fever--no flu swabs were taken then. Perhaps this has been around longer we thought as mild as it is (though the high fever part wasn't so great)

Posted by: DeniseW | May 3, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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