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H1N1 (Swine Flu): Fascinating Interview with CDC Head Virus Sleuth

May 1, 2009

Are you interested in the science behind the H1N1 outbreak?  If so, you need to check out the Science Insider Blog.  It has a very interesting interview about the H1N1 virus causing our current outbreak with Virologist Ruben Donis, chief of the molecular virology and vaccines branch at the CDC.

CDC’s early investigation raises several thought-provoking possibilities. It appears that this outbreak may have been a decade in the making and was not a sudden burst onto the viral stage…apparently flu viruses in swine have been “hooking up” and combining strains from several species. In fact they are speculating that the first infected human may not even have been in North America, let alone Mexico. Patient samples from Mexico taken over the past several months reveal that this swine flu clearly exploded in late March – leading to the theory that it was not rapidly spreading in that country, undetected, for very long.

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/04/exclusive-cdc-h.html#more

Check it out….

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tom McIlvaine permalink
    May 1, 2009 07:23

    Good morning – My comment and question would be this — knowing that in the US there has only been one death and limited number of hospitalizations what is the significant concern? The rapid spread of the virus? Since it seems like many plans I have read that most are based on a delay on getting any type of medication available, isn’t this very differnt knowing that we have medication available and it does not pose the threat a virus would without a known medication? Just a bit confused on some of it, but certainly not doing anything less than anyone else in any large business, we are concerned. Please advise. Thank you.

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