World’s leading virologist warns of potential human-to-human transmission of H7N9

The next pandemic? The Spanish Flu Influenza killed 50 to 100 million people in the 1918 outbreak and it only had a mortality rate of 2%. H7N9 arrives with a mortality rate of 20%. Scientists are already calling the virus one of the most lethal ever seen. The consequences for the human race of human-to-human transmission and further mutations of the virus are ‘unthinkable.’
April 29, 2013 CHINAThere is no evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said officials in China had studied more than 1,000 close contacts of confirmed cases and not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission. “That is powerful evidence because if you had a thousand contacts with someone with the flu you would be pretty sure some of them would have been infected,” Fauci said in an interview with AFP. Nevertheless, Fauci cautioned that authorities needed to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans. “It’s unpredictable as are all the influenza. One of the things we need to be concerned about is this might gain the capability of going human-to-human which up to this point has not happened and is somewhat encouraging news,” Fauci said. “But we still need to be very prepared for the eventuality of that happening.” Researchers are already developing a diagnostic test to identify H7N9, along with a vaccine, with clinical trials due in July or August. “Work is under way on making a diagnostic test to be able to pick it up quickly,” Fauci said. “We have already started on an early development of a vaccine as we did with H5N1 years ago… Hopefully, we will never have to use it.” More than 110 people in mainland China have been confirmed to be infected with H7N9, with 23 deaths, since Beijing announced on March 31 that the virus had been found in humans. Most of the cases have been located in eastern China, although Taiwan has reported one case. Another case has been found in southern China, while Chinese officials confirmed a further outbreak in the central province of Hunan. Chinese authorities have identified poultry as the source of the virus and have confirmed that patients became sick from contact with infected live fowl. A visiting team from the World Health Organization, which wrapped up a week-long visit to China on Wednesday, said there had been no human-to-human transmission but warned H7N9 was “one of the most lethal” influenza viruses ever seen. Fauci praised Beijing for its handling of the current crisis, contrasting it to the response of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-2003, when China stood accused of covering-up the scale of the crisis. “It was not the case with SARS in 2003 but the transparency has been excellent,” Fauci said. “I am quite satisfied with the Chinese response.” Fauci likened the current H7N9 strain of bird flu “in some respects” to the H5N1 bird flu strain of several years ago. “The similarities are that it is fundamentally a chicken or bird flu that jumps from chicken to humans and is quite severe when it infects humans,” he said. However, Fauci added: “The difference between H7N9 and H5N1, is that H5N1 kills chickens very rapidly so it is easy to identify where the infected flocks of chickens are. H7N9 doesn’t make the chicken sick, so it has been difficult to pinpoint where the infected chickens are.” There have been 566 confirmed cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which killed 332 people in the world — a mortality rate of 58 percent, compared to 20 percent for the H7N9 bird flu strain. The H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic in 2009, which appeared in Mexico at the same time of year as the H7N9, eventually infected 60 million people throughout the world and killed more than 12,000. The 1918 Spanish flu, which has been called one of the deadliest plagues in human history (killing 5% of the world’s population), had a mortality rate of only two percent. –France 24
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18 Responses to World’s leading virologist warns of potential human-to-human transmission of H7N9

  1. Joseph t Repas says:

    Hi Alvin! I am wondering if a lack of ultra violet radiation getting through the atmosphere might reduce the ability of sunlight to kill the virus in the air. There are many sunspots traversing the sun these days and not sure how they affect the production of UV rays to Earth. Thanks.

  2. Rosa says:

    How do we know that is not the government trying to get rid of people with their different excuses.

  3. John B. says:

    With modern travel it will spread in a fraction of the time it took for the Spanish Flu to get around the world. Get ready for Government “protocols” on travel, commerce, medical treatment and mandatory vaccination. Brave New World……

  4. John says:

    This is one scenario that the prepper community is not prepared for. You can have all the food, and weapons in the world in your stockpile, but one little tiny virus can make your prepping “much ado about nothing”.

  5. Boy, 4, infected with H7N9 bird flu after father.
    Chinese health officials say the 4-year-old son of a man infected with a new strain of bird flu has also caught the virus.

    Shandong province’s health department says there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and that the boy is in stable condition at a hospital.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/04/29/bird-flu-h7n9.html

  6. Marybell says:

    This is horrible, if it is true. Think that virus could be put in the chemtrails?,

  7. justin says:

    i wonder how long befor the mutations of the viris will take

  8. ELIZABETH says:

    DR. YOSHIHIRO KAWAOKA IS FROM TOKYO, JAPAN.
    DR. RON FOUCHER , WHO IS DUTCH, GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM IN 1995 STUDYING VIROLOGY. FOUCHER CLAIMED THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH FUNDED HIS TEAM’S WORK.FOR SEVEN YEARS.
    NIH, NSABB, WHO, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (FEB, 2012), PAUL KEIM,THE CHAIR OF NSABB,, AND THE US DEPT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WERE ALL FULLY AWARE OF THIS HORRIBLE RESEARCH GOING ON,AND KNEW OF ITS MASS DESTRUCTIVE POTENTIAL BECAUSE THE RESEARCHERS SHOWED ALL THESE SPECIFIC PERSONS AND AGENCIES THEIR DATA AND DEADLY RESEARCH RESULTS.AND IT WAS NONETHELESS PUBLISHED, WITHOUT ANY TRANSPARENCY FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT. THE VIRUS MUST BE PROPERLY DESTROYED AND NO MORE VIRAL WEAPONRY RESEARCH SHOULD EVER BE DONE AGAIN.
    ALL INVOLVED PARTIES SHOULD BE CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED AND, WHEN FOUND GUILTY, IMPRISONED FOR THEIR NATURAL LIVES AND NOT ONLY THE “PATSY” UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS SHOULD PAY FOR THESE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.AND FOR DEVELOPING ,AND PUBLISHING DETAILS REGARDING,AND HARBORING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED WEAPONS FOR MASS DESTRUCTION OF PEOPLE AND ANIMALS ON THE PLANET.
    HOW HAVE THESE VIRUSES BEEN USED, TESTED ON CIVILIAN PEOPLE IN THEIR COUNTRIES OR IN OTHER NATIONS? A FULL UNHINDERED INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO BE DONE
    NOT A SPECK OF VIRUS, ANYWHERE, SHOULD EXIST AFTER EXPERT, SUPERVISED DESTRUCTION.OF ALL STORED SOURCES.
    REFERENCE: “ALARM AS DUTCH LAB CREATES HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS KILLER FLU”, NEWS ARTICLE BY STEVE CONNOR, PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011, THE INDEPENDENT

    • John B. says:

      Too late for all that, the cat is out of the bag. Deliberately let out in fact. Now comes the “crisis” and the concomitant loss of freedom. Prepare yourselves spiritually for global anarchy.

      • ELIZABETH says:

        The public deserves to know the truth so research like this ends. It was not easy to find out what has been going on but the clues are there if you follow them. The guilty should be prosecuted for violations of international law and more stringent controls on research with viruses must finally be legislated.
        I am sure mosy people would appreciate knowing when dark schemes like this surfaces, and for protection of the common good and to save millions of lives, the true facts must be told. Innocent animals are being killed in the many thousands, blamed for viruses they didn’t start and many that are not even infected are killed too.None of the news networks have the truth about where these virus strains came from and don’t even know they were created in labs that had no right to make these genetically altered super bio-weapons.
        The press should tell the full and true story. Anarchy need not follow. Just arrest and expose those responsible and ban creation of viruses to make super viruses, also shut down the labs and destroy all of the viruses there.

  9. Thanks Extinction Protocol for all of your informative posts. I follow you on my blog, also encourage others to do so. This avian flu as with any contagion is best transmitted in large cities like New York where I live; crowded subways, restaurants, malls, etc. Think of the salad bars and all you can eat buffets.

    • F

      Thanks, LaVerne. I’m fortunate to have you here. The most dangerous threat the planet faces continues to come from microbes and pestilence. H7N9 is particularly disconcerting. Microbes are evolving faster than medical innovations and they’re doing it in stealth fashion. Earth is approaching critical mass on so many fronts — the stresses economically, agriculturally, geologically, religiously, geo-politically are going to blow-up before long in our faces.

      All the best,
      Alvin

      • ELIZABETH says:

        Its the “Perfect Storm” of combining, spiraling up disasters.. Some say it is proof that it is now the End Times,as prophesied in all the ancient and major religions.We have to battle for good and solve these problems, one after another,right now,we can fight with petitions to protect people, animals, human rights, and the planet. We have to stand in truth and expose those who want to depopulate the planet.. destroying, first, all the innocent people in whatever country they don’t like! We cannot let them play God.or destroyer of all but themselves.

  10. John says:

    Does anybody know about any herbs, alternative healing methods, or products, or tools that a prepper can start to acquire in order to deal with such a global pandemic? I have been looking at Living Young essential oils, they may have a product that will protect one from such a virus.

    • Joseph t Repas says:

      Hi John! First; pray [ seriously ] have a wonderful relationship with Jesus. keep up on having and consuming foods with significant levels of anti-oxidants and take in alcohol and salt…I still do not think that they have found any virus that can live in a brine of salty alcohol.

  11. parrotile says:

    These “goings on” draw an eerie similarity to the final comments in H. G. Wells’ book “The War of the Worlds”, where the visitors were not destroyed by our weapon systems, but were destroyed completely by the microorganisms.

    There are far more of “them” and they are able to evolve surprisingly rapidly to counter whatever we throw at them (well, many do, although it is a continuing surprise to me as a Healthcare provider that ANY antimicrobials still have any effect, seeing as we’ve really used and abused them for decades.).

    Maybe this will be how the Human Race eventually ends – not with the much feared nuclear “bang”, but with a relative whimper – caused by the “bugs” really having won? Time will tell.

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