Study finds deadly bird flu is five steps away from being a pandemic

June 22, 2012HEALTHFive genetic tweaks made a deadly strain of bird flu that can infect humans spread more easily, according to a study that the U.S. government had first sought to censor on concerns it could be used by bioterrorists. The genetic changes made the H5N1 virus airborne among ferrets, the mammals whose response to flu is most like that of humans, researchers from the Netherlands wrote in the journal Science yesterday. The likelihood of those changes occurring naturally is difficult to estimate but there is “no fundamental hurdle to that happening,” said Derek Smith, a University of Cambridge researcher who led a second study. Scientists have been monitoring for pandemic-inducing changes in H5N1 since the strain was recovered from a farmed goose in China’s southern province of Guangdong in 1996. The virus has since spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa, devastating poultry flocks and causing sporadic infections in people, among whom it doesn’t efficiently transmit. “We now know that we’re living on a fault line,” Smith said on a conference call with reporters. “It’s an active fault line, it really could do something, and now what we need to know is, how likely is that?” Publication of the paper was delayed after a U.S. biosecurity panel in December asked the scientists to censor some parts of their work to prevent it being used by bioterrorists. Researchers meeting at the World Health Organization in February agreed the full findings should be published to help scientists design vaccines and drugs, and public health officials prepare for a pandemic. –SF Gate
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8 Responses to Study finds deadly bird flu is five steps away from being a pandemic

  1. Patti says:

    Be very wary of any “mandatory” vaccinations coming out of this. It has been prophesied that the vaccination is to hurt/kill many people. Link:


    • Daniel Hughes says:

      Exactly, Patti. The true devastation will be wreaked by the vaccines (cocktails of disease and poison), not the supposed “deadly bird flu”. Didn’t even bother to watch the little promo video there. Americans are so dumbed down that we actually BELIEVE that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” especially when that picture is fed to us by our corporate and government masters.

      Believe nothing; trust no one. Modify as individuals or verifiable facts warrant.


  2. I use to own a big hatchery here in the USA for years. The Bird Flu, unless they change it, is not a threat to humans unless they do as the others did and eat raw (mostly) and rare cooked infected birds. The bird flu has been around as long as waterfowl have. It seldom effects any other birds besides waterfowl, they are immune, especially chickens. Now a year or two ago I heard a rumor that the government has success. The Bird Flu’s a hoax, the vaccine probably won’t be.


  3. Emanni says:

    Maybe one or two steps away.

    Congress investigates air leak, possible safety lapses at CDC lab

    t’s a highly secured, sophisticated research lab studying deadly diseases such as bird flu, monkeypox, tuberculosis and rabies.

    It’s in a facility called Building 18, which cost taxpayers $214 million.

    And now, the Biosafety Level 3 lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is also the subject of a congressional investigation after a potentially dangerous airflow leak at that lab, CNN has learned.

    The leak occurred on February 16, when air flowed the wrong way out of a germ lab into a clean-air corridor, rather than through the powerful HEPA filter that cleans the air, congressional sources and CDC officials said. Visitors touring the facility were in the clean corridor when they observed a puff of air being pushed out from the lab through a slot in a door window.


  4. Emanni says:

    What The Government Didn’t Want You To Know About Bird Flu

    The reports suggest that there is a large risk of a human version of bird flu erupting in the near future, and show how this could be done in a laboratory.

    The results of the experiment would suggest that bird flu could potentially mutate to become transmittable between humans like the flu, a scary thought considering the human fatality rate from bird flu when contracted from birds was recorded as 60 percent in 2010.


  5. Stefan says:

    They claimed the same about the Pigflu. People in Sweden got vaccine, and many became ill of that vaccine. I will never take any vaccine again. It doesn’t matter what they say it is for….i just refuse to take it !


  6. I have no doubt what they’ve made a lot of things, H2H Bird Flu being one of them. One thing is for sure though, they’ve definitely a engineered a weapon with the vaccine. Just as I done 3 years ago when Chemo stripped my resistance, I’ll turn down any vaccines. A lot of damage has been, is, and will continue to be done with them.


  7. sarah says:

    Get yourselves some N95 respirators in case they do have something and release it. Its what hospital workers use. I know I work in one. NEVER ACCEPT A VACCINE!!!! Here is a very easy example of why…. Everyone who is admitted to the hospital is offered a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine, regardless of why they are admitted. Most people will take them because they believe its a good thing. However, 75-80% will develop the disease before their hospital stay is over. Especially young children and the elderly. What does that tell you.


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