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  • Study shows new H5N1 strain may mutate in pigs

    Source: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...30TDY02302.htm

    Study shows new H5N1 strain may mutate in pigs

    The Yomiuri Shimbun

    A high proportion of pigs in Indonesia carry the highly infectious H5N1 avian influenza virus--something that could mutate into a new strain inside the pigs, according to research by the Kobe University Center for Infectious Diseases.


    It is feared that if the virus mutates inside pigs and becomes transmittable between humans, it could pose a far greater threat to people than the current outbreak of swine flu.

    The World Health Organization is taking precautions regarding a likely scenario of a new strain that is highly contagious between people being formed in this way.

    The center detected the H5N1 virus in 52 pigs--more than one in ten of the 402 pigs it examined in four Indonesian provinces. Pigs are capable of transmitting the virus to birds and people.

    On further analysis of the H5N1 virus detected in the 52 pigs, the center found a strain of a type of virus that could be transmitted to humans in some cases.

    "It's a surprising result,"
    said Yoshiyuki Nagai, director of the Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases. "Perhaps we are looking at the process by which a new strain of influenza becomes infectious. We need to be vigilant."
    (Apr. 30, 2009)

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    Re: Study shows new H5N1 strain may mutate in pigs

    most of the country is Muslim and can't eat pork...

    Why do they need 900,000 pigs on the island?
    The lottery, they say, is a tax on people who can't do math. Similarly, flu vaccines are a tax on people who don't understand health...

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      Re: Study shows new H5N1 strain may mutate in pigs

      Originally posted by Rocky View Post
      most of the country is Muslim and can't eat pork...

      Why do they need 900,000 pigs on the island?

      There are a lot of Christians and animists, plus tourists in Bali where the piggys have H5N1. Don't worry. Be happy.
      Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

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