Studying new viruses that would be worse than the H1N1
By: El Universal Mexico / El Semanario, on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The emergence of a mutation or a new influenza virus, which could be more aggressive than the one currently affecting the world, is being examined by health authorities in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
The new virus that is under study is of type A, but subtype is not specified. There would be few cases in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
According to information from the newspaper El Universal, Miguel Angel Lezana, director general of the National Center of Epidemiological Surveillance and Disease Control said that since Mexico epidemiological alert on April 23 and from the laboratory to be mounted for testing PCR is discussed in this virus that keeps alerting Mexican authorities, as well as the Americans and Canadians.
He explained that the evidence indicates that type A, but did not specify the subtype, adding that the three countries have similar cases, however, did not detail the number of detected infected, and although he acknowledged that few, if known are A H1N1 or H3N2 .
Other officials of the Ministry of Health (SSA) confirmed cases were detected which have reported a mutation or a new virus.
Respect to its new version of the virus may be more aggressive Lezana said: "It is a possibility" and that "the only way to know this is a series of bioassays, and the complete sequence of the gene of the virus, which has been working. "
The steering CENACEVE also said that the isolates are being made in cases of deaths in those who do not, because "it is important to know whether the fact that a person dies and another does not, has to do with the characteristics virus or other factors. "
Finally, he noted that President Felipe Calderón is fully informed of everything. "