Scientists warn of New Bird Flu H10N8 Pandemic Potential

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Chinese scientists are warning of a new novel strain of bird flu, the H10N8 avian influenza virus, after the first known human infection resulted in the death of an elderly woman.

In their report of the death, published in The Lancet medical journal today, Chinese scientists said that it “further increases the importance of surveillance for pandemic preparedness and response”, adding that “ the pandemic potential of this novel virus should not be underestimated”. The new strain is a variant of a virus known as H10N8 that carries genes from H9N2 viruses, which scientists believe may have originated in wild birds, and later spread to poultry.

New Bird Flu Strain: Why the Concern?

So far only two people have been infected, with one of them dying within two days of falling ill. While these numbers don’t seem alarming, scientists say the genetic profile of this strain is very worrying and needs to be closely monitored.

This is the fifth novel influenza strain to emerge in the last 17 years, but this particular strain is causing a concern due to a mutation in its PB2 protein that, earlier research has found, suggests an ability to adapt to mammals. It also has a mutation in its haemagglutinin protein that enables it to latch onto other cells — something that can cause deep lung infections, like the H5N1 strain.

On top of the newly found H10N8 mutation, human cases of H7N9 bird flu infection have started popping up outside of China —in Taiwan and Hong Kong— causing Health officials around the world to quietly prepare for what some are calling the “perfect storm for a massive flu outbreak.”

According to Yahoo News, with billions of Chinese on the move to celebrate the Chinese New year, and hundreds of thousands of people making their way to Russia for the Winter Olympics, health officials worry that conditions are ripe for a massive outbreak.

It’s really only a matter of time…

At some point these viruses are going to mutate into a form that can be easily transmitted between humans, and when that happens I believe we’re going to see a pandemic like nothing this world has seen before.

Past pandemics, like the 1918 flu Pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people, took months to spread. A pandemic outbreak in today’s world would likely travel much quicker, and could cause far more deaths than previous pandemics. With our world more connected than any time in history, the opportunity for a pandemic strain to spread is greater than it’s ever been.

How significant this new strain of the avian influenza virus will be isn’t yet known, but with so many flu mutations and emerging super bugs over the last decade scientists are warning that the potential for a deadly outbreak has never been greater. In fact, scientists last year warned that the two previous influenza virus strains were only one mutation away from being able to transmit from human-to-human.

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  1. SNIPER says:

    EASY CURE, do not import any products from any country that has or has had h1n of any type, and close our borders to all outsiders during flu season.

    • curiousskeptic says:

      Will add, having a robust immune system will do far more to resist infectious diseases than any vaccine.

  2. keeb says:

    no matter what you buy–how many times has it been touched before “you” touched it.

  3. Tim65616 says:

    Dear Lord,

    Give me the strength to hold my gun true and always loaded to protect your herd until which time you come to take them into your arms and protect them from the antichrist. Lord Jesus take away my fears when I fire that weapon at the followers of the antichrist and if I shall fail give me the strength to endure what bad may come to me. I ask you Lord Jesus to provide me with a strong army of bretheren to be the wall that divides good and evil. “Tho I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil for I thy have my staff”

    Now I lay me down to sleep I pray to the Lord my soul to keep, if I shall die before I wake I leave a loaded ar for my brothers to take. God bless his chosen people and keep them safe from ovomit and his minions. I hope that the Lord Jesus will keep me alive to protect his children until he comes and so I can meet him.

    My name is Tim and I am an american citizen in unamerica but a believer in the Lord and he will show me the way to absolve my sins and be free of the tyranny of this country. I dispise the controllers of this place and will not follow their orders.

    • SNIPER says:

      AMEN.

  4. snowbird says:

    I would like to say that the Lord Jesus NEVER taught that violence is the way to solve your problems that is just false justifications. That said yes protect the ones you love NOT THINGS , OR IDEALS to kill for any other reason would go against the Christian beliefs you seem to have remember to keep the faith

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