A team of European Scientists from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, are getting ready to publish details on how they created the ultimate killer strain of Bird Flu. The revelation has many in the government worried that the published research could help terrorists create a highly contagious bio-weapon.
The research shows how scientists were able to mutate the H5N1 strain of avian influenza into a highly contagious strain that can be easily transmitted through the air. Until now, the risk of H5N1 turning into a pandemic was relatively low. In the past, H5N1 was not considered a threat because of the strains inability to be easily transmitted through physical contact.
“The only thing keeping H5N1 at bay is the fact that it is not easily transmissible between humans.” Amesh Adalja MD, Center for Biosecurity “Engineering a more transmissible H5N1 and publishing the methods used is very dangerous because others could replicate the experiment for nefarious use or the virus could inadvertently escape from a lab.”
A number of prominent Scientists fear that this research, if released to the public, has the potential to be used to create a deadly virus that could easily turn into a global pandemic. The number of people who die from the pandemic could reach into the millions and cause a ripple effect that would have a devastating impact on our infrastructure.
In a previous article Damon Petraglia, a Cyber-Terrorism expert and member of US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, warned us about the devastating consequences a pandemic would have on our infrastructure. “It will affect our infrastructure severely” he warned. “During the 1918 flu pandemic, many millions of people died worldwide. Schools and businesses shut down, people stayed in their homes, and hospitals were overwhelmed.”
If the same thing happened today it could cripple not only the country, but the world as well. Our infrastructure simply isn’t built to handle this type of scenario. Without workers to maintain our critical systems you will quickly see a rapid deterioration of our critical infrastructures.
The worst-case scenario is probably worse than anything Hollywood has shown us to date. What makes researchers particularly nervous is the fact that H5N1, even in its current form, has an extremely high mortality rate. 60 percent of those who become infected will ultimately die from the infection. To put that into perspective, the 1918 Flu that killed millions only had a mortality rate of around 1%
If this research gets out, it could spell disaster for the world.