Flu Is a Combination of Swine Flu from 3 CONTINENTS, Plus Avian and Human Flu
Posted by seumasach on April 28, 2009
27th April, 2009
It is not unprecedented for viruses from several different animals to “recombine” within a single animal. For example, the 1918 flu pandemic appears to have been a combination of pig and human viruses.
And scientists have previously hypothesized that someone already sick with a normal “human” flu who got sick from bird flu at the same time could act as an incubator for a newly-mutated bird-human flu.
This swine flu is unusual because it combines virus segments from 3 different animals – birds, pigs and humans – and also from 3 different continents – Europe, Asia and North America.
As the Wall Street Journal puts it:
In addition to genetic material associated with North American swine flu, the strain has gene segments associated with European and Asian swine flu, North American avian flu and human flu.