Monday, May 4, 2009
McClatchy points out that 6 0f the 8 genetic segments in the current swine flu come from a 1990’s outbreak on a large North Carolina pig farm:
The new H1N1 influenza virus that continues to spread through the U.S. has ancestry in a swine flu outbreak that first struck a North Carolina hog farm more than 10 years ago, according to scientists studying the strain’s genetic makeup….
Two of the segments, [Raul Rabadan, a Columbia University scientist] said, appear to come from Eurasia and are somewhat mysterious in origin. The other six can be traced to the North American pig outbreak, which turned out to include a combination of avian, swine and human flu…
“Pigs are amazing mixing bowls for creating new viruses,” said Bob Martin, senior officer at the Pew Environmental Group. Martin was executive director of the study.
“It’s a matter of when, not if,” Martin said of the creation of new viruses on factory hog farms. “The structure of the system is the problem.”
This article was posted: Monday, May 4, 2009 at 4:17 am