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New flu virus found in seals

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#1    Karlis

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:29 AM

New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists

Scientists in the United States have identified a new strain of influenza in harbour seals that could potentially impact human and animal health. The virus may have evolved from a type that had been circulating in birds. The virus also has the ability to target a protein found in the human respiratory tract.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:55 AM

Oh Sh**, we could possibly be screwed here.... :td:

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

Oh my,its like the kind circulating in birds,that has never had a bird to human transmission .
Oh no ,where is the new vaccine ! *flails*
Let me guess,its just three steps away from being transmittable to humans ...

Know what's bad about all of this,if there ever is a real pandemic,none of us will believe these fools.
I followed the seals dying last year very closely .
No one EVER mentioned flu ....not in months of all the rescue effort .I even donated money so ....now its the flu ?
Fat chance.

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 31 July 2012 - 09:13 AM.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

just dont get close enough for them to sneeze on you....or trade other bodily fluids...

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

This thread reminded of THIS joke. LOL

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:19 PM

I just read this msyelf on BBC news. Was going to post it as well.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:26 PM

View PostKarlis, on 31 July 2012 - 08:29 AM, said:

New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists

Scientists in the United States have identified a new strain of influenza in harbour seals that could potentially impact human and animal health. The virus may have evolved from a type that had been circulating in birds. The virus also has the ability to target a protein found in the human respiratory tract.
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It makes me wonder how many more mammals other than pigs and seals can be a mixing ground for influenza strains.  Good story, thanks for posting it.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

We generally don't have close contact with seals like we do pigs so it would be much harder to make the jump.  Unless it happens in a zoo.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

Let me guess, they want to start screwing around with the new strain again, right? Lets not publish a paper this time detailing the changes needed to kill us all again, if possible?

Edited by Spid3rCyd3, 31 July 2012 - 09:56 PM.





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