The most dangerous flu virus that’s ever been created
U.S. Government asking that details be kept from the world
MSNBC’s Ron Bazell reports that the most dangerous flu virus in the world has been created with U.S. Government funding and that officials are asking for the details to be kept from the world.
Dr Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands, developed a strain of avian influenza H5N1 genetically modified to be extremely contagious. Avian influenza emerged in Asia about 10 years ago. Since then there were fewer than 600 infection cases reported in humans. Fouchier’s genetically modified strain is extremely contagious and dangerous, with the pandemic potential of killing about 60% of infected patients.
The former strain did not represent a global threat, as transmission from human to human is rare. Or, at least, it was before Fouchier genetically modified it by using ferrets to develop a transmission device compatible with humans. Due to concerns about terrorism, the U.S. Government has asked two Journals, Science and Nature, to remove information that has already been published about the research. Both journals have agreed to release redacted versions of the story in the next few months.
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Read more about Dr Ron Fouchier at the Erasmus Medical Center Website here.