H5N1 Bird Flu Strikes China Following Bioterrorism Study Release Controversy
Monday, January 2, 2012
A Chinese man infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus died on Saturday, marking China’s first case of the disease in humans in 18 months.
The news comes just days after the United States government frantically acted to block the full publishing of research that successfully mutated the H5N1 virus to be highly contagious.
Killing around 60% of those infected, experts have consistently warned about the dangers of the bird flu virus and the potential bioterrism threat posed by the heavy mutation of the virus to be hyper-contagious.
While there has been no indication that this is a result of a weaponized strain of the virus, the affected man is reported to live in the Chinese city of Henzhen, a metropolis of 10 million people. In the event that the virus were to be weaponized, it could result in millions of deaths.