WHO Says The New Bird Flu Is One Of The Most Lethal Viruses They’ve Seen…”this virus really doesn’t look like a bird virus anymore; it looks like a mammalian one.”

Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Paul Martin

Jennifer Welsh
BusinessInsider.com
Apr 25 2013

The World Health Organization’s influenza expert Keiji Fukuda said bird flu H7N9 is “one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen” and called the virus “unusually dangerous.”
Last week Fukuda said: “Anything can happen. We just don’t know.”

The virus is about nine times as deadly as the Spanish Flu of 1918, which killed 50 million people. (Though, keep in mind that they didn’t have modern medicine.) The virus seems to spread from birds to humans easier than previously feared bird flu, H5N1, which has killed 360 people in the last decade.

The virus could be even more dangerous if it adapts to pass easily between humans, and even worse, if it can spread through the air.

The virus has mutations that make it infect humans, according to virologist Ron Fouchier, who told Laurie Garrett of Foreign Policy that “this virus really doesn’t look like a bird virus anymore; it looks like a mammalian one.”

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