New Bird Flu Mutating 8 Times Faster Than Anticipated, US Warns of H2H Transmission “Anytime”
As the death toll reaches 23 and the number of infected continues to climb past 120, both Chinese and U.S. CDC officials are perplexed and disturbed by this new strain of bird flu, H7N9.
by Chris & Sheree Geo
April 28, 2013
As we previously reported here at K-TFRN, Flu-trackers has estimated the “date of divergence” somewhere around 5 months ago, which shows its’ remarkable efficiency at mutation and gain-of-function re-assortment.
According to the South China Morning Post, the rapid rate of mutation is worrisome.
The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus around a protein that binds it to humans, a team of research scientists in Shenzhen says, “The researchers found dramatic mutation of haemagglutinin in one of the four flu strains released for study by the central government. Nine of the protein’s 560 amino acids had changed. In a typical flu virus, only one or two amino acids could change in such a short period of time, He said. “It happened in just one or two weeks. The speed may not have caught up with the HIV, but it’s quite unusual for a flu.” The fast mutation makes the virus’ evolutionary development very hard to predict. “We don’t know whether it will evolve into something harmless or dangerous,” He said. “Our samples are too limited. But the authorities should definitely be alarmed and get prepared for the worst-case scenario.”
Anthony Fauci, who infamously admitted that he has no idea how vaccines even work, has sounded the alarm for human-to-human transmission, and even (quite prematurely, I might add), sounded the golden trumpets for a “new vaccine” for H7N9 (although with such a mutation rate, it wouldn’t make any sense to create a vaccine, anyway)