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    Not to Chicken Little but.. H7N9..

    China's Bird Flu Goes Airborne | Zero Hedge

    Its easy to underestimate how serious flu strains can be and what they have done in the recent past.. Well worth keeping an eye on.

    It would seem, if this report is true, that it is now both a human to human and airborne.. Its not efficient at it yet, but this is what virus's do, they mutate.. 131 infections and 36 deaths gives a (small sample) mortality rate of over 25%.

    H7N9 Flu Study Hints at How It May Spread in People

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    Yeah, scary stuff. Scares me way more than riots in the western world....
    Normally it's not as bad as the first predictions, but mother nature have ways to sort out overpopulation...

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    Yeah you can just merge this into the climate change thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    China's Bird Flu Goes Airborne | Zero Hedge

    Its easy to underestimate how serious flu strains can be and what they have done in the recent past.. Well worth keeping an eye on.

    It would seem, if this report is true, that it is now both a human to human and airborne.. Its not efficient at it yet, but this is what virus's do, they mutate.. 131 infections and 36 deaths gives a (small sample) mortality rate of over 25%.

    H7N9 Flu Study Hints at How It May Spread in People
    The thing is,

    the human (any animal) immune system can change at the same or faster rate.

    Also one of the greatest myths about evolution is that every change improves. It doesn't.

    Evolution is a set of random mutations that has somehow allowed a species to survive. It's entirely possible for a virus to mutate into a benign form. I'm not going to don the tin foil over this, 36 deaths out of 113 infected can come from any strain of influenza that is not treated. Too many variables uncontrolled.

    But Australia will be starting winter soon. So we'll know first.

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    Sure the virus may mutate to be less virulent.. or less able to transfer.. But if less able to transfer then natural selection means that mutation wont be the one that spreads..

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