Tony Keene <>
"Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:12:54 +1100
Yep, I think this story is just a media scare. I'm not worried. It's worth
noting that the research lab put a 60 day moratorium on the viral research
due to the unfounded media fear. There is negligible risk of escape, and no
evidence this particular strain can infect humans either.
On 23/01/2012 8:07 PM, "Tony Keene" <> wrote:
> Personally, I would worry much more about H5N1 making the jump between
> birds and mammals in China of its own accord. It's a fairly common practise
> there to keep pigs and chickens in the same farm. Pigs are often receptive
> to avian flu, but are also close enough to us that it allows any mutation
> in pigs to have a high chance of being able to infect humans too.
> Thankfully, we have considerably better healthcare systems in place than
> were about in the 1918-19 epidemic, both in terms of containment and
> treatment. Something also worth noting is that while a high percentage of
> cases of H5N1 in people have resulted in mortality, the majority of those
> who contracted it were immune-deficient in the first place, not only making
> it easier for them to become infected, but also to succumb to it.
> As for the risible claim that 'terrorists' can use this information
> (which the US have been bandying around), they often tend to struggle in
> obtaining the level of competitive funding needed to be able to do that
> level of lab work. I'd say the US are more worried about a state player
> getting their hands on the info.
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