Virology professor John Oxford at Britain’s St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital, UK explained that once the virus has infected about a third of the world’s population, as expected, it would next seek new groups of vulnerable people by mutating into a deadlier form.
Compounding this danger is the risk of the swine flu virus mixing with bird flu, which is also at large, especially
in southeast Asia.
After confirming that turkeys in Chile had contracted swine flu, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed concern that the current pandemic could similarly spread through other poultry farms of the world.
Meanwhile, epidemiologists have found a disturbing pattern in multiple countries,in which seemingly stable swine flu patients suddenly require hospitalization and intensive care.
While the true spread of swine flu cases is said to range in the millions, officially confirmed records released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday stated that over 209,438 people to date have been infected by the swine flu virus in 180 countries, while the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control counts 2,935 deaths based on government reports.
Within a 24-hour period, Hong Kong saw 397 new cases, with 17 hospital staff personnel who were stricken.
In Europe, 660 new cases were reported within 24 hours, the majority of which were in Germany and Norway.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned that the coming winter flu season could be the worst seen in years.
Universities re-opening for the academic year across the country are already experiencing disruptive outbreaks among college students, while in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the highest rates of infection are found in 5-to-14-year-old children.
We share the fearful concern and sorrow of world citizens faced with both present suffering and future perils from this pandemic.
May we quickly realize the need to end the pattern of viral evolution by closing animal farms and stopping meat consumption in favor of restorative vegan fare, thereby setting the conditions for lasting health.Referencehttp://www.france24.com/en/20090827-pandemic-virus-could-get-nastier-year-twohttp://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE57R3DR20090828http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LR66401.htmhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/28/content_11956042.htmhttp://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2022303&Language=enhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/28/content_11955623.htmhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/28/content_11955646.htmhttp://www.bnd.com/yourlife/story/899921.htmlhttp://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-SwineFlu/idUSTRE57Q59I20090827http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-swineflu-chicago,0,6306588.story