A team of researchers in India has found that although earlier swine flu fatalities primarily resulted from secondary bacterial infections of the lungs, the deaths since late August are due to a more potent viral infection in which a protein is being deposited on the lining of the lung membrane, which stops any oxygen from entering the body. This could indicate that the swine flu virus has mutated.
Meanwhile, Norwegian scientists are also investigating a possible swine flu virus mutation, as the death rate in Norway is more than six times higher than other Scandinavian countries. The number of swine flu cases globally has been much too high to track almost since the pandemic was declared.
Death tolls that are still officially reported by some governments currently stand at a total of 6,051 6,021. Fatalities recently rose to 465 463 in India and 328 in Mexico, with other countries that have more recently lost lives to swine flu including Qatar, Jordan, Afghanistan, Iran, Bulgaria and Colombia. In England, United Kingdom, cases rose by 56 percent in just one week, with children under 14 being most at risk.
As one of the most prevalent places for swine flu to spread, schools have been closing across the nation by the hundreds in the US, as well as Austria, Finland, Mongolia, Russia and others. Norway’s National Hospital was forced to postpone operations on children and heart patients due to understaffing because of swine flu, while intensive care units in hospitals elsewhere also are finding themselves understaffed.
We send our prayers for the rapid end to this zoonotic, animal-borne infection stemming from the harmful and cruel practice of raising livestock for consumption. Our appreciation, Indian scientists, for your research toward a better understanding of the changes in the swine flu virus. May lives be spared from such pandemics by our awakening to the need for humane meat-free ways of living.
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