There is another new bird flu.
- H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Reach 21 In China; Death Total Unchanged At Six
- More bird flu cases reported in China
- New deadly bird flu virus infects at least 20 in China
The NPR article is quite good:
There is no reason to freak out about this ‘new’ bird flu yet. It does not appear to be transmitting human-to-human, and as I said in the previous article, ‘death rates’ from infection in impoverished regions of China are not necessarily analogous to the entire population.
However this bird flu is demonstrating quite nicely why scientists artificially evolved mammal-to-mammal transmissible ‘bird flu’ in the lab last year. Vaccinate people against these variants before they ever evolve. Nature is telling us ‘Hey, I know you guys were focusing on the H5N1 virus, but the H7N9 guys can cause trouble tooooo!’ We have the technology to do something about it. To stop it. We know how to make workable influenza vaccines.
… Or we can just worry about terrorists and wait for Nature to do what it does– Mutate, explore new uninhabited niches, and select.