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Posted: 6/17/2009 7:45:04 PM EST
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.594b3919f568748326be82a3a65d7646.241&show_article=1
Brazilian scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said Tuesday.

The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California.

The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement.

The mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts, it said.

It was not yet known whether the new strain was more aggressive than the current A(H1N1) virus which has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The genetic make-up of the H1N1 virus and its subvariants are important for scientists.

Pharmaceutical companies are working to mass produce a vaccine against the current A(H1N1) flu.

There are fears though that it could mutate into a deadly strain, much in the same way as the 1918 Spanish flu –– also an A(H1N1) virus type –– did when it killed tens of millions around the planet.

According to the WHO, 36,000 people in 76 countries have been infected with the H1N1 virus, causing 163 deaths.

Link Posted: 6/17/2009 7:50:29 PM EST
It's going to be a rough winter.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 8:12:33 PM EST
IF the H1N1 strain goes full on "Spanish flu" it will probably remain in small numbers of victims until winter, then the chair is against the wall.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 8:57:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/17/2009 9:00:03 PM EST by Jeeper21]
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 2:41:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By para_frame:
IF the H1N1 strain goes full on "Spanish flu" it will probably remain in small numbers of victims until winter, then the chair is against the wall.

It is winter in Brazil and the rest of the southern hemisphere now. So... John has a long mustache.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 2:49:43 AM EST
Wheeeee!!!!!!!

In on another Flu thread
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 2:51:31 AM EST
God love the Israelis for calling it what it is... The Mexican Flu.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 2:51:58 AM EST
God love the Israelis for calling it what it is... The Mexican Flu.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 3:06:32 AM EST
A similar mutation was reported in Japan yesterday, see the last post in the official bacon flu thread.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=864897&page=31


In unrelated news the US is now only reporting infections and deaths on a weekly basis (every friday) and the latest WHO report shows big jumps in cases in Canada (up 33% in the last week to over 4000) Australia (almost doubled in the last week to over 2000), Argentina (more than doubled to 733 since the last report 2 days ago), Chile (up more than 5x from 400 to 2335 in the past 8 days), and UK (more than doubled in the last week to almost 1500).

There is no change however in the percentage of fatalities reported, which is still around 0.5% (1 in 200)
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 3:08:55 AM EST
Wake me up when more people are dying than from the 'regular' flu.
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