Scientists say the current outbreak of flu is massive, and deadly. Early into the season, the majority of the nation is experiencing a serious and dangerous flu epidemic. With today’s technology, this epidemic could easily become a biological war event.
Scientists have been manipulating flu viruses for decades. Many fear what would happen if some of those alteree viruses got out of the lab and were weaponized by terrorists.
Experiments on bird flu have plunged the scientific community into a debate about the risks of learning—and sharing—the virus’s secrets. Researchers have produced a variant of H5N1 that reportedly can spread from one mammal to another. So far they’ve documented its spread in ferrets; no one knows what it would do if it got out of the lab. READMOREHERE
Flu viruses are dangerous. They are so dangerous that the most virulent of the can kill hundreds of thousands and actually decrease life expectancy for whole nations. This happened with the 1918 influenza epidemic.
“The effect of the influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years. The influenza virus had a profound virulence, with a mortality rate at 2.5% compared to the previous influenza epidemics, which were less than 0.1%. The death rate for 15 to 34-year-olds of influenza and pneumonia were 20 times higher in 1918 than in previous years (Taubenberger). People were struck with illness on the street and died rapid deaths. One anectode shared of 1918 was of four women playing bridge together late into the night. Overnight, three of the women died from influenza (Hoagg). Others told stories of people on their way to work suddenly developing the flu and dying within hours (Henig). One physician writes that patients with seemingly ordinary influenza would rapidly “develop the most viscous type of pneumonia that has ever been seen” READMOREHERE
How easy would it be to manipulate and maximize weather patterns to spread biowar elements–like a weaponized flu? Scientists are already using computer models to predict disease outbreaks. What would happen if someone actually managed to harness and manipulate weather to spread disease?
In one recent study, two scientists reported they could predict – more than seven weeks in advance – when flu season was going to peak in New York City. Theirs was just the latest in a growing wave of computer models that factor in rainfall, temperature or other weather conditions to forecast disease. READMOREHERE