World vigilant after Dutch lab mutates killer virus

Kellie - posted on 12/09/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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The Stupidity and Arrogance of Man never ceases to amaze me.

World health ministers said Friday they were being vigilant after a Dutch laboratory developed a mutant version of the deadly bird flu virus that is for the first time contagious among humans.

"We need to be very vigilant. This is something that we talked about a lot this morning," French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) in Paris.

The GHSI comprises the G7 group of industrialised nations along with Mexico, the European Union's Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A research team led by Ron Fouchier at Rotterdam's Erasmus Medical Centre said in September it had created a mutant version of the H5N1 bird flu virus that could for the first time be spread among mammals.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu is fatal in 60 percent of human cases but only 350 people have so far died from the disease largely because it cannot, yet, be transmitted between humans.

The announcement led to fears the mutant virus could find its way into nature or that the publication of the research on how the virus was mutated could be used by terrorists.

EU Health Commissioner John Dalli told journalists he had received assurances from Dutch authorities that the virus was secure.

"The Dutch authorities confirmed that the virus itself is stored in a very secured way and that the necessary permits were given and that the researchers are bound by a code of conduct," Dalli said.

"One of the issues ... is to ensure that any information coming from this research is well controlled and without sensitive details about mutation being given," he said.

Fouchier said in a statement his team had discovered that transmission of the virus was possible between humans "and can be carried out more easily than we thought."

"In a laboratory, it was possible to change the H5N1 into a virus ... that can easily be spread through the air. This process (mutation) could also happen naturally," Fouchier said


WHY? Why do we do this? I always thought Swine Flu was man made and released by man, the Dutch doing this, Mutating Bird Flu, makes me even more sure of it.

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Kellie - posted on 12/10/2011

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Honestlt' I have no idea. I think it's Man's desire to play God. We can't develop useful things like Stem Cell Research etc without the do gooders going to town, but we can create deadly diseases witH barely a stir. Shits me to no end.

Tracey - posted on 12/10/2011

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Probably lots of countries have mutated versions of diseases, it's just the dutch who admit it.
I hope they are creating various mutations so they can find a cure before an unfriendly country releases it.

Kellie - posted on 12/10/2011

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Exactly, wh aren't they working on a cure rather than mutating it and making it 1000 times worse?!

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Denikka - posted on 12/10/2011

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I agree with the other answers. It's to find a cure before an *unfriendly* decides to tinker and release a killer bug. Or before it mutates naturally.
As much as I WISH that humans wouldn't poke their fingers into things like this..I see the need. Still hate them doing it though...just SCREAMS bad idea.

Kellie - posted on 12/10/2011

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Who's freaking out? Just merely wondering why we're wasting time mutating diseases when we could be furthering the cure for cancer or something.

I know Russia and the US still have stores of smallpox. Why? who knows, cant say I'm freaking out about it but I do wonder why.

Nikki - posted on 12/10/2011

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It's pretty scary, especially considering it would only take one person to release it.

Nikki - posted on 12/10/2011

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What is the point in creating these virus' and super bugs? Is there a reason behind it?

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