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Debunking The Swine Flu Conspiracy Theory


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Less than a week after the fist report of the deadly swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the Conspiracy Theory has gone viral too and is spreading over the Internet much faster than the H1N1 around the world.

The way the official Health Services communicate and how the information is then relayed in mainstream media do not help hindering the propagation of bioterrorism or biological warfare rumors.

Journalists are using complex medical or genetical terminology without enough explanation, while some of these informations can only be understood by virologists or physicians.

Confronted with such an overwhelming mass of contradictory messages, the natural tendancy is to adhere to the first story that seems coherent. And Conspiracy storytellers are masters in the art of building coherent fables.

The main argument to "prove" that this new H1N1 strain is a weapon that has been design in some secret laboratory is the fact that "it has gene segments from North American swine, bird and human flu strains and a segment from Eurasian swine flu".

That's only showing a lack of knowledge of the Influenza virus and its recombination properties: such genetic exchanges occur naturally in pigs, as they can be infected by both human and avian flu virus. You don't need an high tech microbiology lab to engineer a deadly mutant virus. Just keep a dense enough population of seabirds (or ducks), pigs and humans and wait for a few years.

But the most fallacious arguments that I've found so far came from this article: New swine flu feared to be weaponized strain by Wayne Madsen (Online Journal Contributing Writer).

WMR has been informed that the CDC and U.S. Army dug up the body of an Inuit woman who died in 1918 in Brevig Mission, Alaska from an outbreak of Spanish flu.

Too bad, Mr Madsen, your information is not a scoop...and it is inaccurate !

In 1997, Dr. Johan Hultin traveled to Brevig Mission (Alaska) to to find a live sample of the 1918 virus and eventually found it in the lungs of a woman buried in the permafrost. This expedition was funded neither by CDC nor by U.S. Army but on Hultin's own savings account (and cost exactly $3,200).

I suggest you to read this 1998 article Permafrost Preserves Clues to Deadly 1918 Flu in the Alaska Science Forum, which relates the whole story and gave John Case the starting plot of a great novel: "The First Horseman".

That's Dr. Hultin who provided the 1918 virus samples to Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger, chief of the molecular pathology division at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., and both worked on the virus identification.

And Wayne Madsen continues with more fallacious arguments:
WMR has been told the genetic material recovered by the U.S. government from the corpse of the Inuit woman provided the basis for the development of the H5N1, or bird (avian), flu strain at the U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the point of origin for the Ames strain of anthrax used in the 2001 bio-war attacks against the U.S. Congress and the media.

That is contradicting other Conspiracy Theory believers who are convinced that the H5N1 avian flu virus was engineered by Israel to target the Arabs.

Before using any biological weapon, you have to be able to protect yourself, with a vaccine or an antiviral drug. The Influenza virus is dramatically unstable, its genetic code change permanently and no vaccine designed for a specific strain is guaranteed to work on the next one. That would just be suicidal for the perpetrators.

On the other hand, it is not excluded that humans have a responsability in the appearance of this new strain: industrial pigs farming creates ideal conditions for influenza virus development: 6 years ago, in an article published in Science and titled Chasing the Fickle Swine Flu, Bernice Wuethrich warned that "the North American swine flu virus has jumped onto an evolutionary fast track, churning out variants every year" and added that "if one of this slew of swine strains gains the ability to spread among people--as has apparently happened at least twice before--the consequences could be deadly".

Less likely but still possible, manipulation of dangerous flu strains in research laboratories could also lead to the accidental release of a deadly virus.

Like would say Albert Einstein "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe".

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Debunking a "debunker"

algae 1 year 6 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago

Guess that's why Taubenberger never wrote about it. He was never with Ft. Detrick or USAMRID or any of that silly nonsense. He was never there. It never happened. Oh, and there was no government funding. Keiros you need a fact checker.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16208372?dopt=Abstract

RE: Debunking a "debunker"

Asia 37 weeks 3 days 12 hours 50 min ago

Did not see this comment earlier, but in which way are you "debunking a debunker". I don't see any contradiction there.

Yes, Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger worked on the sample provided by Hultin, and yes his research on identification and genetical sequencing of the virus was funded by the US Government....not the initial expedition to Alaska, in which he did not participate.

Interesting article by Mike Davis in the Guardian.co.uk

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