Mens vi lurer på om Norge har blitt beæret med en særegen mutasjon av influensa-A-viruset, kan denne artikkelen i Foreign Policy være beroligende. Den viser hvordan det skal svært lite til før fugleinfluensaen og svineinfluensaen slår seg sammen og kombinerer hurtig spredning med høy dødelighet:
The actual Plague story might start with a farmer in China’s Guangdong province — call him Wang Lung — who takes some produce to Hong Kong in early September 2009, where we know H1N1 is already having a field day (the city reported 514 new cases of the disease in one 24-hour period this September). Let’s have Wang indulge in some social activity after he is finished with his business. During this activity he inhales aerosolized H1N1 and contracts the illness. Back home, still mostly asymptomatic yet massively contagious, he hand-feeds his pet duck, which is already harboring H5N1. The duck adds the H1N1 to its gut, and then the bird is returned to its cage, which is suspended over Wang’s bevy of pigs. Such an arrangement is frequent in Asia not only to save space but also to wrest as much caloric value out of the duck’s feed as possible by making the bird’s poop mix with the pigs’ slop.
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