Call it what you want, influenza A(H1N1) comes from pigs!

May 1, 2009

From the CDC:
In response to an intensifying outbreak in the United States and internationally caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin

From the World Health Organization:
Humans usually contract swine influenza from infected pigs, however, some cases lack contact history with pigs or environments where pigs have been located. Human-to-human transmission has occurred in some instances but was limited to close contacts and closed groups of people.

From other experts:
“Six of the eight genetic segments of this virus strain are purely swine flu and the other two segments are bird and human, but have lived in swine for the past decade,” says Dr. Raul Rabadan, a professor of computational biology at Columbia University.

“Scientifically this is a swine virus,” said top virologist Dr. Richard Webby, a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Webby is director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza Viruses in Lower Animals and Birds. He documented the spread a decade ago of one of the parent viruses of this strain in scientific papers.

“It’s clearly swine,” said Henry Niman, president of Recombinomics, a Pittsburgh company that tracks how viruses evolve. “It’s a flu virus from a swine, there’s no other name to call it.”

Dr. Edwin D. Kilbourne, the father of the 1976 swine flu vaccine and a retired professor at New York Medical College in Valhalla, called the idea of changing the name an “absurd position.”

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/faq/en/index.html#what
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h8sThI-QMUcN3xbVJ2ccYo2K2HRgD97TIH1G0
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm

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