(Apr 28 2009) - Container with swine virus explodes in Swiss train
ZURICH (Reuters) -- A container of flu virus samples packed in dry ice exploded on a Swiss train, injuring one person but posing no other risks to humans, police said on Tuesday. The box held vials of swine flu virus, although a different strain than the H1N1 variety that has caused about 150 deaths in Mexico and infected people in the United States, Canada, Spain and Britain. A technician was transporting the container on Monday night to the Swiss national flu center in Geneva, where scientists are developing a flu test for humans, police said. One woman was hurt when the box exploded in reaction to the dry ice used to keep the samples cold.
(Apr 27 2009) - Swine Flu: Who Profits ?
U.S.A. -- The well-known detective's injunction to "follow the money" can apply equally well to investigations of flu epidemics as it can to conventional criminal investigations. Indeed, as surprising as it may be to some, there are people in positions of power and influence who stand to directly benefit from the current swine flu hysteria. While global stock and commodity prices are tubmbling due to the potential havoc a worldwide pandemic could wreak on markets, a Reuters article from last Friday points out that Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is set to reap massive profits from the scare. Kleiner Perkins manages a Bio Defense fund whose portfolio includes two companies (viral enzyme-blocking manufacturer Biocryst Pharmaceuticals and viral vaccine manufacturer Novavax) that are seeing massive upswings in stock prices as the swine flu fears grow.
(Apr 27 2009) - "Swine flu" name is wrong -world animal health body
PARIS -- The virus spreading around the world should not be called "swine flu" as it contains avian and human components and no pig has so far been found ill with the disease, the world animal health body said on Monday. It would be more logical to call the virus "North American influenza", a name based on its geographic origin like the Spanish influenza, a human flu pandemic with animal origin that killed more than 50 million people in 1918-1919. "The virus has not been isolated in animals to date. Therefore it is not justified to name this disease swine influenza," the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health, also known as the OIE, said in a statement. The European Commission said that the virus was not linked with pork.
(Apr 27 2009) - Swine Flu Created in Lab as Bio-Weapon ?
CROATIA -- According to the belief of two renowned reporters who spoke with top officials at the UN and WHO, the epidemic of the new strand of swine flu virus in Mexico is the result of an artificially created pathogen, the Online Journal reported. The reported from Mexico City claims that one of the leading UN scientists discovered certain joint transmission vectors, that is, the transmission of the swine flu virus is similar to the transmission of the Ebola virus and of the HIV/AIDS virus, which indicates that they were genetically modified with the aim of being military bio-weapons. The UN scientist is convinced that the swine flu virus, A-H1N1, and Ebola and HIV viruses were in fact manufactured biological weapons.
(Apr 26 2009) - 40 Top Micro-Biologists Killed In Less Than 4 Yrs
U.S.A. -- If you sell crack, join a gang, or rob the mob you can expect to die a violent death, but if you listen to your mother, eat all the right foods, and study hard in college to become a microbiologist, you should expect to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully. That being the case, a few eyebrows were raised when five microbiologists either disappeared or died mysteriously violent deaths in 2001. A short time later the number rose to 19, and then 29. They were found stabbed to death in the trunks of cars, thrown off bridges, or they wrapped their cars around trees after their brake fluid disappeared. Once again, this is the stuff of Hollywood spy stories, and not the way you would expect a microbiologist to give up the ghost.