Ever hear of a ramped flu virus in April? The makeup of the H1N1 influenza flu strain spans three continents with a genetic mixture from avian, swine and human flu viruses.
Mounting evidence points to a conspiracy that the swine flu in its current configuration, was cultured in a lab and is not natural by any means.
Though the World Health Organization (WHO) is referring to the situation as a "public-health emergency of international concern," the apparent emergence in several countries of this entirely new strain of H1N1 flu virus has led some scientists to believe that it is only a matter of time before the WHO declares pandemic status, a move that could prompt travel bans to infected countries.
The symptoms of swine flu are nearly identical to the symptoms of other influenza, including high fever, aches, coughing and congestion. It is spreading by human to human contact. No cases of infection from pigs have been confirmed. And although Russia and some other countries have banned imports of pork from Mexico, there is absolutely no evidence that it can be transmitted by eating meat, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general of the World Health Organization.
So many people travel globally now that, as long as this virus keeps infecting people, it is likely it will eventually get to where you live. Some countries are already using infrared cameras to spot people with fevers on flights from affected areas. But that won't stop it entirely, since five days can pass before an infected person shows symptoms, and the virus can spread before symptoms start.
The big question is how efficiently it spreads once it lands. From the number of cases in Mexico and the fact that those infected in the US and Canada had not been in contact with pigs or each other, we know that it can spread from human to human, and has done so for weeks at least. Investigators are conducting tests to see whether people who contacted known cases have also been infected to try to assess how easily it spreads.