Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Part 11 - A Bioforming Pandemic - Is the Mutating H7N9 Outbreak an American Bioweapon?

By Aaron Hermann

Every day there are more reports concerning the ongoing outbreak of H7N9 virus in China. Each report seems to contain contradictory information with one paragraph detailing a serious threat with a rapidly mutating disease, and the next paragraph informing readers that there is nothing to worry about and that the situation is under control. It seems that there is a classic disinformation campaign afoot that is attempting to obfuscate the truth and throw up a rather large smokescreen over what appears to be a raging fire. In the intro to this series on the series link page I wrote the following.

When you read or hear the official reports of outbreaks and there's a nagging sense that there's something they're not telling us, that's probably the holy spirit. The big picture evidence suggests that the official stories are bogus, contrived, that we are being lied to. Strings are being pulled behind the scenes directing the outcome of events. There really is a conspiracy against us. In the face of the onslaught of lies and deceit hold fast to what the Lord has given you and what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you as true.

Series Links: A Bioforming Pandemic

That advice still holds true, perhaps more so now than ever. The mainstream media, official government agencies, and international organizations are simply not going to tell us what is really going on. These institutions belong to the Father of lies. Lies are the currency in which they trade, and the means by which they procure the hearts and minds of the world at large.

Late last week a Chinese Air Force officer accused the United States of creating the outbreak of H7N9 virus by unleashing a bioweapon.

A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack.

People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu said the United States released the H7N9 bird flu virus into China in an act of biological warfare, according to a posting on his blog on Saturday.

The charge was first reported in the state-run Guangzhou newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily and then picked up by several news outlets in Asia...

Luo Changping, deputy editor of Caijing, said most PLA soldiers would not support Dai’s comments and he urged the colonel to resign and apologize to those who have died from the current bird flu outbreak.

A defiant Dai then said in a new posting Sunday that “it is common knowledge that a group of people in China have been injected with mental toxin by the United States.”

“Now, a group of fake American devils are attacking me,” he wrote in another post. “I will not retreat even half a step.”

Analysts say the colonel’s remarks are a reflection of the growing xenophobic atmosphere within the Chinese military that views the United States as its main enemy.

Former State Department intelligence analyst John Tkacik said China’s military was largely to blame for mishandling the 2003 outbreak of SARS. Tkacik said there was speculation when the epidemic began that “the PLA suspects SARS had emanated from its own biological laboratories and was all the more eager to keep it secret.” China is known to have a covert biological arms program.

“Col. Dai Xu is a shameless liar when he accuses the United States of using bio weapons,” Tkacik told the Free Beacon. “He’s probably motivated by a desire to exculpate the PLA for their mishandling of the epidemic—no doubt most Chinese have happily forgotten the episode—as much as by a cynical xenophobia. But, that’s what passes for deep strategic thought at China’s National Defense University these days.

The American Flu: Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon

Officer Xu's accusations were quickly met with widespread derision, mocking, and vehement public denials by former State Department intelligence analyst John Tkacik. Perhaps Mr. Tkacik dost protest too much? I understand how the game is played and also recognize that the U.S. intelligence community is not going to admit to anything. However, over the past nine months "they" have been telling us what they are up to and what is coming our way. Regardless of what is and what is not being said in the mainstream media, once we connect the dots there is overwhelming evidence pointing to a U.S. bioweapon as the cause of the current situation in China.

In Part 2 - A Bioforming Pandemic: U.S. Government Funded Killer Bird Flu Research ~ Preparing for Global "9-11" Event? I went to great lengths to document the fact that the United States was funding the work conducted by Ron Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka to turn the H5N1 virus into a contagious bioweapon. The reason I mention that here is twofold.

Firstly, the mutations being witnessed in the H7N9 avian flu virus in China mirror those mutations that occurred in the H5N1 experiments conducted by Fouchier and Kawaoka that changed the H5N1 virus into a highly contagious "superflu". Secondly, Kawaoka is among one of the "experts" sent in by the Japanese government to study the outbreak. I contend that he was sent to China to get an up-close-and-personal view of his handiwork, study the effects of the bioweapon in real time, and prepare to make any necessary adjustments in the virus that will be needed to create a global pandemic.

A new analysis of H7N9 genetic sequences from the first Chinese patients infected with the virus and from poultry markets found more signals that the virus can attach and replicate efficiently in the airways of humans and other mammals, raising concerns about the virus's pandemic potential.

The new findings, published late yesterday in Eurosurveillance, are the first detailed comparison of both the human and market sequences. Results are similar to the genetic details of samples from the first three cases reported by Chinese scientists yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new results also affirm early observations from some experts that the novel virus has adapted to infect mammals, yielding more information that health officials need to gauge the pandemic threat from the new virus.

The research team from Japan includes Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, who heads a group at the University of Wisconsin that has done extensive genetic studies on the H5N1 virus, and Masato Tashiro, MD, PhD, director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza at Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo...

The Japan group's findings appear to echo the report from Chinese researchers yesterday that there have been at least two introductions into humans.

The Japanese researchers also detected mutations increase binding to human receptors, a key marker health officials use to gauge the infectivity of new flu viruses. They found that the two Shanghai strains and the Anhui strain had mutations that increase the binding of H5 and N7 viruses to human-type receptors.

One was the Q226L mutation, also flagged by Chinese researchers yesterday. It has been linked to the spread of respiratory droplets in ferrets and was a finding in two controversial studies—one by Kawaoka's group—in 2012 involving lab-modified H5N1 strains...

"The finding of mammalian-adapting mutations in the RBS [receptor-binding site] of these novel viruses is cause for concern," the investigators wrote.

The H7N9 virus sequences also showed an NS1 protein sequence pattern that might attenuate the viruses in mammals.

Taken together, the findings present a somewhat clearer picture of the threat the new virus could pose, the group concluded.

"These viruses possess several characteristic features of mammalian influenza viruses, which are likely to contribute to their ability to infect humans and raise concerns regarding their pandemic potential," they wrote.

H7N9 genetic analysis raises concern over pandemic potential

The following article highlights the connection between Fouchier and Kawaoka's work and the mutations of the H7N9 virus.

Both of the NEJM pieces say that one mutation found in H7N9, called Q226L, has been shown to be associated with spread of H5N1 virus by respiratory droplets in ferrets—one of the findings in two controversial studies published last year that described lab-modified H5N1 strains.

The Chinese authors cite two other mutations that, on the basis of findings in animals, "may contribute to the human infections and severe disease": a deletion of five amino acids in the viral neuraminidase stalk and substitution E627K in the PB2 gene...

When reporters pressed CDC officials to compare their levels of concern over H7N9 and H5N1, Cox said, "I'd have to say that it's very similar to the level of concern for H5N1 in many respects.

CDC airs H7N9 worries as report profiles early victims

Stepping away from the science for a moment, there is another rather ominous signal connecting the United States and a bird flu bioweapon that transpired on December 7th, 2011. In Part 2 - A Bioforming Pandemic: U.S. Government Funded Killer Bird Flu Research ~ Preparing for Global "9-11" Event? I pointed out that Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to the Biological Weapons Conference in Geneva, that just so happened to occur on the 70 year anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Also, please note yet another mention of Yoshihiro Kawaoka in the article.

In September, an amiable Dutchman stepped up to the podium at a scientific meeting convened on the island of Malta and announced that he had created a form of influenza that could well be the deadliest contagious disease humanity has ever faced. The bombshell announcement, by virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center, sparked weeks of vigorous debate among the world's experts on bioterrorism, influenza, virology, and national security over whether the research should have been performed or announced and whether it should ever be published.

Meanwhile, a joint Japanese-American research team led by the University of Wisconsin's Yoshihiro Kawaoka says that it, too, has manufactured a superflu...

The interest in this brave new world of biology is not limited to the scientific community. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Geneva on Dec. 7, addressing the Biological Weapons Convention review conference. The highest-ranking U.S. official to speak to the biological weapons group in decades, Clinton warned, "The emerging gene-synthesis industry is making genetic material widely available. This obviously has many benefits for research, but it could also potentially be used to assemble the components of a deadly organism."

"A crude but effective terrorist weapon can be made by using a small sample of any number of widely available pathogens, inexpensive equipment, and college-level chemistry and biology," Clinton also stated. "Less than a year ago al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula made a call to arms for, and I quote, 'brothers with degrees in microbiology or chemistry to develop a weapon of mass destruction.

The Bioterrorist Next Door: Man-made killer bird flu is here. Can -- should -- governments try to stop it?

There is enough plausible deniability built into this entire endeavor for the skeptics and the blindly ignorant to dismiss this as one big conspiracy theory and me as a raving lunatic, but to those with eyes to see and the ability to sift through the nonsense, filter out the noise, and connect the dots I believe the picture becomes rather clear that there is something organized, intended, and sinister in play here.

One of the primary aims of the work done by Fouchier and Kawaoka was to make the bird flu highly contagious and humanly transmissible. So far all of the official reports claim that there is no sustained human-to-human transmission, but there are in fact "close contact" cases between humans.

China today reported the first H7N9 influenza infection in a contact of an earlier confirmed case, along with four other new cases, bumping the country's illness total from the new virus to 49...

The close contact who is sick is a 56-year-old man from Shanghai whose wife died from H7N9 flu on Apr 3, according to a report from Xinhua, China's state news agency. The report, citing a statement from the country's National Health and Family Commission, said there is no evidence that the man acquired the virus from his wife.

According to earlier reports, the man's wife was one of the early case-patients and died in Shanghai after she was hospitalized late in her illness. The Chinese doctors who treated her described her illness in the first case report of an H7N9 infection, which appeared in a recent issue of Emerging Microbes and Infections.

She had no clear contact with live poultry, but the virus was detected in poultry at a local market. Her doctors said the most likely source of the virus was the environment or food contaminated with the new virus.

Close-contact infections can occur from common environmental exposure or from human-to-human contact, and detailed investigations are needed to confirm the human transmission element. Yesterday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that it's likely that some limited human-to-human spread would occur in China's H7N9 outbreak, a pattern seen with other viruses, including H5N1 avian flu...

WHO issues first risk assessment

In its risk assessment on China's H7N9 outbreak, the WHO said two confirmed cases have been linked to family clusters in which one and two additional family members, respectively, became ill with severe pneumonia.

Close contacts are being monitored, the agency said, and so far no samples that have undergone polymerase chain reaction (PRC) testing have been found positive for the virus.

Gene sequencing and lab analysis from the first three human H7N9 isolates suggests that H7N9 contains genes from three different avian influenza viruses, that the new virus shows changes that boost its ability to infect humans and other mammals, that more than one introduction from animals to humans may have occurred, and that the virus is likely to be sensitive to neuraminidase inhibitors, the most commonly used antiviral drugs.

Key questions revolve around the animal reservoir, how humans are becoming infected, and the scope and spread of the virus in humans and animals, the WHO said.

It acknowledged that the virus has been isolated from poultry, including ducks, and in pigeons in live-bird markets in some parts of China. The agency added, however, that the involvement of wild birds, domestic animals, or other mammals such as pigs isn't clear.

It's likely that most of the human infections have links to infected undetermined animals, and more human infections are expected, the WHO said.

Limited human-to-human transmission of H7N9 may occur in close-contact situations, such as in families or in healthcare settings, and already-concerning genetic signs of adaptation to mammals raise the possibility that further adaptation could occur, according to the WHO.

Regarding the risk of international spread, the WHO said it's possible that travelers could spread the disease to another country, but if the virus can't sustain human-to-human transmission, extensive community spread is unlikely. The group added that it does not advise screening at country entry points or any travel or trade restrictions.

Close-contact infection reported as China's H7N9 tally reaches 49

Health officials still haven't determined the reservoir for the virus and how humans are getting sick. Some of the infected patients had contact with poultry or their environments, but some did not.

CDC says limited human-to-human spread likely

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today posted an update on its preparedness efforts and on China's H7N9 case count.

The agency said it received the first virus isolate from China yesterday, which will help it develop and test a candidate vaccine, evaluate and adjust a diagnostic test kit, develop a serologic assay to test for antibodies to the virus, grow the virus and share it, with proper precautions, with WHO network labs, and test H7N9's susceptibility against antiviral drugs.

Chinese officials are continuing to investigate close contacts of infected patients to see if human-to-human spread is occurring, the CDC said. So far global health officials have seen no sign of sustained human-to-human transmission, an event that would heighten the pandemic risk.

The CDC said it's likely that some limited human-to-human spread will be detected, as has been the case with other viruses, most notably H5N1. For example, it noted that when the H5N1 virus first emerged in China in 1997, officials found limited transmission from sick patients in Hong Kong to healthcare workers and household contacts.

Flu experts are monitoring the virus to see if it changes or adapts to allow more efficient transmission to mammals or reassorts with human influenza viruses during co-infections to form a more transmissible strain that spreads easily from person to person, the CDC said. "The investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available," the agency said.

New cases push China's H7N9 total to 43

Even though the official reports maintain that there has been no sustained human-to-human transmission, the following article highlights the extremely suspect means by which this outbreak is being monitored.

Both of the clusters raise serious lab detection issues. Moreover, media reports suggests that most of the contacts of confirmed cases are being monitored via phone interviews, which may not identify milder cases. Thus, the WHO claim of no sustained transmission is based on negative data generated by highly suspect methodologies.

The two cases in Beijing are relatively mild (one is asymptomatic and the other has been transferred out of the ICU). The current case fatality rate for H7N9 is 93% because 14 of the 15 outcomes of confirmed cases have been fatal. The two cases In Beijing will lower that rate when discharged, but the majority of cases have been reported as critical or severe. Moreover, the most recent death was for a case that was initially reported as stable, raising concerns that some cases WHO has classified as mild will also be fatal.

Beijing H7N9 Cluster Raises Pandemic Concerns

There is one particular sentence in the above report that needs to be discussed. I took the liberty of making it bold and underlining it, but it really is that important.

Thus, the WHO claim of no sustained transmission is based on negative data generated by highly suspect methodologies.

The claim that there is no sustained human-to-human transmission has been reached using less than suspect methods, and they are coming right out and telling us as much!

Also, is it me, or is the fact that a potential global pandemic that is being monitored by phone interviews a cause for concern in and of itself? Right. Adding to the list of disturbing things in this article is the fact that cases being reported as mild are ending in death. If that is the case, what happens to the severe cases?

It seems that the powers that be are doing yet another excellent job of covering up the truth about what is really going on by their usual means of disinformation, contradictory data, obfuscation, and confusion. Don't be fooled folks, this is a serious situation.

One of the primary distinguishing characteristics that determines the lethality of a respiratory illness is how deeply the infection penetrates the lungs. Seasonal flu remains primarily in the mouth, throat, and trachea portions of the body which makes it quite contagious, but not very lethal. The bird flu on the other hand deeply penetrates the lungs, which makes it very deadly but not contagious...at least not yet!

Fouchier and Kawaoka were able to mutate the avian flu to combine the highly contagious characteristics of the upper respiratory infection of the seasonal flu with the deadly deeply penetrating lower-lung infection of the bird flu to create a virus that is both contagious and lethal.

The following report details a mutation in the avian sequences that demonstrates an increased affinity of the virus for the upper respiratory tract:

Sequences from four fatal cases have been released and all have PB2 E627K. In contrast, E627K was not found in the three avian sequences made public. However, the avian sequences have Q226L, which is a receptor binding domain change that increases affinity for receptors in the human upper respiratory tract. Thus, it is possible that some human cases have an H7N9 infection lacking E627K.

However, E627K increases the polymerase activity at lower temperatures, leading to higher levels of virus in the upper respiratory tract and the Beijing screening primarily involved samples collected from the upper respiratory tract, suggesting that the asymptomatic case described above has E627K.

Release of sequences from the Beijing cases would be useful. The presence of E627K would raise serious questions about the WHO claim of no sustained H7N9 transmission and would increase pandemic concerns.

Beijing H7N9 Cluster Raises Pandemic Concerns

One of the more alarming characteristics of this H7N9 virus is the fact that it remains undetected in humans until it is in the advanced stages. What makes this so worrisome is the fact that the prolonged incubation period of the disease means that a person can be infected with the illness before they are even aware that they have it, which means they can potentially spread the virus to a large number of people they come into contact with.

Research into three bird flu victims in China has raised grim fears that the 11 deaths so far are just the tip of the iceberg.

Scientists found that the vicious new strain has the potential to pass more easily into humans and remain undetected until it is at an advanced stage.

The research into three people, all of whom died, showed the disease causes pneumonia, septic shock, brain damage and multi-organ failure...

Chinese researchers warned yesterday that the sudden emergence of this strain of flu 'may pose a serious human health risk' and said 'appropriate counter measures were urgently required.'

Hong Kong authorities also announced plans to test all poultry brought in from the mainland.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the cases of infection of the virus in China are the first in the world.

A group of scientists writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said the virus, which has been traced to a reassortment of genes from wild birds in east Asia and chickens in east China, 'raises many urgent questions and global public health concerns'.

The reports chronicle the early days of an outbreak of a new influenza A virus, H7N9, never before been seen in humans...

Dr. Timothy Uyeki and Dr. Nancy Cox, both of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote: 'It is possible that these severely ill patients represent the tip of the iceberg.'

They said it is particularly concerning because the virus has genetic characteristics that suggest that it might be better adapted than other bird flu strains to infect mammals -- including humans -- and people have no resistance to it.

Because the virus doesn’t make birds sick, so it may spread widely and remain undetected until people become ill.

Bird flu deaths 'are just the tip of the iceberg': Study raises grim fears that vicious new strain causes humans to suffer suffer septic shock, brain damage and pneumonia

Beijing health authorities today confirmed an H7N9 infection in a 7-year-old girl who lives in the city, the first case to be detected outside of eastern China, according to Chinese media sources.

All of the earlier cases were reported from Shanghai and surrounding provinces. Beijing is more than 650 miles in a straight line north and slightly west of Shanghai. The event raises more questions about the virus in birds and the threat it poses to humans...

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, said the detection of H7N9 in Beijing, especially since it is far from the geographic center of the outbreak, is worrisome.

"It raises some very significant challenges to understanding what's going on with birds and poultry and controlling their movement," he said.

Three possibilities are that birds harboring H7N9 may have come from the same breeding flocks as the ones in eastern China where the virus had already been detected, infected birds are already in Beijing and the human infection is a sentinel event, or human-to-human spread of the virus has occurred, he said. "We don't know which one."

"We need to understand more clearly what the Chinese are doing with testing flocks and how they're deciding when to cull," Osterholm said. The primary reservoir for the virus isn't clear, but evidence seems clear that the source is poultry, with the question being which poultry.

A crucial task is preventing more infections in humans, because numbers of human infections raise the risk of additional mutations that could ease the spread of H7N9, he said. "The world has to shut the faucet of the bird virus transmitting to humans, and this case illustrates the challenges. There are no dead birds—no warnings."

Beijing reports first H7N9 infection

In the 1995 movie "Outbreak", the world was confronted with an Ebola like virus, but one of the positives mentioned by both Morgan Freeman and Dustin Hoffman's characters in the film was the fact that the virus had a short incubation period of 24 hours and people were dead in 2-3 days, which meant that the patient died before they had the opportunity to spread the illness to anyone else.

A short incubation period and quick death means a lower probability of spreading infection whereas a prolonged incubation period and longer period of illness greatly increases the chance of spreading the virus.

Also complicating the matter of detection and containment is the fact that there are no large bird die-offs that are normally witnessed with "conventional" bird flu scenarios. Normally it is a large bird die-off that alerts people to the problem of a virus so that appropriate action can be taken. In the absence of such a tell-tale sign there is very little chance at detecting, let alone containing, the virus.

It seems to me that we are dealing with a specifically designed and carefully engineered viral bioweapon. Whether or not this is the beginning of a global pandemic, or just another live "field test" I cannot say, but we must continue to closely watch what develops.

With all of the reports detailing the horrific symptoms, number of infected and dead and all of the hype involved it is important that we maintain the correct perspective on the event and not lose focus on what is truly transpiring.

In Part 1 - A Bioforming Pandemic: Killing Some and Enhancing Others I wrote the following, and I believe it is important to revisit it here to keep the appropriate perspective in terms of the "big picture".

I believe that in the not-too-distant future we will experience a global pandemic event that will serve as a significant escalation of Satan's continued effort to bioform humanity. I believe that the pandemic will be caused by a governnment-funded, man-made bio-weapon superbug that will be engineered to selectively target people with specific DNA profiles in an effort to identify, isolate, and enhance those whose ancestry traces back to the Serpent-Seed bloodlines. For those meeting this specific DNA profile, the superbug will initiate a "viral loading" process that will act as a foundational layering, or enhancement process serving as a precursor to the Mark of the Beast. It is important to note that "Chosen ones", trauma-based mind control victims, Satanic Super Soliders, and/or psi-warriors will also be included in this enhancement process.

Once this is completed the survivors will be softened up a great deal more for the implementation of the Mark of the Beast, which will be the last in a long line of tactical moves made by Satan to permanently alter their DNA and transform them into hybrids that are able to be used as avatars for the disembodied Nephilim spirits that will wage war against God at Armageddon. Bob wrote about this likely scenario in his post The Avatar Stratagem.

This may sound like a rather extreme theory and a lot of extra work for those behind the operation. The logical question is why wouldn't they just unleash Ebola, or some other highly virulent virus and kill off the vast majority of the planet? I believe the answer to this goes back to the fact that the ultimate goal is not to eliminate the entire population, as some claim, but to transform humanity via permanent DNA alteration into a triple-helix state which changes Adamic-Mankind created in God's image into Satanic-Mankind created in Satan's image. This is a "conversion-not-elimination" effort to hijack God's assets, and if Satan has his way those that will not be assimilated into the Satanic "borg" will be destroyed, one way or another. The good news is that my Lord has a plan and Satan will be denied his ultimate aim and granted only as much success as is necessary to fulfill His will.

If this scenario does in fact play out as I believe it will, a large number of people not exhibiting the DNA characteristics of the Serpent-Seed bloodline will die during this global pandemic. This type of DNA based, custom designed mass-death will accomplish several desired goals of Satan and his loyal subjects. Firstly, this pandemic event would serve the purposes of identification, division, and enhancement of those who will be on the side of Satan during the campaign of Armageddon. Secondly, many of the Lord's people will be killed during this event providing a much needed energy source of pain, suffering, fear, sorrow, and death that will surely accompany such a horrific plague. Thirdly, this global "9-11" event will create global chaos out of which the "9-12" global police state arises, setting the stage to bring forth the Antichrist as a Phoenix rising out of the ashes of a burned-out world.

Part 1 - A Bioforming Pandemic: Killing Some and Enhancing Others

Keep in mind folks; if "they" simply wanted to kill off as many of us as possible they could have done it a long time ago with a lot less effort than they are putting into this bioweapon. This truly is a conversion scheme on a global scale that is a part of a sinister satanic end-game plan to hijack Adamic mankind.

One of the more interesting reports coming out of China that seemingly confirms this point is the fact that there are people infected with the disease that are completely asymptomatic. Some people with the disease are severely ill and dying horrific deaths, some are not very sick at all, and others have absolutely no symptoms. I do believe this fits the, "some will die, others will be changed" criteria!

Early details of first asymptomatic case

An announcement of the asymptomatic case was posted a few hours ago on the Beijing health department Web site and was picked up and machine-translated by Crawford Kilian on his H5N1 infectious disease news blog. Contributors at the FluTrackers infectious disease Web message board quickly followed with other reports that confirmed much of the information in the translation.

According to the reports, the case involves a 4-year-old Beijing boy. The health department notice suggests that he has no clinical symptoms and was tested during surveillance of high-risk groups. The boy has reportedly been hospitalized for close observation.

The boy's father or a neighbor bought chickens from the father of the first confirmed Beijing case-patient, the 7-year-old girl whose illness was announced yesterday, according to various translations, including one by a former resident of China who translated the health department report for CIDRAP News. The boy's parents apparently trade poultry and fish in the same village as the girl's parents do.

Emergence of an asymptomatic H7N9 case, if confirmed by other official sources, would be a significant development. Though a few cases have been mild, most of them have involved severe lower respiratory infections. Flu experts have said it's unclear if cases so far represent the tip of the iceberg of a broader clinical spectrum or if the virus mainly causes a more severe illness pattern.

The WHO said investigations are still under way into the source and reservoir of the H7N9 virus. Until those are identified, the group said it expects more human cases to be reported from China.

So far there is no evidence of ongoing human-to-human spread, the WHO said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently that it's likely some limited human-to-human spread would occur in China's outbreak, a pattern seen with other viruses, such as several instances of limited transmission with H5N1.

H7N9 spreads to central China as asymptomatic case reported

While there have been no reports of any changes in this young boy, it would not surprise me in the least to see reports of the boy undergoing "mysterious changes" in the near future and exhibiting "special abilities". As bizarre as it sounds, this scenario has been modeled over and over and over again in movies, television shows, music videos, books, comics, commercials, and just about any and every form of media in existence.

If you find that this is just too "far out", perhaps this quote from one of the World Health Organization's top influenza experts will convince you that we may be on the precipice of a truly world-changing, literally life-altering event.

Three provinces in eastern China that have already reported several H7N9 avian flu infections each announced a new case today, bringing the country's total to 64 cases, according to official and media sources.

Jiangsu province also reported a death from the virus in a previously confirmed H7N9 patient, raising the number of fatalities from the disease to 14, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency...

The H7N9 outbreak is likely to expand to other part of China, and possibly neighboring countries, over the coming weeks, the ECDC said. It added that Europe could see isolated imported cases and that countries should get ready to detect and diagnose the disease.

Two key developments that would prompt the ECDC to change its risk assessment would be evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the new virus or its detection in European bird populations.

One of the WHO's top influenza experts, Keiji Fukuda, MD, said the world is on new flu ground with the virus, given that it doesn't show signs of disease in birds, but appears to cause severe infections in people, according to a report today from the Canadian Press. Fukuda is the WHO's assistant director-general of health security and environment.

He also said the genetic characteristics that have been reported so far, with mutations that appear to allow H7N9 to infect humans and other mammals, also add to the uneasy uncertainty about the virus."Almost everything you can imagine is possible. And then what's likely to happen are the things which you can't imagine," Fukuda said.

China reports 3 new H7N9 cases, 64 total, 14 deaths

Let that sink in for a moment folks. Almost everything we can imagine is possible, and what's likely to happen are the things we can't imagine. It sounds to me like Mr. Fukuda knows things!

In the next post I will discuss the further mutation of the H7N9 virus, how that may be connected to the current "mystery disease" in Germany, and what that may mean in terms of the potential beginning of a global pandemic.

More to come, Lord willing!

By Aaron Hermann

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