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American scientist Michael Greger stated that the world faces a new “apocalyptic” virus — a zoonosis that is transmitted from animal to human. On Saturday, may 30, reports the Daily Mail.
According to Greger, the new carrier of the H5N1 virus is the common hen, whose meat is consumed on a massive scale. The human body is most vulnerable to the virus, in connection with the non-sterile factory conditions and chemicals through which are grown chicken. He also recalled that the vectors COVID-19 were bats, to humans this virus came through the scaly anteater, the meat of which is considered a delicacy in Asian countries.
Greger said that in 1997 a new strain of avian influenza known as H5N1. Specifies that the first infected was a boy of three in Hong Kong, which recorded pain in the throat and stomach, after which he died from acute respiratory and organ failure. The scientist noted that it is important to start to raise chickens not large factories, but at home and with fewer birds to avoid new epidemics. However, in the more hygienic conditions, he said.
According to infectious disease expert Professor Michael Osterholm, the H5N1 virus is similar to “kiss a cousin virus of 1918” and may lead to recurrence of the epidemic of Spanish flu of the last century. He said that “everyone born and hatched chick is a new incubator for the virus”, so only the mass destruction of birds in China.
It is noted that tuberculosis and measles emerged from the goats, smallpox from camels, whooping cough from pigs, typhoid fever from chickens. Such zoonoses are transmitted to humans through the meat of an infected animal. Mostly, such viruses are safe, but they can mutate and begin to weaken the immune system, which can lead to death.
In 1918-1920 the world experienced the Spanish flu, which killed 50 to 100 million people. This epidemic scientists believe one of the biggest disasters in the history of mankind. The mortality rate ranged from three percent to 20 percent. The cause of the infection could be the hardships of the First world war, unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, military camps and large numbers of refugees.
On may 27 a team of scientists from Australia spoke about the “perfect adaptation” of the coronavirus to the human body. Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University noted that the best virus attaches to human cells, and therefore in the world, over five million infected.
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