(ORDO NEWS) — American scientist Michael Greger said that the world faces a new “apocalyptic” virus – zoonoses, which are transmitted from animal to person. On Saturday, May 30, reports the Daily Mail.
According to Greger, the new carrier of the H5N1 virus is ordinary chicken, whose meat is consumed on a massive scale. The human body becomes maximally vulnerable to the virus due to non-sterile factory conditions and chemicals that grow chicken. The scientist also recalled that bats were the carriers of COVID-19, this virus got to humans through a scaly anteater, whose meat is considered a delicacy in Asian countries.
Greger said that in 1997 a new strain of bird flu appeared, known as H5N1. It is clarified that the first infected was a three-year-old boy in Hong Kong who had a sore throat and abdomen, after which he died from acute respiratory and organ failure. The scientist noted that it is important to start raising hens not in huge factories, but at home and with fewer birds in order to avoid a new epidemic. Moreover, in more hygienic conditions, he recalled.
According to an infectious disease expert, Professor Michael Osterholm, the H5N1 virus is similar to the “cousin of the 1918 virus” and could lead to a repeat of the Spanish epidemic of the last century. He said that “every born and hatching chicken is a new incubator for the virus,” so that only mass destruction of birds in China remains.
It is noted that tuberculosis and measles appeared from 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. Generally, these viruses are safe, but they can mutate and begin to weaken the human immune system, which can lead to death.
In the years 1918-1920, the world survived the Spanish flu, which claimed the lives of 50 to 100 million people. Scientists consider this epidemic one of the largest disasters in the history of mankind. Mortality ranged from three to 20 percent. The burden of the First World War could be the cause of the infection – unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, military camps and a large number of refugees.
On May 27, a team of scientists from Australia talked about the “perfect adaptation” of coronavirus to the human body. Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University noted that the virus attaches best to human cells, and therefore more than five million infected people are in the world.
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