And it has never happened before. But hey, you know, anything’s possible. So just be scared, OK?
A ‘top flu expert’ is warning of the dangers of a mutant swine/bird flu – one that is as infectious as swine flu (that is, about as infectious as any other flu) and as deadly as bird flu.
Bird flu is pretty deadly – mortality rates of up to 60% in the elderly or those in poor health. But only those already in poor health or with compromised immune systems seem susceptible. And there has never been a recorded case of human to human transmission of bird flu.
But who knows, swine flu and bird flu could get together and end up being a super flu with the worst characteristics of both. It is possible. Just. Viruses change and develop all the time.
But is it so likely that we should be worried about it and spend lots of money on it? Definitely not. Especially not when the death toll from TB and Malaria are so high, and we could quite easily do something about those right now.
After all, leprosy and TB could get together, or bubonic plague and tooth decay. But we aren’t panicking about them. Yet.