And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. — Revelation 6:8 — [NOTE: The Greek word translated ‘beasts’ is therion, a diminutive of thera (beast). Could these ‘little beasts’ refer to viruses, bacteria, and prions?]
By SHARON K. GILBERT
April 24, 2009
YOU CAN PRAY that it isn’t true, but stories coming out of Mexico and the southwestern US may be saying otherwise. According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, over 800 people have fallen ill in Mexico. Of these 800, at least 60 are now dead; 57 in Mexico City alone.
The culprit is very possibly a recombinant H1N1 virus. According to a CDC report, the virus is “a unique combination of gene segments that previously has not been reported among swine or human influenza viruses in the United States or elsewhere.”
In other words, this is something new.
WHO reports that the majority of the Mexican cases occurred in healthy young adults, ages 25-44, featuring ‘atypical pneumonia’. I’m still trying to track down the specific symptoms that would lead to a description of ‘atypical pneumonia’, but the words are chilling. H1N1 is the same virus that struck during 1918-1919 and killed as many as 25 million people worldwide. Known as the ‘Spanish Flu’, that outbreak of H1N1 began as a result of recombination (mixing) of human, avian, and swine viruses. PIgs serve as wonderful mixing pots for new viral strains, because they can contract avian (bird) strains as well as infect humans. Most avian viruses do not infect humans directly, requiring an intermediate, such as pigs, to cause human illness.
Is this what’s going on in Mexico? If so, hang on to your hats, because San Diego County, California; Imperial County, California; and Guadalupe County, Texas are all reporting H1N1 infections–and the CDC identifies this ‘swine flu’ as a new combination of avian, swine, and human. All three of these counties lie near the border with Mexico.
If this is indeed a recombinant version of seasonal H1N1, then the gene segment that lends resistance to Tamiflu (H274Y – a segment which is now ‘fixed’) will also make this new strain resistant.
In my novel, The Armageddon Strain, a group of scientists intentionally unleash a recombinant flu virus into the American landscape. While this viral outbreak may not be ‘intentional’, it could certainly be catastrophic. A pandemic may well be lurking near the border. The pale horse is riding. Are you ready?