Rogue Viruses Take their Toll

The recent rash of species jumping viruses have been taking it’s toll on the human population which scares immunologists and other health professionals due to their ability to jump the species barrier that used to keep Avian Influenza within the avian species. As with the recent Swine Flu outbreak, this too has the ability to get transmitted to and from the host animal which is quite baffling and news that studies are showing the ineffectiveness of Tamiflu, one of the most widely used flu prevention cures adds to the fears.
Most flu strains stay within their host species jumping from one group to another as they spread through the wild population of animals. It is when they do get in contact with domesticated animals who have no natural immunity to such diseases that they become problematic, mutating and capable of spreading to humans and back.


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