Pigs can serve as a "melting pot" to give birth to a new highly virulent strain for humans.
8 Cases in the USA
In the United States, the White House said take the warning seriously and President Barack Obama was informed of the situation, according to a spokesman. "We have set up emergency operations centers," said the spokesman for the U.S. Centers for control and disease prevention (CDC). The concerns are even more serious that this novel virus is transmitted from man to man and consists of several strains: "This is the first time we see an avian strain, two strains of pigs and a human strain," a explained the spokesperson. Friday, U.S. health authorities have diagnosed a new human case of swine flu on a child living in California (West). "Yesterday, we reported on a total of seven cases in the United States," said Dr. Richard Bresser, CDC, during a telephone press conference. "Today we have an additional case in California, bringing the total to eight for the United States," he said.
Laboratories in Canada and the U.S. confirmed that it was "a new influenza virus," said the Ministry of Health of Mexico. The concern of medical experts is justified by the fact that pigs can serve as a "melting pot" to give birth to a new highly virulent strain for humans by combining genetic material of swine influenza and avian influenza. "There is a risk, even small appearances of the virus pandemic potential," notes the Center for prevention and control of diseases on its website.