Comments on: H7N9 Bird Flu Update: 21 Infected, 6 Dead http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/04/08/h7n9-bird-flu-update-21-infected-6-dead/ The latest Health news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:26:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: JF http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/04/08/h7n9-bird-flu-update-21-infected-6-dead/#comment-2188704 JF Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:06:50 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=125282#comment-2188704 Previous poster - maybe the article was referring to the original H1N1 outbreak from 1918, which most believe came from birds and is the first documented influenza strain in humans. The H1N1 from 2009 is hardly the original. Previous poster – maybe the article was referring to the original H1N1 outbreak from 1918, which most believe came from birds and is the first documented influenza strain in humans. The H1N1 from 2009 is hardly the original.

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By: Mike in Florida http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/04/08/h7n9-bird-flu-update-21-infected-6-dead/#comment-2188386 Mike in Florida Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:04:52 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=125282#comment-2188386 Say what, ABC? "Although H7N9 is more easily transmittable from birds to humans than the original bird flu strain, H1N1..." A. H1N1 is classified as a SWINE (pig) flu virus with a few bird flu reassortment components. It's not classified as an avian (bird) influenza virus. B. In addition to not even being a bird flu, H1N1 isn't "the original bird flu (or for that matter swine flu) virus." Not even anywhere close. Just in the past several decades we've seen H7N7, H7N3, H9N2, H7N2, H5N1 avian influenzas and others. Who knows how many there have been historically? There's no doubt H1N1 isn't even in the original few thousand. C. H1N1 is far more transmissible in humans than H7N9 has so far proved to be. H1N1 jumped from swine to humans (not birds to humans) in 2009, caused several thousand cases in the first few months or so, and then went on to circle the globe, resulting in around 20,000 laboratory-confirmed deaths so far. It is now one of the 3 main strains of seasonal flu being seen the last few flu seasons. In short, the sentence quoted is total gobbledegook and shouldn't have appeared in a respectable news article that bothers to fact check. Say what, ABC? “Although H7N9 is more easily transmittable from birds to humans than the original bird flu strain, H1N1…”

A. H1N1 is classified as a SWINE (pig) flu virus with a few bird flu reassortment components. It’s not classified as an avian (bird) influenza virus.

B. In addition to not even being a bird flu, H1N1 isn’t “the original bird flu (or for that matter swine flu) virus.” Not even anywhere close. Just in the past several decades we’ve seen H7N7, H7N3, H9N2, H7N2, H5N1 avian influenzas and others. Who knows how many there have been historically? There’s no doubt H1N1 isn’t even in the original few thousand.

C. H1N1 is far more transmissible in humans than H7N9 has so far proved to be. H1N1 jumped from swine to humans (not birds to humans) in 2009, caused several thousand cases in the first few months or so, and then went on to circle the globe, resulting in around 20,000 laboratory-confirmed deaths so far. It is now one of the 3 main strains of seasonal flu being seen the last few flu seasons.

In short, the sentence quoted is total gobbledegook and shouldn’t have appeared in a respectable news article that bothers to fact check.

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