Why Now?
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
  Irwin Allen Update
According to this report from CNN, the recent seismic activity has stirred up Sumatran volcanoes. To have generated two 8+ earthquakes in a few months would indicate that there was a lot of pressure that needed to be released along that fault line.

Deadly Flu Strain Mix-up is a wonderful story of a non-terrorist related system failure that could have caused more deaths than anything cooked up in a mountain cave.

In order to be certified by the American College of Pathologists, a laboratory must pass a practical examination that is sent to the lab. The test is a number of samples that the lab must correctly identify.

The companies that ship the samples draw them from their stores based on the criteria supplied by the College.

One of the samples shipped for examination was the 1957 H2N2 influenza virus, which killed between 1 and four million people worldwide. Because it was so long ago, and the virus is not represented in the current influenza strains, most of the world's population has no immunity to the virus.

Fortunately one of the tests was sent to a Canadian lab, because Canada has already upgraded this virus to the highly dangerous level and the World Health Organization was notified. The American Centers for Disease Control is "in the process" of raising the level on the virus, but hasn't yet, so what was done was "perfectly legal".


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