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Biological Advantage in H1N1 Virus over Seasonal Flu

While the symptoms, side-effects, and, even the medication used for both the H1N1 Influenza Virus and seasonal flu are typically the same, a new study conducted on ferrets suggests that the 2009 novel H1N1 virus may have an biological advantage over the seasonal influenza flu.  Aside from the fact that humans are not naturally immune to the Swine flu, tests in ferrets show that the virus caused more severe disease and was also transmitted more easily also.

As of now the group at the University of Maryland conducting the study has found no evidence towards a new formation of the 2009 H1N1 or a combination of it with any seasonal flu virus.  Researchers suggest that the H1N1 virus will probably dominate the flu season this year, and may not become biologically pressured to re-combine with other circulating viruses to create a newer more lethal strain.  Other groups worry that the virus will restructure itself, regardless, if mass amounts of Tamiflu and vaccinations are handed out to the public.

Researchers inoculated ferrets with the 2009 H1N1 virus and also either the seasonal H1N1 or the seasonal H3N2, creating a co-infection within the animals.  Interestingly, the 2009 H1N1 viral strain was the only one that transferred from infected to uninfected ferrets.  “The H1N1 pandemic virus has a clear biological advantage over the two main seasonal flu strains and all the makings of a virus fully adapted to humans,” says Dr. Perez from the University of Maryland.

“The results suggest that 2009 H1N1 influenza may outcompete seasonal flu virus strains and may be more communicable as well. These new data, while preliminary, underscore the need for vaccinating against both seasonal influenza and the 2009 H1N1 influenza this fall and winter,” says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Researchers also noted that some ferrets infected with the ‘swine’ flu developed intestinal illnesses and respiratory problems making it more lethal than the seasonal flu.

Due to this ‘biological advantage’ it may be highly unlikely for the H1N1 to mutate.  The virus is well adapted to humans and is outperforming other strains, it has no reason to mutate.

For more information regarding the 2009 H1N1 Influenza ‘Swine Flu’ be sure to read our complete overview on the virus including information on its nomenclature and pandemic risks.  Click Here

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