Zoonosis- #virus transmission from #animals -
The deadly viral infection of 1918 infected half the #world with a global #death toll of 50-100 million. Where and how did this happen? The answer- BIRD-FLU
Virus are pieces of generic material that are masters of metamorphosis. They “learn” to change based on their #environment and have the goal of taking over the host in order to survive and replicate -
Little known fact, #human influenza started 4500 years ago with the domestication of waterfowl. Farmers in China kept their #ducks in flooded, unused #rice fields to “save space”, but unknowingly created a hotspot for virus mutation. With their exponential #growth of the #animal#agriculture industry and little regulation, there is lots of potential for animal viral transmission
Domestication has brought many animals into the density of human cities. Smallpox was caused by mutant CATTLE virus. PIGS- whooping cough. CHICKENS- typhoid fever. DUCKS- influenza. WATER BUFFALO- leprosy
HORSE/CATTLE- cold virus
Today, 76 million #americans are affected by a foodborne illness. Even if “cooked well” contamination is both IN and ON the meat. Before cooking many people handle the flesh and touch many items around the house. A recent study showed contamination just picking up the package in the store...imagine how many other items are infected in the store! -
During the killing process, animals spread the virus. If the lead birds was contaminated, it spread to the next 42 , with sporadic contamination up to the 150th bird! -
Fun fact: researchers swabbed a toilet and a #kitchen sink and found more fecal matter in the sink than toilet. Animal manure is the source of 10 pathogens!
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