NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions => The Aisles: Non-military News and Snippets => Topic started by: Rattler on 26 April 2009, 23:43:50

Title: Swine Flu a Bio Attack?
Post by: Rattler on 26 April 2009, 23:43:50
How big a chance that this was a deliberate attack on President Obama?

Some of the people he met and shook hands with are dead, like this one:

The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not. (Thomas Black, Bloomberg)

The quote is not fully correct, as Solis developed the symptoms next day and then a few days later died from cardiac failure after a untypic pneumonia broke out, but it has been confirmed now that it was swine flu that killed him, and also that Obama was together with him for an hour or so and shook hands twice, i.e. is theoretically at risk.

Ann interesting scenario, apt for terrorists as well as for others like political enemies: Infect someone with the virus that is going to meet a person you want taken out, bio warfare on a small scale.

Has anyone seen Mr. Obama today?


P.S.: Seems I am not the only one to have some questions: ( (

Title: Re: Swine Flu a Bio Attack?
Post by: bongotastic on 27 April 2009, 12:02:56
The sophistication required for getting H1N1, the old Spanish Flu strain, to become virulent again seems to me to be a really contrived way to do a bio attack. (And without a setup like they have in Atlanta and with a lot of human subject for testing, it makes it pretty much impossible). Already, the CDC and the WHO do not agree with the make-up of the virus, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the least alarmist WHO. The new strain wouldn't be dangerous if it wasn't a mixture of different virus, and in 2009, air travel acts as a planet-wide stir-stick for viruses.

There is much for wannabe terrorist to gain by taking credit for a naturally occuring Influenza A outbreaks, though.