swine flu http://wwno.org en Two Mutations Can Transform A Swine Flu Virus http://wwno.org/post/two-mutations-can-transform-swine-flu-virus Flu pandemics don't happen very often. So many people might feel the relative fizzle of a flu pandemic three years ago somehow immunizes the globe against another one for awhile.<p>But don't relax, say the authors of a <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/31/1205576109">report</a> published online in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>.<p>The scientists detail how a swine flu virus currently circulating in Korea — without apparently making the pigs sick — quickly changed into a deadly flu virus when it was put into ferrets. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:24:00 +0000 Richard Knox 19744 at http://wwno.org New flu strain spreading from pigs at county fairs http://wwno.org/post/new-flu-strain-spreading-pigs-county-fairs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Livestock exhibits are a popular part of farm country fairs, but they&#39;re coming with a warning this year: Don&#39;t pet the pigs. And wash your hands well after exhibiting swine.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:54:39 +0000 The Associated Press 17822 at http://wwno.org