Reports of new swine flu outbreaks are coming in almost constantly now and the World Health Organization has raised the threat level from a Phase 3 Global Outbreak to Phase 4, which has never been done before. Meanwhile, scientists are completely puzzled how such a powerful strain that combines elements of swine flu, bird flu and human flu could have appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
So is this going to be the big one?
Is this the one that is going to kill millions of people?
It is too early to tell, but here is what we do know at this hour.....
First of all, this "swine flu" is not just run of the mill swine flu. It contains elements of the following.....
*European swine flu
*Asian swine flu
Now how in the world did an incredibly strong combination of these viruses appear seemingly out of nowhere?
Scientists are baffled.
Meanwhile this "swine flu" is popping up all over the U.S. and Mexico.
In Mexico alone, there are already over 1600 suspected cases and 149 suspected deaths from the swine flu so far. Most public events have been canceled, and millions of Mexicans are hiding indoors in an attempt to escape the swine flu.
46 cases of the swine flu have been confirmed in the United States, and the CDC says that it is too late to contain the swine flu outbreak in the United States.
In fact, some public schools in Texas are being closed because of nearby swine flu cases.
These outbreaks in the U.S. and Mexico are already causing panic reactions from other parts of the world.
EU health commissioner Andorra Vassiliou has asked Europeans to postpone nonessential travel to the United States or Mexico. In addition, China has banned the import of hog and pork products from Mexico and parts of the United States.
Google actually has a great tool that you can use to track the spread of this swine flu. You can follow the progress of the swine flu on Google maps right here.
So what can we expect to see going forward?
The next few days are going to be key.
If only a few hundred people end up dying from this swine flu that is not that big of a deal. Hundreds of people die from many different causes every day.
But if this disease starts sweeping the globe and thousands of people start dying, then that could indicate that this IS the big one.
The reality is that we have been warning of a coming flu plague for quite some time.
What is even more disturbing is the possibility that this new flu may be engineered. We recently reported on the unlabeled bird flu/human flu mixture that Baxter International "accidently" sent out to other labs.
Why would our scientists mix these dangerous viruses together so recklessly? The CDC was mixing human flu and bird flu together as far back as 2004. This is incredibly dangerous to do. One mistake and a pandemic virus can be released that could kill millions of people.
So how many people will this "swine flu" virus kill?
Is this going to become a massive pandemic?
Nobody can say for certain yet, but it is getting frightening out there. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe.