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"Experimental Virus Material" - Live Avian Flu & Human Flu Viruses "Accidentally" mixed, then sent to several Euro facilities

The Czech press is all over this story, but not much so far in the US. A quick search shows this blog entry;

Baxter bird flu botch

And the following report in the mainstream Canadian press: The Toronto Sun;

Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus

By Helen Branswell, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: 27th February 2009, 3:26pm

The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

“At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present,” medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark.

“But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau.”

The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.

The contamination incident, which is being investigated by the four European countries, came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn’t die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses.

Public health authorities concerned about what has been described as a “serious error” on Baxter’s part have assumed the death of the ferrets meant the H5N1 virus in the product was live. But the company, Baxter International Inc., has been parsimonious about the amount of information it has released about the event.

On Friday, the company’s director of global bioscience communications confirmed what scientists have suspected.

“It was live,” Christopher Bona said in an email.

The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material,” was made at the Orth-Donau research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine — including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a licence is expected shortly — at a facility in the Czech Republic.

People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.

Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences.

While H5N1 doesn’t easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to and among people.

That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created.

There is no suggestion that happened because of this accident, however.

“We have no evidence of any reassortment, that any reassortment may have occurred,” said Andraghetti.

“And we have no evidence of any increased transmissibility of the viruses that were involved in the experiment with the ferrets in the Czech Republic.”

Baxter hasn’t shed much light — at least not publicly — on how the accident happened. Earlier this week Bona called the mistake the result of a combination of “just the process itself, (and) technical and human error in this procedure.”

He said he couldn’t reveal more information because it would give away proprietary information about Baxter’s production process.

Andraghetti said Friday the four investigating governments are co-operating closely with the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Control in Stockholm, Sweden.

“We are in very close contact with Austrian authorities to understand what the circumstances of the incident in their laboratory were,” she said.

“And the reason for us wishing to know what has happened is to prevent similar events in the future and to share lessons that can be learned from this event with others to prevent similar events. ... This is very important.”

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This is an issue we must remain vigilant..
truth, justice, and transparency is vital..

jonathan

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"IN LIES WE TRUST"

Elites: Time To Trim The Herd?

In a world of reported resource shortages, the human inventory may viewed as much easier to manage by the self-appointed managers of the planet, if our numbers were less.

6 billion people who were sustainable on 80 million barrels of oil per day will not be as sustainable on continuously falling supplies.

Do the math - oil production is reportedly declining at a rate of 10% annually (IEA). Every aspect of industrialized society should contract at a similar rate.

For anyone who doesn't think the elites are crazy enough to covertly unleash a bio-weapon upon the public, consider that they manufactured middle-eastern wars that killed 1 million people, for purely strategic reasons, while telling the world it was done in the name of justice.

It is unfortunate that

most people cannot fathom that the elites are crazy and/or evil enough to do herd-trimming.

Just try to convince my girlfriend....

I think Peak Oil is a

I think Peak Oil is a Malthusian fraud frankly, designed to justify to "academia" this very thing.

what are your best sources for peak oil being a fraud?

personally, i think renewables, which are increasing in efficiency and dropping in cost at an exponential rate are likely to be able to make up all the difference in energy needs. Hopefully this is a fact and will become apparent to "elite" policy makers before they off a huge chunk of the human race with race-selective biowarfare "for our own good".

"Enough sunlight falls on the earth every minute to meet the world's energy demands for an entire year."
http://www.2008energyforum.org/topics/renewable/

Check out the trend in exponential growth of information, order and complexity- consistent since the beginning of the Universe (unless that's a myth)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ParadigmShiftsFrr15Events.svg

Technological Singularity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

Prisonplanet coverage of the Flu:
‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible
http://www.prisonplanet.com/accidental-contamination-of-vaccine-with-liv...

http://911reports.com

I definitely agree with you

I definitely agree with you about renewables + the need for other cleaner, more efficient and better energy technologies. But "Peak Oil" is too perfectly Malthusian besides the fact that while we should phase it out, Oil isn't running out and if anything is being capped for artificial scarcity:

http://www.prisonplanet.com/archives/peak_oil/index.htm

This topic though (as well as "Global Warming" in the way the media/establishment has portrayed it) can get VERY divisive because I know others disagree. So I'm not getting into any flame wars over it.

Alex Jones Wrong About Peak Oil?

Prison Planet:

"Both the scientists and geologists from the big oil companies have seen the evidence and admitted that the Eugene Island oil field is refilling itself.

This completely contradicts peak oil theory and with technology improving at an accelerating pace it seems obvious that there are more Eugene Islands out there waiting to be discovered. So the scientific community needs to embrace these possibilities and lobby for funding into finding more of these deep source replenishing oilfields."

http://www.prisonplanet.com/archives/peak_oil/index.htm

However ...

"Eugene Island block 330 oil field is an oil field in the Gulf of Mexico 70-85 miles off the Louisiana coast. The oil field is best known for the controversy surrounding its depletion rate. According to the article "Sustainable Oil?" by Chris Bennett:

A significant reservoir of crude oil was discovered nearby in the late ’60s, and by 1970, a platform named Eugene 330 was busily producing about 15,000 barrels per day (2,400 m³/d) of high-quality crude oil. By the late ’80s, the platform’s production had slipped to less than 4,000 barrels per day (640 m³/d), and was considered pumped out. Done. Suddenly, in 1990, production soared back to 15,000 barrels per day (2,400 m³/d)[1]
However, the figures given by Richard Heinberg are:

Production from Eugene Island had achieved 20,000 barrels per day (3,200 m³/d) by 1989; by 1992 it had slipped to 15,000 bbl/d (2,400 m³/d), but recovered to reach a peak of 30,000 bbl/d (4,800 m³/d) in 1996. Production from the reservoir has dropped steadily since then.[2]

The source of additional oil was analyzed as migrating through faults from deeper and older formations below of probable Jurassic and Early Cretaceous age. The oil contains biomarkers closely related to other very old oils and was long trapped in deep formations.[3]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Island_block_330_oil_field

Alex Jones Wrong About Global Warming being a hoax

regarding oil.. replace the word "peak" with "controlled"

and you get "controlled oil"

that is what we got. there is plenty of it. and the battle for king of the energy realm continues.. while carbon is stealing the oxygen from our atmosphere and accumulating for over a hundred years by the dirty energy armaggeddon bunch. the scientists used by the oil lobbyists are the same ones referred to by Alex Jones in claiming Global Warming is a hoax by the NWO. His disconnect with science on this issue does not help his effectiveness in investigating 9/11.

jonathan

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ROCKEFELLER OIL - brief overview - something most don't know

Why our cars use gasoline.
Just a quick summary here:
JD Rockefeller got his start in the oil refining business in the late 1800's (and monopolized the refining business). At that time, oil was used to make kerosene to light lamps. Gasoline was a waste product of the oil refining business...and Rockefeller would flush it down into the river at night (gasoline would explode in a lamp). Henry Ford came along and invented the mass production of the automobile, but also realized that his customers were mostly farmers and rural people. Ford also realized that there was no infrastructure for fuel. Ford promoted and built his cars to run on alcohol, because stills were prevalent across America. All the early cars were designed to run on alcohol. Around this same time period, Thomas Edison and the light bulb were taking shape...which would affect and kill the market for kerosene. Ford always pushed to have his cars run on alcohol.
Rockefeller played dirty and gave $4 million to a Women's Temperence Movement in order to suppress alcohol. Prohibition, which lasted 16 years, was a Rockefeller designed Amendment. Remember, at this time, most politicians drank and smoked and Congress was male dominated. Prohibition was not just a piece of legislation, but a Constitutional Amendment. Prohibition was orchestrated by Rockefeller in order to kill alcohol.
Watch this short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7D_PhSRKmk

I have David blume's book. Videos and Audios on this link are neat. http://www.permaculture.com/

OT

It''s completely OT, but I wouldn't think the biofuels and especially not the ethanol would be a viable option.

I would even think, the propaganda of the biofuels and "renewables" (RES] for general energetics instead of the really feasible options as nuclear energy - which only is cappable to substitute the vast amounts of energy from fossil fuels before they start to decline - is one of the most hazardous nonsenses ever brought on the table - especially by Malthusians and "sustainable growth" criminals against humanity - just read what they plan in their "Limits to growth" or "Report 2000" (reduce US population to 100 milion by 2050 by suppressing nuclear power? !)... I was studying this issue quite thoroughly and I must say the only hope for us is the 4th generation nuclear power.
Yes, I'm not against RES as solar, heat pump or geotermal where possible, but the assumption, that it can feed the energy needs of the 7+ bilion people is facing the data quite laughable. I would even think that the easiest way how to unleash their Malthusian catastrophe in the west is to persuade people to rely on RES attacking them through their fears and ignorance. At any rate to my knowledge the biofuels is one of the worst catastrophe unleashed on mankind destructing the social stability and environment in the so called 3rd world, while the east - especially Japan, Korea, China, Russia and India are quickly developing the nuclear energy. Especially China is now becoming the peaceful nuclear superpower building one fouth of all nuclear powerplants in the world and planning to become the 1st peaceful nuclear superpower in the world by 2020. Only powerplant built in the world using fast reactors - where you think it is? In Russia. The Americans still are quite ahead with the R&D done in past - before the nuclear energy was supressed by Carter and Clinton&Gore and GWB administrations on behalf of the fossil lobby, but if they don't wake up, the others will soon beat them.

ReGen Power

i have been working with independent scientists on this issue for two decades.

There is so much waste available as fuel.. we do not need to use food crops.

See: Converting Waste Heat Into Power

Also the developing innovative technologies of www.RGPsystems.com
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Alex Jones can sometimes be brilliant and sometimes side-tracked to what real science of Global Warming vs his analysis of the conspiracies..

jonathan

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Thanks for covering this...

I decided for the first time in a few weeks to listen to Alex and he's been talking about this for the past 40 mins or so... Seems pretty newsworthy to me.

The Czech media seem to talk just about H5N1

What is strange that it looks that in Czech media nobody talks about the H5N1-H3N2 mixture. All to my knowledge seem to talk just about H5N1 since the story broke out in mid february. In the latest article on the topic the Baxter representative even said: "Our company sent to the Czech Biotest a pure virus of the normal flu for research, but due to mistake it happened that we sent the virus of the Avian flu. It was going about a mistake of the testing material," says the Austrian representative of Baxter Richard Tischler.
Thanx to Reprehensor to cover this story on the news page.

THIS STORY IS WHAT NEEDS TO GO VIRIAL!

THIS STORY IS WHAT NEEDS TO GO VIRIAL, NOT THEIR BIO TERROR WEAPONS! LET’S GET THE WORD OUT BIGTIME!!

DIGG!
http://digg.com/world_news/Live_Avian_Flu_Virus_Found_in_Baxter_Vaccines

Over at NaturalNews.com they say what is on everyones mind

Vaccines as Biological Weapons? Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries

http://www.naturalnews.com/025760.html

posted a couple days ago, caught my eye too

accident my ass.

This is a smoking gun before it is fired.

putting them on notice that the public is aware

sent this to the white house, DOJ and CDC:

Bird Flu mixed w/ Human Flu Vaccine by Baxter Intl.

Question: what are you going to do about Baxter Intl. mixing live Bird Flu virus with Human Flu vaccine and shipping it to 18 countries?

Supposedly, Baxter adheres to BSL3 standards for preventing cross-contamination; how was this able to happen??? Whether there was criminal intent, or simply incredible negligence, it must not be permitted to happen again, ever. A Bird Flu pandemic could kill millions.

http://www.lifegen.de/newsip/shownews.php4?getnews=2009-02-26-5323&pc=s01

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov
cdcinfo@cdc.gov

And this to corpse media: (sometimes I wish I would count to 10, reread and edit before sending to make it more polite and professional, but anyway...)

Bird Flu mixed w/ Human Flu Vaccine by Baxter Intl.

Not likely the US MSM is not aware of this; the question is, what are you going to report? The story's going viral, so you don't really have a choice; you at least need to come out with some spin, which will then be analyzed and deconstructed by the blogs, to see what's true and useful in it. And I know there's lots of BS online (put out by idiots and corporate/establishment shills), but the web is the only place to get real news anymore.

Vaccines as Biological Weapons? Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries
http://www.naturalnews.com/025760.html

Editorial: Baxter’s H5N1 as global flu pandemic threat
http://www.lifegen.de/newsip/shownews.php4?getnews=2009-02-26-5323&pc=s01

Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/27/8560781.html

You're probably also aware that less than 20% of Americans believe "all" or "most" of what the corpse media report:
http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/20786_americans_slam_news_media_on_beli...

Good luck.

letters@latimes.com, letters@newsday.com, letters@nytimes.com, letters@washpost.com, letters@newsweek.com, letters@time.com, letters@usnews.com, editor@commondreams.org, editor@rawstory.com, editorial@nypress.com, editorial@observer.com, editor@truthout.org, editpage@seattlepi.com, editor@usatoday.com, Editor@vheadline.com, letters@independent.co.uk, letters@sun-sentinel.com

http://911reports.com

European agency endorses

European agency endorses Baxter’s bird flu vaccine
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/dec/18/business/chi-biz-baxter-b...

Flashback: Homeless people

Flashback: Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland
http://www.infowars.com/flashback-homeless-people-die-after-bird-flu-vac...

Flashback: Indonesia accuses

Flashback: Indonesia accuses US of bird flu plot
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/indonesia-accuses-us-of-bird-flu-plot/2...

More articles:

Bloomberg, Toronto Sun and Science Blog have all reported on this:

http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasure/2009/02/baxter_bird_flu_botch.php?...

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aTo3LbhcA75I

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/27/8560781.html

The commentary section in science blog is interesting. From those working in this field it is impossible for this to happen.

ReGen Power

[i tried deleting this.. posted above in correct thread.]