Theophillis Goodyear: New Animal Virus Across Europe

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Theophillis Goodyear
There’s an animal virus that’s spreading in the UK. They may never know where it came from or why it’s suddenly a threat. But I wonder if it has to do with genetic engineering, either with livestock or food products.
It’s possible that such genetic engineering introduces a weakness in the animal or plant that makes it vulnerable to a common virus or bacteria or other pest that it was never vulnerable to before. The potential for epidemics scares me.

A new animal disease which causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has now been found on 74 farms in England.

The Schmallenberg virus first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year, causing mild to moderate symptoms in adult cattle, including reduced milk yield and diarrhoea, and late abortions and birth deformities in newborn sheep, goats and cattle.

It is thought the virus is spread by midges, and has crossed the Channel from the Continent. Adult animals that contract the virus usually recover, but the young born with birth defects have to be destroyed.

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) said the infection had now been identified on 74 farms.

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Phi Beta Iota:  In our view bio-chemical “experiments” are proliferating and out of control.  The cucumber attack is suspected by some to have been a bio-war experiment.  The mounting evidence that we create many of our own problems, and that viruses may often be constructed in ways that are against the public interest (e.g. built-in sterilization as a form of eugenics), is troubling.

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