The swine flu outbreak in Mexico City and later turned World Pandemic according to the World Health Organization was quite an interesting case study. You see, many people died in Mexico City, but few died in other parts of the world, and it’s been found in 88 different countries. So, why did so many people die in Mexico City and so few elsewhere?
Well, I believe since it affected the lungs and those people were at higher altitude in Mexico City with greater pollution; the victim’s lungs had both less capacity due to thinner air and coated from the soot of the massive pollution there, thus, giving the virus total advantage in killing its host victims in that region. Interestingly enough, people in the Bolivian Capital had a severe reaction too, and it killed many people there as well.
Bolivia’s capital is at over 8,000 feet and although there is little pollution, you must realize that the lung capacity at that altitude is quite severe. Okay, so, all that makes sense right; but what about an additional scenario, or possible enhancement?
For instance, which “amino acids” are more prevalent in foods and diet of both Bolivians and Mexicans? Well, they have similar diets in many regards; “corn tortillas” for instance, which Mexicans eat every day, and so too do Bolivians, and yet, Americans eat very little, and Americans were not affected and did not have the number of deaths of people in these other nations either.
The reason I bring this up, is that I was reading a paper on Influenza strains by Guang Wu, and it triggered the question. And no where can I find an answer to this question. I therefore, propose it to the scientific community. And while you are at it, consider this; computer Viruses also seem to work this way, where one enabler is loaded onto the computer and then when it is infected by another incoming virus, the enabler opens the door!