Extra terrestrial remote sensing for H1N1 early warning

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Space weather environment study has been attempted to infer the H1N1 early warning. Continuous low electron flux anomaly before the occurrence of the H1N1 pandemics in Mexico in March 2009.The anomaly was recorded by Sun Observatory Heliospheric Observatory extra terrestrial satellite of NASA. During the period of low electron flux anomalous rise in the cosmic ray intensity has been recorded locally in Mexico City cosmic ray observatory. This paper shows preliminary evidence of possible early warning of influenza by using remotely sensed data from satellite.

Key words: Space weather, H1N1, Early warning, Electron flux, Cosmic ray


Influence of Sun and extragalactic cosmic rays on the environment of the earth1-2 is under active consideration within scientific community. A correlation is being attempted to establish in between triggering of H1N1 pandemics3-4 with a continuous low electron flux from the Sun and locally high cosmic rays during unexpected solar minimum5 of 2009.The mutation of viruses are difficult to predict in space and time8. The hypothesis is based on the mutation in the body cells of human being or the active virus in the air in Mexico during last week of February 2009 to first week of March 2009 followed by the attack of the virus. Subsequently the influenza virus has further mutated due to heavy shower of cosmic rays and low electron flux9.

Extra terrestrial influence on Global Pandemics of H1N1 Influenza

Global pandemics of H1N1 influenza are currently being observed, and future scenario suggests limited possibility to develop an early warning of any type of influenza.10-11 The earth and its environment are continuously being showered with cosmic rays from the Sun and outer space12. Cosmic rays affect many aspects of our lives, and sometimes these small particles can create significant problems. Cosmic rays are potential to change a chromosome in a reproductive cell13. After colliding with the atmospheric gases the cosmic rays generates secondary particles. Secondary cosmic rays spread out and continue to hit other particles and air molecules, which further produce cascade of particles showering towards the ground. Secondary cosmic rays produced from the primary cosmic rays may have iron14 or other transition elements in its nucleolus, which enables them to reach faster on earth. Cosmic ray monitors record short-term variations as well as long-term cycles15 which coincide with the H1N1 pandemics. A number of agents, including radiation, of which muons are one type, may cause mutations, or disruption of the DNA replication process. At the earth's surface, muons are relatively rare compared to natural radiation in the body or other environmental sources. In addition, there are bio-agents (viruses that impart their DNA into host cells. Scientists are working to answer this question and to understand how solar activity and cosmic rays might affect conditions on Earth’s surface16. There was a period between the years 1645 and 1715, called the Maunder Minimum, when there was little solar activity and few sunspots. During the same time, it was a period called the Little Ice Age when temperatures became cooler in North America and Europe. It has been recorded that during the low activity of Sun, very few or no sunspot were visible in the Sun. Cosmic ray intensity has been recorded higher during no sunspot activity17. In 1971, Nature magazine published the research of R.E. Hope-Simpson, which showed that sunspot cycles correlate with influenza pandemics associated with antigenic shifts (any substance that can stimulate the production of antibodies) in the virus; the virus mutated to a different variety with each successive sunspot cycle, showing that the sun's radiation can disrupt replication of a virus. Cosmic rays are potential to mutate the living cells18 which come in its contact. Genetic mutations are always not harmful but sometimes it can change the susceptibility of the human cells prone to the H1N1 Virus attack. Between March and August of 2009, millions of patients across the world have shown severe influenza-like symptoms and respiratory failure.


Sun Observatory and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite has recorded unusually low electron flux (Eflux) from 27 February to 13 March 2009 (Figure.1 to Figure 5.). A dip in cosmic ray intensity has also been recorded on 27 February 2009 (Figure.6). Reportedly, the Swine flue (H1N1) has started in 2009 from Mexico on 3 March 2009. Once the cosmic ray intensity increases locally it has the potential to mutate the skin cells of human being to make it vulnerable for the H1N1 viral infection. The triggering of H1N1 in human has spread very fast19 and the virus further mutated itself to make it a pandemic disease.


SOHO satellite data is available for downloading20, which can provide valuable information of sudden lowering of the electron flux. It is essential to monitor the whole earth by the cosmic ray detector21. If the cosmic ray intensity rises suddenly with a lowering of the Eflux, this will be treated an early warning in the coming winter 2010-2011 across the world. The whole world community can be saved from the fatal H1N1 viral influenza by taking suitable precaution during those days of low electron flux and high cosmic ray intensity.