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Katrina mystery illness may have a name
Ruston Daily Leader ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | George Graham

Posted on 01/25/2006 10:09:33 AM PST by UpTurn

The mystery rash and illness that has plagued thousands of people exposed to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina may have several names, and one of them is Parvovirus B-19.

The disease is nicknamed “Katrina Rash” and the “New Orleans Crud,” and has affected at least three Ruston-area first-responders who went to New Orleans to help in rescue and recovery efforts.

A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy, an Emergency Medical Technician and a Louisiana State Trooper all came down with variations of the ailment.

Missy Staples, a licensed vocational nurse from Glasgow, Ky., became ill after caring for a patient with similar symptoms. She says the ailment could become an epidemic.

“It is my belief that this mystery illness they speak of is Fifth’s Disease — a form of Parvo,” Staples said. “Yes, the same disease that kills dogs. Fifth’s Disease has the same characteristics these folks are suffering with and seems mysterious.”

Staples said human Parvo (Parvovirus B-19) usually strikes school-aged children and is easily cured — in childhood.

“Parvo is usually one of the viruses that hit school aged children, but with the conditions that were in New Orleans and the other hurricane-stricken areas, I feel it may be rampant,” Staples said. “And remember, the children were all removed from those areas. There were no children for the virus to hit. It has most likely changed itself to stay alive in the affected areas. Viruses replicate and change on a very quick basis to continue their lives, meaning it will be harder to kill out. What New Orleans and other areas need is a really hard, freezing winter, although I do realize the South is not usually frigidly cold in the winter.”

Lincoln Parish Coroner Dr. Allen Herbert agreed with Staples that if the affliction is Parvo, it could become

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: fifths; fifthsdisease; flushedcheeks; illness; katrina; katrinarash; louisiana; mysteryillness; neworleans; parvovirus; rita

1 posted on 01/25/2006 10:09:35 AM PST by UpTurn
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To: UpTurn

WHAT???? They didn't name it 'The Bush Runs'???????


2 posted on 01/25/2006 10:11:40 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: HoHoeHeaux; CajunConservative; caryatid

Ping


3 posted on 01/25/2006 10:13:29 AM PST by UpTurn (I like country music http://www.thunder-creek.com)
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To: UpTurn

How about the "fat, lazy, too stupid to get out of town welfare entitlement Jackson, Sharpton syndrome disease"?


4 posted on 01/25/2006 10:13:45 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: UpTurn
What New Orleans and other areas need is a really hard, freezing winter, although I do realize the South is not usually frigidly cold in the winter.”

Even New York isn't getting that.

5 posted on 01/25/2006 10:14:03 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: UpTurn

No no no .... it is "Parvo doesn't care about black people" ...


6 posted on 01/25/2006 10:15:01 AM PST by ikka
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To: UpTurn

How the heck can you name a disease something like, "the Katrina Rash" after having only seen three cases of it? Sounds like bird flu to me, by that I mean, there have been less than 80 deaths since what, 2000(?), but it's being treated as if it were the Black Death.


7 posted on 01/25/2006 10:15:25 AM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: HarleyLady27

Well, since Ray thinks its a chocolate city, how about the Hershey squirts? :P


8 posted on 01/25/2006 10:15:51 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: garyhope
How about the "fat, lazy, too stupid to get out of town welfare entitlement Jackson, Sharpton syndrome disease"?

If you had bothered to read the examples of people who had contracted this, you wouldn't have made this post.

9 posted on 01/25/2006 10:16:13 AM PST by blowfish
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To: UpTurn

--"lawyeritis"--


10 posted on 01/25/2006 10:17:26 AM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: HarleyLady27

The water got contaminated from Sean Penn when he went in the water from his boat sinking.


11 posted on 01/25/2006 10:20:18 AM PST by DogBarkTree (The higher the monkey climbs the flag pole, the more people can see his @$$h0!e)
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To: blowfish

Good point. You're right and I apologize.

I'm just too much of a knee jerk smart a** sometimes. And it wouldn't be the first time.


12 posted on 01/25/2006 10:20:25 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: UpTurn

My son-in law is a nurse in Biloxi and has mentioned that there are a number of cases of systemic fungal infections going around. One of the symptoms is the "strange rash".


13 posted on 01/25/2006 10:21:18 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: UpTurn

I love speculative health crisis articles. They are so helpful.


14 posted on 01/25/2006 10:23:03 AM PST by petitfour
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To: garyhope

Allergic reaction to work.

On a side note, if it's fifth disease, it's not that bad (worse for adults than kids)...unless you are pregnant...then it's bad.


15 posted on 01/25/2006 10:23:28 AM PST by frankjr
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To: UpTurn

Fifth disease! I just had that. Yucky!!!!


16 posted on 01/25/2006 10:23:31 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Mathews

There are thousands of cases. The three mentioned are of first responders and it is clearly stated in the article.


17 posted on 01/25/2006 10:29:15 AM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: HarleyLady27

Bush doesn't run. Maybe the 'Rat runs.


18 posted on 01/25/2006 10:39:50 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: TheForceOfOne

'Rat scratch fever.


19 posted on 01/25/2006 10:40:37 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

LOL! That's perfect.


20 posted on 01/25/2006 10:45:15 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

Aw Geez!!! Right there in the first sentence. Missed it. I'll betcha I get no less than six reminders to, "read before posting" from folks who just LOVE to pounce on honest mistakes like this every chance they get! Congrats... you are number 1.


21 posted on 01/25/2006 10:53:54 AM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: DogBarkTree

Sean Penn's brother Chris just passed away.\

Coincidence?


22 posted on 01/25/2006 11:01:43 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: UpTurn

I had Fifth's disease in highschool in Louisiana. Knocked me out of school for 6 weeks.

I had a temperature of 104 for a week and finally had to go to the hospital and get an IV because I was becoming dehydrated.


23 posted on 01/25/2006 11:09:47 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: UpTurn

Naginitus?


24 posted on 01/25/2006 11:09:51 AM PST by HardStarboard
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To: UpTurn

Sunken Bussititis


25 posted on 01/25/2006 11:12:00 AM PST by RedRightReturn (Even a broken clock is right twice a day...)
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To: garyhope
How about the "fat, lazy, too stupid to get out of town welfare entitlement Jackson, Sharpton syndrome disease"?

Funny response ... but what are you going to call it when it strikes First Responders?

26 posted on 01/25/2006 11:16:06 AM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: UpTurn

I doubt this is truly Fifth's disease; more likely, the rashes are not even from the same cause among the people mentioned.

Rashes are classified by spread, pattern and severity, the causes are myriad.


27 posted on 01/25/2006 11:23:34 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Mathews

Thanks. Getting to be number 1 is easy. Staying number one is the hard part. Somewhere out there is a young kid feeling his oats who thinks he can take out the old man.

Seriously though, didn't mean to offend you. I get a little defensive on these Katrina/Louisiana threads because so many people are in to much of a hurry to post negative, ugly things without even reading the article. I believe you when you say it was an honest mistake so in the words of the young kids out there that I'm fighting to stay number one......my bad.


28 posted on 01/25/2006 11:25:10 AM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: UpTurn

For over 2 months my feet were blistered and irritated from the flooding.


29 posted on 01/25/2006 11:34:06 AM PST by Bogey78O (<thinking of new tagline>)
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

You're right... I jumped to a conclusion.


30 posted on 01/25/2006 12:01:47 PM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: Domangart
First: Measles
2d: Scarlet Fever
3d: Rubella
4th: Dukes Disease
fifth's Disease
31 posted on 01/25/2006 12:27:30 PM PST by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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32 posted on 01/25/2006 12:47:49 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

I had Fifth's disease once. Was so sick I only drink beer now.


33 posted on 01/25/2006 12:53:47 PM PST by Safetgiver (Noone spoke when the levee done broke, Blanco cried and Nagin lied.)
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To: WatchOutForSnakes
Seriously though, didn't mean to offend you. I get a little defensive on these Katrina/Louisiana threads because so many people are in to much of a hurry to post negative, ugly things ...

Snakes, we all get a little defensive ... those of you who are there and involved ... and those of us at a distance who are involved with family and friends who are there, as well. We need whenever we feel it necessary to remind people that the folks we hear about are the problem folks ... we never seem to hear about all the good folks who have been very busy putting their lives back together.

I posted on another thread about an extended family, relocated to Houston, with whom I am in contact. The remains of their husband/father have finally been identified after all this time ... they were finally able to have a funeral Mass ... in Mid-January, after their loved one disappeared at the end of August. They are finally able to move forward from a period of great anxiety and uncertainty ... and find closure .... In the meantime, they have been quietly rebuilding their shattered lives in their "homes away from home". There are more of these good people than there are of the other sort. They deserve our compassion ... not our scorn.

As someone said recently to me ... keep fighting the good fight. Snakes, it is up to us to keep the record straight ... to get the news out about what is really going on. Thank you for contributing to that effort.

34 posted on 01/25/2006 12:56:58 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: Safetgiver

I itched. Almost as bad as hives...causes joint swelling as well in adults.

* First disease = Measles or rubeola
* Second disease = Scarlet fever
* Third disease = Rubella or German measles
* Fourth disease = Filatov or Dukes disease (AKA Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome)
* Fifth disease = Erythema infectiosum (slapped cheek syndrome) - caused by Parvovirus 19
* Sixth disease = Exanthem subitum or roseola infantum


35 posted on 01/25/2006 1:04:27 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: UpTurn

It hurts unborn babies, and it is a one-time-only mild disease--unless you are not born, yet.


36 posted on 01/25/2006 1:13:29 PM PST by TaxRelief
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To: UpTurn
Viruses replicate and change on a very quick basis to continue their lives, meaning it will be harder to kill out. What New Orleans and other areas need is a really hard, freezing winter, although I do realize the South is not usually frigidly cold in the winter.

Yeah right. I have roses blooming and green grass that really needs mowing but I refuse to mow in January.

37 posted on 01/25/2006 1:15:25 PM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: DannyTN

Fifth's? It was probably mono. Only people with AIDS, sickle cell disease, hereditary spirochaetosise, cancer or who are unborn have a tough time with Fifth's.


38 posted on 01/25/2006 1:19:53 PM PST by TaxRelief
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To: UpTurn

I posted this article from our local newspaper. There is more bad stuff to come... just trying to give people a heads up. Last week I had lunch with a vendor who lives in New Orleans... it is still very, very bad down there. Just pray for those suffering through this tragedy, okay? The idiotic responses do sting sometimes, but then I guess we in Louisiana brought it on ourselves. I hope no one else ever has to deal with something like this.

I can't imagine the scale of the devestation that 1st-person stories describe. If this rash thing doesn't become widespread, I'll drive down there in April to take a look see... but this article concerns me.

Okay, now for a little levity... (o:




Are Americans the only people who can take a tragedy and find some humor?


The Mayor of New Orleans has denied rumors that Mardi Gras is cancelled.
He says he's expecting a record number of floats this year.


Five black men in purple dinner jackets and bow ties were found floating under a pier in New Orleans. DNA tests later identified them as The Drifters. Rumor has it they were under the boardwalk, down by the sea.


Eric Burden and the Animals are re-releasing their greatest hit.
It begins, "There was a house in New Orleans . . ."


Hurricane Katrina was a typical woman. When she first arrived she was warm, wild and wet. When she left, she took the house and all its contents.


Two planes full of volunteers left Detroit today bound for New Orleans to assist with the looting.


39 posted on 01/25/2006 1:20:34 PM PST by UpTurn (I like country music http://www.thunder-creek.com)
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To: TheForceOfOne

hey thats good!!! lmao


40 posted on 01/25/2006 1:24:06 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: Mathews; WatchOutForSnakes
Aw Geez!!! Right there in the first sentence. Missed it. I'll betcha I get no less than six reminders to, "read before posting" from folks who just LOVE to pounce on honest mistakes like this every chance they get! Congrats... you are number 1

LOL don't worry happens to the best of us! Actually when you asked the question, I began to question myself. If it weren't for WatchOutForSnakes' reply to you, I would have had to re read!

41 posted on 01/25/2006 1:27:30 PM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: caryatid

Thanks. I appreciate the kind words.


42 posted on 01/25/2006 1:43:04 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: garyhope
I'm just too much of a knee jerk smart a** sometimes. And it wouldn't be the first time.

Well at least you admit unlike some at FR

Good for you

43 posted on 01/25/2006 2:34:02 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: TaxRelief

Fifth's? It was probably mono. Only people with AIDS, sickle cell disease, hereditary spirochaetosise, cancer or who are unborn have a tough time with Fifth's.

I had none of those, and I had a hell of a time with fifth's. Most people get it when they are babies and it's like a mild cold. But get it when you are older, and it can do a number on you.

At one point they did an EKG on me and announced that the current was running backward through my heart.


44 posted on 01/25/2006 10:25:46 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: UpTurn

I am pinging this to read later. I know it has to be awful down there, and a tragedy for the entire state. Way more died than we will ever hear about. And more to come. This was not a one time event. It's ongoing and has no signs of getting better. Please keep us posted.


45 posted on 01/25/2006 10:41:26 PM PST by HoHoeHeaux ("Bayou Farewell")
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To: trebb

God Bless you Dear. As far as I can see; you are the only one that has cared about others; Putting yourself in their shoes. It is very concerning; ya know, do many really care and just do not know how to put it into words or is it; that they only care; if it effects them or someone close to them? Take care.


46 posted on 06/20/2007 5:12:32 PM PDT by bl0510
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

May God Bless you also. You care about others. Good Job!


47 posted on 06/20/2007 5:12:32 PM PDT by bl0510
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To: TheForceOfOne

Locals I know call it the Katrina Kreeping Krud.


48 posted on 06/20/2007 5:14:41 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: HardStarboard

I like that one best.


49 posted on 06/20/2007 5:17:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A big ox, a small ditch, a big load and a hot day--well, you can see the problem.)
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To: TheForceOfOne
Well, since Ray thinks its a chocolate city, how about the Hershey squirts? :P

well maybe they can take the Hershey HWY. to San Francisco. :)-

50 posted on 06/20/2007 5:23:10 PM PDT by Total Package (TOLEDO, OHIO THE MRSA INFECTION IN THE STATE)
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