Skip to comments.Hundreds of Iraq police fall ill at meal
Posted on 10/08/2006 4:40:30 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever
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I think they are flu-like symptoms. No bleeding.
That is what I was thinking. Especially with the rapid onset and the bleeding.
Arab food can be strongly flavored, so maybe it was mixed with a spice to disguise the taste. But some nerve agents have no scent, so maybe no taste either.
Heparin is broken down by digestive enzymes if taken orally. That is why it is give IV or IM.
As VP Dick Cheney so accurately said, this proves the Iraqi insurgency is "its last throes".
The trichothecene mycotoxins are highly toxic compounds produced by certain species of fungi. Because these mycotoxins can cause massive organ damage, and because they are fairly easy to produce and can be dispersed by various methods (dusts, droplets, aerosols, smoke, rockets, artillery mines, portable sprays), mycotoxins have an excellent potential for weaponization.
Strong evidence suggests that trichothecenes ("yellow rain") have been used as a biological warfare agent in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. From 1974-1981, numerous attacks resulted in a minimum of 6310 deaths in Laos, 981 deaths in Cambodia, and 3042 deaths in Afghanistan. When taken from fungal cultures, the mycotoxins yield a yellow-brown liquid that evaporates into a yellow crystalline product (thus, the "yellow rain" appearance). These toxins require certain solutions and high heat to be completely inactivated.
Signs and symptoms
After exposure to the mycotoxins, early symptoms begin within 5 minutes. Full effects take 60 minutes.
* If skin exposure occurs, the skin burns, becomes tender, swollen, and blisters. In lethal cases, large areas of skin die and slough (fall off).
* Respiratory exposure results in nasal itching, pain, sneezing, a bloody nose, shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and blood-tinged saliva and sputum.
* If ingested, the person feels nausea and vomits, loses appetite, feels abdominal cramping, and has watery and/or bloody diarrhea.
* Following entry into the eyes, pain, tearing, redness, and blurred vision occur.
* Systemic toxicity may occur and includes weakness, exhaustion, dizziness, inability to coordinate muscles, heart problems, low or high temperature, diffuse bleeding, and low blood pressure. Death may occur within minutes to days depending on the dose and route of exposure.
Diagnosis of an attack of trichothecene mycotoxin depends on the symptoms and identifying the toxin from biological and environmental samples. Many people with these symptoms may report being in a yellow rain or smoke attack.
Initial laboratory tests are not always helpful. Currently, a rapid identification kit for any of the trichothecene mycotoxins does not exist. Gas-liquid chromatography has been used in the past with great success. However, chromatographic methods lack great sensitivity, and presently alternative methods of detection are under investigation.
"About the only food related cause for bleeding from the ears that I can think of is a skull fracture from being force fed a frozen pot roast through the top of the skull."
You have an ex wife too ?
Additionally, it is something that the terrorists are completely familiar with. You may recall the booklets found in Afghanistan dealt extensively with Ricin and the terrorists a couple of years back were manufacturing it in England.
trichotecenes. Bulk quantities need a state factory. Iran will not be poisoning shiites, and there's not enough gain in it for the Syrians to compensate for the risks.
Re: ricin symptoms - "rapidly progressing pulmonary syndrome that is not responsive to antibiotics."
From the same source
Ingestion of ricin is generally less toxic because it is not absorbed well and may degrade in the digestive tract. Out of 751 ingestions recorded, only 14 resulted in a death.
How about a condition peculiar to Middle easterners .. like sickle cell to blacks?
I'm looking for the book,,,It's in the house,,,somewhere,,
"Yellow Rain" is the title,,It's about Chemical Warfare,,
Given that is difficult to wrap one's mind around this evil. . .makes it seem at least, almost surprising; if only for the moment it takes to do a reality check. . .
Jog ye back to your senses bump.
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Warfarin inhibits the livers' production of coagulation factors (certain proteins in the coagulation cascade). If warfarin (coumadin) is taken it take several days for it to inhibit the synthesis of these proteins. The proteins circulating in the bloodstream are 'degraded' as it passes through the body. Normally it is in a steady state of production and degradation. If production is impeded, the degradation will continue on and thus the PT will become longer and longer. But for the first few days, we place people on theraputic doses of heparin IV or IM. Heparin is rapidly metabolized and must be given either continously or frequently.