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CDC: New Respiratory Bug Has Killed 10
breitbart/AP ^ | 11/15/2007 | MIKE STOBBE

Posted on 11/15/2007 12:07:57 PM PST by steve86

ATLANTA (AP) - A mutated version of a common cold virus has caused 10 deaths in the last 18 months, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Adenoviruses usually cause respiratory infections that aren't considered lethal. But a new variant has caused at least 140 illnesses in New York, Oregon, Washington and Texas, according to a report issued Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The illness made headlines in Texas earlier this year, when a so- called boot camp flu sickened hundreds at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The most serious cases were blamed on the emerging virus and one 19-year-old trainee died.

"What really got people's attention is these are healthy young adults landing in the hospital and, in some cases, the ICU," said Dr. John Su, an infectious diseases investigator with the CDC.

There are more than 50 distinct types of adenoviruses tied to human illnesses. They are one cause of the common cold, and also trigger pneumonia and bronchitis. Severe illnesses are more likely in people with weaker immune systems.

Some adenoviruses have also been blamed for gastroenteritis, conjunctivitis and cystitis.

There are no good antiviral medications for adenoviruses. Patients usually are treated with aspirin, liquids and bed rest.

In the CDC report, the earliest case of the mutated virus was found in an infant girl in New York City, who died last year. The child seemed healthy right after birth, but then became dehydrated and lost appetite. She died 12 days after she was born.

Tests found that she been infected with a form of adenovirus, called Ad14, but with some little differences, Su said.

It's not clear how the changes made it more lethal, said Linda Gooding, an Emory University researcher who specializes in adenoviruses.

Earlier this year, hundreds of trainees at Lackland became ill with respiratory infections. Tests showed a variety of adenoviruses in the trainees, but at least 106—and probably more—had the mutated form of Ad14, including five who ended up in an intensive care unit

In April, Oregon health officials learned of a cluster of cases at a Portland-area hospital. They ultimately counted 31 cases, including seven who died with severe pneumonia. The next month, Washington state officials reported four hospitalized patients had the same mutated virus. One, who also had AIDS, died.

The Ad14 form of adenovirus was first identified in 1955. In 1969, it was blamed for a rash of illnesses in military recruits stationed in Europe, but it's been detected rarely since then. But it seems to growing more common. The strain accounted for 6 percent of adenovirus samples collected in 22 medical facilities in 2006, while none was seen the previous two years, according to a study published this month in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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1 posted on 11/15/2007 12:07:58 PM PST by steve86
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To: LucyT; blam; Mother Abigail

Mutated cold virus


2 posted on 11/15/2007 12:09:26 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: steve86

TEN? Run, hide!


3 posted on 11/15/2007 12:10:00 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Judith Anne

ping


4 posted on 11/15/2007 12:10:56 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: massgopguy
Every infectious disease starts with 1, 5, 10 ... does it not?

If you have nothing to contribute and too much time on your hands go volunteer at the hospital or something.

5 posted on 11/15/2007 12:12:32 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: steve86
Some of the Adenovirus vaccines administered to USAF recruits in early 1974 caused tumours in hamsters and lab rats at a rate that was alarming. The USAF discontinued the vaccine after only a 1000 troops were immunized. The Adenovirus is highly contagious and is going to be a bit of a problem.
6 posted on 11/15/2007 12:13:15 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Thanks. I was trying to remember names to ping — yours is certainly one of them.


7 posted on 11/15/2007 12:15:03 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: steve86
Remember that ten have died...how many have survived and what is the current morbidity and mortality rate of this particular strain of Adenovirus....one doesn’t have to die to be permanently screwed up by the virus.
8 posted on 11/15/2007 12:15:29 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: steve86

Antibiotic resistant Staph, brain eating amoeba, bull sharks in the Mississippi, and now a mutant cold virus – boy in the bubble isn’t looking all that silly anymore. ;)


9 posted on 11/15/2007 12:16:24 PM PST by InsensitiveConservative
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To: steve86

Articles like this attract me like a moth to a flame....


10 posted on 11/15/2007 12:17:28 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: steve86

I wish the CDC wasn’t politically influenced.


11 posted on 11/15/2007 12:19:06 PM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: steve86; 60Gunner

ping


12 posted on 11/15/2007 12:22:46 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: steve86

In the same time 90,000 Americans have died from pneumonia and 54,000 from the flu.


13 posted on 11/15/2007 12:23:15 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Beat me to it.

50,000+ people die every year from the “normal” flu, but the MSM and public go into spasms at reports that two or twenty people died of bird flu or some other “new” disease.


14 posted on 11/15/2007 12:27:55 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: vetvetdoug
"What really got people's attention is these are healthy young adults landing in the hospital and, in some cases, the ICU," said Dr. John Su, an infectious diseases investigator with the CDC.M

Wasn't this was the hallmark of the pandemic in 1917 (or thereabouts).

15 posted on 11/15/2007 12:33:51 PM PST by iceskater (Everyone has the right to be stupid....some people just abuse the priviledge)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yeah. I looked up the stats at the CDC’s website when everyone was crying about bird flu.

I don’t think it even killed that many birds.


16 posted on 11/15/2007 12:40:04 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: steve86

Steve, if you have a ping list, plz add me. Thx...and this is worth discussion considering the outbreak in such a young, healthy community as Lackland.


17 posted on 11/15/2007 12:46:41 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. Jane Austen.)
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To: iceskater

I just finished an excellent book about the 1918/19 epidemic. My hair still hasn’t uncurled.

Interesting factoid: It’s called the “Spanish flu” because Spain was about the only Western country that wasn’t in the war and therefore the only country without military censorship suppressing reporting of the epidemic. So the news media made it sound like a problem mainly in Spain initially. The epidemic appears to have actually started in the US, specifically Kansas.

With modern medicine a lot fewer people would die. But if we ever get a similar epidemic, the medical system will be utterly overwhelmed and the medical care most will get will be little better than flu victims received in 1919.


18 posted on 11/15/2007 12:49:59 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: steve86; neverdem; Mother Abigail; NautiNurse; blam

I thought the common cold was a coronavirus...I could be wrong...I’m just thinking that SARS was a coronavirus. I’m not sure how an adenovirus and a coronavirus differ...


19 posted on 11/15/2007 1:26:05 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I think natural immunity is much weaker than it used to be.
on the other hand detection is faster and the CDC is beefed up to prepare for bioterrorism.
on the other hand diseases can spread much faster because of easier transportation.
on the other hand I don’t have to go anywhere because I can do so much online...


20 posted on 11/15/2007 1:26:11 PM PST by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: Sherman Logan
I just finished an excellent book about the 1918/19 epidemic. My hair still hasn’t uncurled.

What's the title/author? Sounds like a good read.

21 posted on 11/15/2007 1:26:49 PM PST by scan59 (Let consumers dictate market policies. Government just gets in the way.)
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To: steve86
The thing is we get this type of thing over and over and over again. It's frankly chicken little'ish. So I wouldn't get bent out of shape over a post like that....

Go here and read:

http://www.fumento.com/disease/flu2005.html

22 posted on 11/15/2007 1:29:38 PM PST by Osage Orange (Hillary's heart is darker than the devil's riding boots..............)
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To: iceskater

This looks like it is related to people living under stress in close quarters with questionable sanitation practices. Nasty bugs hit places like bootcamps and dorms. Every year, meningitis hits at least a couple college dorms.


23 posted on 11/15/2007 1:56:26 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Sherman Logan

My boss in an infectious disease specialist. He says that we won’t be able to handle anything like 1918/19. There aren’t enough respirators in the country to deal with all the pulmonary complications much less negative pressure isolation rooms.

It will happen again. We won’t be much better prepared for it now than in 1918-19. And people will point fingers, “why didn’t you warn us when the first 10 people died.”


24 posted on 11/15/2007 2:00:17 PM PST by iceskater (Everyone has the right to be stupid....some people just abuse the priviledge)
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To: Sherman Logan

My boss in an infectious disease specialist. He says that we won’t be able to handle anything like 1918/19. There aren’t enough respirators in the country to deal with all the pulmonary complications much less negative pressure isolation rooms.

It will happen again. We won’t be much better prepared for it now than in 1918-19. And people will point fingers, “why didn’t you warn us when the first 10 people died.”


25 posted on 11/15/2007 2:01:42 PM PST by iceskater (Everyone has the right to be stupid....some people just abuse the priviledge)
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To: iceskater

Sorry for the double post - my computer seems to have the hiccups.


26 posted on 11/15/2007 2:02:21 PM PST by iceskater (Everyone has the right to be stupid....some people just abuse the priviledge)
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To: Judith Anne
I thought the common cold was a coronavirus...

Actually it's the rhinovirus that's usually implicated. There are numerous exceptions because "common cold" is such a generic description.

The article refers to young, healthy people as being affected which brings to mind the horrors of 1919, but in fact the 10 deaths (so far) appear all to have occurred in people with some sort of immune compromise. This would be a good one to keep a sharp eye on, but no panic yet. IMHO, of course.

27 posted on 11/15/2007 2:05:08 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: scan59

I’m a little embarassed to admit it, but I don’t remember. I read so many books I often don’t remember titles or authors.


28 posted on 11/15/2007 2:06:59 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: steve86
There is no cure for the common cold. All you can do is wait it out.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 11/15/2007 2:06:59 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem

ping


30 posted on 11/15/2007 2:09:27 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: iceskater

You are exactly right.

A contributing factor in the 1919 epidemic is that most of the medical personnel came down with the disease themselves. While sterile methods might reduce this in a modern epidemic, it would probably not be enough to help without a functional vaccine.

In the long run, it’s not a good idea to bet against viruses and bacteria. They’ve been around a lot longer than people and in a race between their evolutionary strategies and our technology, in the long term put your money on the germs.

Interestingly, even the 1919 epidemic didn’t come close to some of the great epidemics of the past for percentage of the population killed. We really don’t have a clue about how drastically this can affect society.


31 posted on 11/15/2007 2:12:07 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Judith Anne; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe
I thought the common cold was a coronavirus...I could be wrong...I’m just thinking that SARS was a coronavirus. I’m not sure how an adenovirus and a coronavirus differ...

IIRC, most "colds" are caused by strain of either adenovirus or rhinovirus. There is or was someone on this forum who claimed to be a virologist, but I forget the screenname.

I couldn't say much about viruses more than they can be either DNA or RNA, single or double stranded, usually covered by an an assortment of glycoproteins that depend on obligate intracellular parasitism.

As far as taxonamy goes, it appears to me that adenovirus or rhinovirus are the name of the genus, and strain is used for the name of the species. Any corrections will be appreciated.

32 posted on 11/15/2007 2:21:45 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem; Kelly_2000

I think it was Kelly2000, iirc, she was working on her doctorate, again iirc.


33 posted on 11/15/2007 2:23:55 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Squantos

Thanks for the ping. I’ll be linking it soon. See comment# 33.


34 posted on 11/15/2007 2:26:51 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Squantos

Drat, see comment# 32.


35 posted on 11/15/2007 2:29:43 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: steve86

Interesting. My son was at Lackland from the middle of February till April. Said he was sick for the first 4 weeks he was there.

I thought he was exaggerating.


36 posted on 11/15/2007 2:49:01 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: steve86

I have that illness right now. Just got off the phone after calling the Doctors office.

She said it has been around for about two years.

What I needed was bed rest, aspirin and fluids.

She said it has been going around for about two years.

So...after I post this I will be back in bed.


37 posted on 11/15/2007 3:40:24 PM PST by joyce11111
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To: neverdem

We never get colds/flu.

But this year due to I am guessing both of us having health problems and only getting out to get fresh veggies/fruit every two weeks we have come home with a bug everytime.

Same story all over our small rural cut off from the big world community.

Almost if something is laying dormant in us and coming back.

Started out in the bones as in every injury and joint then the next time it was a shoulders/sinus then a gastro/sinus now we both are down with head colds.

This is over just a 2 month span.

Our friends who have more serious health issues get it worse like down in the lungs. I have a feeling the fact that they have pre existing illness and smoke may be what allows the bug to go in to bronchitis and or pneumonia.

So that is all I know from personal exp. never get sick and this year started in Oct and have not been well.

Also we got our usual flu shot but because we got it so early the Doc says we will need another one in the spring do to the longer flu seasons, we are not going to no thanks.

Also we have the last two times went grocery shopping at midnight when no families (school kids) are out.

Being a health careprovider 28yrs I am well aware of hand washing and all the abc of preventative care.

Having trach care to do coughing is essential so I might remind all ya’ll if you have a cough with normal breathing it is a GOOD thing, like sneezing it is the body’s way of clearing secreations.

Unlike the rest of you we are able to take the time to rest, drink tons of liqued and one thing I make the quad son do is get up twice a day and sit in his chair to work them lungs when he has a bug in the resp. system.

I like to use a child’s dose daily year around of Mucinex even though he is an adult and it really helps bring up the lung fossils (deep junk) related to his under pre existing health issues.

No more classes at OSU with college kids where we are packed in like sardines (really kids sitting on the floor it is so crowded).

We are now getting lectures on DVD. However that is due to the decline in his over all health this last year.


38 posted on 11/15/2007 4:22:32 PM PST by Global2010
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To: Global2010

I hope you and your family get well.


39 posted on 11/15/2007 5:44:42 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Not to mention how folks Globe Trot.


40 posted on 11/15/2007 5:52:22 PM PST by Global2010
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To: steve86

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 11/15/2007 6:07:21 PM PST by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity - http://jsher.livejournal.com/)
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To: All

That is when folks need to stay home and quarentine.

Some people just have to go go despite knowing they are sick.

Skip the non essentials and keep your rear end at home and get well.

Sheeesh.


42 posted on 11/15/2007 6:16:39 PM PST by Global2010
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To: joyce11111

I am pretty sure I had an adenovirus last winter. I got pink-eye, both ears got totally plugged up, I could not breathe through my nose, had a fever, etc. It was really the sickest I’ve been since I was a kid. Nasty stuff!

What are your symptoms? I hope you feel better soon!


43 posted on 11/15/2007 6:23:21 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Sherman Logan

I made it halfway through the book last year. I need to get back to it and finish it!


44 posted on 11/15/2007 6:26:15 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: steve86

Sambucol-Natures Way


45 posted on 11/15/2007 6:28:57 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Born Conservative

Fact Dude/Dudette.

Some of us sooner and some of us later.

But we are all going to die.


46 posted on 11/15/2007 6:35:34 PM PST by Global2010
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To: steve86
There is another thread on this.

CDC says mutated cold virus is a killer

This is a very dangerous bug and nothing to joke about.
47 posted on 11/15/2007 6:38:32 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Supposedly, and I don’t have a source for this, the Spanish Flu came from a chicken farm in KS when a man who worked there joined the army in WW1. It spread through the army camps, to Europe, and through the world. Apparently it was a strain of what we now call Bird Flu.


48 posted on 11/15/2007 6:54:53 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Born Conservative
WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!

I don't think we're all going to die but to not be aware or prepared is just stupid.

49 posted on 11/15/2007 7:07:46 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: steve86
http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=6370

I am very close ( 50 miles) to this. Public officials have kept their yaps shut.

Any ideas? The first report was that an employee came to work on Sat. with an infection. They closed the store and made arrangements to destroy all the merchandise, even the fixtures. Rumors are running rampant.

IMHO, there are only a few “infections” that one can visibly see without testing or at least a microscopic examination before destroying 100,000.00 worth of stuff.

And.....that would be so deadly that everything had to be destroyed. They denied that it was MRSA.

BA

50 posted on 11/15/2007 7:54:12 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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