Skip to comments.Doctors link polio to West Nile virus
Posted on 09/24/2002 2:17:21 AM PDT by sarcasmEdited on 04/13/2004 2:08:20 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
In case reports released yesterday, stunned neurologists in Mississippi and Georgia describe the conditions of four patients suffering from the hobbled limbs, impaired breathing, and fevers that are the hallmark of polio, a disease essentially eradicated in the United States.
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I'm no biochemist, but I've run into articles on bioweapons research, and isn't this part of the effort? By inserting material, say polio, from one pathogen into another, say west nile, you make it that much more difficult to identify and treat, because the tests will say one thing while the symptoms say another. This can effectively prevent the target from becoming alerted until the stuff has already been widely spread, and because of the mixed properties it can be harder to diagnose and harder to treat.
Don't bet on that...
I guess we need another great vaccine to solve this as well...
These two diseases have a similar relationship to water.
The Polio bug could be found in water that was lying around. (I think I remember kids in the 3rd world could develop immunity to polio because they played in that contaminated water.)
Water also plays a role in West Nile--as the breeding ground for the mosquitoes that carry it.
The medications the man had received initially, Leis said, could have killed him
''I thought, `This is extremely unusual - this can't be,''' Leis said. ''How can a virus, in this case West Nile, change its clinical properties to such a marked degree? It had typically not presented this way.''
This information should be disseminated to anyone you know living in a WNV area. You'll notice the guy thinks it "can't be" because it hasn't "typically" presented "this way."
Trust me on this one, if we've got to rely on neurologists to diagnose this, we could be in big trouble. Doctors are going to have to think "outside the box" in order to diagnose this.
Ask anybody with MS about the diagnosis process and you'll know that neurologists can be "fence sitters" when it comes to making a diagnosis.
Should be interesting to watch this develop.
I was speaking to my girlfriend in CO over the weekend and she said at her church she met a young woman in her late 30's who had contacted West Nile back east early this summer. She was there for prayer since she in now confined to a wheelchair and doctors have no idea if she will ever walk again. It seems that the medical profession has really been flying blind on this one. One would think that since West Nile is more common in other parts of the world these polio like symptoms would have been reported before now. It makes you wonder if this is really West Nile or a virus that has been altered.
Billy Tucker lived into his 70's, and did manage to support himself by running a telephone answering service- he trained himself to recall verbatim everything he heard. Truly remarkable!
Like you, I think there is reason to suspect a malign human hand behind this stuff...
I'm worried about this. I have taken my 85 year old mother to the doctor twice already with muscle and joint pain, she was prescribed Vioxx the first time and had a bad reaction to it. (Same happened with my 74 year old aunt). She has been prescribed Lodine on the second visit. I have been experiencing unusual joint pain myself. I don't like this one bit.
Fox News reported once yesterday that there were six people in Mississippi who were paralyzed from WNV. (Something is going on)
a young mother in her 30's died in NJ (bergen county)of west nile (on her death certificate) this summer and i was shocked when this went completely unreported here. they are only reporting the elderly victims...
It wasn't just the media. There is a large block right here on FR that will tell you it only kills birds and old sick folks. Not to worry, no big deal. If you show the increase in cases and increased severity, and you should never mention bio/chem weapons research by other nations..because then you are of course a tin-foiler.
What I can't figure is why WNV has been so mild in Connecticut -- only seven cases, and no deaths this year. We have plenty of mosquitoes, and plenty of carrier birds. Maybe we don't have a lot of the Culex mosquito.
I still believe my father contracted some form of encephalitis last year, from which he has never recovered. My guess was St. Louis encephalitis (he lived in Houston, about two blocks from one of the locations where a SLE-carrying mosquito was found). But it could well have been WNV. We may never know for sure what caused him to take ill the way he did.
Is there a doctor in the house?