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  • Tobacco Plants Lead the Way to Ebola Cure

    10/06/2014 8:53:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/06/14 | Wes Porter
    Nicotiana benthamiana, already used to produce West Nile virus antibodies, offers similar protection against the devastating Ebola virus The already wide horticultural field has expanded yet more to the new science of pharming. This involves the production of pharmaceuticals through the use of genetic engineering to insert genes that code for desired and otherwise expensive and complicated to produce pharmaceuticals into plants. Today, thanks to the herbaceous plant and close relative of tobacco, Nicotiana benthamiana, already used to produce West Nile virus antibodies, offers similar protection against the devastating Ebola virus. Found amongst rocks on hills and cliffs throughout the...
  • Colorado man’s fatal West Nile infection likely came from blood transfusion

    08/08/2013 12:58:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies ^ | August 8, 2013 | Matt Farley
    DENVER — A Colorado man who died of West Nile virus last year was likely infected through a blood transfusion, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The man, who was undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, began developing West Nile symptoms after 29 days in the hospital, sharply narrowing the number of ways he could have been exposed to the virus, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He died after 47 days in the hospital. Eighteen days prior to showing symptoms, the patient received a blood transfusion that health officials now believe contained...
  • The hidden threat of West Nile virus - Researchers probe possible link with kidney disease.

    09/21/2012 4:33:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 18 September 2012 | Amy Maxmen
    This year is on track to be the worst on record for West Nile virus in the United States. As of 11 September, more than 2,600 new cases, including 118 deaths, had been reported from across the country to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease range from none (in most people) to life-threatening brain inflammation, and it can leave survivors with long-term disabilities including paralysis and fatigue. Researchers are now investigating suggestions that even mild infections may leave another lasting burden — kidney disease. “We are early in our...
  • 2 Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Santa Monica

    08/23/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | August 23, 2012 9:27 AM | Pete Demetriou
    SANTA MONICA ( — Two birds found dead in Santa Monica in the last three months have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, officials said. The most recent bird, an American Crow, was found on July 23 in the area boundaried by Ocean Avenue, Montana Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard, KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou reports. Download: santa-monica-west-nile-warning-2.mp3 The first positive bird was reported on May 17, Santa Monica city officials said. Residents are being asked that if they see dead birds to call 1-877-WNV-BIRD to have them picked up for analysis. “Mosquitoes become infected when they first feed on birds...
  • The CDC is warning us about the West Nile Virus. Someone tell us about it?

    08/22/2012 9:52:06 AM PDT · by BobNative · 47 replies
    Question | August 22, 2012 | Self
    West Nile Virus
  • West Nile Virus in Texas: 10 dead and hundreds infected in Dallas County

    <p>The West Nile Virus has hit Dallas County in Texas, which has killed 10 people and infected hundreds of others.</p> <p>Planes began spraying for harmful mosquitoes in Dallas north of Interstate 30 and east of the Dallas North Tollway at 10 p.m. Thursday night and continued until early Friday morning.</p>
  • UQ researchers make West Nile vaccine breakthrough

    05/21/2008 8:05:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 118+ views
    University of Queensland researchers have made a giant leap forward in the race to develop a vaccine for the potentially debilitating West Nile virus. Associate Professor Alex Khromykh, from UQ's School of Molecular & Microbial Sciences, and colleagues have found a way to generate immune response levels comparable to a live virus vaccine, which could also help suffers of other disease such as dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. “What this means is that our prototype vaccine has the potential to not only be safer but just as effective as live vaccines,” Dr Khromykh said. Dr Khromykh said West Nile virus...
  • Deadliness Of West Nile Virus Explained

    08/22/2007 3:43:47 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 448+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-22-2007
    Deadliness of West Nile virus explained 22 August 2007 news service A single genetic mutation might explain why West Nile virus has, within a decade, switched from causing relatively mild infections in humans to outbreaks of deadly encephalitis. The virus, which can pass to humans via mosquitoes that feed on infected birds, didn't pose a serious threat until the mid-1990s, when outbreaks of deadly infection sprang up in Israel, Romania, Russia and eventually North America. Aaron Brault and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, discovered that these new strains have in common a mutation in the gene for...
  • West Nile Virus Decimates Suburban Birds

    05/16/2007 1:06:21 PM PDT · by Darnright · 29 replies · 617+ views ^ | May 16, 2007
    West Nile Virus Decimates Suburban Birds WASHINGTON - Birds that once flourished in suburban skies, including robins, bluebirds and crows, have been devastated by West Nile virus, a study found. Populations of seven species have had dramatic declines across the continent since West Nile emerged in the United States in 1999, according to a first-of-its-kind study. The research, to be published Thursday by the journal Nature, compared 26 years of bird breeding surveys to quantify what had been known anecdotally.
  • Fighting the West Nile Virus : BRING BACK DDT !

    08/09/2005 12:44:56 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 14 replies · 799+ views
    National Review ^ | August 9,2005 | Henry I. Miller
    Noisy Spring Avoiding the West Nile virus. By Henry I. Miller The six-year-old U.S. outbreak of West Nile virus is a significant threat to public health and shows no signs of abating. Last year, there were more than 2,500 serious cases and 100 deaths. Though still early in the West Nile virus season (there is a time lag during which animals are infected, mosquitoes convey the virus to humans, and the virus incubates until symptoms occur), this year the mosquito-borne virus has been found in animal hosts (primarily birds) in 39 states, and has caused more than a hundred serious...
  • Fresno Co. man dies of W. Nile

    08/09/2005 6:01:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 12 replies · 460+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 8-9-05 | Barbara Anderson
    "An elderly Fresno County man is the third person in the state to die from complications of West Nile virus this year."
  • County Takes West Nile Fight To The Air - Aerial Spraying Over Sacramento To Begin Monday Night

    08/08/2005 9:37:30 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 11 replies · 1,062+ views
    KCRA 13 ^ | 8/8/2005 | KCRA Staff
    County Takes West Nile Fight To The Air Aerial Spraying Over Sacramento To Begin Monday Night POSTED: 6:56 am PDT August 8, 2005 UPDATED: 6:44 pm PDT August 8, 2005 SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Vector Control officials Monday will begin aerial spraying over a large part of Sacramento County in an effort to fight mosquitoes and the West Nile virus. A 71,000-acre area from Interstate 5 to Citrus Heights will be sprayed beginning at 8 p.m. The spraying is expected to last until midnight. The pesticide that will be sprayed is a pyrethins, derived from chrysanthemums. It is the same...
  • West Nile warning in Citrus Heights

    07/30/2005 11:51:49 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 238+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/30/2005 | Edgar Sanchez
    West Nile warning in Citrus Heights Residents are being urged to 'fight the bite' of infected mosquitoes, but City Council members downplay the risk. By Edgar Sanchez -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 am PDT Saturday, July 30, 2005 Story appeared in Metro section, Page B1 Get weekday updates of Sacramento Bee headlines and breaking news. Sign up here. An alert has been issued in Citrus Heights in response to what an official called a "significant outbreak" of West Nile virus found in mosquitoes.
  • CA: West Nile virus showing up early ~~ .... Orange county beach areas....

    05/21/2005 9:13:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 395+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2005 | PAT BRENNAN The Orange County Register
    It's 'like nothing we've ever seen before,' O.C. official says. West Nile virus is making a powerful, early showing in Orange County birds this season, possibly signaling an unusually large burst of virus- carrying mosquitoes that was fueled by winter rains. Fourteen dead birds have tested positive for the disease since January. In some bird tissues, infection was so massive that cellular staining used to detect the virus in the laboratory, normally visible only under a microscope, could be seen with the naked eye.
  • Cuba's bio-research activity under scrutiny: Did Castro plant West Nile virus in Florida Keys?

    05/15/2002 1:10:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,465+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2002 | By H.P. Albarelli Jr.
    Notwithstanding former President Jimmy Carter's recent statement to the contrary, Undersecretary of State John Bolton's remarks about Cuba's biological weapons capabilities underscore lingering concerns with the rogue island only 90 miles from the United States. Bolton, on May 6, told an audience at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation that the U.S. is suspicious about Cuban biomedical laboratories and their ability to transfer biological weapons technology to Iraq, Syria and Libya, all countries that Cuban President Fidel Castro visited last year. Bolton also made remarks, which may be interpreted as a clear signal of hardening State Department policy toward Cuba, faulting...
  • Israeli bioterror experts coming up with the right answers

    12/13/2004 4:15:16 PM PST · by ddtorque · 4 replies · 546+ views
    Israel21c ^ | December 12, 2004
    Bioterrorism has been in the minds of millions of Americans ever since the 'anthrax letters' were sent just after 9/11. Unlike conventional terrorism, where a bomb blast is a clear sign that something has happened, biowarfare methods such as spraying viruses into the air or polluting water sources are silent and often leave no visible trace. How do we know if something has happened, and, more importantly, what do we do about it? Israeli scientists are coming up with answers from several different angles.
  • L.A. hit hard by West Nile virus {Is this the new polio?]

    10/17/2004 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies · 832+ views ^ | 10-15-04 | Troy Anderson
    L.A. hit hard by West Nile virus Article Published: Friday, October 15, 2004 - 8:58:29 PM PST By Troy Anderson Staff Writer As the West Nile virus season winds down, health experts say the mosquito-borne disease caused far more serious health problems than initially expected, especially among an alarming number of healthy, young and middle-age adults. While experts originally were most concerned about the potential for deaths among the elderly and those with immune deficiencies, they now say the virus also caused paralysis and other serious neurological complications among a significant number of people who were expected to suffer little...
  • Reject Environmentalism, Not DDT

    10/12/2004 2:26:41 AM PDT · by Taka No Kimi · 2 replies · 369+ views
    The Ayn Rand Institute | September 2, 2004 | Keith Lockitch
    Environmental ideology demands opposition to DDT despite the millions of malaria deaths its use could prevent. The West Nile virus deaths being reported across North America are a grim echo of a larger tragedy. Each year a million lives are taken worldwide by another mosquito-borne killer: malaria. Though nearly eradicated decades ago, malaria has resurged with a vengeance. But the real tragedy is that its horrific death toll is largely preventable. The most effective agent of mosquito control, the pesticide DDT, has been essentially discarded--discarded based not on scientific concerns about its safety, but on environmental dogma. The environmental crusade...
  • West Nile virus in Harris County?

    09/09/2004 7:05:41 PM PDT · by Miztiki · 10 replies · 382+ views
    Today I saw a black bird fall dead from the sky. I was pulling into the Pet Smart parking lot right there next to the Reliant Stadium when something in the sky caught my eye. It fell for quite a ways and hit the parking lot. I pulled up to it and it was a black bird. I think they call them ravens here. Anyway, there were no power lines or anything anywhere above the bird, so it must have died while flying in mid-air. The first thing I thought of was West Nile virus. The only other thing I...
  • CDC gave Saddam West Nile samples: Did Iraqis weaponize mutated form of virus?

    08/09/2004 3:34:51 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 749+ views ^ | Monday, August 9, 2004
    While health officials reported this week West Nile virus has sickened 108 people in 10 states this summer, they continue to withhold opinions on how, where and why the mosquito-born disease originated. Maybe, say some U.S. intelligence sources of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, that's because they know. The Centers for Disease Control gave samples of West Nile virus – among other deadly biological agents – to Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the 1980s. Some national security sources – as well as health professionals – believe Saddam Hussein weaponized those samples and sent them back to the United States, via his ally...