- Hello Jeff - It looks like the virus in Bangladesh is
actually a recombinent of Hendra (which usually affects horses) and Nipah
virus which affects pigs and humans.
- As I mentioned a year or so ago, the Paramyxoviruses
are mutating at an alarming pace. New Paramyxoviruses have arrived on
the scene over the past few years, also at an alarming rate.
- Given the fact that George Bush has been spending taxpayer
money like a drunken sailor, and the senior citizens are going to pay for
his wars and uncontrolled spending by having social security checks cut
eventually, it would not surprise me to learn that there is soon going
to be a pandemic that will kill millions of elderly. That is one way to
solve the Bush Administration financial woes.
- Severly depleating the older population, including baby
boomers, people born between 1945 and 1959 would mean the social security
money they earned stays in the pot and would be used for Bush's war chest
and other wild spending sprees.
- Believe me, the pandemic is coming, SOON. I notice
that the influenza vaccine is not going to contain an avian influenza virus
strain, therefore we may expect the H5N1 or similar influenza to hit us
- Many people feel as I do and know that a pathogen is
in a lab waiting for release. Those who want to reduce the population
know that we know their intent, yet they will carry through on the plan.
- Some additonal information on Hendra and Nipah Viruses.
- Patricia Doyle
- HENIPAVIRUS - BANGLADESH: UPDATE
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- Date: Thu 26 Feb 2004
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- Source: World Health Organisation (WHO), CSR, Disease
Outbreak News, Thu 26
- Feb 2004 [edited]
- Nipah-like virus in Bangladesh - Update
- As of Thu 26 Feb 2004, WHO has received reports of 22
cases, including 17 deaths, attributed to Nipah-like virus infections (see
previous report: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_02_12/en/). Of the total
cases, 11 are laboratory-confirmed.
- An additional 51 cases are under investigation. The changes
in the number of cases is a result of a review of the case definition and
the surveillance data currently being undertaken by the team of experts
from WHO, partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and
the Ministry of Health.
- The infections have occurred in 5 districts: Rajbari,
Manikganj, Jaipurhat, Naogang, and Faridpur.
- Guidelines for clinical management and hospital-based
surveillance for encephalitis are being developed. Ecological, sero-prevalence,
and case control studies are nearing completion.
- Marianne Hopp
- [Nipah and Hendra viruses are related but distinct paramyxoviruses
which now comprise a new genus in the sub-family _Paramyxovirinae_ of the
family _Paramyxoviridae_. The genus name _Henipavirus_ has been approved
by the ICTV (International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses). These viruses
have molecular characteristics that distinguish them from previously known
paramyxoviruses. It is likely that the virus associated with the outbreaks
of encephalitis in Western Bangladesh is a novel member of the genus _Henipavirus_,
in view of epidemiological characteristics that distinguish it from the
2 established virus species in the genus. Therefore until the precise relationship
of the Bangladesh virus to Nipah virus (first isolated in Malaysia) and
Hendra virus (isolated only in Australia) has been established, the term
"henipavirus" will be used to describe the Bangladesh virus instead
of Nipah/Hendra-like. - Mod.CP]
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