Henipavirus In Bangladesh
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

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 "unexpectedly."
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
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Date: Thu 26 Feb 2004
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: 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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