Proof Scientists And Pharma Plan A Chagas Vaccine
|Hello Jeff - Pharma is getting a grant to help
develop a vaccine to treat Chagas disease. Now our children will
be forced to take yet another dangerous and useless vaccine, this one
It would have been a lot easier, safer and more productive to simply control our borders. Funny that Chagas has never been a problem in the US i.e. until we opened our borders and allowed, encouraged virtually all of Central, South
America and, in particular Mexico to "come on in." No health screening like years ago when someone with Chagas, TB or other infectious disease would be turned away from the US.
So, instead of bringing in people and their pets infected with Chagas and providing a disease reservoir for the parasite to spread to local US triatoma bugs all we would have needed to do was control our borders. Now we will have another vaccine forced on our children. Already, we hear about how well the Ebola vaccine works.
The Pharma industry will be making quite a fortune from these vaccines. As for me, I think that all of these myriad of vaccines are dangerous and we are mixing too many together. Why should the US population be forced to take all of these vaccines for diseases that are brought to us because the US government is to feckless to control the border. How many more infectious diseases will be brought here necessitating a vaccine to cure whatever new disease will be brought into the US by illegals?
The US is one of the only countries that I know which allows anyone to cross the border without a health screening. Try and walk over the border illegally into Mexico and have XDR TB or some other disease and see what Mexico does. I doubt that you would be welcomed into Mexico with TB, Leprosy, Chagas, Polio, Mumps, Measles etc. No free medical, welfare, food stamps, social services, free apartments etc for Gringos who illegally enter Mexico or any other country.
It is about time that the mainstream media covers the Illegals entering the US with Chagas and infectious diseases.
New grant will help develop vaccine to treat deadly Chagas disease
By Jenny Deam
July 29, 2015 Updated: July 29, 2015 5:03pm
For many Texans, the bite from a triatoma bug - commonly called "kissing bugs" - can be kiss of death as the inch-long insects carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a incurable disease that often causes heart failure.
For many Texans, the bite from a triatoma bug - commonly called "kissing bugs" - can be kiss of death as the inch-long insects carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a incurable disease that often causes heart failure. Photo by Dr. Gabriel Hamer, Texas A&M University
It is such a charming name for something so deadly: The kissing bug.
Or more precisely, a blood-sucking triatomine bug, that carries an especially nasty parasite that burrows into heart tissue and causes Chagas disease, which can lead to heart failure and sudden death.
Once thought to be a disease that struck only the poorest of poor in slums of South and Central America, it is now known that Chagas has been in Texas and other parts of the United States for decades but was previously overlooked or misdiagnosed.
"Chagas has become a serious health issue especially for the population of South Texas," said Dr. Peter Hotez, endowed chair in tropical pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He estimates tens of thousands of cases in Texas alone.
"It's been in Texas a long time, but no one was looking," he said.
Earlier this month the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital were awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Robert Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to accelerate development of the first therapeutic vaccine for Chagas.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated Chagas as one of the five neglected parasitic infections in the United States because it remains misunderstood by health-care providers. It was discovered to be in this country only in the last decade when it was detected in blood donations.
Many people can carry the disease for years and not know it as symptoms are mild, although some experience skin lesions or a purplish swelling of an eyelid immediately after infection. Others suffer from unexplained fever, headache, muscle pain and sometimes difficulty breathing and chest pain although those symptoms typically go away.
But the disease becomes hidden as the parasite burrows into heart tissue or digestive muscles. In 20 to 30 percent of cases patients suffer from heart disease while about 10 percent can have enlarged esophagus or colon. Later in life, the disease can lead to heart failure and sudden death, according to the World Health Organization.
The triatomine bug typically lives in the cracks and crevices of poorly made houses where they hide during the day. They tend to come out at night and usually bite a person on the face which is how the bugs got their name, the kissing bug.
Chagas is not transmitted person-to-person, so an infected person cannot casually give the disease to someone, Hotez said.
The disease can be spread through blood transfusions, eating food that has been contaminated with the bug's feces, organ transplants or passage from an infected mother to a newborn during pregnancy or childbirth.
Maria Elena Bottazzi, director of product development at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and associate dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of medicine, said a vaccine has been in development for several years. This grant will help push it closer to widespread distribution once it gains approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The vaccine would be not prevent the disease but would be given during the early phase of infection to curtail it.
This spring, Texas enacted a first-of-its-kind law that establishes better surveillance for emerging and neglected tropical disease.
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