"Canada will see a majority of cases of acute flaccid paralysis
in the middle-aged group, meaning 40 to 60." ~ Dr. Leis

(the saga continues)

"She's blaming her illness on a mosquito and not on the fact that
she's had an organ transplant." ~ Jackie Jura

In 1984 Winston Smith was a writer for the Times newspaper, which was located in the Ministry of Truth building, in London, Airstrip One.

Part of his job was to make up news stories, according to directives he received from the "anonymous directing brains who co-ordinated the whole effort" of supplying information to the masses. Whatever the Party wanted the people to believe, that's what Winston was assigned to write. For example, if the Party increased the price of chocolate, Winston was supposed to write that the Party had decreased the price of chocolate. Winston was good at making even the most outrageous lies sound believable, by cleverly manipulating the details, and interweaving fact with fiction. Events that had never happened were made to sound as though they had, and events that actually HAD happened, were made to sound as though they hadn't. He even created people and ascribed them characteristics and imaginary backgrounds. This re-writing of history and falsification of the present was carried on continuously in the Ministry of Truth (Lies) where Winston worked.

Now, with that in mind, read the following news story that appeared in one of Canada's two national newspapers. It states details about West Nile Virus that are completely at odds with details that were orignally reported. For example, West Nile Virus made its first appearance on the scene last summer, and its victims were all old people with previously existing conditions. Its symptoms were mild - similar to the flu. We were told that the only way WNV was transmitted was through a mosquito bite. And not from just ANY mosquito! If a mosquito was to transmit WNV to a human victim, first the mosquito had to have bitten a bird. But not just ANY bird. The bird it bit had to be afflicted with WNV. It's not mentioned how the bird contracted WNV, or how the mosquito bites through its feathers, but maybe it's assumed it goes for the underbelly. In any event, this same mosquito - after biting the WNV bird - must then live to bite again - this time an immune deficient old person already dying of an existing disease. So that was the story last summer.

But now - in a news story today - a modern-day Winston is talking about WNV victims from last summer who were never mentioned at the time, and who have apparently died or become paralized. And they weren't old either. They were middle-aged and healthy. The only person named and cited as an example, is a nurse who says she got bit by a mosquito last summer and has since become "a noodle". She's blaming her illness on the mosquito - and not on the fact that she's had an organ transplant. That piece of information is just slid in between the lines as though it is of no significance at all. That's because the purpose of the story is to inspire the fear of God in people about West Nile Virus in time for the arrival of this year's mosquito season.

The Health Crusaders have already started warning about the dangers of becoming infected and are setting the stage for vaccines and pesticide spraying from airplanes. As usual it's big bucks for the chemical and pharmaceutical companies - who get another opportunity to expose everyone to toxins - and for the law-and-order types who get a chance to strip people of their liberties and privacy - to keep them "safe" of course. ~ Jackie Jura

Winston Smith couldn't have done any better than the writer of the following piece of propaganda from 2003's version of 1984.

PS: It contains other contradictions I haven't pointed out but I leave those to the discerning reader to notice and ponder. Is it a cryptic joke that the name of the "expert" neurologist from Mississippi is Dr. Leis (pronounced lies)? ~ jj

West Nile most likely to debilitate healthy people in middle age
'Acute flaccid paralysis'
National Post, Apr 15, 2003

Healthy, middle-aged people will suffer the most debilitating and long-lasting effects of Canada's next West Nile virus outbreak, according to clinical evidence gathered since last year's record-setting epidemic.By some quirk of the mosquito-borne virus -- some have suggested it is a mutation, but this is not proven -- healthy people in their 40s and 50s have been paralyzed overnight, unable to eat, drink or even breathe unaided. This "acute flaccid paralysis" is a result of the virus targetting the grey matter of the brain stem, where it attacks cells of the nervous system called anterior horn cells. Swelling of the brain and its lining is generally recognized as the major complication from West Nile, but evidence compiled by Dr. Arturo Leis, a U.S. neurologist, suggests that in younger people, many of whom are healthy enough to survive the disease's initial onslaught, it is paralysis that becomes the end-game symptom.

Now, with the virus hitting more and more people -- perhaps half a million last year, of whom 4,000 in the U.S. and 500 in Canada became ill -- more middle-aged people are becoming infected, and they exhibit a different illness. Dr. Mike Drebot, head of viral zoonosis for Health Canada, said people over 50 are at greater risk of West Nile illness, but that younger people become more vulnerable as the disease spreads to more people. "When you have a major outbreak, you will pick up those [younger] cases," he said. "We did find that [last year]."

Dr. Richard Johnson, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins University told the journal Nature last year he suspects a mutation is at work.

In Toronto, previously healthy people who suffered these symptoms remain in the care of their doctors today, eight months after last year's late summer epidemic. People in their 40s were hospitalized for paralysis, and some needed a respirator. "Half have gotten better," said Dr. Brian Murray, a neurologist who treated West Nile cases at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, including some who were in their 30s. He could not comment on those who have not improved.

Pat Anweiler, a Toronto nurse who was infected with West Nile last September and only recently released from a care facility due to its concerns about SARS, said yesterday she is still confined to a wheelchair. "I was a noodle," she said of her experience with acute flaccid paralysis.

Dr. Leis, a neurologist at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Mississippi, said the average age of illness from the virus has been dropping sharply, from the 80s in the earliest outbreaks to 53 last year, with a range that dips as low as seven. As the average age of infection falls, Dr. Leis said Canada "will see a majority of cases of acute flaccid paralysis in the middle-aged group, meaning 40 to 60."

Its effects are swift, fierce, and often permanent. They progress quickly from headaches through disturbed vision to numbness, inability to breathe and total paralysis. As Richard Lewis of Detroit's Wayne State University warned at last fall's meeting of the American Neurological Association: "They wake up and one arm or leg doesn't work." Studies in the U.S. have shown 50% of patients who sought medical attention displayed evidence of nerve damage, and that one in four patients had to be placed on a ventilator. Only a minority ever recover fully. The paralysis symptoms are also nearly identical to polio, another viral scourge that has been all but eradicated by vaccination.

Dr. Leis thinks the public has been lulled into a false confidence about who becomes ill with West Nile. In a forthcoming Canadian Medical Association Journal study of Toronto-area patients who developed serious illness, Dr. Leis said it was their youth that surprised him. "It wasn't the elderly population that was first described," he said. The median age was 61, and Dr. Leis said he expects it to drop.

Dr. James Brunton, lead author of the Toronto study and director of the Trihospital Infectious Disease Division which includes the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said those patients who are still in need of medical care have not been tracked since the study concluded. "Most of them would have been discharged and the issue is to what degree they have recovered their pre-illness functional state," he said. "I just don't know what their status is. We have not followed them... I don't know if anybody has. The problem is they're all in different hospitals. Essentially you'd need to have a registry or a study nurse to do that."

This leaves questions unanswered about what might be at work in the changing disease, Dr. Leis said. "The basic question still remains to be answered," he said. "We really don't know why one 50-year-old is unaffected by the West Nile virus except for a trenchant, flu-like illness, and why another 50-year-old is literally devastated by the virus."

Ms. Anweiler, 44, who became ill with West Nile after being bitten by a mosquito during a backyard party with friends, calls herself a "test case" for how to treat the ravages of West Nile virus. She said her ongoing battle with the disease was marred by error and ignorance, from the failure of doctors to recognize the early symptoms to lost bloodwork. She said she was not tested for the disease despite her complaints to her doctors that she felt ill, she had been recently bitten by mosquitoes, and was a recent organ recipient.

"It wasn't even a concern to be concerned about West Nile," she said. "There was a lot of bullsh-- that went down around this issue last summer, and if I knew that I needed to protect myself, then I would have done that, and would feel a lot better now, given that I am now in a [wheel] chair, that I had done what I could have done." "I had to learn how to turn over in bed, how to get up on my elbow. I had to learn how to wash my face," she said. "The muscles are gone in the torso and back ... I can't go out in public."

Dr. Murray said people should be taking reasonable precautions, given the wide spread of West Nile. He said the paralysis cases are likely not the result of a mutation, but rather a natural consequence of more infections among younger people.

WNV has potential to kill hundreds (CDC creates Mosquito Awareness Week; "Fight the Bite" is their slogan). Scotsman, Jun 24, 2003


Jackie Jura
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