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Thread: Case of vCJD in N.A. - now: West Nile Virus
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RM: "Absolutely no reason to think this is generally
    abroad in North America ..."

That's correct, based on this excerpt from that same story:

"All evidence points to the person having acquired vCJD from
multiple, long-term stays in the UK during the peak of the
outbreak of the disease."

Also:

"The Canadian victim had spent much of the 1980s and early
1990s in the UK, Canadian officials say."

This, however, is the worrisome part:

"Canadian health officials ... accept there is a "minute"
risk of transmission of infection via an endoscope used
on the man before his death, and then on 71 other
patients."

Meanwhile, we here in the US are facing an outbreak of West
Nile Virus - the likes of which we have not seen since
facing an outbreak of St Louis Encephalitis in 1975.

 West Nile virus, transmitted by the northern house
 mosquito, Culex pipiens, first appeared in the United
 States in 1999. It was identified in Uganda's West Nile
 District in 1937. The virus causes brain and spinal
 cord inflammation in humans. West Nile virus infects
 many different bird species, but it appears to be lethal
 to crows, jays, and hawks. Mosquitoes feed on birds
 infected with the virus and then transmit it to humans
 and other animals.

 St. Louis encephalitis is not new to the United States.
 It first appeared in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1933, and
 is themost common mosquito transmitted disease in the
 United States.

 Mild infections cause fever or headaches. Symptoms of
 severe infections include headaches, high fever,
 coma, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, or even death.

(Excerpted from:

 http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/apr01/mosq0401.pdf )



RF Jim


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