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West Nile Virus: Index of Quotes and Links

Virus or Environment?
Commentator Questions Blame Placed on West Nile Virus


The potential importance of polluted and unhealthy environments in which West Nile virus outbreaks often occur is being ignored due to lack of funding and scientific indifference.
Valuable clues have not been investigated about the possible role of air quality in the outbreaks that began in the New York area in 1999. Outbreaks have since occurred in other regions of the country.
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Role of bioengineering in CFS, GWS & AIDS


Now, we're going to talk about the West Nile Virus,
which was present with us here in New York during the late summer. The West Nile Virus appeared in New York and then was found in Connecticut and New Jersey. It's mosquito-borne. It killed 7 people in those three states before the summer was over and it's been predicted, and I'm quoting from the New York Times in an article published on December 15th, they said "The virus would likely re-emerge next spring when mosquitoes come out of hibernation." This quote is from health experts testifying before the United States Senate. So, with that, we're going to kick off and talk to Donald W. Scott because he has some news for our listening audience about where this West Nile Virus may actually have come from. We're not saying we know it for sure, and we're not documenting it but we want to present you with some facts. Hi Donald, welcome to the show.

Don Scott
Good morning, it's nice to be here.

Dr. Mazlen
And I'd like you to tell our audience something about the information that you have from the Riegle Committee with regard to this West Nile Virus.

Don Scott
As you and many of your listeners will recall, when the West Nile Virus was first identified, official government sources said, "well this is very strange because there has never been any West Nile virus in continental United States that we ever knew of." However, if one turns to the Riegle Report which was authored and supervised in its compilation by Donald Riegle who was a senator from Michigan, one will find that on May 21st, 1985, the United States had a supply of West Nile virus in the United States and that they shipped a quantity of that to Suddam Hussein.

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The CIA and the West Nile Virus


What New Viruses' Vaccines & 'Chemtrails' Have in Common
By Leonard G. Horowitz, D.M.D., M.A, M.P.H. President, Tetrahedron Publishing Group

There is a three letter common denominator underlying: the West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak in New England, the controversial spraying of malathione-a known human chemical carcinogen related to agent orange-over American cities, the growing threat of anthrax or other biological weapons attacks, vaccination policies that are risky and questionable, if not downright deadly, the mysterious chemtrails overcasting previously blue skies across North America, and an avalanch of sophisticated counterintelligence propaganda concerning vaccinations and bioterrorist threats eminating from our nation's primary news sources. The C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency) is implicated in every regard. As a principle perpetrator of all these threats, and a primary purveyor of propaganda in these domains, America's leading military intelligence and corporate espionage agency is suspect in what amounts to global genocide being carried out in the name of public health and national security.
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Pesticide Spraying Poses Death Risk to Humans:


News Release

Pesticide Spraying Poses Death Risk to Humans: Public Health Author Exposes Bogus West Nile Virus Policy

Sandpoint, ID — Spraying pesticides to combat mosquitos suspected of carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) has not been scientifically proven to be either safe for humans or effective against the disease, according to award winning public health author and emerging diseases expert Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz. Spraying with malathion, a suspected human chemical carcinogen and known immune system blocker, or its alternate, Anvil 10:10, violates a basic tenant of public health practice that requires prior knowledge of the risks and proven benefits of the policy before it is implemented. In light of substantial evidence linking exposure to airborne chemical compounds with cancer and genetic damage in various species throughout the food chain, political and public health officials are urged to cease and desist this lethal and imprudent practice immediately, or possibly face class action litigations if not antigovernment reprisals.
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West Nile Virus Epidemics - The Epidemiology of Air Pollution

Graph of NYC Ozone levels versus WNV..

West Nile Vaccine- Adverse Reaction Horse Owner Speaks Out


In mid August we were suggested to vaccinate against West Nile Virus, I simply was not well-educated on the vaccine nor the virus or knew the right questions to ask at the time. With the first shot, three of our horses reacted. Our pregnant mare, our gelding and Dr. Donald Warren's stallion, a boarder, all had the same re-action, their front legs swelled. Within 2 days, our gelding Dartanian foundered, shortly there after he died!
At a recent workshop in New Orleans this past August with Kerry Bone, BSc Dip Phyto, Australia's leading herbalist, the topic of West Nile Virus came up. Mr. Bone stated that Australia has a similar virus, originating in birds and transmitted by mosquitoes. The protocol that he has found most effective in combating this virus is using Medi Herb St. John's Wort and Medi Herb Echinacea Premium.

To quote from a 1995 issue of the Modern Phytotherapist on St. John's Wort: "St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been proposed as an antiviral agent against enveloped viruses. It has been suggested that preparations standardized to a high level of total hypericin are necessary for significant antiviral activity." The West Nile Virus is an enveloped virus. for rest of article

Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of West Nile Virus Infection

Source: MMWR January 21, 2000 West Nile Virus Infection - 1megabyte file.

Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of West Nile Virus Infection
- United States West Nile Virus Infection -
Continued The introduction of West Nile (WN) virus in the northeastern United States during the summer and fall of 1999 raised the issue of preparedness of public health agencies to handle sporadic and outbreak-associated vectorborne diseases ( 1-3 ). In many local and state health departments, vectorborne disease capacity has diminished. Because it is unknown whether the virus can persist over the winter, whether it has already or will spread to new geographic locations, and the public health and animal health implications of this introduction, it is important to establish proactive laboratory-based surveillance and prevention and control programs to limit the impact of the virus in the United States. On November 8 and 9, 1999, CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cosponsored a meeting of experts representing a wide range of disciplines to review the outbreak and to provide input and guidance on the programs that should be developed to monitor WN virus activity and to prevent future outbreaks of disease. This report summarizes the guidelines established during this meeting.

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CDC Reports West Nile Virus Cases in Laboratory Workers


CDC Reports West Nile Virus Cases in Laboratory Workers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month reported two cases of West Nile virus infec-tion in laboratory workers without other known risk factors who acquired infection through percutaneous inoculation. The first case involved a microbiologist at a US laboratory who was performing a necropsy on a blue jay submitted as part of a state's WNV surveillance program. The microbiologist worked in a Class II laminar flow biosafety cabinet under biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) conditions and lacerated a thumb while using a scalpel to remove the bird's brain. A second microbiolo-gist also working in a US laboratory, harvesting WNV-infected mouse brains in a Class II laminar flow biosafety cabinet under BSL-3 conditions, punctured a finger with a contaminated needle and contracted the disease. Ill-nesses in both laboratory workers were mild and self-limited, which is typical of illnesses in WNV-infected persons, CDC noted. "These cases confirm that laboratory workers are at risk for occupationally acquired WNV infection, including West Nile meningoencephalitis," the agency cautioned.

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Winnebago County Health Department
Frequently Asked Questions - West Nile Virus


Q: Can my dog or cat get West Nile Virus?
A: If your dog or cat was eating a dead crow, it is unlikely that your pet will become infected with West Nile Virus. Dogs and cats can be bitten by infected mosquitos and become infected with West Nile Virus. For advice on sick pets, please contact a veterinarian.

In 2002, a convenience sample of pet dogs in Rockford showed 23% (4/17) had been infected with West Nile Virus. No cases of encephalitis were found in Rockford dogs, but one case was reported elsewhere in Illinois during the epidemic of 2002.

Q: I see a sick bird. Does it have West Nile Virus infection?
A: There is no way to tell if a live bird is infected with West Nile Virus based on symptoms alone. When birds are sick, they often sit very still with their feathers ruffled and their eyes squinting or shut. They are not usually interested in food or water. Birds with WNV or other diseases that may affect the nervous system may appear weak or stagger as if they are drunk or disoriented, and may even fly into windows. In 2001, about half of the dead crows in Illinois that were tested for West Nile Virus were positive.

Q: There are four dead crows in my yard. Am I at high risk for West Nile Virus infection?
A: Groups of dead birds can be seen for many reasons, such as disturbing nests of young birds in the Spring, pesticide poisoning, or Salmonella. Sometimes people mistake other birds as crows. While many types of birds and animals can become infected with West Nile Virus (WNV), the virus is particularly lethal to crows. In a large research study, an epidemic of WNV in crows caused dead crows to be found one at a time, rather than than clusters of dead crow in one yard. Scientists more commonly use the number of dead crows per square mile for a large area (such as a city or zip code) to determine the amount of West Nile Virus risk. Special mosquito control efforts should be considered if an average of more than one dead crow per square mile of a city occurs during any one week period. A Public Health Alert will be issued if the rate is twice that.

Q: What animals can get West Nile Virus?
A: You can find an almost complete list of species for positive for WNV on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center website at . On their homepage click on their link, "Wildlife Species Affected by WNV".


Subject: West Nile Virus - A Manufactured Crisis
Tuesday, September 03, 2002
Published on Monday, September 2, 2002 by

West Nile Virus - A Manufactured Crisis
by Lynn Landes

What to do about West Nile? Don't do anything. It has the smell of a manufactured crisis. The news on West Nile is a disturbing combination of hype, confusion, distortion, and omission. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for, "West Nile Virus Update - Current Case Count," and you'll see a startling variation in the incidence of West Nile infections and fatalities from state to state - and even within the same region. It makes me wonder.

On a daily basis TV reporters raise the alarm and breathlessly announce new cases of West Nile, but it's hard to tell if they're talking about fatalities or infections.

We're told that both children and the elderly are most at risk, when in fact children are the least at risk for the disease, according to the CDC, but most at risk for the toxic effects of pesticides and mosquito repellents. Both the CDC and state public health agencies give out general information about the number of victims, but not specific data on individual victims that may shed light on the medical reality of this so-called crisis.

The virus is characterized as new and dangerous, when it's not significantly different from viruses that have been in the United States for decades.

West Nile may be a nasty experience for a very few, fatal for an exceedingly rare number, but as diseases's no big deal. There are about 40 different types of mosquitoes that carry viruses that could cause encephalitis. They're common in many parts of the U.S. and breed in places like tire dumps.

So what's unique about West Nile? Not much, according to Dr. Raoult Ratard of the Louisiana Department of Health. He says that, as it affects humans, West Nile is almost indistinguishable from the St. Louis virus, which has been in the U.S. since 1933. Dr. Ratard says that there's no difference between the two viruses regarding their symptoms or rates of infection. Less than 1% of persons infected with the West Nile or St. Louis virus will develop severe illness. On average, St. Louis causes 128 people to be hospitalized every year, although in 1964 that figure went as high as 4,478 cases. In fact, the mortality rate for the St. Louis virus is said to be slightly higher than that for West Nile.

The St. Louis virus is considered a "permanent resident" of Florida, according to the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service. On their website the Extension Service even questions the effectiveness of spraying pesticides, noting that by the time an outbreak has occurred it's already too late.

Now that's interesting. Florida is a breeding ground for the St. Louis virus and filled to the gills with the elderly, yet only one person has been infected with West Nile according to the CDC, while Louisiana has 205, Mississippi 91, and Illinois 79. Could Florida residents have developed a resistance to both St. Louis and West Nile virus? Or to mosquitoes in general? Or is something else going on?

I've been very curious about the alleged victims of West Nile. So I called the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for more information.

Incredibly, the CDC press office claims that they don't have information on the exact ages or medical conditions of the alleged fatalities of West Nile, and only the 'mean' age for cases of infection - 51 years old. And that doesn't really jive with press reports that describe victims of infection or fatalities as usually over 70 years of age. The CDC says that reporters have managed to get some details on the victims, but not from the CDC.

Call me dumb, but not stupid. How did the CDC get the mean age of those who got infected if they don't have the individual ages? There aren't enough cases of West Nile in many states to establish their own mean. How can the CDC make policy and state funding decisions for West Nile if they don't have the basic facts on its so-called victims? How can they inform, alert, and alarm the public if they're operating in an information vacuum?

CDC press office told me that I would have to contact the individual state public health agencies for more information. So I called Louisiana and New York, but no luck. They also were not releasing the information I sought. It seems I'm not alone in my failure. According to the No Spray Coalition, New York City claimed 7 fatalities to West Nile in 1999, "Yet to date none of the names or medical histories of the deceased have been released... Independent research indicates that all 7 were over 75, one had a serious heart condition, two had cancer (and heavy chemotherapy), and all had bad immune systems. No death was histologically connected with WNV as the cause of death."

Why not release victim information? Could it be that if the public were to understand that the so-called victims really had serious underlying medical conditions, that it would put an end to the panic and an end to the pesticide spraying? I doubt anyone sprays pesticides for West Nile in Europe, Africa, Western Asia, or the Middle East where it's common. Pardon me for being suspicious, but in my mind it's not surprising that states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Illinois are claiming some of the highest rates for West Nile. They've had a long love affair with the chemical industry. That cozy relationship could contribute to the high number of victims in any number of troubling ways.

West Nile is a virus that we will learn to live with and should refuse to get excited about. What's alarming is a pesticide industry that does more harm than good, a public health service that withholds the facts, and a press corps that seems incapable of asking the tough questions.

Lynn Landes is a freelance journalist specializing in environmental issues. She writes a weekly column which is published on her website and reports environmental news for DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. Lynn's been a radio show host and a regular commentator for a BBC radio program.

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West Nile Blamed in 6 Paralysis Cases
West Nile Blamed in 6 Paralysis Cases
Health Officials Also Conclude the Virus Can Spread Via Transfusions
By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 20, 2002; 4:56 PM

The West Nile virus has apparently caused six people in Mississippi and Lousiana to develop polio-like paralysis, federal officials reported today. While medical officials have known that West Nile virus can cause muscle weakness and paralysis in some people, the reports of a polio-like paralysis represent a broadening of the concern. Previously, the most common serious complication from the newly arrived, mosquito-borne disease has been encephalitis.

In most of the paralysis cases, the victims were previously healthy and middle-aged. The extent of the paralysis varies widely, with some victims losing the use of an arm or a leg while several others were forced to use ventilators to breathe, and none has recovered, CDC officials said. According to James Sejvar, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC, the agency is investigating other cases of "acute flaccid paralysis" in patients with West Nile virus and expects more will be found as the virus spreads.

In a study released today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a team including Sejvar urged doctors to be alert to the possibility that patients with polio-like symptoms could have West Nile virus. The report said that the symptoms can be confused with Guillain-Barre syndrome and warned doctors against quickly treating for that disease because it could jeopardize patients with the polio-like complications from West Nile virus.

Sejvar said the West Nile-paralysis has generally occurred soon after the patient became sick, and that there is no known way to predict when it will appear or to prevent it. He said that the medical literature has reported incidence of West Nile-related paralysis in the past in the United States and abroad, but that it was associated then with Guillain-Barre. According to CDC, the number of reported West Nile virus cases has spiked this month to 1,641, with 80 deaths. Although much of the attention has been focused on outbreaks in the deep south, the largest number of cases and deaths has been reported in Illinois. Michigan and Ohio have also recorded more than 100 cases this month.

The Washington region has not been a center of the West Nile epidemic, although there have been 5 reported cases in Maryland, 11 in Virginia and 3 in the District. There have been no deaths reported in the area. Also today, federal health officials concluded that the West Nile virus most likely can be spread through blood transfusions and organ donations, and they announced they are working to develop and distribute tests that can screen blood donations for the virus.

"Since this transmission by transfusion appears likely, it is likely also that we will need to move toward testing of donor blood," said Jesse Goodman of the Food and Drug Administration. "While the investigation is ongoing, we believe there's sufficient evidence when you put it all together that there likely is a risk."

Goodman couldn't predict when the tests would be available and how much they would cost. But he said intensive discussions are underway between government and industry on speeding the effort.

"What we're trying to do here is jump-start this process . . . so we can get a test as soon as possible," he said.

© 2002 The Washington Post Company

Index page for WNV on site:

"The official West Nile virus paradigm actually does make political sense. After all, you can't expect Mayor Giuliani to say, "Thousands of birds are falling from the sky because of petrochemical emissions in Jersey, illegal emissions, major airport take-off lanes over residential zones, congested automobile traffic, and gasoline with 15% MTBE, which is a poison and neurotoxic precursor. Air pollution has triggered the deaths of birds already burdened with pesticides, mercury, and lead residues. If you're a visiting tourist, chances are you'll be OK, and NYC loves your money. So, let's all pretend it's a deadly virus and endure a ritual of mind-numbing fear, dramatized by occasional unscheduled pesticide sprayings by helicopters over crowded streets and parks."--Jim West

Similarities of WNV with polio


Just to explain and counter the recent press images re the similarities of WNV with polio, here's some counter-propaganda, with an environmental perspective:

1) Polio (the cultural icon), was supposed to be 'eradicated in 2000', according to previous sales language that hyped the efficacy of mass vaccination programs, however, recent press releases have polio, and the poliovirus:

    a) continuing as a latent virus.
    b) having military potential, via a synthesized poliovirus
    c) misdiagnosed
    d) not really going away by 2000.
Industry just can't say goodbye to "polio" in 2000, as they claimed they would (due to great vaccines), so it's being re-incorporated into the press releases here and there, in various new forms.

2) Polio epidemics, the largest ones in the U.S. being in 1916 and 1945-1962, appear to have been due mainly to organochlorines in milk (as a carrier) in 1916, or overexposure to persisitent pesticides in dairy and other foods during the post-1945 era. Not to say that air pollution in those eras could not be a factor re polio.

3) Recently, the media is revealing WNV and polio as similar diseases. That should not be difficult since neither is limited to a narrow set of symptoms and physiologies. Both can range from silent, a common cold, the flu, meningitis, encephalitis, and destruction of the anterior horn (upper region of the spinal column, near the brain).

4) Differences: WNV occurs mostly in the summer, and polio is nowadays less limited to summer. WNV matches air pollution day-for-day, whereas pesticide exposure is more ubiquitous in time and place, meaning that pesticides would have to be a background toxic factor, not directly causative as air pollution is, for WNV.

Studies/graphs/sources for both polio and WNV, in terms of toxicology: (Poliovirus) (West Nile virus)

-Jim West

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