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.
Good morning, it's nice to be here.
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.
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:
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
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,
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
up. Mr. Bone stated that Australia has a similar virus, originating in
and transmitted by mosquitoes. The protocol that he has found most
in combating this virus is using Medi Herb St. John's Wort and Medi Herb
To quote from a 1995 issue of the Modern Phytotherapist on St. John's
"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
http://www.whale.to/a/west_nile_vaccine.html for rest of article
Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control
of West Nile Virus Infection
Source: MMWR January 21, 2000 West Nile Virus Infection
www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm4902.pdf - 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 CommonDreams.org
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 go...it'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
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
www.EcoTalk.org 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
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 Whale.to 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 www.geocities.com/noxot
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
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
a) continuing as a latent virus.
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.
b) having military potential, via a synthesized poliovirus
d) not really going away by 2000.
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. www.geocities.com/harpub 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:
http://harpub.co.cc/noxot/ (West Nile virus)
Source - See: http://www.whale.to/a/wnv.html