New West Nile Virus Epidemic:Is It Bioterrorism?
by ALAN CANTWELL, MD
(8-22-12) The New West Nile Virus Epidemic
...Bioterrorism Or Mother Nature (Again)?
Cases of West Nile Virus infection were unheard of in America until the summer of 1999 when cases first broke out in New York City.
By August 2004, the virus has spread across the continent to the West coast. Two women (an 88-year-old and a 91-year-old) were the first to die of the disease in Los Angeles County. Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Already this year, as of August 2012, 43 states have reported 693 cases with 26 deaths.
West Nile Virus encephalitis is yet another new infectious disease from an African virus that has mysteriously erupted in the U.S., seemingly out of the blue.
Is this another epidemic disease like AIDS and hepatitis C that poses a threat to certain "high risk" groups?
Could the outbreak of WN virus be some sort of biologic "test" (like the anthrax letter mailing attacks in September 2001) to wake people up to the dangers of bioterrorism?
Are all these new "emerging infectious diseases" merely cruel and unprecedented acts of Mother Nature?
Or could the "hand of man" in the form of crazy biological warfare scientists be producing these new outbreaks?
Is it just a "coincidence" that all these weird bugs and illnesses have erupted in the past several decades? Or is all this just "paranoid" thinking?
New Emerging Diseases:
Accident of Nature or Man-made Illnesses?
In the 1970s it was thought that many infectious diseases had been banished from the industrialized world.
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