Types of Plague Caused by Yersinia Pestis Bacteria (Could this be what takes advantage of a weakened immune system -like someone with h1n1- or could
we be seeing what will follow the swine flu?)
An infection with this type of bacteria can cause one of three types of plague:
(Pneumonic plague can be caused in two ways: primary, which results from the inhalation of aerosolised plague bacteria, or
secondary, when septicemic plague spreads into lung tissue from the bloodstream. Pneumonic plague is not exclusively vector-borne like bubonic plague;
instead it can be spread from person to person. There have been cases of pneumonic plague resulting from the dissection or handling of contaminated
animal tissue. This is one type of the formerly known Black Plague. It could kill 90%–100% of a population if the victims coughed and passed on the
(when plague bacteria multiply in the blood. It can be a complication of pneumonic or bubonic plague or it can occur by
itself. When it occurs alone, it is caused in the same ways as bubonic plague; however, buboes do not develop. Patients have fever, chills,
prostration, abdominal pain, shock, and bleeding into skin and other organs. Septicemic plague does not spread from person to person.)
(is the most common form of plague. This occurs when an infected flea bites a person or when materials contaminated with Y.
pestis enter through a break in a person's skin. Patients develop swollen, tender lymph glands (called buboes) and fever, headache, chills, and
weakness. Bubonic plague does not spread from person to person.)
This university scientist was "studying" the genetics of this bacteria. Those are all pretty serious and very dangerous infections. I am sure
there is a great, plausable reason why a scientist at an school like this would be studying some of the most dangerous bacteria known to man.
Especially at a school that was apart of the Manhattan Project.
A little history about the University of Chicago (I can't believe they already removed him from the faculty list!):
University of Chicago Research Institutes: 50 years of scientific achievements
For 50 years, the University of Chicago’s Research Institutes–the Enrico Fermi Institute and the James Franck Institute–have fostered an
interdisciplinary dialogue between scientists that has resulted in some of the most notable scientific achievements of the 20th century.
The EFI and JFI, founded in 1945 as the Institute for Nuclear Studies and the Institute for the Study of Metals, respectively, are two of the oldest
academic centers for interdisciplinary research in the world. They were founded by then-Chancellor Robert Hutchins, who recognized the wealth of
intellectual talent that had assembled at Chicago to work on the Manhattan Project and conceived of the institutes as a way to retain these
world-class scientists at Chicago.
Just to add a little more excitement to this, the Univ. Chicago (along with two other schools) is apart of
The Chicago Biomedical Consortium.
From their site, here are their goals:
The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago,
and the University of Illinois at Chicago that will transform research at the frontiers of biomedicine.
Here is my theory on this:
Australian researcher Adrian Gibbs suggested the H1N1 virus accidentally evolved in eggs scientists used to grow viruses and drugmakers used to make
vaccines (ref: here
). His theory is that the "swine flu" which
is a direct descendant of the Spanish AND
Russian flu, "escaped" a laboratory and began the spread of infections. My thinking is that this
scientist (and possibly the whole consortium) was working on a vaccine for plagues that aren't threatening anyone like the swine flu yet!
wonder if they were "working" on a vaccine for what may follow up after the swine flu. That would make them pretty rich to have a vaccine to sale
to the government once these plagues were "mysteriously" re-introduced.
Also, could that h1n1 vaccine allow this plague to slip right into your body? Trojan horse comes to mind.
(visit the link for the full news article)
I am still adding more information so please excuse all of the edits..
[edit on 20-9-2009 by Roadblockx]