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With little fanfare on July 13, Florida officials released the findings of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study conducted recently in the Key West area revealing that about 10 percent, or 1,000 people, of the coastal town's population are infected with the dengue fever virus.
Dengue fever is a virus-based disease spread by the bites of mosquitoes. It can be caused by any one of four separate but related viruses carried by infected mosquitoes, most commonly the mosquito Aedes aegypti, found in tropic and subtropic areas. It is commonly found in Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Indonesia and sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past several decades it has been consistently reported that dengue fever has been eradicated in North America. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a far more severe form of the dengue virus. If untreated, it can be fatal. The chief symptoms of dengue fever are a high fever, severe headache, strong pain behind the eyes, joint, muscle and bone pain, easy bruising, rash and mild bleeding from the nose and gums. There is no cure or vaccine for dengue fever. One can only treat the symptoms in such ways as getting plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, take pain relievers with acetaminophen and promptly consult a skilled physician.
Unknown to most Americans is that dengue fever has been the intense focus of US Army and CIA biological warfare researchers for over 50 years. Ed Regis notes in his excellent history of Fort Detrick, "The Biology of Doom," that as early as 1942 leading biochemists at the installation placed dengue fever on a long list for serious consideration as a possible weapon. In the early 1950s, Fort Detrick, in partnership with the CIA, launched a multi-million dollar research program under which dengue fever and several addition exotic diseases were studied for use in offensive biological warfare attacks. Assumably, because the virus is generally not lethal, program planners viewed it primarily as an incapacitant. Reads one CIA Project Artichoke document: "Not all viruses have to be lethal ... the objective includes those that act as short-term and long-term incapacitants." Several CIA documents, as well as the findings of a 1975 Congressional committee, reveal that three sites in Florida, Key West, Panama City and Avon Park, as well as two other locations in central Florida, were used for experiments with mosquito-borne dengue fever and other biological substances.
The timing of this outbreak of dengue fever presents two additional problems; the symptoms of dengue fever are very similar to that of exposures to chemicals such as those contained in crude oil and the dispersants currently being used in the contaminated areas of the Gulf of Mexico, potentially making it difficult to diagnose the source of a sufferer's symptoms. Worse yet, there looms the possibility that Corexit and other toxins present in the Gulf area may weaken the immune system, thus, setting the stage for more severe forms of the disease in people who are, or have previously been, exposed to the virus.
Numerous reports have come in from both residents of the Gulf area and journalists visiting the area that many people who are exposed to the water are beginning to experience health problems. Among the most commonly reported symptoms are burning eyes, skin rashes, lightheadedness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, transient numbness and shooting pains, persistent coughing, sore throats, muscle and bone aches, weakness and severe fatigue. More troubling reports, such as those of the shrimpers mentioned above, have included bleeding from the nose and from the rectum, as well as permanent numbness in extremities and complete loss of the sense of smell. It is generally accepted in the medical literature that, although the initial, acute presentation of toxic exposure is generally the most severe, symptoms may linger indefinitely or even result in permanent damage to the body.
Herein lies the dilemma: If a Gulf resident becomes ill, to what do we attribute his or her symptoms? In addition to the dispersants themselves, Gulf residents are potentially suffering from exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals that are naturally present in crude oil, as well as several potentially toxic gases being released from the well. In combination with the dispersant, the exact toxicity risk of these chemicals remains unknown.
Originally posted by JIMC5499
reply to post by Tha Girl They Call Roc
Originally posted by Tha Girl They Call Roc
Well, then you'd know that this is not about suing BP or blaming BP - it's about something that could potentially make it extremely hard to determine how to medically treat sick people and make it all worse.
Originally posted by JIMC5499
Want to bet? Everything from cancer to impotence that happens in that area will be blamed on BP for years to come.
Dengue Acquired in Florida: Seventeen cases of dengue have been reported as acquired in Key West in 2010. Of these, 14 are Key West residents, two are residents of other Florida counties, and one resides out of state. Onset dates ranged from March 17 to June 28, 2010.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
I read about this yesterday. It only makes sense. The Yellow fever outbreak of 1793 was spread via mosquitos. I dont think many people realized how bad this can all really get. Mosquitos area bad all around that area anyway. The gulf waters are contaminated with an oil/corexit slury that people dont think anything about because it doesnt LOOK like oil, AND add the amount of sealife that is dead because of the contamination. The mosquitos are born and bread in those waters. The corexit/oil slury causes red blood cells to hemorage. Dead, decayed/ing sealife floating in or the bacteria from them floating in breads pestulance. Now play mad scientist and combine it all and pass it around via mosquitos.
COMMON SENSE PEOPLE use it.
Are people really going to be so ignorant to say the two (dengue and the gulf disaster) are not connected? Are people really going to continue believing that they are immune to any effects from this?
Originally posted by mrsdudara
reply to post by justadood
No, actually a mosquito will breed in any stagnant water. Does not matter if it is salt, fresh.
Did you know that the oil has flowed up and is now in Lake Pontchartrain? There is no invisible force field that keeps the oil or oil/corexit slurry from comming in to the wetlands, marshes, even up river. As for the whole oil sheen thing, they have tested plenty of water that had no sheen and there is plenty of oil in it anyway. Thanks to the corexit you cant see it.
After a person is infected with dengue or whatever, it spreads person to person via mosquitos. That is why they were worried about the people traveling afterwards. I know that just because I am in Missouri I am not immune to what is going on down there.
The mosquitos are born and bread in those waters. The corexit/oil slury causes red blood cells to hemorage. Dead, decayed/ing sealife floating in or the bacteria from them floating in breads pestulance. Now play mad scientist and combine it all and pass it around via mosquitos.