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Highly Contagious AIDS-Like Disease Spreading in China
Several Chinese media have recently reported that the Department of Health of Guangdong Province has confirmed that people in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong have fallen ill after being infected with an unknown virus. The patients think they have AIDS, but they test negative for HIV.
However, the disease seems to be highly contagious and can spread by contact via any bodily fluid—through kissing, shared utensils, sweat, and even protected sex. Once infected, the immune system appears to be attacked, which results in a decrease of white blood cells and the body’s ability to defend against infectious disease and foreign materials.
One infected man told The Epoch Times that the disease is highly infectious and hard to prevent. His wife and two-year-old child both appear to have it. The child has lip and skin blood spots, he said.
In May of that year, Lin accidentally became infected through contact with his mother’s blood. Fourteen days later, he fell ill with swollen lymph nodes on his neck, sore knees that made clicking sounds, and pain all over his body. He also started vomiting after every meal, and the left side of his face swelled up. In half a year, his weight dropped from 82 kilograms (181 lbs) to 52 kilograms (115 lbs).
No independent confirmation from any other source. I'd take
it with a bag of rock salt.
April 1st, 2011 05:01 PM #5 Rinji
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I have a source that talks about this. However, since the sources it cites are web pages and blogs in Chinese, I cannot further dig to get to the original sources they might lead to. And I especially don't trust Google's translation service for Asian languages. So much can go wrong, because of the flexible sentence structures, and since I don't know Chinese like I do some Japanese, I'm out of luck.
While it's not a major news source or anything the information seems to be fairly balanced making me think it's at least some what legitimate.
Here's what it said in a nut shell:
Roughly 10% of people get the severe deterioration of immunity from this disease.
It is transmitted through saliva, blood, and possibly sweat. Intercourse has been ruled out because retroviruses don't' typically infect through saliva. Those who reportedly got it after intercourse probably were kissing.
First symptoms appears after 2-3 days of incubation. around 7-14 days, many symptoms will become apparent. Men typically experience worse symptoms than women. After a year most symptoms will improve and become mild.
Families in China tend to share food from a plate using the same chopsticks and can containment food with infected saliva. Family infection happens with high incidence, usually within a few months (sometimes even weeks).
There are many psychological symptoms caused by a change in brain chemistry that occurs:
including extereme anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, poor memory and cognitive function.
The anxiety can cause those who suffer from it to go crazy and ask for as many as 10 AIDS tests. By this time the doctors usually will say something stupid like "You have fear of AIDS disease", which just irritates them more because that's actually what people call it based on the observation of how the patients act. Some patients take this the wrong way and think people are accusing them of imagining it.
If the afflicted is also suffering from poor memory, they might not recall having all those tests done either.
Of Patients who test negative for the disease, 40% will have greatly reduced CD4 cell counts and raised CD8 counts. The other 60% will have roughly normal levels.
Only 10% get severe mental symptoms. The rest get mild versions of some of the symptoms as describe above.
The infection seems to be life long in all cases.
General: Flu-like feeling; continuous low-grade fever; ongoing fatigue and weakness; mental and physical fatigue after exertion; systemic organ damage (liver, gallbladder, kidney, lung, intestine, bone). Internal organs start to harden (scleroderma?). Inability to tolerate alcohol, with one or two drinks causing dizziness and higher inebriation than normal.
Throat: Upper respiratory tract infections; severe nasal congestion; nasal cavity infections; dry mouth; oral ulcers; loose teeth.
Tongue: White tongue coating (geographic tongue); red spots on tongue.
Gums: Problems with gums: inflammation of the gums (gingivitis); gum bleeding; gum hyperemia. Sudden periodontal problems.
Lymph Nodes: Swollen lymph nodes (especially in the lower jaw, and groin); thyroid enlargement (thyroid hypertrophy).
Skin: Systemic red rash; purpura rash; peeling skin on palms of hands and soles of feet; oily facial skin; skin becomes stiff and loses elasticity (such that indentations made by finger pressure take a long time to disappear); slow wound healing.
Nails: Nail loss.
Eyes: Red Eyes (conjunctivitis); eye swelling.
Neurological: Dizziness; tinnitus; loss of hearing; vertigo; headache; nausea; drowsiness. Vision may deteriorate. Some patients were diagnosed with viral meningitis.
Psychological Changes: Depression; anhedonia; powerful suicidal thoughts; extreme anxiety; easily irritated; poor memory; confusion and cognitive dysfunction.
Chest: Chest pain; chest tightness; shortness of breath; chills, fast heart rate (tachycardia).
Muscles and Peripheral Nerves: Persistent paresthesias; hands and feet numbness; twitching muscles; muscle pain.
Joints: Overall pain and soreness of joints (arthralgias).
Sleep: Poor sleep; night sweats.
Stomach and Intestines: A variety of gastrointestinal tract problems: chronic diarrhea; stomach ache; belching; loose stools; melena; blood in feces (mostly transient); stool accompanied by mucus.
Body Weight: Weight loss in the first 3 months, then extra weight gain afterwards.
Hair: Hair loss (on the head as well as on the body).
It is possible that the person is highly contagious for up to a year.
I have also read there's an underground movement. People who are experiencing the worse symptoms will actually go around infecting other people because the government refuses to recognize their disease.
So now this begs the question, is the mental confusion really real or fabricated by the government?
I would have to suspect it's real, some people with AIDS will do this on purpose, possibly due to similar brain chemistry changes.
However the reasoning behind it in China is to get noticed by the government, instead of having the emphasis of making other people just a miserable like the U.S.
Either way it's still really bad.
I've found reports of it as far back as 2009. There is some suspect that the disease might have even originated in the U.S.
With all the commotion about avian-flu, I doubt the government is trying to cover this up. There probably is a real disease and those who are severely afflicted might be disgruntled that not enough is being done to help those like them.
Originally posted by StripedBandit
This thread was ill-timed, my friends.
2 Flags and getting absolutely BURIED by duplicate Osama threads..
edit on 2-5-2011 by StripedBandit because: (no reason given)
Reports from China about this mystery HIV-like disease are often uncorroborated and anecdotal. It is almost certain is that this pathogen is not a new HIV strain, and is very unlikely to be a new retrovirus. Testing at the Pasteur Institute of Shanghai and the Chinese CDC has confirmed that this pathogen is not a mutated HIV virus nor new HIV strain. In any case, human retroviruses do not generally transmit by saliva.