posted on Aug, 23 2012 @ 11:56 AM
Here is an article, I just came across. A new Aids like disease has been discovered, but rather than attacking the T-Cells, it attacks
interferon-gamma, It is not sexually transmitted, and hits those at or over age 50.
Here is a snippet from the article and a link :
Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms
even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients’ immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people
What triggers this isn’t known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious. This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not
inherited and occurs in adults, but doesn’t spread the way AIDS does through a virus, said Dr. Sarah Browne, a scientist at the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She helped lead the study with researchers in Thailand and Taiwan where most of the cases have been found since
2004. Their report is in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.
“This is absolutely fascinating. I’ve seen probably at least three patients in the last 10 years or so” who might have had this, said Dr.
Dennis Maki, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It’s still possible that an infection of some sort could
trigger the disease, even though the disease itself doesn’t seem to spread person-to-person, he said. The disease develops around age 50 on average
but does not run in families, which makes it unlikely that a single gene is responsible, Browne said. Some patients have died of overwhelming
infections, including some Asians now living in the U.S., although Browne could not estimate how many.
LINK TO STORY
Another disease that they have no known cause, looks to be another autoimmune disease.