Article: May 25, 2015: Official: New Jersey man with Lassa fever, which is rare in US, dies after return from Liberia
“NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.
The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City’s JFK International Airport on May 17. He grew critically ill after his return, suffering from multiple organ failure, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.” more… (source: USNews.com)
New Jersey Lassa Fever Contagious and Deadly
CDC Fact Sheet:
The Centers for Disease Control have produced a pdf Fact Sheet:
“Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in west Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria. The virus is named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases occurred. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne.” (source: CDC pdf)
“Transmission of Lassa virus to humans occurs most commonly through ingestion or inhalation.” (source: CDC pdf)
Signs and Symptoms:
“Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. For the majority of Lassa fever virus infections (approximately 80%), symptoms are mild and are undiagnosed. Mild symptoms include slight fever, general malaise and weakness, and headache. In 20% of infected individuals, however, disease may progress to more serious symptoms including hemorrhaging (in gums, eyes, or nose, as examples), respiratory distress, repeated vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock. Neurological problems have also been described, including hearing loss, tremors, and encephalitis. Death may occur within two weeks after symptom onset due to multi-organ failure.” (source: CDC pdf)
According to the AP report, Lassa Fever originated in Liberia, Africa. The Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium reports:
“Lassa fever is a severe and often fatal hemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus. Since its original discovery in 1969 in the village of Lassa in Borno State, Nigeria, there have been countless outbreaks of various magnitude and severity across West Africa. Estimates of annual incidences of Lassa fever across this region reach as high as 300,000 infections and 5,000 deaths. However due to scarce resources to diagnose the illness as well as inadequate surveillance, many cases remain unaccounted.” Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium
Lassa Fever in West Africa (interactive google map) Geographic Distribution:
There are four distribution points for the Lassa Fever. Lassa fever is endemic to West Africa. Confirmed incidences have been recorded in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Mali.
Lassa Fever Vaccines:
“No vaccine for Lassa fever is currently available for use in humans, and the only available drug, ribavirin, is only effective if administered early in infection (within the first 6 days after disease onset). One of the hallmarks of Lassa virus infection is the apparent absence of functional antibodies during acute infection.” (source: Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium Partners:
The Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium has and continues to be partners with:
- Tulane University
- Harvard University/Broad Institute
- Kenema Government Hospital
- Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital
- Autoimmune Technologies, LLC
- Scripps Research Institute
- University of Texas Medical Branch
- Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)
- Zalgen Labs LLC
Plagues: Lyssa, Lyssavirus, & Lassa Virus
Seven months ago, on October 22, 2014, I wrote an article titled “Plagues: Lyssa, Lyssavirus, & Lassa Virus.” In this article, the issues addressed were the plagues and/or strains of the Lyssa, Lyssavirus, and Lassa Virus, the origins (rabies), the downloadable pdf report describing the Lyssa to the Lyssavirus on humans from Ohio:
“There is a pdf report (free download) from Odh.Ohio.gov, describing the Lyssa (rabies) to the Lyssavirus on humans (including animals)”
The U.S. Patents of the Chimeric LyssaVirus Patent, Lassa Virus Patents were also included.
Does it take anyone by surprise that “lo and behold” another deadly virus straight from Africa courtesy of the U.S. virus makers has made its way to the U.S.? Did anyone notice that the two images provided both share the title “Lassa Fever Project”?
Since when did human beings become a “Project” to be used as guinea pigs or without the consent of the person infected by this virus? If anyone out there believes that this is only animal borne, then who injected the virus on the animal?
If a mad dash to produce a “patented miracle vaccine” appears soon…well…?
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:3-8)
Be safe. Be blessed.