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More West Nile Virus Fear Mongering Hype Hits the Airwaves by PAUL FASSA-MAY 26 Now there are reports of the West Nile Virus infecting a very few humans in the Houston area as Texas approaches what their local TV station claims is the West Nile Season. It’s really when there are more mosquitoes than usual in most Texas regions, from June to October. More than just a pest? One person joked the mosquito should be the state bird of Texas. But Florida is as bad or worse with mosquito population
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  More West Nile Virus Fear Mongering Hype Hits the Airwaves by PAUL FASSA-MAY 26 Now there are reports of the West Nile Virus infetin! a ery few hu#ans in the $ouston area as %e&as approahes what their loal %V station lai#s is the West Nile Season' (t)s really when there are #ore #os*uitoesthan usual in #ost %e&as re!ions+ fro# ,une to tober' More than just a pest? ne person .o/e0 the #os*uito shoul0 be the state bir0 of %e&as' 1ut  Flori0a is as ba0 or worse with #os*uito populations'Fro# that $ouston %V station Most people who are infete0 with West Nile Virus show no or only #il0 sy#pto#s suh as low !ra0e fe er+ #usle ahes+ an0 hea0ahe' More se ere si!ns an0 sy#pto#s an   inlu0e hi!h fe er+ sti3 ne/+ 0isorientation+ enephalitis 4brain in5a##ation+ an0 rarely+ 0eath' (f you thin/ you ha e been infete0 with West Nile Virus+ ontat your health are pro i0er' %o paraphrase an ol0 popular son!+ 7is that all there is8 9 to West Nile: ;nephalitis is also an a0 erse aine reation e3et+ a Ly#e 0isease sy#pto#+ an0 it also #anifests fro# other #ala0ies'An0 there are other he#ial pollutants that an ross the bloo0 brain barrier to reate brain in5a##ation an0 0a#a!e+ suh as alu#inu# nanopartiles fro# he#trails an0 to&i M;1% pollution fro# re<neries an0 #erury fro# oal burnin! ener!y plants'Flu li/e sy#pto#s are fro# #any #ala0ies an0 e en our as $er&hie#er e ents 4healin! risis)s while 0eto&in!' 1ut nothin! 0oes #ore to push the #e0ia pro!ra##e0 sheeple into fear than =>= pro#otions of iral 0iseases' %hose 0o well beause they ha e all been in0otrinate0 to be afrai0 of iruses' An0 the =>= alon! with the #e0ia at as #ar/etin! ar#s for 1i! Phar#a' %he results of this fear #on!erin! allow aines to be rushe0 in an0 anti iral %a#i5u types of phar#aeutials to be intro0ue0' %he a0 erse si0e e3ets fro# those aines an0 phar#aeutials reate #ore asualties than whate er the bla#e0 iruses+ whether atual or i#a!ine0+ oul0 #ana!e'Meanwhile+ the =>= i!nores those a0 erse si0e e3ets an0 oo/s the boo/swith the iral infetion stats+ e en after a0#ittin! in 2?@2 that a #inisule perenta!e of hu#ans woul0 e en be infete0+ to #aintain fear #on!erin!  hysteria that our #ainstrea# #e0ia lo es to announe 0aily' (t)s the 7if it blee0s it lea0s8 #in0set to attrat publi attention' An0 it)s e3eti ely all 1i! Phar#a #ar/etin!' >;S%Y(NB %$; ;=LB(=AL V(LLAB; % SAV; (% 1ut the West Nile Virus hasn)t #oti ate0 aine pro0ution or anti iral phar#aeutials yet' Buess the #ortality reality hasn)t been fabriate0 enou!h' %he only #ar/etin! that is enhane0 are to&i pestii0es that the publi willin!ly allows nanny !o ern#ents to proure in lar!e a#ounts an0 spray fro# lan0 an0 air profusely' %hose to&i he#ials inlu0e #alathion or pyrethroi0 for#ulations that ause #ore to&i an0 arino!eni e&posure than #os*uitoes an #uster with whate er 0iseases+ #alaria+ 0en!ue fe er+ or West Nile irus they #ay arry a#on! populations that are hea ily spraye0' Gimme that Deet dad. (n0i i0uals are also #oti ate0 to purhase to&i to hu#ans >;;% 4N+N->iethyl-#eta-tolua#i0e or 0iethyltolua#i0e solutions that they an spray in their on<ne0 en iron#ents or on their s/ins to /eep the s/eeters away'So the he#ial pestii0e in0ustries pro<t 0iretly fro# West Nile #ania+ e en thou!h it seriously a0 ersely a3ets ery few'A!ain+ a0 erse poison episo0es fro# those he#ials are swept un0er the  ru! while those infete0 without or with only #il0 sy#pto#s are reporte0 toon ine e eryone that another pla!ue has arri e0'Massi e sprayin! reates an eolo!ial risis that 0estroys #os*uitoes natural pre0ators+ suh as bats+ 0ra!on 5ies+ bir0s+ fro!s+ liCar0s+ an0 e en <sh that #unh on #os*uito lar ae as their for# of a iar before #os*uitoes are hathe0'Li#ite0 researh in0iates that when natural #os*uito pre0ators are eli#inate0 fro# an area+ #os*uito populations 5ourish with a en!eane' S$W M; %$; V(US Mainstrea# biolo!ists #aintain that the West Nile arryin! #os*uitoes <rst infet bir0s+ whih beo#e the 7anaries in the oal #ines8 to warn of an i#pen0in! 7epi0e#i8 of West Nile' 1ut what if the bir0s were 0isease0 fro# air pollutions that oul0 #anifest West Nile sy#pto#s' %hen parasiti #os*uitoes that su/ up bloo0 fro# their 0isease0 tissues oul0 sprea0 it toother ani#als an0 hu#ans' ,on appoport of No More Fa/e News puts it this way 79 in A#eria+ when arious to&i en iron#ental auses of illness brin! people 0own+ there nee0s to be a o er story as well' %he #ost belie able o er is %he Virus' (t wor/s' People stan0 up an0 salute it' %hey)re salutin! it now in >allas DWest Nile 2?@2 reportsE an0 other plaes'8obert MLean+ 0iretor of the National Wil0life =enter of the US Beolo!ial Sur ey+ ha0 tol0 A1=)s Ni/ e!ush a few years a!o+ 7We 0on)t ha e a puri<e0 for# of the DWest NileE irus'8 7( <n0 no e i0ene anywhere in the sienti< literature that the rules of irus puri<ation an0 isolation were thorou!hly followe0 Din the ase of the West Nile irus 70iso eryE'8(no#plete or i#pure isolation is not really iral 0iso ery'
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