One thing that strikes me about this incident is that the Los Angeles County Hospital facility where it happened had opened just two weeks before the first unusual cases were reported (which was the same time that the first polio cases came through the doors). LA County Hospital was (and still is) a huge building. When it opened, many of the nurses lived in cottages surrounding the building. All of that had just been built. This makes me wonder about environmental toxins, specifically VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) in the form of paint fumes from the newly constructed facility (and the nurses’ cabins). I’ve wondered about this in regard to the many other outbreaks which occurred in institutional settings, including military facilities, where victims might have been exposed to toxic fumes. I personally became ill shortly after a terrible case of the flu, but in the brief interval between the flu and the onset of ME I was exposed to strong paint fumes in a poorly ventilated area for several hours. The onset of symptoms occured more than a week later when I was feeling well. I’ve heard some speculation that ME is set off by a combination of factors, not just biological but environmental (I think Dr. de Meirleir said this recently). So, might it be that the flu weakens your resistance or opens some pathway that makes you more susceptible to the neurotoxic effects of an environmental factor. I’m not necessarily just talking about paint fumes. I know I’ve seen speculation about organophosphates being a trigger, for example. Just wondering if this resonates with anyone.