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Rare illness 'clusters' in Wales spark EU-wide alert

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Bob, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Bob

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    Rare illness 'clusters' in Wales spark EU-wide alert
    28 January 2016
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35434377

     
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  2. Bob

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    This seems very interesting in terms of the apparent parallels with ME, and outbreaks of ME.
    Interesting that they mention viral infections including enterovirus infections.
    No mention of hysteria, which is refreshing.
     
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  3. Bob

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    I wonder if (especially a mild case of ) Guillain-Barré syndrome can easily be mistaken for ME. Reading about it, I recognise some of the symptoms that I've seen some ME patients describe.
     
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    It's possible. If this is part of a larger enterovirus outbreak, it's conceivable that some people are going to come down with ME from it. We'll never hear about them though. Those patients will spend the coming months and years trying to figure out what's wrong with them.
     
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    This could be the B1 strain of enterovirus D68 that has been paralyzing and killing children in the US. The B1 strain is a polio-like strain.

    Enterovirus D68 is part of the enterovirus D group. It is not part of the enterovirus B group (which includes coxsackievirus B and echovirus) of viruses that are associated with ME/CFS.
     
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  6. Bob

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    Yes, that was my first thought - that it sounds like last year's outbreak event in which children were suffering from paralysis. But I couldn't remember the details.
     
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    They should be checking whether these people were vaccinated recently. There is an association.
    http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Diseases/Influenza.aspx
     
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    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

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    The Zika virus has also been associated with Guillain-Barre. It seems to be rapidly spreading.
     
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    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Since when have viruses been "not contagious"?
     
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    This is public spin-speak for the disorder not being infectious, while ignoring that the virus that might trigger the disorder is infectious. Once upon a time they told us GRID, gay related immune disease, was not infectious. Now we know it as HIV AIDS, and take it seriously.
     
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