By Chris & Sheree Geo
Recent reports from several parts of the United States show that Norovirus may have been launched and spreading throughout the United States Of America. As most of our regular readers and listeners know, we are the last ones who will entertain the idea that bio-weapons are anything more than a fear campaign by the powers that be. However, when we are victims ourselves, we have no other choice than to acknowledge the real threat and bring this information to the public.
Monday February 26th, Sheree became ill and had to be taken to the emergency room. Chris hasn’t been ill since the early nineties so naturally he didn’t believe there was any risk of infection. Wednesday evening, in the blink of an eye, Chris returned home from work feeling 100% and suddenly was overcome with violent vomiting and diarrhea. Sheree’s symptoms started to return so we both went to the emergency room Thursday morning and treated for extreme dehydration. Chris has NEVER stepped foot into an emergency room for anything other than a broken bone or stitches but in this case he felt as if something was seriously wrong and more harm would be gotten from the heavy dehydration and violent dry heaving if left untreated.
Upon further research we discovered outbreaks throughout our area as well as friends and family living in the area who hadn’t said anything until we asked. We also heard reports of friends and family out of state who had had similar symptoms in the past 2 months. Because of the reports from out of state, this prompted more investigation and thus a full report of our findings here.
Norovirus has been reported (in the past few days) in California, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Washington, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio. Outside the U.S., outbreaks have been reported in British Columbia and England,. Although these outbreaks are usually limited to nursing homes, prisons, cruise ships and daycare centers, the virus is popping up in normal environments and in perfectly healthy parents along with children, which is unusual. Although reports of E. Coli contamination have been reported at many Starbucks chains around the world and have garnered quite a lot of attention, Norovirus has been reported in Olive Garden, Subway, other restaurants, and in college dorms, and we have heard almost nothing in the mainstream national media about them.
Interestingly enough, although Norovirus is commonly sourced to food poisoning, the CDC last week encouraged the idea of raw milk as being the cause of these outbreaks. This leads one to wonder if this is an attempt to demonize the “food sovereignty” movement, a key player in both the fight against companies like Monsanto and legislation that prohibits drinking milk from one’s own cow.
In 2007, work began on the “safety” of a “norovirus vaccine”. In 2010 (after they tested it fully on some unfortunate chimpanzees), when it was pretty obvious that the “swine flu” hoax had died out, the eugenicists decided to make a new vaccine, this time for….you guessed it: norovirus. Using what they call “virus-like particles” (whatever that means), they ecstatically claimed a whopping 47% efficacy rate with Phase 1 of their clinical trials.
On December 8th, 2011, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that several participants were administered a live Norovirus vaccine (intranasally) and then purposefully exposed to the virus to test the vaccine:
We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial to assess the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of an investigational, intranasally delivered norovirus viruslike particle (VLP) vaccine (with chitosan and monophosphoryl lipid A as adjuvants) to prevent acute viral gastroenteritis after challenge with a homologous viral strain, Norwalk virus (genotype GI.1). Healthy adults 18 to 50 years of age received two doses of either vaccine or placebo and were subsequently inoculated with Norwalk virus and monitored for infection and gastroenteritis symptoms.
Ninety-eight persons were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive vaccine (50 participants) or placebo (48 participants), and 90 received both doses (47 participants in the vaccine group and 43 in the placebo group). The most commonly reported symptoms after vaccination were nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, and sneezing. Adverse events occurred with similar frequency among vaccine and placebo recipients. A Norwalk virus–specific IgA seroresponse (defined as an increase by a factor of 4 in serum antibody levels) was detected in 70% of vaccine recipients. Seventy-seven of 84 participants inoculated with Norwalk virus were included in the per-protocol analysis. Vaccination significantly reduced the frequencies of Norwalk virus gastroenteritis (occurring in 69% of placebo recipients vs. 37% of vaccine recipients, P=0.006) and Norwalk virus infection (82% of placebo recipients vs. 61% of vaccine recipients, P=0.05).
Can someone say, “problem, reaction, solution”?
On Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Charles Arntzen, ASU Regents’ professor, and professor in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute will deliver a lecture entitled Countdown to the Introduction of a Norovirus Vaccine. The talk will take place during the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.
Arntzen will speak about the prospects for a successful vaccine to prevent norovirus infection, based on Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), which are able to mimic actual noroviruses, stimulating a robust immune response, without producing disease symptoms. Due to the frequent mutation of noroviruses, vaccine candidates will need to be adaptable for alternate strains of the pathogen—much the way current vaccines for influenza are modified to keep pace with viral evolution.
Please keep in mind that when live virus vaccines are administered, the patient will naturally shed that virus in the feces for days or even weeks after administration. Some may claim that what is being shed isn’t “strong enough” to infect others, or that it “may be different” with a norovirus vaccine, but evidence has already shown this effect in another live rotavirus vaccine, not to mention the legendary oral polio vaccine which was known for reverting to virulence and infecting others. In the case of live virus vaccines, it seems the unvaccinated need to fear the vaccinated, not the other way around!
Sibling Transmission of Vaccine-Derived Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Associated With Rotavirus Gastroenteritis
Although rotavirus vaccines are known to be shed in stools, transmission of vaccine-derived virus to unvaccinated contacts resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis has not been reported to our knowledge. We document here the occurrence of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq [Merck and Co, Whitehouse Station, NJ]) transmission from a vaccinated infant to an older, unvaccinated sibling, resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis that required emergency department care. Results of our investigation suggest that reassortment between vaccine component strains of genotypes P7G1 and P1AG6 occurred during replication either in the vaccinated infant or in the older sibling, raising the possibility that this reassortment may have increased the virulence of the vaccine-derived virus. Both children remain healthy 11 months after this event and are without underlying medical conditions.
Source: Pediatrics Vol. 125 No. 2 February 1, 2010
pp. e438 -e441
Another concern would be what’s called “antigenic drift”…
Antigenic drift occurs when pressure from the body’s immune system causes a virus used in a vaccine to mutate into a slightly different form that can potentially be more infectious.
My personal advice (and I’m not a doctor or anything so keep that in mind), is drink some Emergen-C, drink plenty of good clean water, get lots of organic veggies and fruits in your diet and build up your immune system the best you can. Once it hits you, you have no choice but to ride it out. Aside from the above and practicing good hygiene, there’s not much else you can do. Apparently, the human immune system doesn’t seem to hold on to immunity from norovirus for very long. The dark force is definitely strong with this one.
Noroviruses are called such because there is not just one, but rather a series of four, small RNA-viruses that are implicated in the transmission of disease. They are environmentally stable and will survive water chlorination and a wide temperature range, from freezing and heating to 140º F (60ºC). Onset of illness occurs within 12-48 hours and lasts approximately 12-60 hours. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
Food contamination by infectious food handlers is the most common cause of norovirus-related gastroenteritis outbreaks. Transmission usually occurs from exposure to fecally contaminated food or water resulting from failure to wash hands properly after using the restroom. Shellfish, in particular oysters and clams, have been implicated due to the ability of noroviruses to concentrate in their tissues or to contaminate waters where the shellfish are harvested. Of particular concern is transmission through ready-to-eat foods, which do not require cooking, such as salads and deli sandwiches. Because only a very low exposure is needed to result in a substantial outbreak, attention must be given to preventive actions. These include emphasis on frequent handwashing, exclusion of ill foodworkers from the workplace, properly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and limiting possible contamination of ready-to-eat foods by either customers or foodhandlers.
Person-to-person spread of noroviruses occurs by direct fecal-oral and airborne transmission. This has been a factor in institutional settings such as nursing homes, day care centers and on cruise ships. Wearing masks can be effective in protecting individuals, such as hospital or nursing home staff, who clean areas contaminated by feces or vomitus. For hospital and nursing home staff, protective measures include properly disinfecting surfaces of known contamination, taking special care in laundering soiled linens, and wearing of masks by staff that clean areas contaminated with feces or vomitus.
Although infrequent, gastroenteritis outbreaks have been associated with fecal-contaminated municipal water, well water, stream water, commercial ice, lake water and swimming pool water. In such instances, high level chlorination might be required for adequate disinfection.
Although it is impossible to completely eliminate possible exposure to noroviruses in our environment, we can minimize our risk by taking the following actions:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers.
- Drink only potable water.
- Avoid consuming raw shellfish, especially from contaminated waters.
- Carefully wash fresh fruits and vegetables before consuming.
- Be cautious about exposure to persons who have the “flu.”
If you or your family comes down with a norovirus infection or the “flu”:
- Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean.
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness by using a bleach-based household cleaner.
- Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with noroviruses using hot water and soap.
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