Asian Disease Likened To New AIDS

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The “new AIDS” is one scary headline. Marilynn Marchione reports for AP via Yahoo News:

Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.

The patients’ immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn’t known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.

This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and occurs in adults, but doesn’t spread the way AIDS does through a virus, said Dr. Sarah Browne, a scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

She helped lead the study with researchers in Thailand and Taiwan where most of the cases have been found since 2004. Their report is in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

“This is absolutely fascinating. I’ve seen probably at least three patients in the last 10 years or so” who might have had this, said Dr. Dennis Maki, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison…

[continues at AP via Yahoo News]


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11 Comments on "Asian Disease Likened To New AIDS"

  1. Calypso_1 | Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 am |


    • Mu Geistlicht | Jan 26, 2014 at 1:29 am |

      Haha, my first thought exactly! 😛 If it is not contagious and not genetic, then it is environmental. That leave is to either toxics or radiation and if it were radiation then we’d have many more cases in a more evenly distributed zone, and somebody would have noticed teh radiation already. Therefore… chemical waste must be the answer. 🙂

  2. DeepCough | Aug 24, 2012 at 11:50 am |

    Sounds like a reboot of SARS.

  3. Rex Vestri | Aug 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |

    GMO foods?


    • David Howe | Aug 25, 2012 at 10:26 am |

      Both vaccines and GMO’s have been quite thoroughly tested, thank you.  The most obvious explanation is the most likely, not the most paranoid one.  

      • Rex Vestri | Aug 26, 2012 at 10:10 am |

        Lol! Yeah – tested by those who stand to gain financially from sales of the product. 
        Ya think that might bias the results just a bit?

  4. There is some filthy conditions in parts asia, improper sanitation, in far off regions there are myths about viruses and germs and a local hostility to medical doctors. This stuff could be a bacteria, spore, a chemical, a bond of RNA, that triggers an auto-immune disorder on the immune system. It most likely has a source in asia… and has carried its way over here. It’s just a matter of linking a common cause. 

  5. Tio Holtzman | Aug 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |


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  7. Personally, I liked “new Coke” better. 

  8. Johnnyutah | Aug 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm |

    Thank god. There hasnt been anything new to terify the populace in weeks!!!

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