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West Nile Virus History

   Did the Rat Plague that raged across Europe in the 1300s, due to unsanitary conditions in cities, mark the end of man's ignorance of the cause of disease? Maybe not! In 1999, a new disease called West Nile Virus first appeared in New York City, and the source of this crippling disease was never identified. The first known cases of West Nile Virus had been recorded in 1937 in Uganda and more cases were documented in Israel in 1957, France in the 1960's, South Africa in 1974, Romania in 1996, and Russia in 1999. An outbreak of West Nile Virus was recorded in New York City in 1999 that affected 62 people and caused 7 deaths.

   West Nile Virus can leave its victims with permanent neurological damage. Its sister diseases, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Fever, and La Cross Encephalitis, spread across the United States for many decades, however the original host animal for these epidemics was never identified. These Encephalitis epidemics could have been avoided if doctors had identified the set of conditions in the animal world that fostered this disease. It seems we now find ourselves in the exact same position as our European ancestors in 1350 AD, who did not realize that unsanitary conditions in their cities were responsible for an overpopulation of rats which in turn fostered an outbreak of Bubonic (rat) plague that wiped out a quarter of the human population.

   In spite of the fact that we now live in the 21st century with all it's medical miracles, our medical professionals still haven't identified the host animal for West Nile Virus. They also do not recognize the vital role that disease mechanisms play in God's natural system. If you would like to learn more about how virus epidemics really begin, click on the link below to order your book by Edward Oliver.






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