How Virus Kill Victim (1)
1. Unlike bacteria, which can be seen easily under a traditional microscope, viruses are too small to be detected.
2. To measure the concentration of viruses, whereby a visibly clear area in a culture dish, called a plaque, is left behind after the virus destroys the healthy culture cells.
3. By measuring the plaque - essentially the damage the invisible viruses have done - you can get an idea of the titer, or how virulent and concentrated the virus is.
4. Viruses are measured in plaque-forming units or PFUs.
5. Viremia - the onslaught of a virus infection within the human/animal body.
6. Why fever and heart beats faster when infected by virus?
Victims body temperatures rise sharply for the white blood cells (aka. white corpuscles)to "fight" better, and their hearts beat rapidly in an attempt to circulate an immune response to parts of the human body suffering from localized attack.
How Virus Kill Victim(1)
7. But their compromised immune systems cannot counter the multiplying germ/virus.
8. The blood circulates viruses to all quarters of the human body, where these viruses attach to the surface of organ and membrane cell, then infiltrate those cells.
9. Within the cytoplasm the virus hijacks the cells machinery and replicates (increases) itself exponentially.
10. Inside of one hour the cells lyse, or bust, unleashing thousands of new baby viruses upon neighbouring healthy cells, where they attach and repeat the vicious cycle ad infinitum.
11. The exploded cells cause edema, or large buildups of fluid in the connective tissues throughout the body.
12. The victim-sheep(or human body)-spasm and lose their gait, leaning up against the wall to stay upright.
13. A pregnant ewe (scientist experiment subject) spontaneously aborts her young onto the floor in a grotesque scene.
14.The sheep vomit blood and discharge red-tinged mucus from their noses.
15. Human (autopsy), animal autopsy is necropsy.
A TROUBLING SCENARIO : BUT WHAT IF THE VIRUS PERFORMED AN END RUN, NOT FROM THE NATION'S international airports, or ports, or land entry points, but from within, set free from a compromised, vulnerable labs, a poorly run top-secret facility where viruses kept in large quantities? What might have happened?
16. The Rift Valley fever virus travel to victim's lymph nodes, which engorge with virus.
17. Through the lymph and the blood stream, the virus surges through victim's body all day. The victim's sluggish all day.
18. Thinks take a turn for the worse. Victim's body temperature spikes to 105 degrees. The nausea, chills, headache, and achy-weak feeling intensify.
19. Victim becomes dizzy, vomits. This is where the flu like symptoms end and the Rift valley fever begins. Victim has vertigo just standing up. Victim's eyes are suddenly sensitive to light, so victim draws shut the room blinds.
20. Victim's stomach feels strangely full, though victim hasn't been able to hold any food down since breakfast, two days ago.
21. The fullness turns to pain, and victim's eyes hurt more and more.
22. Victim checks into the hospital emergency room.
23. Unlike other hemorrhagic fevers like the Ebola virus, Rift Valley fever has a special affinity for the liver, where it concentrates necrosis, the destruction of cells.
24. Each virus is 100 nanometers long (500,00 could fit on the head of a sewing needle pin) and has an envelope that binds to the wall of a liver cell and enters it.
25. Inside victim's liver cell, the envelope opens and release a second shell, which in turn release three strands of nucleic acid that unfurl and replicate inside the cell, until the pressure of the baby viruses against the cell wall forces it to burst.
26. Dead tissue is mottled with yellow blotches and blood. Victim's lungs and spleen are attacked too.
27. The gallbladder swells to four(4) times its usual size, congested with fluid and blood.
28. Contact with the virus is easy enough - through the skin, via the mouth and nose, inhaled directly into lungs, or by the bite of an infected mosquito.
29. Weak and semi delirious, victim coughs and sends virus particles through air.
30.The virus breaks down the integrity of victim's smaller blood vessels, and when they give way there is noticeable bleeding.
31. Victim has first bloody nose, which lasts for an hour even though the nurse applies pressure and tilts victims head.
33. Later, victim defecates diarrhea and dark blood. Blood shows up in victim's urine.
34. Hemorrhaging in victim's eye covers parts of the retina and the optical nerve so that victim goes blind in right eye and can see only shadows through left eye.
35. Hematomas appear on victim's torso, broken blood vessels near the skin.
36. Capillaries near the skin collapse and cause read dots on victim's arms and legs.
37. The medical staff is perplexed.
38. Victim-patient is slipping out of consciousness ; can no longer speak.
39. Victim's blood test result, alarming, the results indicate nothing - or nothing that the hospital has the capability to test for.
40. The two MDs argue about the situation as they frantically flip through their Merck Manuals.
41. Could this be a viral hemorrhagic fever?
42. Could it be Ebola virus?
43. Despite futile efforts, within 12 hours victim suffers near total vascular collapse.
44. Victim goes into a state of shock and loses pulse. The medical team rushes to victim's side and tries desperately to revive victim.
45. It's too late. Victim-patient 1 is gone.
46. Next morning, the doctors and nurse contract flu like symptoms themselves.
47. the virus will gain more momentum.
48. As 1st victim lay in deathbed, 2nd victim began to suffer a severe headache. A migraine, victim figures.
49. But on Sunday night, victim suffers a seizure was rushed to the same hospital the 1st victim went to.
50. In 2nd case, the Rift Valley fever virus chooses to cross the blood barrier and enter neurons, and it attacks victim's brain.
51. Edema, cell fluid from the broken-up neurons, swells and inflames victim's healthy brain tissues. Hemorrhages occur.
52. The ER doctor on the second shift doesn't connect 2nd victim's symptoms with the 1st victim-patient who died earlier.
53. That was an isolated case with no confirmed diagnosis. Instead, this ER doctor guesses victim's ailment is a case of encephalitis - like West Nile virus - and administers Acyclovir intravenously (as prescribed in Merck manual) to help ease the brain inflammation.
54. It works, but moments later victim lapses into a life-threatening coma.
55. Victim manages to pull through, "lucky' to have contracted the encephalitis brand of Rift Valley infection, instead of the hemorrhagic fever that stole 1st victim's last breath hours before.
56. Borrelia Burgdorferi, or Bb , the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Bb was discovered a few years after the Old Lyme, Connecticut, outbreak by Dr Wally Burgdorfer.
57. West Nile Virus (WNV); 103 WNV Laboratory positive Birds and 12 Horses in New York State, November 2, 1999 regional map depicting how the infected horses are concentrated in the shadow of Plum Island. (New York State Department of Health)
58. Page one of Erich Traub's Operation PAPERCLIP application.
The Nazi germ-warfare scientist was smuggled into the United States in 1949 and worked with the CIA, Army, Navy, and USDA. he was a founding father of Plum Island. (National Archives and Records Administration).
59. NATIONAL DEFENCE PROGRAM
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WASHINGTON, D.C.
Name of contributor : LANDSHUT HUSING PROJECT
City: APO 825. State: US Army
Name: TRAUB, Erich
Date: 24 March 1949
Identity Card No: AZ 951625 EFG
Birthplace: Asperglen. Citizenship: German.
Age: 42 Date of birth: 27 June 1906
Height: 5 ' 9" Weight:140 lbs
Hair:grey. Eyes: grey-brown
Complexion: fair. Build: medium.
Scars and marks: scar on forehead and upper lip.
Emergency Addressee: Mrs.Blanka Traub (wife), Landshut, Germany, Landshut Housing Project.
IMPORTANT. PLEASE INCLUDE ALL REQUESTED DATA.
58. THE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE BRASS ON PLUM ISLAND IN 1954. (PHOTO from Plum Island government archive)
(TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT : Dr.Ralph Fish, Dr. OLIVER FELLOWS, Lt.Bethea, Lt.SKANCHY.
Bottom row, left to right: Lt.Col.Harry Cottingham, Col. Donald L.Mace, Lt.Hunt.
Not pictured: Lt.Luke West)
Note: Colonel Mace was the commanding officer of Plum Island when it was an Army germ warfare center, February 1954.
59. Maurice S. "Doc" Shahan, first USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) director of Plum Island, February 1945.
The USDA maintained for decades that there was no interaction between USDA and the US Army germ warriors. But, it was a lie. A photo from Plum Island government archive shows "Doc' Shahan sitting in the exact same chair and office as Colonel Mace.
60. Photo showing former Plum Island director Dr.Roger G. Breeze (History:at seventeen, he attended vet school at the University Of Glasgow in nearby Scotland, renounced his British citizenship, pledged allegiance to the United States, and cast his lot with Plum Island, an island monarchy all his own) inspects a cow after injected with virus for signs of disease. (source by Edward Gajdel)
61. Frances Demorest, the assistant librarian and one of the long standing veterans of Plum Island, shown working in the old library. Demorest would pay a terrible price for speaking out about the filthy conditions at Plum Island. garbage dumped in multiple places on Plum Island, an example of the island's "Nothing leaves " policy gone wrong.
62. Hurricane Bob ,readying to smash into Plum Island - and Lab 257 - dead on. A biological meltdown would occur inside Lab 257 that night. [Satellite picture:NASA]