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    RE: [RC] WNV Calif. A different point of view - Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

    Like I said, they figured that a vaccine could be developed for this about 10 years or so ago, but it wouldn't be economically viable. They could have been trying it out for all these years in Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, the Ukraine, Romania....but who in these countries is going to buy it? I bet those pharmaceutical companies are kicking themselves now.
    If that sounds cynical, it is. We don't even KNOW how many people in Egypt have had or died from WNV...much less how many equines. WNV wasn't an important enough disease until it could be caught by people with enough money to pay for vaccines.

    Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
    Cairo, Egypt

     Hmmm. I've been thinking about our conversation. It just shows how there are such big differences between the medical community and the "agricultural" community...to put it all in a basket. Here the horses are happily enjoying their immune response, the veterinarians and horse owners all taking action, educated on the problem, watching the progress...while human doctors are nervously sitting on their hands. Isn't that sad? ( Too bad we can't try some of that WNV vaccine on ourselves...I wonder if anyone  in the USA has been nervous enough about WNV  to do that little experiment... a la Louis' Pastuer?)

    Beth Glover 

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    [RC] WNV Calif. A different point of view, beth glover