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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mystery disease in India claims hundreds of lives - Is Nanotechnology to blame?

Blogman's Notes: The following report is of interest because the cause of this fatal disease outbreak has not been identified but there is speculation that it may be as a result of the use of Nanoparticles in nearby hosiery factories that manufacture Socks for a vast majority of the world's population. Recently these socks have had Silver nanoparticles added to them that are said to destroy odor causing bacteria. If these nanoparticles can destroy bacteria, it is possible that they can also cause harm to the human body in unknown ways. Since most of the victims are children, is it possible that their immune systems have not yet become sufficiently strong to fight off infections that are being caused by these nanoparticles that they came in contact with through the runoff from the water released from the manufacturing plants? Even if this is the case, it is unlikely that authorities would admit to it since Nanotech is widely seen as the technology of the future and billions of dollars are being invested in research and development of such technologies. This article published on website does provide food for thought in this case. 
"A truly frightening “Red Alert” report prepared by Health Care Minister Veronika Skvortsova (of Russia) on the mysterious deaths of nearly 200 children in the Indian State of Bihar earlier this month says that our world has suffered its first “nano-disaster” and warns that an “apocalyptic event” involving nanotechnology is much nearer than anyone will admit. Minister Skvortsova states in her report that “extremely troubling signs” from India’s Bihar State were first noticed by Russian authorities on 16 June when over 18 children died in a single day bringing the death toll from this “mysterious disease” to 174. Unofficial sources, however, put the death toll to 203. 
Coinciding with these mysterious child deaths, Minister Skvortsova says, was the near immediate closing of 2 textile mills in Bihar that were working under a contract with the Aryabhatta Knowledge University , one of the leading research centers for nanotechnology in India, where fabrics were being impregnated with silver nanoparticles." Read More: Nano Apocalypse Nears
Even as doctors, scientists and health specialists in Bihar continue to investigate the “mysterious disease” which has claimed hundreds of lives in the last one month, the death of 18 more kids on Saturday has taken the toll from 156 to 174.

Additional Secretary (Health) R P Ojha said out of 402 children detected with symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), 82 have been admitted to different hospitals for treatment, while 156 died. The rest 164 children have been discharged after treatment. 

Unofficial sources, however, put the death toll to 203.

Ever since the “mysterious disease” broke out on May 16, the blame game is on in the state. Bihar Health Minister Ashwani Choubey has charged the Centre with stalling the State’s plan to spray the chemical in the susceptible districts -- Muzaffarpur and Gaya -- where the casualty list is long.

Read More: Mysterious disease claims 18 lives on single day

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