West Nile Even in Colorado

Think West Nile virus is something you get only in wet lowlands? Mark and Janice Davis contracted West Nile virus from mosquito bites in northern Colorado in 2004 and are among the unlucky percentage who are suffering from the neuro-invasive form of the disease. “‘I crawled in and out of the doctor’s office,’ [Mark Davis] says. ‘Literally I was on my hands and knees… We spent the next 10 months so tired you’re just sitting there trying to get enough energy to walk 30 feet to go to the bathroom.'” Don’t forget your insect repellent this summer. Wes Smalling in the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.

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  • This article fails to mention a published treatment for West Nile virus encephalitis and the post-WNV encephalitis syndrome. The Davises should be on it.
    My company developed and patented the treatment, which uses already existing blood pressure pills to decrease inflammation. We’ve been using it in an ongoing free clinical trial for the past 5 years, since 2003.
    Our initial results on 8 patients seen in Sept, 2003 were published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in July, 2004 (1). Publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal is all that’s required for a treatment to officially exist, even if the public health authorities refuse to mention it.
    21 patients with WNV have responded so far, out of 25 (84%). We’ve also treated 4 horses (3 responded) and 12 birds (6 responded; birds present sicker than humans and horses).
    Our WNV trial is free from our end. The blood pressure meds we use are inexpensive (around $1/day) and are available by prescription from any drugstore in the country.
    Anybody who wants to download our trial documents can do so at any time of day or night from our homepage at http://www.genomed.com.
    Beginning treatment early–within the first 48 hrs of encephalitis symptoms–seems to be the only way to avoid long-term sequelae such as paralysis, chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, etc. WNV is notorious for still affecting half of WNV victims 18 months later, as the Davises found.
    If a family knows about our treatment ahead of time, they’ll be in a much better position to get it prescribed for their relative who comes down with the disease. Physicians haven’t heard about this treatment any more than patients have, thanks to the inexplicable silence of the public health authorities, from the CDC on down.
    Reference
    1. Moskowitz DW, Johnson FE. The central role of angiotensin I-converting enzyme in vertebrate pathophysiology. Curr Top Med Chem. 2004;4(13):1433-54. PMID: 15379656 (For PDF file, click on paper #6 at: http://www.genomed.com/index.cfm?action=investor&drill=publications)
    Best regards,
    Dave Moskowitz MD