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just thinking

Jim Mau jimmau at lmdlabs.com
Sat Aug 31 12:55:45 EST 1996

It was announced of Fri., 8/30 that a 10 yr old boy, two weeks removed 
from a Central African nation, had died in a NY hospital from cardiac 
failure due to falciparum malaria.  The boy, along w/ two siblings and 
his parents, had apparrently "crashed" and "bled out".  The hospital ER 
closed down for fear of Ebola. It is said the kid had a 
"superinfection", extremely high parasitemia, resulting in massive lysis 
of RBC's, w/ subsequent cardiac failure.

In letting my mind ramble on this misfortune, and knowing of the ability 
of Plasmodium to exchange genetically w/ other organisms, the question 
that came was: what is the possiblity/potential/probablity etc. of 
Plasmodium having acquired material from the Ebola virus?  The family, 
the malaria, and Ebola are all from the same geographical area. Or am I 
out on a thin limb... ?


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