CYTOKINE STORM and the INFLUENZA PANDEMIC

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http://www.cytokinestorm.com/ by Angela L Petrosino

The cytokine storm is an inappropriate (exaggerated) immune response that is caused by rapidly proliferating and highly activated T-cells or natural killer (NK) cells. These cells are themselves activated by infected macrophages. The cytokine storm must be treated and suppressed or lethality can result.

History has recorded 10 pandemics of influenza A in the past 300 years. The sudden appearance of new influenza A virus subtypes during the 20th century has caused three pandemics, all of which spread world-wide within 1 year of first being detected.

Tamiflu and Relenza have not been effective in patients with cytokine storm, and have not been tested in patients with bird flu. Prescription Angiotension Blockers may be beneficial in treating Bird Flu, and the cytokine storm which has proven lethal in over half of the patients who have contracted the avian flu to date.

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