Saturday, October 16, 2004

Press Release on Simian Cytomegalovirus

For Immediate Release Date October 15, 2004
Contact Person: W. John Martin, M.D., Ph.D.,
Director, Center for Complex Infectious Diseases,
Rosemead CA 91770. Phone 626-616-2868

A Hidden Epidemic of Monkey Virus Infections Arising from Contaminated Polio Vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was recently notified of an individual infected with a monkey cytomegalovirus. Previous reports to CDC of infections with viruses that originated from African green monkeys have largely gone ignored according to Dr. W. John Martin, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the privately funded Centers for Complex Infectious Diseases in Rosemead, California. "Public Health officials have been very resistant, since any airing of this topic will lead to the inevitable conclusion that the Government erred in accepting cytomegalovirus contamination of the African green monkeys used in polio vaccine production." In a 1972 joint government-industry study, cited by Dr. Martin, cell cultures from all 11 monkeys studied were contaminated with simian cytomegalovirus. The scientific community was not informed of this finding. In spite of industry's efforts to curtail contamination, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have confirmed that 3 of 8 licensed polio vaccines released in 1976 have DNA of simian cytomegalovirus. Martin referred to these results in an October 2002 meeting of the Institute of Medicine. His manuscript entitled "DNA Analysis of a Stealth-Adapted Simian Cytomegalovirus" was removed from the published proceedings of the conference.

Martin contends that many of the diseases of epidemic proportions in this county, including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, as well as cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and Alzheimer's-like illnesses in adults, are caused by stealth-adapted viruses.

Stealth-adaptation is a process whereby cell-damaging viruses lose components that are normally targeted by the immune system. Some, but not all stealth-adapted viruses are derived from simian cytomegalovirus. Increasingly, Martin is hearing of family illnesses of presumptive infectious origin. He recently submitted a manuscript entitled "Complex multi-system illnesses occurring within a family: Presumptive evidence for an infectious disease process" to the CDC Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, but its publication was declined. "It is hard to wake them up" says Martin "and near impossible to break through the self protective barrier of those who recognize that cytomegalovirus contaminated polio vaccines used in Central Africa could have triggered the formation of the AIDS virus. CDC has a collection of sera from polio vaccine immunized African children that, under better leadership, would have been tested for cytomegalovirus antibodies." Except for legal purposes, Martin has been prohibited from communicating results of stealth virus testing to individuals with complex unexplained illnesses. A petition recently sent to CDC requesting that it tests autistic children for stealth-adapted viruses was seemingly futile.

"The real tragedy of CDC" says Martin "is the public's expectation that it will aggressively pursue every indication of potentially infectious agents contributing to human diseases. Doing nothing is tantamount to allowing disease to go unchecked. One way to establish dialogue with the CDC is through the litigation process. Alternatively, a Congressman or Senator willing to risk the ire of the pharmaceutical industry must insist that CDC immediately address the issue of cytomegalovirus contamination of polio virus vaccines and interview some of the many patients infected with stealth-adapted viruses.

Dr. Martin says, "Now is the time for well designed clinical studies to evaluate methods to prevent disease transmission and to help restore normal brain function to stealth-adapted virus infected individuals. The public needs to be informed and our Government agencies need to respond."

More information, including copies of the manuscripts submitted to the Institute of Medicine and CDC Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, is available at
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