Planned Pneumocystis Carinii-Pneumonia Mass Disease
Pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia was almost exclusively found in babies' homes in countries where German is spoken and in orphanages in Korea, Iran, Vietnam and in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the United States of America.
However, in a leading article, the publishers of JAMA (Publication of the American Medical Association) maintained that Pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia was present in underdeveloped parts of the world as an epidemic.
Scientists from New York and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital pronounced the same. In 1975, the United States of America scientist, Redman, stated that Pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia was epidemic in Africa, in addition to Vietnam, Korea, and Iran.
However, only five cases had been recorded in Africa since 1945, until the mass Aids diseases and these were exclusively in South Africa (one case), and the Aids activity region of Uganda. To name Africa as specifically as an harbour of an epidemic for this disease (but not Australia, Asia, and others), proves that the author already knew that after Korea, Iran, Vietnam immunosuppressive prerequisites were to be created in Africa, to pave the way for the outbreak of Pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia diseases.
Yet the disease was described as being in clusters even in some areas of the United States of America. From 1967, the government stopped the unnotified treatment of the disease with Pentamidine, the only medication available at that time (it had been commercially available for 30 years).
Patients were only to be treated with this medication once they had been notified to the Centers for Disease Control. Since the first case in 1955, there were 107 Pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia in the United States of America until 1967.
From 1968 to 1973, there were 225 cases of which 60 were from a hospital in Tennessee - the St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
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