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PARVOVIRUS VACCINE HISTORY
Part 2 of "Shot In The Dark" Vaccine Series
Barbara "BJ" Andrews Publisher, TheDogPlace.org
The first and most shocking background on the vaccine industry, from parvo virus erupting SIMULTANEOUSLY on two continents, the U.S. and England which, in 1979 had strict animal quarantine law, to the awful truth of Lyme disease.
What are parvovirus symptoms? Why is "parvo diarrhea" so deadly? Will parvo vaccine protect my dog? Can people catch parvovirus?
These and more parvovirus questions still linger in 2019. Most veterinarians practicing today weren't even in vet school when parvo erupted but those who were wondered "How can that happen?"
A newspaper friend said "How can an unheard of virus explode across two continents at exactly the same time?" The answer to that and the "Collie Specialty" lie that was propagated in the press reveals a dark side of the pharmaceutical industry and underscores the mistrust we have in vaccines. Since vaccine news erupted again in 2016, more and more parents are refusing to vaccinate their children, putting them at great risk because of misinformation.
First, parvo history and the deadly effects. Parvovirus can cause respiratory and/or heart failure but the most common symptom associated with parvo is the intestinal form which causes vomiting with severe bloody diarrhea. The onset is sudden and can also cause life-threatening dehydration. Parvo diarrhea has the distinctive "parvo-poop" odor of decaying flesh as the intestinal lining sloughs off. Parvo is quick and deadly.
The history of canine parvo is muddled. Stanford University says "Parvoviruses are among the smallest and simplest eukaryotic viruses and were only discovered in the 1960's". That strain was "associated with insect hosts". Wikipedia brings those B19 strains closer to canine parvo virus with this statement "canine parvovirus CPV2a and CPV2b were identified in 1979 and 1984 respectively". That is typical of what remains of parvovirus history because by the time internet came into civilian usage in the early 1990s, what remained of parvovirus research was either suppressed or collecting dust.
History Of Parvovirus Linked To Feline Leukemia
Canine parvo virus is eerily similar to feline panleukopenia and in fact, its connection to feline fever is inescapable. In 1978 I followed the story of a no-kill cat rescue that administered the new feline leukemia vaccine with the result that the percentage of panleukopenia-infected cats soared! The carefully documented leukemia vaccine failure didn't raise an eyebrow in the veterinary community. That's because there was no internet and not much in the public domain about ii vaccine-induced disease but it caught my attention as more than vaccine failure.
The outbreak in a closed colony was precipitated by administration of the new feline leukemia vaccine. What? Could a vaccine meant to prevent disease actually cause that disease?. This was one of the first veterinary-documented examples of vaccine-induced-disease. I said as much in my column for The Dog, the first canine newspaper. Published by Holly Meier, The Dog was the undisputed leader in news reportage before Ric Routlege started the Canine Chronicle, for which I subsequently wrote. Readers of both newspapers wanted to know more about emerging vaccines.
Unfortunately, we didn't have long to wait... By 2011 vaccine induced disease was so common TheDogPlace gave it its own acronym - VID. It should have been in all the veterinary journals but was studiously ignored by the veterinary community. OK, I was still naive about the power of pharmaceutical industry.
Then Came Parvovirus Vaccine
When parvovirus first broke out, there was of course, no vaccine. Ironically, vets were told to protect against canine parvovirus by administering feline leukemia vaccine. Huh? Veterinarians must have gotten a pharmaceutical company directive! I reported the serious side effects of the feline vaccine in the January 1981 issue of The Dog newspaper, thus becoming the first dog fancy journalist to report on vaccine failure and/or vaccine induced disease.
Referring to the feline leukemia outbreak in the cat rescue, I suggested the obvious - that the feline leukemia vaccine induced the disease so how could it prevent parvovirus?! That first parvovirus vaccine may have prevented more deaths than it caused but who would know - there were no reporting requirements back then, not even for Adverse Reactions. What we do know is that the feline leukemia vaccine caused or allowed a breakthrough of parvovirus and it was blamed for reproductive failure and a high rate of C-sections in otherwise free-whelping breeds.
Fellow columnist Robert Erbeck, DVM went deeper into the parvo mystery. He speculated that canine parvo virus was of laboratory origin, postulating that parvovirus could not have just “mutated” at the Collie Nationals as was claimed.
Parvovirus In England? No Way!
Our suspicion was quickly confirmed when I learned from my good friend Meg Purnell-Carpenter[1}, owner of one England's largest quarantine facilities, that parvo had in fact erupted almost simultaneously in the U.K. I called Dr. Erbeck and we speculated on how a lab experiment gone awry in the States (which we believed to be the case) could have simultaneously spread the parvovirus to Europe with its strict quarantine regulations?
That story stinks almost as bad as parvo poop. Click for ii Media Mishaps In Journalism. Even if a tiny little dog had flown directly from the collie show to the U.K. and been somehow smuggled into England, it could not have immediately infected hundreds of dogs with parvovirus!
Remember, at that time intercontinental animal transport was extremely rare and particularly to England due to quarantine restrictions. For the "collie story" to have been true, multiple dogs would have had to board flights to the U.K., evade the rigid quarantine system, and spread the parvovirus all across England.
Other vets warily agreed that the sequence of events "strongly indicated" that parvo came from a test tube and had been disseminated through some means other than a few infected collies at a single American show. Incredibly, the "Collie National" as the source of parvovirus is still to be found in veterinary literature and websites that unknowingly keep the lie alive.
Even more disturbing, in actual fact, some of those sites may be sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. In order to believe any pharmaceutical company would deliberately infect people or animals in order to market a vaccine, one has to understand that this was two decades before people became suspicious about the origins of all the "flu bugs" such as Asian flu, swine flu, bird flu, etc. which had yet to strike the human population.
A Word About Lyme Disease Vaccine:
The subsequently released canine derivative parvo vaccine was safer. In fact, it was so successful that, predictably, a wave of new vaccines came on the market. But with the new vaccines came concerns. A few years later, Dr. Erbeck’s theory was strengthened when a well known pharmaceutical company alleged that a competitor had released a Lyme disease vaccine prior to any known or confirmed case of Lyme disease in the canine. Lymes was first diagnosed in humans in 1975 but not in dogs until 1984 after the canine vaccine became available.
The history of Lyme Disease and the likelihood of the lab-created disease having been released into the deer population at the infamous Plum Island Germ Research lab (see visual links below) may take you deeper into the vaccines history conspiracy than you want to venture but see display links below.
What About Combination "Puppy Shot" Vaccines?
This post to TheDogPlace.org may answer that question. "I operate a puppy rescue shelter. My question is this. We have had a terrible bout with sickness for about the last three months. I did not think that it could be vaccine related until I read your article. I don’t loose a puppy easily. The symptoms ranged from mild to fatal intestinal distress, just like Parvo, and also heart symptoms. Parvo was diagnosed on a few occasions. Antibiotics had no effect at all. Some pups have come down within days of their second vaccination and that has NEVER happened here. We take extreme cautions, the property is Cloroxed daily, as well as all kennels and play areas. New puppies are isolated for at least three days. Could this problem be vaccine related? I didn't have much of a problem before I started using the Intervet vaccine."
Noting mysterious outbreaks such as SARS, Legionnaires Disease, and the cruise ship malady, Norwalk Virus, a reasonable person would begin to question everything we thought we knew about vaccines. We might also wonder which of the required childhood vaccines are worth the risk. In May 2003, it was quietly reported that a significant number of vaccinated servicemen developed smallpox. As word spread, some ii soldiers refused the vaccine.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines
American Animal Hospital Assoc. (AAHA) and The American Veterinary Medical Assoc. (AVMA) finally caved on the dangerous (but highly profitable) practice of over-vaccination. Ref #2 The new "core" and non-core protocol would never have emerged had it not been for TheDogPlace website and subsequently, the Rabies Challenge Fund.
The current official recommendation is that only three core vaccines; distemper, adenovirus-2, and of course rabies, be given to puppies or dogs with uncertain vaccine backgrounds according to this vaccination schedule Ref #3. Non-core vaccines are to be judiciously administered because the diseases they protect against are self-limiting or treatable. They are: parvovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, leptospira (for which the protection only lasts 6 months anyway) bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme disease - See Plum Island (below) for the ugly truth on Lyme disease.
As you read more about vaccines, you'll realize that getting truth into the public domain has been about as easy aiming at a snake's eye in a dark cave.
Yeah, it’s "a shot in the dark" and those who dare to take it know the bullet could ricochet. Even so, vaccine knowledge and risk vs. benefit has been forced to the forefront by brave veterinarians.
Take heed but for the dogs you love, take careful aim with the needle because most vaccines are a shot in the dark!
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