[Excerpted] The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade,
may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is
attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the
specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two
neurologists who have extensive experience dealing with the illness.
One doctor, Art Leis in Jackson, Miss., has seen the virus
damaging the speech, language and thinking centers of the brain —
something he has never observed before. The other, Elizabeth Angus in
Detroit, has noticed brain damage in young, previously healthy patients,
not just in older, sicker ones — another change from past years....
Majia here: Read the entire article. Virulogists interviewed suspect the virus has changed, mutated, and now attacks the brain more dangerously.
Over a year ago I speculated that radiation from Fukushima would cause more viral mutations.
I checked with my colleague, a geneticist, and she confirmed that radiation induces mutations in viruses.
There is no way of knowing whether radiation from Fukushima played a role in the suspected mutation of the west vile virus.
However, it is something to consider ....
Radioactive Waste is Inherently Dangerous for Life on Earth as We Know It...
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).