The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 9, 1978-Page 7
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No cure for PBB linked illness
By MITCH CANTOR
A recent study of 44 persons who
have problems which appear to be
related to PBB has concluded that no
specific treatment for their illnesses
can be prescribed.
The study was a joint effort of the
University hospital, where 21 of the
patients were stuaiea, ana nenry
Ford Hospital in Detroit. The ,pa-
tients were studied for an average of
PBB, A FIRE retardant, was
accidentally mixed with livestock
feed in 1973, resulting in widespread
contamination of Michigan beef and
Dr. Jeffrey Stross, who worked on
the program at the University hos-
pital, emphasized that exposure to
PBB has not definitely been deter-
mined to be the cause of the
"Saying that it (PBB) appears that
Russian Flu will hit
city in a few weeks
By MITCH CANTOR
Ann Arbor can expect an outbreak
of Russian flu "within the next few
weeks," according to a University
School of Health researcher.
Dr. Arnold Monto, who is conduct-
ing a University study of influenza,
said the Russian flu strain "tends to
cause high rates of outbreaks" in
areas where the population is domin-
ated by the under-25 age group.
THE STRAIN, which had previous-
ly been found only in Wyoming and
Colorado, was identified in two
Michigan residents Tuesday.
Monto said the flu is most likely to
be contracted by people under 25,
because they are extremely unlikely
to have built up immunity to the
strain, which was widely circulated
between 1947 and 1957.
"Most people who've been through
that period have past experience
(with the strain). They will be a little
less susceptible than people who've
never been exposed to this virus,"
HE ADDED that there is presently
no vaccine for the Russian strain,
and he doesn't expect one in the
"There will not be a vaccine
against this for a couple of months,"
But according to the researcher,
there is one drug, Amantadine, which
might be used to help stifle the
"IT PROBABLY will not be used
extensively but may be used for those
with-special risk," Monto said, speci-
fying the elderly and chronically
diseased as being among this group.
Based on past experience with in-
fluenza outbreaks, Monto suspects
the disease's present wave will not be
our only concern.
"There have been several waves of
influenza in the past," he said.
"Usually it hits in the spring and then
again in the fall. We may need
protection in the fall."
THE FLU IS characterized by a
high fever, lasting for several days,
followed by an indefinite period of
"Usually they (the victims) are
over the acute stage of the illness
after four or five days," Monto said.
An outbreak 'of Russian flu in
Colorado. caused the Air Force
Academy near Colorado Springs to
close down temporarily.
Bath Michigan residents who have
been diagnosed as having the flu
contracted it in the latter part of
January. Extensive study to deter-
mine which strain of flu they have
was completed Tuesday.
it does (cause the problems) is very
different than saying that it does,"
Stross said. "All I'm willing to say is
that these people have health prob-
lems, and that they all have been ex-
posed to PBB."
THE EVIDENCE Stross uses for
saying PBB may have caused the
illnesses is in the unusual number of
"The individual problems (the
people) have aren't unusual, but
everyone is coming in with the same
problems," Stross said.
One very confusing finding of the
study was that the amount of PBB in
the patients' bodies did not reflect
upon the severity of their illnesses.
"IN MOST (toxicity studies) the
more you're exposed to the worse the
effect. This does not appear to be the
case," Stross said. He added that this
has been the conclusion of each of the
other PBB studies.
Stross said the people involved in
the study were chosen because they
have most of the symptoms of PBB
poisoning. Of the patients Stross
dealt with he said, "The worst
complaint they have is that they are
According to Stross, Michigan
State University is conducting tests
involving the effects of PBB on
"THEY ARE finding a great many
abnormalities (in the PBB-affected
animals)," Stross said, citing spe-
cific examples of liver malfunctions,
abnormal growth and development,
and deviations in nails and skins.
Stross said he is not through with
the people involved in the study. He
will submit plans on March 1 for a
further study involving aid from the
Michigan Department of Public
Health. He said he "expects no
problems in getting the grants."
The news comes just days before
another University PBB study is to
begin. A comprehensive survey in-
volving 6,000 Michigan residents
slated to begin tomorrow is being
conducted by the School of Public
Bill Ralston, who will work on the
project, said his project will take a
much different approach than that of
the medical center, noting that
telephone interviews are an integral
part of his study.
"Our contact with them has been
marginal," he said.
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Sadat departs sans jets
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here that he has already sent Soviet-
supplied arms to Somalia and might
provide troops for somalia in its war
THIS PROSPECT may have caused
some second thoughts within the ad-
ministration, which is committed to en-
ding that war through negotiations.
State Department spokesman Hod-
ding Carter said, "We do not wish
directly or indirectly to fuel the fight
that has been going on,"
Without commenting directly on
Sadat's remarks, he noted that the
United States customarily phohibits the
transfer of U.S. weapons to another
country without permission.
SADAT WILL be followed to the
United States next week by Israeli
Foreign Minister Moshe dayan. The
principal U.S. mediator in Middle East
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ted an obstacle to peace negotiations.
Even as the administration was un-
derscoring its opposition to the set-
tlements, the Israeli state radio an-
nounced yesterday that settlers were
preparing to move into one of the three
government-approved settlements on
the occupied West Bank of the Jordan
Begin, visiting Switzerland, said "a
country which has been in a defensive
war has a right to seek a change of
national boundaries." He said Israel
had made "a fair proposal" to Egypt
regarding the Sinai settlements.
Sadat had demanded the dismantling
of the score of settlements in Sinai and
accused Israel of violating Arab
sovereignty. "The government is
leading the unholy march of the
lawbreakers," he said in a speech Mon-
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