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Mystery
illness kills
7 women

WASHINGTON (UPI) - More than 50 cases of a
new mystery disease, which already has killed seven
people but mainly strikes women of child-bearing
age, have been reported to the Center for Disease
Control in Atlanta, doctors told Congress yesterday.,
So far, seven patients have died from the disease -
usually from shock-for a case-mortality ratio of 13
per cent.
THE DISEASE, KNOWN as toxic-shock syndrome,
is characterized by high fever, vomiting, diarrhea,
and a rapid drop in blood pressure, often resulting in
shock.
There is also a sunburn-like rash and later, a,
peeling of the skin, particularly on the fingers and
toes.
Center Director Dr. William Foege told the Senate
Health Subcommittee the cause is unknown, but

he Michigan Daily-Saturday, Jung 7, 1980-Page 13
symptoms are similar to a number of diseases in
which bacteria produce a toxin released into the
bloodstream.
"IT IS BECAUSE of this possible association with a
toxin that the disease has been called toxic-shock
syndrome," Foege said.
As of May 23, he said, 55 cases were reported. Of
those, 52 cases or 95 per cent were in women. Foege
said the average age of the patient is 25.
"There is a striking association in women with
menstrual periods," Foege said, noting a majority of
patients displayed symptoms during the first five
days of their menstrual cycle.
FOEGE SAID THAT in Wisconsin, where seven
cases have been reported and where doctors were
alerted to the symptoms, the fatality rate was only
about three per cent.

Israel
rejects-
extremist
Kahane's
appeal
TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) - Israel's
supreme court yesterday rejected an
appeal for freedom by extremist Rabbi
Meir Kahane, in jail without formal
charges since mid-May on suspicion of
engineering terrorist attacks against
Arabs.
The U.S.-born rabbi derided as "non-
sense" reports linking him to a plot to
blow up Moslem holy sites. But he also
hailed the car bombings that maimed
two West Bank Arab mayors Monday,
saying they appeared to be the work of
"good and talented Jews" seeking
vengeance for a Palestinian terrorist
attack.
SECURITY FORCES have -focused
their investigation into the car bom-
bings on the possibility a band of Jewish
militants was organized specifically to
carry out the assassination attempts,
the newspaper Ma'ariv said.
But the report quoted a highly placed
source as saying, "We have not as yet
the beginning of a well-formed notion"
about the identities of those who wired
the car bombs that maimed two of three
mayors.
Judge Yitzhak Kahan turned down
Kahane's freedom appeal at a closed-
door hearing in the Jerusalem court
because he said the "evidence points to
a plot so serious" he could not consider
freeing the rabbi, according to tran-
script excerpts later made public.
THE JUDGE said he could not
release details of the alleged anti-Arab
plot because it "would endanger public
safety."
Official sources have said police
found detailed plans linking Kahane to
a plot to strike at Moslem holy sites, in-
cluding the blowing up of the silver-
domed Al Aksa mosque in Jerusalem.
The mosque is Islam's third holiest site
after Mecca and Medina in Saudi
Arabia.
Kahane denied the alleged evidence
against him and said, "If that is the
case, I'm prepared for them to put me
on trial. I say it is nonsense. My arrest
is to stop me from getting power. But
soon I'll be in the Knesset
(parliament)."

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