Myocarditis death in soldier may have been caused by vaccines--DOD press release

June 22, 2006

Please note that CDC found a much higher rate of myocarditis in 
smallpox vaccine recipients than did DOD: 1 in 1,725, according to 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by CDC.  In a vaccine 
trial of smallpox vaccines conducted by Acambis the rate of myocarditis 
was 1 in 973.  A 1978 study in Finnish military recruits found a much 
higher rate using looser criteria (1 in 29).

If DOD had cases occurring at the same rate, they should have had 580 
cases in 1 million vaccine recipients, not 120.  However, DOD likely 
had even more cases of myocarditis than 580, since it is believed that 
people who have never before received the vaccine are at higher risk of 
complications than those previously vaccinated.  Nearly all those who 
were vaccinated through CDC had been vaccinated in childhood.  
Relatively few military servicemembers have been previously vaccinated.

Claiming that no previous smallpox recipients died with myocarditis is 
also blatantly untrue.  Twenty-two year old Rachel Lacy died in early 
2003, one month after receiving five vaccines in one day (including 
smallpox and anthrax) and her autopsy demonstrated myocarditis.  Two 
panels asked to evaluate her death for DOD agreed her death was 
probably vaccine-related.

I wrote something about earlier inaccurate DOD statements about 
smallpox vaccine-related myocarditis and death in 2003:

Wonder why DOD admitted this death, while denying others?

Meryl Nass, MD

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
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or +1 (703) 428-0711
June 22, 2006
Vaccines May Have Caused A Soldier's Death

             A panel of military physician experts has concluded that 
vaccinations may have caused the death of a 26-year-old Army soldier.

             The soldier, Pfc. Christopher "Justin" Abston, received 
smallpox and injectable influenza vaccines in November 2005, at Fort 
Bragg, N.C., 16 days before suffering sudden death in his barracks 

             Following evaluation of multiple specialized test results, 
the panel considered a cause-and-effect relationship to be "possible."  
The smallpox vaccine received by Abston is known to cause an 
inflammation of the heart muscle or myocarditis, a condition found at 
his autopsy.

              Evidence of the vaccinia virus, the main ingredient of 
smallpox vaccine, was not found in his heart muscle, but evidence of a 
different virus, parvovirus B19, was found.  Natural infection with 
parvovirus B19 is another known cause of heart inflammation and death.  
The expert panel cautioned that the findings pointing to vaccinations 
were neither probable nor unlikely, but they do suggest the possibility 
that the vaccines may have caused Abston's death.

             Among the one million military personnel given smallpox 
vaccine since December 2002, 120 developed myocarditis or similar 
conditions, but none of them died.  DoD screens all personnel to be 
given smallpox vaccinations and about eight percent are excluded due to 
screening criteria.  It also advises all smallpox vaccine recipients, 
who develop chest pain after smallpox vaccination to seek medical care 
without delay.  In the 120 cases mentioned above, such chest pain most 
often occurred in the first three weeks after smallpox vaccination.

              The DoD conducts its smallpox vaccination program to 
protect troops assigned to U.S. Central Command, U.S. Forces Korea, or 
designated units with homeland defense missions.

Meryl Nass, MD
Mount Desert Island Hospital
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207 288-5081 ext. 220

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