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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 13, 2006
  • 03:33 AM

Hello, a good friend of mine contracted this nasty Mossie born Virus at the begining fo this year while doing the Tourist thing around Australia.

Anyway, it's really taking it's toll on her and the Doctors who are the Specialists in Canada are of no help what so ever, everything they suggest is the opposite to that which I have read about.

Has anyone had this virus, know of someone that has had it, anyone basically able to shed some experience on it and how they dealt with it etc.

If you can help it would be appreciated, thanks for your time,


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  • HiI live in Australia and have just been diagnosed with Barmah Forest Virus which is from mosquitoes. Apparently there is no treatment available. I am very ill with a whole range of symptoms - fevers, debilitating headaches, joint pain. The only way I can get some relief is with cold compresses. I can't work which is really frustrating.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 01:21 AM
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  • Hi there. I contracted Barmah Forest Virus in February 1999. I was living in Sydney at the time and it was impossible to be diagnosed correctly for the first few months. I was finally correctly diagnosed by a GP in Taree on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. I was very ill for around six months with 'flu like symptoms, allergies, skin rashes, fatigue, dizziness and pneumonia.On a number of occasions I feared that I was really 'losing it'. I had gone from swimming at least two kilometres a day to being a dizzy, snotty, feverish mess. In the years since the viral infection I have experienced many post viral issues which have, at times, left me a blithering mess. I still experience chronic fatigue and immune system 'flat spots'. Only today, seven years later, I had to 'sleep it off' for a couple of hours this morning. This followed a short period of feeling that my system was shutting down to to recuperate from seems to be an allergic reaction to my environment.I would be more than happy to be contacted at paulmnsw@iprimus.com.au to swap notes etc. What I can say, is that it will most probably be a hard road you are going to travel, but, things will get better over time.This clever virus seems to have reprogrammed my system to 'work; in a different way than it used to. A positive side is that I do seem to have desensitised to certain issues relating to allergic reactions to the post viral state.CheersPaul
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    • December 20, 2006
    • 01:05 PM
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