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Add self-flagellation to the list of ways to get a dangerous viral blood infection.
Researchers said Wednesday they were initially puzzled how 10 British Muslim men had become infected with a little-known virus because the men hadn’t taken risks usually associated with the disease.
Investigators - Rituals - Iraq - Pakistan - India
But then investigators learned they had participated in blood-shedding religious rituals — cutting or whipping themselves — in Iraq, Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom.
The practice of whipping or cutting oneself has been practiced among different religious groups, most notably by Shiite Muslims on the holy day Ashoura.
Suggestions - Infections - Route - Study - Dr
“There’s been suggestions that you might spread infections through this route, but it’s never been described before” in a published medical study, said Dr. Divya Dhasmana of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
She is one of the authors of the study released Wednesday in a journal published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Men - T-cell - Leukemia - Virus - Type
The men were infected with human T-cell leukemia virus type 1. Most people infected with the virus never develop symptoms, but some develop terrible illnesses, like a deadly blood cancer or a debilitating nervous system condition.
HTLV-1 spreads through breastfeeding, sex, blood transfusion and sharing of needles. Experts have estimated that...
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