Built-in West Nile Antibodies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/04

Built-in West Nile Antibodies

Are you a West Nile warrior? Jim Harris is because he should have suffered from the West Nile Virus, but didn't.

"I never had any symptoms or anything, and it was just through my blood donations I found out I had it," says Jim, plasma donor for West Nile antibodies.

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Now, the Centers for Disease Control are studying people like Jim who discovered through blood donations that they have a powerful weapon against West Nile built into their own immune system, proteins that neutralize the disease.

So far, they've identified nine donors who are mega producers of the West Nile antibodies. And each of those people are now voluntarily donating plasma, the yellowish fluid part of blood that contains antibodies with the hope that someday, they may be able to come up with a vaccine to protect against the mosquito borne illness.

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