SV40, or Simian Virus 40, is a virus that is thought to have contaminated millions of doses of polio vaccine administered to Americans between 1958 and 1963. The virus originates in the kidney cells of rhesus monkeys, which provided tissue that was used in the production of the vaccines. It is known to cause kidney disease and cancer in monkeys, as well as attacking the body’s natural defenses against tumor growth.
SV40 and Asbestos
In the decades since, there has been considerable evidence that SV40 plays a role in the development of mesothelioma in humans, though whether it directly causes mesothelioma or acts as a co-factor in the development of the disease remains an open question. Researchers have found that individuals who have had exposure to both SV40 and asbestos are at higher risk of developing mesothelioma, so individuals who were vaccinated against polio in Louisiana, between 1958 and 1963, and experienced occupational exposure to asbestos during their careers as adults should take extra care in explaining the risk factors to their doctors.
Reporting symptoms to your doctor as early as possible gives you the best chance to mount an effective treatment regimen to beat mesothelioma and extend your life. Unfortunately, the symptoms of early mesothelioma are often quite mild and may not even seem worth mentioning, which is why vigilance is important for at-risk individuals in Louisiana. Symptoms like chest pain, anemia, clotting problems leading to easy bruising or bleeding, fluid build up around the lungs, and coughing up blood should always be investigated by a physician, but earlier symptoms can be as vague as unexplained weight loss, a persistent cough, or a fever with no sign of infection.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma in Louisiana, you have rights to compensation and access to the best quality health care available. Call The Gertler Law Firm at (504) 581-6411 today to talk to an experienced mesothelioma attorney about your options.