Polio Vaccine Connected To Mesothelioma?
The creation of the polio vaccine eradicated one of the world’s most tragic diseases, preventing the suffering of millions of people. After many batches of the vaccine were created using rhesus monkey kidney cells, researchers discovered that some of them were contaminated with an unknown virus, now called SV40. Although there is no definitive proof yet, this virus may be linked to the development of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the lungs and chest. It typically carries a poor prognosis, in part because symptoms can take decades to appear. While the vast majority of mesothelioma cases are caused by past exposure to asbestos, it occasionally develops due to exposure to other minerals. Any mineral that can separate into fibers, like asbestos, can potentially become trapped in the lungs.
Research has suggested that a combination of SV40 and exposure to the mineral crocidolite may be responsible for some cases of mesothelioma. While SV40 has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals, neither it nor crocidolite tend to cause cancer alone. Crocidolite tends to occur with granite deposits, so granite miners may be exposed while working.
Mesothelioma takes decades to develop, with many people only experiencing symptoms 50 years after exposure. If you have developed mesothelioma after receiving a polio vaccine in your past, but do not think you have been exposed to asbestos, you may be interested in exploring more about your circumstances and their possible underlying causes.
To discuss your case with the compassionate mesothelioma lawyers, contact the law office of Williams-Kherkher today at 800-781-3955.