> The Daily Telegraph

> Thursday October 21, 1999


An incurable bone cancer may be linked to contaminated polio vaccine and exposure to herbicides, a researcher said yesterday.


> Multiple myeloma attacks bone marrow, has no cure and causes bone

> collapse, fractures and paralysis.


> The head of the myeloma clinic at the Cedars-Sinai Centre in Los

> Angeles, Professor Brian Durie, said in Sydney that while the disease

> commonly affected people over 65, an increasing number of baby boomers

> were being diagnosed.


> "In recent years we found that not only has the incidence [of the

> diseases[ gone up, but it's occurring in somewhat younger people." he

> said.


> Professor Durie believes evidence that some myeloma patients have a

> cancer-causing virus called SV40, which contaminated early batches of

> polio vaccine in the 1950s and 1960s, may explain why baby boomers are

> developing disease.


> The email address of the Daily Telegraph is

> dtmletr@matp.newsltd.com.au (the D is capitalised in the newspaper,

> but I remember a problem a while ago with this address so if it

> doesn't work with a small letter d, try it with an upper case one).


> Meryl W. Dorey,

> President

> The Australian Vaccination Network, Inc.

> PO Box 177                           02 6687 1699 Phone

> Bangalow NSW 2479                  02 6687 2032 FAX

> meryl@avn.org.au                       http://www.avn.org.au