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Chaldeans Being Offered $100,000 for Rare Blood Vaccine
By Sue Garmo :: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 :: 73209 Views :: Health & Fitness, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

California, USA – Chaldean immigrant receives special attention from the U.S. Center for Disease control (CDC) for his blood.  “It is like the movie Arachnophobia where a spider is brought to the U.S., spreads, and creates havoc,” says Dr. Jason Edwin III, Director of Entomology at the CDC.  “We were able to find an Iraqi who has something in his blood that is immune to the spider’s venom and is assisting in treating the infectious bite site of the spider.”

David Abbas of Tel’Kepe, Iraq seems to be immune to the venom of the infamous “Camel Spider” which is identified as the cause of a state-wide outbreak in Nevada.  Abbas was given $100,000 after a sample of his blood proved to contain the necessary antibodies.  The CDC is now asking Chaldeans in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan to be tested.  Those with the rare blood immunity will be offered a $100,000 in order for the CDC to have enough vaccine to stop the epidemic from spreading outside of Nevada.  

Supposedly a U.S. Marine returned from the dessert smuggling Camel Spider eggs.  Upon return to California, the Marine attempted to sell the eggs to a pet store in Vegas.  Failing to make the sale the Marine dumped thousands of the eggs into a dumpster where the dessert climate and humid trash and food scraps were key conditions for the eggs to hatch.  Thousands of the spiders quickly spread to nearby dumpsters and began to breed.  The spiders were spread by the waste management companies who inadvertently scattered the spiders and eggs to dumpsters throughout the city. 

“Landfills began noticing dead birds and rodents and when a waste worker was discovered dead with a huge infection on the back of the neck, local police were called.  After two more workers turned up dead, without any bites the homicide investigation turned to a federal probe that brought in the FBI and CDC,” says FBI agent Ellie Braum of the Nevada federal field office. 

CDC officials confirm that after the initial bite the infection begins to grow and mutates to an airborne virus.  Those in close proximity of the infected person are vulnerable to the virus.   Those bitten are hit with a large dose and begin to show symptoms of nerve damage in six to twelve hours.  Those infected by the airborne virus show nerve damage in twelve to twenty-four hours. 

After capturing one of the spiders, CDC insect expert Dr. Jason Edwin III was contacted.  Dr. Edwin was able to instantaneously identify the rare spider and pointed officials to Middle Eastern blood samples that were known to be immune to the dessert dwelling the spider. Officials immediately reached out to few mosques and churches inquiring about the spider.  A Chaldean church deacon, Dawood Abbas overheard the explanation to clergy.  The deacon commented that his son would often get bitten by the spiders in Iraq, but did not show any symptoms they described. 

Officials took blood samples of the Deacon’s son to the CDC.  Mixing the blood and spider venom under a microscope examiners discovered that the virus was attacked by a rare blood cell.  Working to create a vaccine the Abbas family was offered $100,000 for their blood.  However the CDC needed more and has extended the offer to any Chaldean with the similar blood cell. 

Chaldeans interested in being tested can contact their local Red Cross office.  The testing is given high priority and the Red Cross offices have been notified in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.  Chaldeans are asked to identify themselves as Chaldeans wishing to be tested for the Camel Spider vaccine. 

Alternatively, Chaldeans can e-mail their contact information and the nearest Red Cross testing center will be notified of your interest to be tested for the vaccine.  A Red Cross Chaldean translator will then contact you to schedule the testing. 

Any Chaldean shown to have the correct blood cell will receive their $100,000 check from the CDC after donating a pint of blood.  

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Sue Garmo is known as the office prankster at  Although the journalist covers community events she remains perhaps one of the best community pranksters.  The story above is another of Ms. Garmo's April Fools jokes.  Don't feel bad if you fell for the joke.  Sue was last seen at lunch making fake lottery tickets with the winning numbers to give as gifts to friends and family - just think how they are gonna fee!

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.