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i posted about this last night but the moderator is holding up that post, probably because i included the link to a 2018 CNN Medicine article.
There's something called HTLV-1, prevalent in certain spots around the globe. These include parts of Australia, SW Japan, and parts of the Caribbean. It is an STI, transmitted mainly by sex, breastfeeding, or blood contact, and it can cause, ta da! Bronchiectasis. Anybody else heard of this?
I find it fascinating that Americans who served in Vietnam tended to take their long breaks either in Japan or Australia. Himself served in Vietnam but never took any long breaks, i think, but he spent the 5 years before he met me in the Carib. My dad definitely spent time in SW Japan in WWII.
i haven't found much on this yet. Anyone else heard of this?
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