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Chaldeans Being Offered $100,000 for Rare Blood Vaccine
By Sue Garmo :: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 :: 107668 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!

Mother of God Church, MI USA


Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti

Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

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 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.