Tuesday, April 13, 2021
St. Joseph News & Information
Latest News & Information

Current Articles | Archives | Search

Chaldeans Being Offered $100,000 for Rare Blood Vaccine
By Sue Garmo :: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 :: 91000 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 info@chaldean.org 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.  

For more information please contact info@chaldean.org.


Sue Garmo is known as the office prankster at www.CHALDEAN.org.  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!


St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.