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   The two viruses are entervirus 70 and coxsackievirus A24, or stepping down a bit

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acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, or AHC, or

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   “the Apollo 11 disease.”

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   Yes, we still ferret out things which are basically just curiosities:

   And here’s one: a memory which emerged as regional front-page news¹ a couple of weeks ago on the 50th anniversary of the first landing of a man on the moon.

   It is recalled by Richard Beal who at the time of the Apollo 11 landing was working on an oil pipeline in Nigeria. By coincidence, in West Africa natives began suffering from a severe eye-watering malady that spread across west and central Africa–a form of pink eye–that had no connection with the famed mission. Medical people connected with Shell Oil distributed eye ointment medication to cooks, barge clerks, tugboat captains, and other Nigerians suffering the disease that lasts a week or so.

   Those suffering with red, swollen-shut eyes claimed that they were suffering from “Apollo 11 disease,” thought to have been caused by the moon lander stirring up of dust kicked up by the moon mission. There was no medical treatment available in many of the villages.

   The disease, for which there is still no vaccine, is not particularly harmful though its effects really look ugly. According to Beal, the Nigerian government went as far as trying to seek compensation from the U.S. for alleged suffering. A news story from the News Agency of Nigeria explains the infection “known as ‘conjunctivitis’ in medical parlance and ‘apollo’ in local parlance.”

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   ¹ Olivia McKelvey, Florida Today, July 22, 2019 (pp.1-2).