Man drinks “juice virus” for R $ 35,000 in US and announces experience: “The worst disease I have ever had”

Jake Eberts, a 26-year-old man from Washington, D.C., agreed to drink “fruit juice” for $ 7,000 (approximately R $ 35,000). He was involved in a University of Maryland study that sought experiments to prevent dysentery. With previous experience, the young man has given up a lot of money on these procedures – from the dreaded symptoms of the disease to the more unreliable ones.

Eberts took a dose of Shigella bacteria, responsible for the disease, and was discharged from a school hospital. He explained the whole process on Twitter and, on the third day, he woke up with “something fun” in his stomach, having to run to the bathroom. For the next 48 hours, the boy had a stomach ache, diarrhea with blood in the stool, a fever of 39.4 degrees and severe fatigue.

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Jake Eberts was excluded from the study and suffered severe diarrhea. (Image: Playback / Twitter)

“I went to the bathroom and all of it – getting up, walking, getting a toilet paper – was like Herculean effort.”, he said, who went to the bathroom 11 times in the same day. The situation was so serious, Jake thought he was going to die. “It was the worst pain I had ever had, and I wanted to die for six hours. I can not imagine how dangerous this disease is in children. “detailed information.

This is a signal for nurses to begin treatment as soon as possible, when they see that the disease has already been established. Eberts provides dehydration fluids and antibiotics to help prevent infections. The next day, the young man said he was “better”, although he went to the bathroom again and developed a fever of 38.3º. The next day, the change was greater and his digestion seemed “normal”. In all, it took him four days to recover.

Jake was one of 16 people who received two doses, one month apart, as part of a phase 2 Shigella vaccine trial. Half of the participants received the vaccine, while the other received the placebo – necessary to understand the efficacy in that group. When the young man was one of the first patients, 11 became pregnant the next day. The other 4 have the disease in asymptomatic form.

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At the time of this test, it was not yet clear who received the actual dose and placebo. However, Eberts believes he is one of those people who did not get the actual vaccine, because the state it was abandoned after the “juice”. “If I get the vaccine, that is bad news for the vaccine”he told The Insider.

Immunizations are the WHO recommendations for the disease.  (National Cancer Institute; Unsplash)
The study looked for a vaccine that protects against Shigella, which causes diarrhea and affects about 160 million people a year. (Photo: National Cancer Institute; Unsplash)

The “diary” of the research days also had a strange meaning. According to Jake, he also used the pot to lower himself. The stool is then sent to a biohazard bag, taken to the street, and sent to a scientist for removal and analysis of the structure of the product. When done, the poop was poured into the toilet, soaked in bleach, and the toilet only rinsed five minutes later, to allow the equipment to work.

A stinky and uncomfortable day… But all for science, right?

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