Disease outbreaks will increase as per ZetaTalk

 

Taking Sick

On Jan 15, 1998 ZetaTalk stated that Illness will increase as Planet X approaches.  Zetas right again !!!

ZetaTalk: Take Sick, written Feb 15, 1998.
Increasingly, as the pole shift nears, the populace will take sick. This will take the form of known illnesses occurring more frequently, seemingly depressed immune systems, but will also appear as new and puzzling illnesses not seen before in the memory of man. What is going on here?

The changes at the core of the Earth that have resulted in El Nino weather patterns and white buffalo and deformed frogs also affect man. The germs are on the move. Their carriers are on the move. And thus humans are exposed to diseases that are so rare as to be undocumented in medical journals.

You will see increasing illness, odd illnesses, microbes that travel because an insect is scattering about and spreading germs in places where it normally doesn't travel. 90% of all the illness and distress you're going to see is a natural situation, a natural occurrence. Because of the changing, swirling in the core of the Earth, and this will continue to up-tick until the pole shift.

And reiterated in 1999

ZetaTalk: Next 3 1/2 Years, written Sep 15, 1999.
Sickness will slightly increase from where it is today. There is a lot of illness now because people who are already unstable are unable to take the turmoil caused by the increased emanations from the Earth. Some of them have simply sensed what is coming and have decided to die. This is true of animals as well as humans. Sickness will increase, but not to the point where it is going to get exponentially worse.

On Feb 2, 2000 a Washington report confirmed this increase, and published concerns were subsequently reported.

Diseases From Around World Threatening U.S.
Reuters, Feb 2, 2000
30 New Diseases Make Global Debut
At least 30 previously unknown diseases have appeared globally since 1973, including HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, Ebola haemorrhagic fever and the encephalitis-related Nipah virus that emerged in Indonesia. Twenty well-known infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera have re-emerged or spread since 1973.
  
Is Global Warming Harmful to Health?
Scientific American, August 2000
Notably, computer models predict that global warming, and other climate alterations it induces, will expand the incidence and distribution of many serious medical disorders. Disturbingly, these forecasts seem to be coming true.

And since this time, SARS and increased incidence of flesh eating disease,
and entire cruise ships regularly returning to port with the passengers ill with stomach flu have been reported.
Depressed immune systems?
Zetas RIGHT Again!

After the pole shift, there will be many opportunistic diseases that will afflict mankind. This does not require an imagination, as today they afflict mankind after disasters. The primary affliction will be from sewage laden water, which will pollute the drinking water man is forced to use. We have been adamant about mankind distilling their drinking water after the pole shift for this reason. Distillation removes heavy metals as well as killing microbes by the boiling process. Any disease that flourishes in malnourished bodies and in areas of poor hygiene will take advantage of the pole shift disasters. Scurvy due to lack of Vitamin C will occur, with bleeding gums and even death if not corrected. Many weeds are high in Vitamin C and survivors should arm themselves with knowledge about the vitamin content of weeds. Unprotected sex by survivors either taking advantage of the weak, as in rape, or by simple distraction and grief and a lack of contraceptive devices will spread AIDS and hepatitis. Morgellons, which is caused by a synergy of parasites and microbes when the immune system is low will likely increase. There will be outbreaks of diseases which were endemic in the past, such as small pox or measles, but in those survivor communities where the members have been immunized in the past these will be limited and quarantines can help in this regard.

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/20no2010.htm

 

Chile battles youth unrest and typhoid fever outbreak

September 15, 2011SANTIAGOChile’s problems dealing with youth unrest over slow education reforms are being compounded by concerns the capital may be in the grip of a typhoid fever outbreak. The government has battled to enforce restraint on law enforcement agencies amid angry student-led protests, which have disrupted urban centers across the country for more than a month. The reforms demanded by youth groups are nowhere near being implemented and protests continue to simmer with support from teachers and workers unions. Now authorities are faced with the more immediate risk of typhoid. Health authorities issued repeated alerts for tougher hygiene checks and controls after they found several people infected and seriously ill with typhoid in the western metropolitan area of Santiago. At least seven cases were confirmed by the Public Health Institute but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. “Typhoid fever is an acute infectious disease triggered by a salmonella bacteria strain,” Institute Director Maria Teresa Valenzuela said. In most cases the infection is caused by consumption of contaminated food and drink or fruit and vegetables grown in areas where contaminated water is used in irrigation. Typhoid fever produces symptoms of high fever, diarrhea or intense headaches. The Santiago region has been prone to typhoid outbreaks since the 1990s when incidence of the disease caused up to 190 cases a year.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/chile-battles...

Epidemic Hazard in India on Saturday, 17 September, 2011 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC.

Description
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has informed that it had received a message through telephone on 12th September 2011 of an outbreak of fever of unknown cause leading to three deaths at Poilwa village, Peren District. Immediately the State Rapid Response Team (RRT) of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Nagaland, comprising of Dr. John Kemp (State Surveillance Officer), Dr. Sao Tunyi (Epidemiologist), Dr. Kevisevolie Sekhose (Epidemiologist), and Venezo Vasa (Entomologist) conducted an outbreak investigation at Poilwa village. The team collected three samples from suspected cases out of which all the three were tested positive for Scrub Typhus. Till date, there are 9 cases with 3 deaths. This was stated in a official press note issued by Dr. Imtimeren Jamir, the Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima. Scrub Typhus is Rickettsial disease caused Orientia tsutsugamushi and transmitted by the bite of mite called Leptotrombidium deliense. In Nagaland, it was formerly detected by IDSP with Central Surveillance Team at Longsa village Mokokchung in 2006, and in Porba village of Phek District in 2007. The State RRT team carried out the outbreak investigation along with doing and entomological survey. The patients were treated with appropriate medicines and awareness and preventive measures were communicated with the villagers. The concerned local health authorities and programs are informed for further necessary action. The mop-up operation is being carried out by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program.
Biohazard name: Typhus (Scrub)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms: - After bite by infected mite larvae called chiggers, papule develops at the biting site which ulcerates and eventually heals with the development of a black eschar. - Patients develop sudden fever with headache, weakness, myalgia, generalized enlargement of lymph nodes, photophobia, and dry cough. - A week later, rash appears on the trunk, then on the extremities, and turns pale within a few days. - Symptoms generally disappear after two weeks even without treatment. - However, in severe cases with Pneumonia and Myocarditis, mortality may reach 30% Diagnosis - The most commonly used test for diagnosis is Wel-Felix Test, which is available at State IDSP laboratory, Kohima. - More specific serological tests like detection of IgM can also be done for diagnosis.
Status:

confirmed

 

Turns out, the plague isn't just ancient history. New Mexico health officials recently confirmed the first human case of bubonic plague — previously known as the "Black Death" — to surface in the U.S. in 2011. 

An unidentified 58-year-old man was hospitalized for a week after suffering from a high fever, pain in his abdomen and groin, and swollen lymph nodes, reports the New York Daily News. (Officials declined to say when the man was released from the hospital.) A blood sample from the man tested positive for the disease.

http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/10/first-case-of-bubonic-plague-...

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 17 September, 2011 at 03:33 (03:33 AM) UTC.

Description
Umatilla County health officials today confirmed a case of plague in an adult male county resident. He may have been infected while hunting in Lake County, noted Sharon Waldern, clinic supervisor for the county’s public health department. “Lake County had two cases of human plague last year.” The man has been hospitalized and is receiving treatment, Waldern noted. “People need to realize he was never considered contagious and he started treatment fairly quickly.” Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. The disease is serious but treatable with antibiotics if caught early, officials said. Plague can be passed from fleas feeding on infected rodents and then transmitted to humans. Direct contact with infected tissues or fluids from handling sick or dead animals can pass the disease, as well as through respiratory droplets from cats and humans with pneumonic plague, officials said in a press release. Some types are spread from person to person, but that is not the case here, Waldern said. Symptoms typically develop within one to four days and up to seven days after exposure and include fever, chills, headache, weakness and a bloody or watery cough due to pneumonia, enlarged, tender lymph nodes, abdominal pain and bleeding into the skin or other organs.

Plague is rare in Oregon. Only three human cases have been diagnosed since 1995 and they all recovered. Last year two human cases of plague were diagnosed in Lake County. As far as she knows, this is the first ever incident in Umatilla County. “In this recent case it is important to stay away from flea-infested areas and to recognize the symptoms. People can protect themselves, their family members and their pets,” said Genni Lehnert-Beers, administrator for Umatilla County Health Department. “Using flea treatment on your pets is very important, because your pets can bring fleas into your home.” People should contact their health care provider or veterinarian if plague is suspected. Early treatment for people and pets with appropriate antibiotics is essential to curing plague infections. Untreated plague can be fatal for animals and people. Antibiotics to prevent or treat plague should be used only under the direction of a health care provider. Additional steps to prevent flea bites include wearing insect repellent, tucking pant cuffs into socks when in areas heavily occupied by rodents, and avoiding contact with wildlife including rodents.
Biohazard name: Plague (Bubonic)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
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The Black Death: Bubonic Plague



 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 29, 2011 at 1:49pm

Mysterious Nodding Syndrome Spreading Through Uganda

http://empowerednews.net/mysterious-nodding-syndrome-spreading-thro...

In northern Uganda, large areas are experiencing an outbreak of nodding syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes young children and adolescents to nod violently when they eat food. The syndrome may be an unusual form of epilepsy that might be linked to the parasitic worm responsible for river blindness.

The recent outbreaks affected the districts of Kitgum, Pader and Gulu. In Pader alone, 66 children and teenagers have died. More than 1000 cases were diagnosed between August and mid-December.

Nearly all the children with nodding syndrome are thought to live near permanent rivers which may connect the syndrome to river blindness. Onchocerca volvulus, a nematode worm that causes river blindness, is known to infest all three affected districts.

Scott Dowell, who researches pediatric infectious diseases and is lead investigator into nodding syndrome with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that we know that [Onchocerca volvulus] is involved in some way, but it is a little puzzling because [the worm] is fairly common in areas that do not have nodding disease.

Despite the unknown cause and cure for syndrome, Uganda’s Ministry of Health has begun using anticonvulsants such as sodium valproate to treat its signs and symptoms.

It has now reached the borders the Republic of South Sudan. Since gaining independence from the rest of Sudan in July, South Sudan has remained on track to eradicate one of humanity’s oldest diseases – guinea worm.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 28, 2011 at 4:22pm

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/12/28/Underreported-Health-Stories/

The Ten Most Underreported Health Stories of 2011

Sickening inequality, climbing cholera, drug resistant bugs, and more.

By Crawford Kilian,

For almost seven years, for reasons still unclear to me, I have been following online news reports about various infectious diseases. My blog H5N1 started with a rare, potentially catastrophic virus also known as bird flu. But it soon expanded.

Especially since 2009's swine flu pandemic (the virus is H1N1), I've been blogging about many diseases and the conditions that spread them: climate change, earthquakes, political violence. Again and again, I've been reminded of the terrible truth spoken by the German pathologist and politician Rudolf Virchow long ago: "Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale."

The media cover disease in a predictable pattern. Normally, local outbreaks get only local attention. For an outbreak to gain worldwide interest, it must be sudden, surprising, and as fatal as possible. Even then, media interest is likely to fade within three or four weeks.

As well, governments are usually keen to discourage media interest in disease. Outbreaks make the local government look bad, and they discourage tourism. Apart from that, the public itself doesn't want to think about disease and dying if it can possibly avoid it.

Given such widespread attitudes, I found it easy to compile this list of the 10 most underreported health stories of the year:

10. Neglected tropical diseases. These diseases afflict people in hot, humid countries with few resorts catering to North Americans wanting to get away from it all. They include roundworm, hookworm, lymphatic filiariasis (120 million cases), river blindness (37 million cases), snail fever, trachoma, and trichuriasis. They're not glamorous, and people in temperate-zone countries don't have to worry much about them.

9. Pakistan floods, and dengue. Apart from being bombed by U.S. drones, Pakistan has had two consecutive years of disastrous floods resulting in crop failures and many waterborne diseases affecting millions. Since Pakistan is widely regarded more as enemy than as ally, funding to help the victims has not been generous. As well, the country has suffered a brutal outbreak of dengue (also known as breakbone fever). Dengue is a worldwide problem but gets little attention in North America.

8. Social determinants of health. While income inequality has suddenly become a big issue thanks to the Occupy movement, neither public nor media have really grasped why it's an issue: inequality makes you sick and then it kills you early. But it does so by inducing stress-related diseases, often self-induced like smokers' cancer and alcoholism. So the media and the public both prefer to blame the victims.

7. African cholera. Cholera has been sputtering away from

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 28, 2011 at 4:18pm

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News of Smallpox Outbreak in India Raises Fear

Early this week news began to break of an outbreak of smallpox in Jharkhand India. Three people in Gumla were reported to have died of the infectious disease and another five people were reported to be ill. The local health department have immediately rushed in to see if the deaths were from the ‘so called ‘ eradicated disease smallpox.

According to the Indian news channel ZeeNews. the Health Secretary AK Sarkar said that the health department was in the process of authenticating reports. However, he later added that he was not in a position to confirm or deny whether the outbreak was smallpox.

For further reading see ‘Small pox resurfaces in Jharkhand?’ (http://www.zeenews.com/news695012.html)

News has sent shock waves and fear around district of Jharkhand.

We should now ask ourselves was smallpox ever really eradicated by the vaccine as we have been led to believe?

The World Health Organization are confident that the vaccine put an end to smallpox. In 1979 they recommended that the smallpox vaccination programme cease worldwide. The only exception has been special groups, such as researchers working with smallpox and related viruses. By 1996 vaccination had stopped throughout the world.

The WHO certainly appear to have believed in the vaccines success. So much so in fact that on the 17 May 2010 in Geneva a statue commemorating the 30th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox was unveiled in front of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan. A press release from the WHO at the time states:

“The eradication of smallpox shows that with strong mutual resolve, teamwork and an international spirit of solidarity, ambitious global public health goals can be attained,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO.

Statue commemorates smallpox eradication’ (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2010/smallpox_20100517/en/index.html)

Certainly a convincing show of solidarity wouldn’t you say? If this latest outbreak of smallpox turns out to be genuine the WHO would look pretty stupid wouldn’t they?

However, supposing the eradication of smallpox was one big hoax to completely convince the public that a vaccine had eradicated a disease. In doing this the WHO could brainwash the world into believing that vaccines could eradicate all diseases and therefore push worldwide vaccination. Many believe that smallpox is still with us but under a new name. Meryl Doyle – Australian Vaccine Network is convinced that smallpox is still around and she is not alone. She says:

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 28, 2011 at 3:53pm

http://www.chinlandguardian.com/news-2009/1660-disease-outbreak-sic...

DISEASE OUTBREAK SICKENS OVER 80 VILLAGERS, 47  SERIOUSLY.

Falam Disease

Location of affected villages in

28 December 2011: Over 80 people have fallen ill after being contracted with a mysterious infectious disease in three villages in Falam Township, Chin State.

The outbreak, which started on December 18, has overwhelmed local health officials who scrambled an emergency response team to respond to a rapidly growing number of people falling ill in Hnahthial, Ngailan and Haimual villages.

At least 47 villagers are now described as being in 'serious' conditions.

A local villager told Chinland Guardian, "People came down with Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea and coughing. Children under 10 years old particularly have contracted the disease."

While there has been no reported death, the local said that there are reasons to be concerned about such a possibility.

Hnahthial village, which has about 40 households, has been hardest hit with about 50 of the villagers being sick. In Ngailan Village, which has only 14 households, 20 people have fallen ill. With a total of 22 households, Haimual Village has also seen 10 locals struck by the mysterious illness.

Local health officials have yet to identify the disease.

Recently named Burma's poorest state by the United Nations, Chin State has only 12 full-fledged hospitals for a population of half a million people.

Despite the extreme needs, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party government did not set up a health or education ministry at the State level.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 28, 2011 at 3:23pm

http://crystallake.patch.com/articles/county-whooping-cough-outbrea...

County Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits Record 254 Cases

Health officials are hoping school winter break will slow the spread of the disease.

The McHenry County whooping cough outbreak has reached a record number of 254 cases.

The McHenry County Health Department released the latest statistics on Dec. 23. The outbreak surpasses the previous record of 191 cases reported during an outbreak in the county in 2004, said Mary Ellen Howell, staff development coordinator for McHenry County.

The age of those affected range from 3 months to 59 years, Howell said.

The actual number of cases could be slightly higher as some illnesses go undiagnosed or unreported.

Through the communicable disease program, the county has supplied area doctors with forms to complete when they suspect a patient has come down with whooping cough — otherwise known as pertussis.

“When doctors are treating someone for pertussis, but that person hasn’t been tested, someone from the communicable disease department will call that person, interview him and try to confirm whether he has the disease,” Howell said.

Howell said the county health department hopes school vacation will slow the outbreak; however, health officials realize children visiting other relatives for the holidays actually may spread the illness further outside the county.

The 6- to 10-year-old age group has the most cases reported in McHenry County with 60 confirmed illnesses.

Cases among 11- to 14-year-olds are next highest at 49; and 15- to 19-year-olds account for 53 reported illnesses, Howell said.

“As you can see, the bulk of the outbreak is among the school-age population,” Howell said.  

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. The illness is known for the uncontrollable, violent coughing that makes it very difficult for patients to breathe. After fits of many coughs, pertussis sufferers often need to take deep breaths, which result in a whooping sound, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children. The most common complication for children is that 1 in 10 w

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2011 at 5:52am

Hepatitis outbreak grows

http://www.thewesternnews.com/news/article_fe33dde2-2bf4-11e1-adc1-...

Health Department secures vaccine; now seven cases confirmed

An outbreak of Hepatitis C has surfaced in Lincoln County, according to Marci Johnson, communicable diseases coordinator of Lincoln County.

“We’re still investigating it, but right now we’ve got seven confirmed cases,” Johnson said Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been in contact with the state, and they have agreed to supply us with the vaccines for Hepatitis A and B at no charge.”

The outbreak comes as the Lincoln County Commission has scheduled to close the local Health Department office on Friday, Dec. 30, for budget cuts.

HCV (Hepatitis C) is a viral infection that is spread when the blood of an infected person enters the blood of a non-infected person. Approximately 75 percent of those who contact the virus will develop a chronic infection that can result in long-term health problems including liver damage, liver cancer, and possibly death.

According to the CDC, approximately 8,000-10,000 people die every year from HCV-related liver disease. Those with HCV should be monitored regularly by their health-care provider and evaluated for treatment. However, not everyone with HCV will benefit from treatment. Vaccination against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B is recommended to help protect a person’s liver.

Asked about the spread of the local infections, Johnson said she is concerned about persons trying drugs for the first time.

“We’re concerned about young people caught in the moment. Those are the ones we want to have checked,” Johnson said. “The longtime users know the risks.”

Johnson said she also is working with the Flathead Valley Chemical Dependency Center in Libby to assist intravenous drug users.

The Libby Health Department office was scheduled to receive the vaccines Tuesday. Vaccine times will be scheduled later, Johnson said.

“Right now, I just want people to call the Libby Health Department to set up an appointment,” Johnson said. “The county has agreed to keep me on for awhile. There’s just no way Mickey (new County Nurse Carvey) can handle this working just two days (a week) in Eureka.”

Johnson said she planned to put flyers in area bars recommending people who may be users call her office to make an appointment to be checked.

Prior to 1992, when screening and testing became widespread in the U.S., HCV was spread through blood transfusions or organ transplants. Today, most people become infected by sharing needles while injecting drugs. Even those that do not share needles but do share related paraphernalia or “fixings” can and do contact the disease.

Sharing is also a common means of transmitting HIV and other diseases. The risk of transmission of HCV through sexual contact is believed to be low; however the risk increases for those who have multiple partners or sexually transmitted disease.

Johnson recommended people who have injected drugs in the past or are doing so currently that they be tested.

Persons are urged to talk to their health-care provider.

The Hepatitis screenings will be offered at no cost, and all inquiries and testing are strictly confidential.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2011 at 5:48am

Ebola makes a comeback?

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerge...

Kenyan woman's death raises fears of a new deadly outbreak.

NAIROBI, Kenya — The mysterious death of a 29-year old woman after she turned up bleeding profusely at a Nairobi hospital has raised fears of an outbreak of Ebola.

The Ebola virus is a so-called hemorrhagic disease and kills nastily: vomiting, diarrhoea, extensive bleeding. There is no known cure.

Outbreaks in rural areas of Congo, Uganda and Sudan over the last 35-years have killed hundreds of people at a time.

Gladys Muthoni was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital by three people who were quarantined. After her death tests were carried out to determine the cause.

Kenya's director of public health, Sharif Shanaaz tried to ally fears on Friday announcing that the “blood specimen obtained was analyzed ... and is negative for all viral hemorrhagic fever including Ebola." But it remains unclear exactly what killed the woman and Kenya's government said it would continue to monitor the situation.

Neighboring Uganda coped with a death attributed to Ebola in May this year.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2011 at 5:41am

Outbreak of The Mysterious Nodding Syndrome in Africa

There's another mysterious disease that emerged out of Africa: a nodding syndrome, which causes young children and adolescents to nod violently when they eat food.

Large areas of northern Uganda are experiencing an outbreak of nodding syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes young children and adolescents to nod violently when they eat food. The disease, which may be an unusual form of epilepsy, could be linked to the parasitic worm responsible for river blindness, a condition that affects some 18 million people, most of them in Africa.

According to Wikipedia, it's not as funny as it sounds: the disease also causes mental retardation, stunted growth, and a near 100% fatality rate.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2011 at 5:36am

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/30653-12-dead-in-...

12 dead in W Singhbhum in mysterious viral attack

At least a dozen people are dead while several others have fallen ill following the outbreak of a mysterious disease in several villages of Tonto block in the mineral-rich West Singhbhum district, about 40 km from the district headquarters, over the past week.

An unknown virus is tormenting residents for the past one month. A mysterious fever which causes drop in platelet count and gives rise to dengue-like symptoms is baffling doctors and heath officials. Tests performed on blood samples sent to National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi, and School of Tropical Disease, Kolkata, have confirmed dengue and chikungunya. However, the health department is not ruling out possibilities of an unknown viral attack.

“This mysterious strain of virus must be identified. It is leading to drop in platelet and leukocyte counts but all test reports for dengue are showing negative results,” said a health department official. The district health department has announced steps to check the casualty rate but adequate steps haven’t been taken so far.

Deputy Commissioner K Srinivasan said senior officials of the health department are inquiring into the matter. “The administration learnt about the matter through media reports. Senior officials of health department are looking into the matter,” Srinivasan said. The DC, however, refused to speak on the apparent cause behind the casualties.

Earlier, officials at the district civil surgeon’s office said a medical team led by the district medical officer has been rushed to the block to provide adequate medical treatment to ailing villagers. A few villagers have been admitted to Chaibasa Sadar Hospital.

“A medical team is camping in the affected area distributing necessary medical help to affected villagers,” said an official, adding that more teams are likely to be sent to the affected block. However, the civil surgeon himself was not available for comments.

The administration has not concluded the exact cause behind the mysterious death of villagers. It has decided to send the sample of the contaminated water to the lab to ascertain the cause behind the casualties.

“Diarrhoea could be one reason, so the department has decided to send a sample of the contaminated pond water from the affected area to the lab for examination,” informed an official.

About five months ago, ten people died of diarrhoea in Kanskel village under Birkel panchayat limits in Gudri block of the district. “In 2009 it was swine flu and in 2010 it was dengue and this year we are confronting a viral fever outbreak. We are sure that the visit of an experts’ team will help us determine the nature of the new disease,” Swaran Singh said.

“I have never seen an outbreak of such a disease in my medical career spanning over three decades. While the number of dengue cases is rising everyday, this new virus which is yet to be identified has made things more complex,” UK Srivastava, a prominent city doctor, said.

The spread of the mysterious disease has become a cause of concern for the medical fraternity and for citizens. Doctors say that this unknown strain of virus causes a steep fall in leukocyte and thrombocyte counts in the body apart from a drop in the number of blood platelets.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2011 at 5:31am

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-22/hong-kong-live-poultry-...

Hong Kong Live Poultry Ban, Cull Hurts Solstice Banquet Plans

Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong celebrates winter solstice today without fresh chickens in the feast marking the occasion after officials culled tens of thousands of birds and banned the sale and import of live poultry to prevent a bird flu outbreak.

The government slaughtered a total of 19,451 birds, including more than 15,000 chickens, yesterday after the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was found in a chicken carcass at a wholesale market.

“It is unfortunate that an avian influenza case is detected before the winter solstice,” Secretary for Food and Health York Chow said. “I understand that it will cause inconvenience to the public. However, to safeguard public health, we need to adopt decisive and effective measures to prevent and control the spread of the virus.”

Hong Kong takes a tough line on the highly pathogenic strain of flu virus, first recorded in humans in the city in 1997 and which has since spread through Asia, Europe and Africa, resulting in the deaths of tens of millions of birds and killing more than half of the people that caught it. The city of 7 million people was also hit by an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003 in which 299 people died.

The Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market, where the carcass was found, was disinfected and will be closed until Jan. 12, the government said in a statement yesterday evening. The city’s 30 chicken farms were tested, with all samples free of avian influenza, according to the statement. The Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department will conduct further testing.

Health Concern

Avian flu is a serious public health concern with the potential to cause a deadly pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Since 2003, more than 500 people have been infected with the H5N1 strain worldwide and about 60 percent have died, according to the Atlanta-based agency.

Public hospitals in the city activated their “serious” response level and enhanced surveillance after the government discovered the H5N1-infected chicken carcass at the Cheung Sha Wan market, in the western part of Kowloon. It wasn’t clear whether the chicken was local or imported, Chow said.

The Department of Health is testing workers at the market, farmers and other people who may have come into contact with the birds, according to a separate statement yesterday. So far no human H5N1 infections have been discovered, it said.

“Hong Kong has the best H5N1 contingency plan to be found in any part of the world,” said Yuen Kwok-yung, chairman of infectious diseases at the University of Hong Kong’s department of microbiology. “We should not panic. Every winter there is increased H5N1 activity in poultry and migratory birds.”

Swine Flu

During the 2009 swine flu scare, Hong Kong quarantined almost 400 people in a downtown hotel who may have come into contact with a Mexican visitor confirmed as having caught the flu strain.

No live ducks or geese are sold in Hong Kong, said Sally Kong, a government spokeswoman. Chow said the government will pay compensation of HK$30 for each chicken destroyed.

In 1997, the government ordered all poultry in Hong Kong to be culled. Many families in rural areas kept chickens in back- yard wood-and-wire hutches that can still be seen lying empty and rusting in villages across the territory. Ducks, geese and pigeons are also widely eaten in Hong Kong.

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