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.



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.


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

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.



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.


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

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.

The Black Death: Bubonic Plague








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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2014 at 9:40pm


Colorado Reports Three More Plague Cases, All Had Contact With Dog That Died

In a follow-up to a story last week of a Colorado man and his pet dog who contracted plague, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has identified three additional Colorado residents positive for plague, bringing the total to four cases.

Yersinia pestis bacteria, which was grown on a medium of sheep’s blood agar (SBA) Image/CDC

Yersinia pestis bacteria, which was grown on a medium of sheep’s blood agar (SBA) Image/CDC

The investigation of the original case identified three individuals, each of whom had direct contact with the previously reported dog that had died of plague. They all had mild symptoms, were treated with appropriate antibiotics, recovered, and no longer are contagious. The initial patient, who had pneumonic plague, remains hospitalized.

The dog likely was exposed to a prairie dog or rabbit with plague-infected fleas in eastern Adams County.

Tri-County Health Department officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are continuing to work together to investigate these cases and prevent further illnesses. Although person-to-person transmission of plague is extremely rare, individuals who may have been exposed through close contact with the four cases have been identified, and have received antibiotic treatment or are being monitored for symptoms when indicated.

Plague is spread by fleas from rodents, most commonly prairie dogs. Flea samples recently collected from eastern Adams County tested positive for plague bacteria. Tri-County Health Department staff members have gone door-to-door in the area with information about plague and to assess prairie dog populations. People and pets walking in open spaces and trails should avoid contact with prairie dogs, rabbits and other rodents.

Contact your physician if you develop a high fever and other plague symptoms following a fleabite or direct contact with dead rodents, or exposure to a sick cat or dog that may have had contact with plague-infected rodents.

LISTEN: Talking plague and the situation in New Mexico with Dr. Paul Ettestad

Symptoms of plague include a sudden onset of high fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, or a general feeling of being ill. Individuals with pneumonic plague (the lung form) develop fever, headache, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing, which can lead to respiratory failure. Pneumonic plague is the most serious form of the disease and is the only form of plague that can be spread from person to person (by infectious droplets from coughing). Although human cases occur infrequently, plague can be severe and potentially life-threatening if not detected and quickly treated with common antibiotics.

Related story: Congo, Madagascar top countries reporting most plague 2000-2009, US...

Plague often is identified when there is an unusual die-off of prairie dogs in an area. When an infected animal dies, the fleas leave the carcass to find another host, thus spreading the disease. Most human plague cases occur when humans are bitten by infected fleas. Less commonly, people are infected by direct contact with blood or tissues from an infected animal or from pets (primarily cats) that become infected and transmit the disease. Since 1957, Colorado has identified 60 cases of human plague, nine (15 percent) of which were fatal. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 15, 2014 at 7:34pm


Bolivia Declares Bubonic Plague Alert on Peru Border

LA PAZ – Bolivia’s public health authorities declared the province of La Paz on epidemiological alert owing to an outbreak of bubonic plague detected in communities along the border with Peru, the government said Tuesday.

The provincial head of epidemiology, Rene Barrientos, told the media that a boy of 14 has died of the illness and another three suspected cases have been found in the municipality of Apolo, in the northern part of the region.

The alert was declared to take action in the area and “avoid there being more victims and to keep the illness from leading to pneumonic plague,” which, unlike bubonic plague, can be transmitted orally, Barrientos said.

Bubonic plague affects rodents like rats and hares and is transmitted by vectors like fleas, but never person to person.

It causes fever and inflammation of the ganglia, and can be life-threatening if it gets into the bloodstream.

At the beginning of August an outbreak of bubonic plague was reported in the northern Peruvian province of Ascope, where up to now one person has died and around 30 have been affected, between confirmed and probable cases. EFE
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 12, 2014 at 4:15am


Brain-eating amoeba kills 9-year-old Johnson County girl

MISSION, Kan. — An extremely rare brain-eating amoeba has killed a nine-year-old girl from Johnson County.

Hally Yust, 9, from Spring Hill was an avid skier and died two days ago on Wednesday.

The amoeba is found in fresh water. A county disease investigator tells FOX 4 that Yust had several potential exposures in fresh water in Kansas, so the actual source of infection cannot be determined.  She was taken to a hospital with meningitis-like symptoms and testing revealed the amoeba infection.

It’s called Naegleria fowleri.  It’s in lakes, rivers and hot springs.  Infection is extremely rare.  There have been fewer than 200 cases in the U.S. in more than 50 years.  There was also a death in a Wichita-area resident in 2011.

“The amoeba goes up through the nose and into the brain and once it’s there, there’s really nothing anybody can do.  There’s only been one case that actually lived through this.  All the other cases have passed away,” said Tiffany Geiger, the investigator with the Johnson County Health Department.

Geiger says even though the chances of getting the brain-eating amoeba are very low, you can lower the chances by wearing noseplugs when swimming, skiing or doing other fresh water activities.  The risk does increase in the summer with warmer water temperatures.

Symptoms usually appear five days after infection.  They include headache, fever, nausea, stiff neck and confusion.

The health department says infection cannot be spread from person to person, and you cannot get it from a swimming pool which is properly maintained.

On Friday, FOX 4′s Abby Eden spoke with Yust’s mother about her little girl.


No grassroots awareness as brain-eating amoeba cases increase

Karachi: Naigleria Fowleri, a rare disease, is spreading in Karachi and so far at least five deaths have been reported in the city this year, while the number of unreported death cases might be high.
The disease spreads through non-chlorinated potable water and is dreaded because there is no treatment available and the survival chance of diagnosed patients is almost zero. The government policymakers at the provincial level are still unmoved despite five deaths this year alone. In past the government used to issue daily reports about such diseases including dengue, but the issuance of these daily reports was abruptly stopped. Though the suppression of information from public is the hallmark of dictatorial governments, the elected governments when marred with corruption and bad governance also suppress vital information from the general public.
The main issue related to the disease is that it reaches the brain of the victim via nose and eats up its brain tissues, resulting in a certain death. In Karachi millions of people, young and old, men, women and children irrigate their noses during ablution before offering a prayer. People use normal non-chlorinated water in homes and mosques, which means highly increased chances of catching naegleria fowleri amoeba. This is really a grave public health threat but the related government departments have yet to realize its gravity.
Karachi not only needs a hundred percent chlorinated water supply but also a detailed guidelines for general public about the use of water in washing their noses. Here also come the role of religious scholars, TV channels airing religious programs, radio and print media.  The religious scholars should guide the people how to perform ablution in conditions where the proper chlorination of water is not ensured. Should people keep small bottles of boiled water or saline water in their pockets and use this water during the ablution. This is a very serious matter trhat involves the lives of millions of people and also their health and life.
It is high time the provincial government including its health and local government departments, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, religious learning departments of leading public and private universities, noted seminaries, religious scholars, Muftis, theologians and jurisprudence experts should realize their responsibilities and ensure a grassroots awareness   in Karachi as how to fight the threat of naegleria fowleri. 
Further 10 persons were diagnosed of naegleria in Karachi on Friday.
According to media reports, the Health Department of Sindh has put the hospitals on high alert after the persons were diagnosed of the silent killer disease.
The illness slowly attacks the nervous system which results in death within a few weeks. According to the doctors, 97 per cent of the patients are killed by the illness. The disease is borne due to insufficient amount of chlorine in the water. It should be noted that there is no chlorine present in 40 per cent of the homes in Karachi. There is no proper treatment available for the disease.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 3, 2014 at 10:27am


Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 - 6:27 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 - 12:53 pm

A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said.

Four relatives and friends of the student who initially tested positive have also contracted active TB — bringing the total to nine known cases.

Symptoms of active TB can include a persistent cough and fever. Active TB is contagious if it's in the lungs and accompanied by a cough, said Olivia Kasirye, the county's public health officer.

The four additional students — two of whom have TB in their lymph nodes — are not infectious, she said.

Kasirye said such an outbreak was not uncommon. The county sees about 90 active TB cases a year, though most of those are adults. She noted that no additional people have been found to be contagious.

"In a way, they are wrapping this up," McCasland said.

The four additional students are receiving treatment.

In all, a little more than 450 students and staff have been tested. They were considered at high risk because they used the same classrooms or adjacent classrooms as the student who was infectious, health officials said.

Of those, 116 have tested positive for TB, though the vast majority have been confirmed to be latent TB, which is dormant and doesn't produce symptoms. An additional thirty of the students in that group still need further testing to determine whether they have active TB, McCasland said.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on July 3, 2014 at 9:30am

Virus strikes hard in Haiti’s crowded shantytowns

In this June 30, 2014, photo, Delimene Saint Lise holds her 2-month-old daughter Gisline inside their tent home in the Delmas section of Port-au-Prince as the child suffers with chikungunya, a newly arrived mosquito-borne illness. Delimene says she’s doing her best to comfort her daughter and control her spiking fever during what has quickly become a familiar agony in their makeshift community of shanties by a trash-clogged canal in the Haitian capital. (David McFadden/Associated Press)
July 3 at 1:48 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Within a dense cluster of flimsy shacks made mostly of plastic tarp and wooden planks, a young mother cradles her sick, whimpering toddler while trying to guard against a fierce tropical sun.

Delimene Saint Lise says she’s doing her best to comfort her 2-year-old daughter and control her spiking fever during what has quickly become a familiar agony in their makeshift community of shanties by a trash-clogged canal in the Haitian capital.

“For the last three days, her body gets very hot and she’s hurting all over,” Saint Lise said as she sat on a mattress inside their sweltering home with flapping plastic walls in the capital’s dusty Delmas section. “I know because I had this awful illness before her.”

This latest scourge in Haiti is chikungunya. It’s a rarely fatal but intensely painful mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean and parts of Latin America after local transmission first started in tiny French St. Martin late last year, likely brought in by an infected air traveler.

Haiti is proving to be particularly vulnerable because so many people live like Saint Lise and her neighbors, packed together in rickety housing with dismal sanitation and surrounded by ideal breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that carry the illness.

“Chikungunya has been merciless in Haiti. Lack of basic infrastructure, poor mosquito control measures, and deep social and economic disparities hampered prevention and treatment efforts,” says a new report on Haiti’s epidemic by the Igarape Institute, a Brazil-based think tank.

Since the virus was first documented in Haiti in May, there have been nearly 40,000 suspected cases seen by health workers, the Pan American Health Organization says. The only places with higher numbers are the neighboring Dominican Republic and Guadaloupe.

But there are many signs that the actual number is far higher in Haiti, a country of 10 million people that struggles with many burdens, from crushing poverty, lack of access to clean water and the fact that some 146,000 people displaced by the January 2010 earthquake still live in makeshift homes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is now assisting Haiti’s health ministry to confirm new cases. But statistics are notoriously unreliable in Haiti, and public health experts say the number of people with the illness is unknown. Many poor Haitians don’t bother seeking care at clinics so their cases go unrecorded, said Dr. Gregory Jerome of Zanmi Lasante, the Haitian program of the Boston-based nonprofit organization Partners in Health.

It’s clear the “attack rate of this infection is very high all over the country,” Jerome said. And it’s not just impoverished districts. People in wealthier areas such as the tree-lined Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville and the scenic southern coastal town of Jacmel are complaining of cases.

Instances of local transmission have been reported in about 20 nations or territories in the region, from the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Martinique and Puerto Rico to El Salvador in Central America and French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname on the northern shoulder of South America.

In Haiti, it’s gotten so bad so quickly that many people are resigned to catching the virus known in Creole as “kaze le zo,” or “breaking your bones,” for joint pain so intense some patients can barely walk or use their fingers for days. There is no vaccine and the only treatment is basic medication for the pain and fluid replacement for dehydration.

Painful symptoms of chikungunya generally dissipate within a week and people develop immunity after getting infected. But some patients can develop severe and even life-threatening complications including respiratory failure. It can also contribute to the deaths of people with underlying health issues. Just last week, former Haitian President Leslie Manigat died after a long period of illness and a deputy secretary of his political party said his condition might have been complicated by a recent bout with the virus.

Outbreaks of chikungunya have long made people miserable in Africa and Asia. In the Western Hemisphere, where the illness is new and advancing rapidly, health officials are working to educate the public and knock down the mosquito population. U.S. states are warily monitoring “imported” cases among residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and were bitten by an infected mosquito.

Haiti’s government has stepped up fumigation and education campaigns. Public service announcements about the illness appear regularly on radio and TV stations broadcasting World Cup games. Officials also recently distributed free pain-relief medicine at public health facilities, especially because there were signs of predatory price increases by pharmacies and freelance pill vendors.

But Dr. Gretta Lataillade Roy, head of a small public clinic in Delmas who was ill with the virus last month, said the free pain-relief medication ran out at her facility within 48 hours as a surge of patients showed up. Most people with the virus are now opting to suffer at home, she said, and high prices for acetaminophen are back.

Many health clinic workers have been falling ill with chikungunya after being bitten by infected mosquitoes, resulting in temporary staff shortages.

Although other mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria and dengue exist in Haiti, simple precautions to deter bites are often not taken because many people can’t afford bug repellant and window screens. The Igarape group’s recent survey of 2,807 randomly sampled households suggested that treated mosquito nets, another recommended precaution, are seldom used.

Complicating matters, nearly one in five respondents told researchers they believe rumors that chikungunya was intentionally brought to Haiti by businessmen as a way to make money or possibly as a form of social and political control.

“There are some difficulties in many parts of the population to accept the reality that the virus is transmitted by a vector,” said Dr. Jean-Luc Poncelete, the Pan American Health Organization’s representative in Haiti.

In Delmas, Saint Lise and her neighbors say they’ve heard on the radio that mosquitoes spread the strange virus. But they say they are skeptical in part because the government has not been fumigating around their camp.

“They say it’s the mosquitoes doing this,” said Eliamese Derisier, whose 6-month-old son is struggling with the virus in a tent next door to Saint Lise’s family. “But I’m not sure if I believe them.”

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/virus-strikes-hard...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2014 at 8:30pm


'Brain eating amoeba' claims third life in Karachi
June 27, 2014, 6:27 pm

KARACHI- Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as brain eating amoeba, claimed third life in the metropolis city during the current year as
a 32-year-old man died of the disease today.
The man, Mohammad Adnan, resident of Korangi, died of naegleria fowleri at a private hospital. The man was admitted in a critical condition to a private hospital few days ago.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 25, 2014 at 3:36am


Ohio Mumps Outbreak Now Worse Than Whole U.S. Last Year

Health officials say 439 people have been diagnosed with mumps in Ohio, more than in the entire United States last year. Last year 438 people in the entire United States caught mumps, one of the infections prevented by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. This year, more than 800 cases have been reported from 25 states.

The problem is a less-than-perfect vaccine and continual imports from other countries, health officials say. “Mumps is a problem because the mumps vaccine that we have is a good one, but it is not a perfect vaccine,” says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. “Even after two doses of mumps vaccine, if you wait 10 or 15 years and you’re exposed to mumps there is only about 85 percent protection.”

The Ohio mumps outbreak is separate from a measles outbreak linked to Amish volunteers who have brought the virus back from the Philippines, where they have been doing relief work.

Judy Silverman

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 24, 2014 at 8:42pm


Highly Infectious Polio Virus Discovered in Brazil’s Sewage System

June 24, 2014

(Reuters) – The polio virus has been found in sewage samples near Sao Paulo, one of the venues for the soccer World Cup in Brazil, but no human case of the disease has been reported so far, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

The virus discovered in Sao Paulo sewage collected in March at Viracopos International Airport, and reported by Brazilian health authorities last week, is a close match to a strain isolated in a case in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO said.

“(The) virus has been detected in the sewage only … To date no case of paralytic polio has been reported,” it said in a statement.

Polio invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours. There is no cure for the disease but it can be prevented by immunization. Children under age five are the most vulnerable.


The Brazilian Health Ministry said the presence of people carrying infectious agents from other parts of the world was to be expected as a result of increased international travel. “It is important to clarify that this detection does not mean any change in the epidemiological situation of Brazil or a threat to the elimination of the disease,” it said in a statement.

Brazil has been polio-free since 1989 and the Americas region was declared free of wild polio transmission in 1991, according to the WHO, which is spearheading a global campaign to eradicate polio.

Brazil’s last national immunization campaign was conducted a year ago and coverage in Sao Paulo state has been higher than 95 percent, the WHO said, adding: “The high immunity appears to have prevented transmission.”

The U.N. agency said it assessed the risk of further international spread of polio virus from Brazil as “very low”, and from Equatorial Guinea as “high”.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 23, 2014 at 5:31am


Tripura malaria outbreak – 31 children, 10 adults dead

MalariaThe death toll in recent malaria outbreak in the state of Tripura has gone up to 41, including 31 kids and 10 adults. More than 22,000 people have fallen ill due to the sudden outbreak of malaria in the hilly areas of Tripura dominated by the tribal. These regions include the districts of Gomti, South Tripura, Dhalai, North Tripura and Khowai.

Badal Choudhury, Health and Family Welfare Minister of Tripura said to the reporters, ‘ Around 41 people have died due to malaria that includes 31 children and more than 22,000 people have fallen ill to this disease since the first week of this month. Of the 22,000 ill patients, malaria parasite has been detected in the blood samples of around 3, 215 individuals. (Read: All you need to know about malaria)

The deaths in a malaria outbreak in Tripura have risen to 41, including 31 children, a minister said here Sunday. Over 22,000 people have fallen ill in the tribal-dominated mountainous areas of Dhalai, Gomti, Khowai, North Tripura and South Tripura districts. “At least 41 people, including 31 children, have died and more than 22,000 others have fallen ill since the first week of this month. Of the 22,000 ill people, malaria germ was found in the blood of 3,215 of them,” Tripura Health and Family Welfare Minister Badal Choudhury told reporters.

All the affected people have been admitted to various government hospitals in five districts, he said. However, sources in the health department said the unofficial tally stands at more than 60 dead and 30,000 ill. A team of malaria experts from the union health and family welfare ministry led by Awadesh Kumar arrived here Sunday to supervise the situation and advise the state government on how to deal with the outbreak. (Read: New, more effective treatment for Malaria soon)

The union ministry will this week send another four-member expert team, led by the regional director for malaria, Satyajit Sen, to study the outbreak of malaria in the state, Choudhury said. The minister along with medical experts has visited the malaria-affected areas several times. “Several medical teams are working in the disease-affected areas. SOS has been sent to Tripura officials in Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi to urgently send adequate quantities of medicines,” he said.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar Saturday at a series of meetings with doctors, officials and ministers reviewed the situation. He asked his ministers to rush to the malaria-hit areas and stay there till the situation improves. Leave of all doctors, nurses and health workers has been cancelled. Health officials and field workers are visiting remote villages and making arrangements to bring the malaria-affected people to government hospitals, Choudhury said. A helicopter is on standby to ferry doctors and patients in an emergency. (Read: How body’s immune system fights off malaria)

A health department official said that at least 50 health workers, including 26 ASHA (accredited social health activists), 13 ICDS (integrated child development services) and three multi-purpose workers, have been either suspended or will face action for negligence in work. Experts have advised the government to use second-generation medicines instead of traditional ones to prevent malaria deaths. All the eight northeastern states besides West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka are highly malaria prone where several hundred of people die every year due to the disease.

10 natural ways to keep your home mosquito-free

Malaria is a serious disease that can kill people if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, particularly pregnant women, babies, young children and the elderly. While today, the condition is usually treated before its complications set in, there are still deaths due to this disease.  Being highly preventable, it is clear that awareness about the disease, it types, treatments and methods to prevent the disease are the need of the hour.

Neem oil: Neem has a number of great benefits for the human body, but apart from being an elixir for your health, neem is also a great mosquito-repellent.

Eucalyptus and lemon oil: Recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as an effective insect-repellent the  mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is extremely effective in repelling mosquitoes – naturally. 

Camphor: Using camphor as a repellent also works wonders. Made from the extract of a tree, this compound has been found to have the longest mosquito repellent activity when compared to other natural products. Read about the other 8 natural ways to keep your home mosquito-free

Comment by lonne de vries on June 21, 2014 at 2:08pm

Doctors Without Borders: Ebola 'out of control'

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control," according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in responding.

"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."  

The current outbreak, which began in Guinea either late last year or early this year, had appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.


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