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 SongStar101 on April 14, 2018 at 9:43am

Unusual forms of 'nightmare' antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states


(CNN)More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in "nightmare" bacteria tested in 2017, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I was surprised by the numbers we found," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
The report focused on the new and highly resistant germs that have yet to spread widely. Still, a variety of resistant germs can be found in every state.
"Two million Americans get infections from antibiotic resistance, and 23,000 die from those infections each year," Schuchat said.
Testing 5,776 isolates of antibiotic-resistant germs from hospitals and nursing homes, the CDC found that about one in four had a gene that helped spread its resistance, while 221 contained an "especially rare resistance gene," she said.
During followup screening, nearly one in every 10 contacts also tested positive, "meaning the unusual resistance had spread to other patients and could have continued spreading if left undetected," Schuchat said. It is unknown how frequently "asymptomatic carriers" spread the disease to uninfected people, she noted.
"This wasn't just a problem in one or two states," Schuchat said, adding that the 221 rare genes were found in isolates gathered in 27 states from infection samples that included pneumonia, bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections.
Because this was the first year of testing for rare genes, the CDC does not have trend data, she said, but she hopes this won't be the "beginning of an inevitable march upwards."
The new report highlights the work of the CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network, formed in 2016 to help detect antibiotic resistance in health care, food and the community.
In 1988, health officials in the United States learned that some germs within one family of bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae, could produce an enzyme capable of breaking down common antibiotics. By 2001, the germs had begun to evolve, becoming more resistant to carbapenems and other antibiotic drugs. These carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE -- dubbed "nightmare bacteria" by the CDC -- spread rapidly in the US and around the globe.
Today, the CDC promotes an aggressive "containment strategy" that includes rapid detection tests and screening for reducing the spread of antibiotic resistance.
"CDC estimates show that even if only 20% effective, the containment strategy can reduce the number of nightmare bacteria cases by 76% over three years in one area," Schuchat said.
Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer for state of Alaska, said Tuesday that the report suggests that "what we do can make a difference."
While public health officials concentrate on containment protocols, each of us can help limit antibiotic resistance by keeping our hands clean and disinfecting cuts, the CDC recommends. Also, it is important to talk to health care providers about preventing infections through vaccines and other measures while informing them whether you have been treated in another facility or country.
"Even in remote areas, the threat of (resistant) pathogens is real," Butler said. Because patients transfer from hospitals and nursing homes, germs can spread across the nation.
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion emphasized the hopeful message contained in the new report.
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While a single provider may be at the center of each case of antibiotic resistance, "no provider has to go it alone," he said. Working with hospital and state infection control teams, the spread of a rare infection can be stopped.
It's not a "one and done" deal, Srinivasan said. Health officials "keep at it," he said, until the spread of a potentially deadly infection is controlled.
Comment by SongStar101 on January 19, 2018 at 9:42am

Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst, UK


The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total of 664 hospital admissions and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported since the beginning of winter 2017.

The British media have blamed “Aussie flu” for the outbreak. The truth is, there is not just one flu strain we should be worried about, and “Aussie flu” is a bit of a misnomer.

Enter ‘Aussie flu’

“Aussie flu” refers to one kind of influenza A virus strain, the H3N2 strain.

The southern hemisphere, including Australia, just experienced one of its worst influenza seasons in recent history and this is the virus that has reached British shores. But we don’t actually know where the virus originated from. All we can say is, it probably wasn’t from Australia.

One place it is more likely to have come from is the sub-tropical regions that do not have winter seasons. These regions do not suffer from the same large flu epidemics that temperate countries like the UK and Australia have (we don’t know why, but some scientists have suggested it’s to do with temperature or humidity), but have continuous lower-level circulation of flu that allows influenza viruses to persist between winters.

What’s worrying about this season is the experience Australia had last flu season. Australia was hit particularly hard by influenza virus H3N2. H3N2 is a typical seasonal flu strain – like H1N1 – but it tends to be more difficult to control.

There are three red flags this flu season, and they are that H3N2 viruses typically causes more hospitalisations and deaths in older people, there are difficulties in producing effective H3N2 vaccines (explained below), and there’s more than just H3N2 to consider, especially in the UK this year.

Although good against the other strains, this season the vaccine is about 20% protective against H3N2 viruses (not great, but better than nothing) as the virus changed unavoidably during production. This is due to a quirk of how flu vaccines are produced. They are grown in chicken eggs, and then inactivated before being used in vaccines.

Flu viruses mutate quickly and they mutate to adapt to their environment. Of course, a chicken egg is a different environment to a human body, so the end result may be a virus that’s not best suited to a flu vaccine. This appears to have been what happened with the latest H3N2 vaccine.

Seasonal flu epidemics are usually caused by a mixed bag of viruses. This year, the mix is so far mainly shared between H3N2 and influenza B.

What’s worse is that this increase in proportion of influenza B makes it more difficult to protect from because the most popular vaccine in the UK is a “trivalent” that protects against three flu viruses (H1N1, H3N2 and one of the two kinds of influenza B). This year, though, the other type of influenza B (Yamagata) is more common meaning that those with the trivalent vaccine will be protected less, although they would likely get some cross-influenza B protection.

Comment by Juan F Martinez on January 12, 2018 at 1:02am

Michigan hit hard by deadly hepatitis A outbreak

(CNN)An outbreak of hepatitis A has spread from Southern California to states across the country, killing dozens of people and potentially sickening thousands. Michigan has been hardest-hit in terms of deaths, with 22.

The outbreak there began in August 2016 and, after a dropoff during the winter, continued to climb last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. As of January 4, there have been 658 cases in Southeast Michigan.
Fighting the outbreak was challenging in many jurisdictions due to a national shortage of the vaccine for hepatitis A.
"We have a limited supply of vaccine," Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Angela... "so we are prioritizing delivery to high-risk populations."

Epicenter: San Diego

The outbreak can be traced to transient camps and illicit drug users in San Diego, officials say. Now, California is in the middle of the biggest person-to-person outbreak of hepatitis A since the vaccine first became available in the mid-'90s, according to the California Department of Public Health. Though the virus has spread across the state, San Diego has seen the most deaths: 21, out of a reported 686 cases.
Officials say movement among the homeless population has also spread the virus to Utah and possibly Arizona and Colorado. Cases of hepatitis A in Colorado doubled in 2017, and health officials there say they are increasing specifically among "gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with unvaccinated men."       
Comment by SongStar101 on January 10, 2018 at 3:57pm

Deadly flu season hits California particularly hard

(CNN)A deadly flu season has hit hard in the Golden State.

More patients are being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, some stores have had spot shortages of flu medications, and there have been 27 flu-related deaths reported among patients younger than 65, according to the California Department of Public Health.
"Usually, at this time of year, we have reported in the neighborhood of three or four deaths in people under age 65," Dr. James Watt, chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the state Department of Public Health, said Tuesday.
"It's possible that we're seeing higher numbers of deaths now because the season started earlier, and we will be tracking this closely, to see whether the number of deaths reported continues to be elevated," he said. Also, "hospitalizations and the outpatient visits, those are two things that we monitor closely to determine the severity of flu season. ... Both of those measures are above what we usually see for this time of year."
Hospitals across the state, such as some medical centers in the Kaiser Northern California and UCLA Health systems, have reported unusually high numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms. Widespread and high-level flu activity has emerged in other states across the country as well, such as Illinois and Texas.
"Virtually the entire country is reporting that same level of influenza activity," Watt said. "There are few states that are still reporting regional activity, but what we're seeing in California is quite similar to what's being reported across the country."
Widespread flu activity has been reported in 46 states nationwide, according to the latest flu report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 26 of those states, including California, flu activity has been classified as "high."

What explains the forceful flu season

The pervasiveness of the flu in the US appears to be similar to what was seen during peak flu season from 2014 to 2015, which was the most severe season in recent years, according to the CDC. During that season, influenza A H3N2 viruses dominated nationally.
The World Health Organization noted in its latest influenza update that overall flu activity has continued to increase across North America with detections of predominantly influenza A H3N2 viruses this season. In past years, the effectiveness of flu vaccines in general has been lower against H3N2 viruses than against other influenza A- or B-strain flu viruses.
"The predominant virus this year has been influenza A H3N2, and that is the virus that -- because it affects elderly and young children more than the others -- tend to be the ones that are more severe, and by severe I mean they have more hospitalizations and frequently more deaths in those years," said Lynette Brammer, head of the CDC's Domestic Influenza Surveillance team.
"This season is falling in line with other H3N2 seasons," she said. "It's probably a bad year, but a lot of H3N2 years are bad years, and this is not falling outside of what we would expect in a year where H3N2 viruses are predominant."
Additionally, flu activity has increased above baseline levels in most countries in northern and southwestern Europe, according to the WHO.
Last year, Australia had a worse flu season than usual, which some experts predicted would bode ill for Northern Hemisphere nations, including the US and Canada and across Europe. As it turns out, the most common influenza virus in Australia last season was influenza A H3N2.
"In general, we get in our season what the Southern Hemisphere got in the season immediately preceding us," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during Australia's flu season last year.
Across California and the rest of the US, the widespread flu season has led to some temporary shortages of flu medications (such as Tamiflu) in certain pharmacies, according to the CDC.
"At the start of the 2017-'18 season, manufacturers of influenza antiviral medications projected that they would have sufficient product on hand to meet even high demand for that product this season. However, it is not unusual for spot shortages to occur when flu activity is high," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund wrote in an email.
"Patients may receive prescriptions for oseltamivir or zanamivir antiviral drugs. Oseltamivir is available in different formulations in generic and under the trade name 'Tamiflu,' and zanamivir is available under the tradename 'Relenza,' " she wrote. "I think the most important part of this is that patients can and should reach out to pharmacies to see what is available in their area."
It's important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and people at high risk for complications from the flu, such as due to age or pregnancy, according to the CDC. Antiviral drugs work best when administered within two days of getting sick.
There is no widespread shortage of influenza vaccine or medications in California, said Dr. Gilberto Chávez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.
"What has happened in some instances over the last week have been just spot shortages of the medication because of increased demand in some cities and in some pharmacies," he said. "We've been in contact with CDC; we've been in contact with manufacturers, distributors; we are sure there is no shortage of antivirals."
Rather, he added, in some areas "distribution hasn't quite kept up with demand."

Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South


(CNN)After a slow start in October, flu season in the United States is gaining speed, particularly in the South.

Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that, in rare cases, can lead to death. Seven children have died, and an additional 856 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of December 2, according to the CDC's weekly surveillance report.
"Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the US but especially in the South," said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 26, 2017 at 5:25am


Mysterious FLESH-EATING disease that can kill in hours spreads – infecting HUNDREDS

Published 26th December 2017

A HORRIFIC flesh-eating virus that can shut down internal organs and kill its victims in only a few hours is spreading, experts have warned.

More than 500 people in Japan have been infected with the disease this year – the highest since records began in 1999.

A total of 525 patients suffering from streptococcal shock syndrome (STSS) were rushed to hospital, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The figures have been rising each year since 2013 when 203 were treated for the illness.

But the cause for the increase has baffled scientists.

HORROR: The disease has infected more than 500 people this year

WARNING: The flesh-eating disease can kill people within hours

Symptoms include swelling and pain in the hands and feet, fever and other body parts.

Within hours the swelling spreads, causing necrosis of the tissue that surrounds muscles.

Once the disease has reached that stage it could lead to multiple organ failures within hours – with a fatality rate of 30%.

Antibiotic treatment can, however, stop the disease from spreading and save lives. 

Most patients have been 30 or older, including many elderly people.

Ken Kuchi, a professor of infectious diseases at Tokyo Women’s Medical University said: “It is conceivable that a growing number go patients with STSS are infected with bacteria other than group A streptococcus.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2017 at 7:45pm


Indonesia fights ‘extraordinary’ diphtheria outbreak that has killed 32

December 8 2017

JAKARTA: Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world’s fourth most populous country this year.


he health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 percent increase from last year, and called the outbreak an “extraordinary event”.

“We have seen an acceleration in cases compared to last year … We are implementing an immunization program to prevent a pandemic,” said Dr Mohamad Subuh, director general of disease prevention and control, at the ministry.

The ministry recorded 415 cases and 24 deaths last year.

Indonesia has among the world’s highest rates of diphtheria – along with India and sub-Saharan African countries – even though vaccinations have helped minimize global cases over the past 30 years.

The World Health Organisation recorded about 7,000 cases around the world last year. In 1980, the figure was 100,000.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that spreads through close physical contact or through the air and can be fatal. Symptoms include fever and a sore throat, and the airway can sometimes become blocked.

None of those affected in Indonesia had been vaccinated against the disease. The rise in cases was attributed to several reasons, including some people rejecting vaccinations and a lack of access to healthcare, Subuh said.

The Pediatric Society of Indonesia urged the public to participate in vaccination programs.

“Immunization is the best protection,” it said.

Immunizations will be carried out in the capital, Jakarta, and two neighboring provinces, which have reported the highest concentration of new cases.

The campaign would be stepped up in other regions from January.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2017 at 8:24am


Mystery deepens over death of 11 KUMACA students

General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) in the Asokore Mampong Municipality in Kumasi which has been hit by four strange student deaths in just six days – may be closed down.

The Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and other stakeholders have proposed the immediate closure of the school, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Education.

However, Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has kicked against any attempt to close down the school for fear of spreading the bacteria causing the deaths, which is said to be contagious.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, stressed the need for the school to be closed down, adding that the closure is one of the critical moves to help stop the mysterious deaths.

“The Regional Coordinating Council, the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders believe the closure of the school would contribute to stop the shocking deaths that have hit KUMACA since last week.

“This is our suggestion, but the Ministry of Education has the final say, with regards to whether the school should be closed down or not,” Mr Osei Mensah stated during an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE yesterday.

So far, about 11 deaths have been recorded in the school within the last 10 months.

This has compelled the Municipal Chief Executive of Asokore Mampong, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, to call for spiritual intervention.

“As we use scientific means to help find antidote to the strange deaths that have hit KUMACA, there is the need for us to look at the spiritual aspect too to see if we can find answers to this calamity and stop the deaths.

“These deaths, which we are struggling to find their exact cause, could be spiritually-related. So as we focus on the scientific aspects, we shall also invite the soothsayers to also help us,” the MCE said.

However, medical officers suspect viral infection, ruling out any spirituality.

As part of moves to stop the deaths, Mr Simon Osei Mensah announced that the ministry of health on Tuesday started giving doses of anti-bacteria drug to the students to protect them from infections, adding that the exercise is still ongoing.

According to him, the real cause of the four students who passed on recently had not been found, adding that “health personnel have so far ruled out meningitis and viral as the cause of the deaths; they are suspecting bacteria.”

Mr Simon Osei Mensah averred, “We also don’t know the exact bacteria causing the deaths. In this regard, the bacteria dose that is being administered to the entire student body has the potential to fight multiple bacterial infections.

“We are hoping that the students that left the school campus before the anti-bacteria dose exercise started would return to campus so that they would also be given the anti-bacteria dose. Hopefully, we will complete the exercise on Saturday.

“We are therefore proposing to the ministry of education to give the green light for the school to be closed down on Saturday so that we can thoroughly fumigate the school campus and make the place habitable once again.”

The regional minister explained that the anti-bacteria dose is necessary since it would help prevent the spread of the unknown disease or bacteria.

According to him, all the students would leave the school latest by Thursday to pave way for medical experts to thoroughly scan the school to wipe out possible viruses.

The Deputy Education Minister, Dr Osei Adutwum, rushed to the KUMACA campus Wednesday morning to find out what was really causing the students to die after a short illness.

He was accompanied by Mr Simon Osei Mensah and other lieutenants in the education and health sectors. They moved through the school to inspect dormitories and classrooms.

Briefing the media, Dr Adutwum expressed the condolences of his minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and the entire education ministry, to the bereaved families, saying that the deaths were disturbing

He gave the assurance that the ministry and other stakeholders would do everything humanly possible to help make KUMACA campus habitable once again.

MPs Angry

Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu told parliamentarians that the blood samples of the affected students and their CSF had been taken and sent to the Noguchi Memorial and Medical Research Centre for examination, adding that initial findings were negative of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever.

He added that the initial autopsy was, however, inconclusive.

“Currently, no definite laboratory confirmation has been done as to the cause of the outbreak,” he said yesterday.

The health minister’s appearance in parliament followed an urgent request by the minority chief whip and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Asawase, Mubarak Muntaka – in whose constituency the school is located.

The parliamentarians were not particularly happy about the way the incident, which began in March this year, had been handled by the health ministry.

Mr Agyemang Manu indicated, “We have other terms of reference as ensuring case management, protecting the population who are at risk, educating the school population, presenting report with a recommendation to prevent further occurrences, as well as technical and logistical support to the region and the affected municipality,” he said.

The minister told parliament that on Saturday, December 2, an emergency meeting was held between the school authorities and a team from the Ghana Health Service, with representation from the Ghana Health Service in Accra, Kumasi and Asokore-Mampong.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2017 at 6:33am


London public-health officials issue alert related to flesh-eating disease

Middlesex-London Health Unit

A stubborn and deadly outbreak that can cause flesh-eating disease and toxic shock has stumped local and international experts and left a trail of victims in London.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit alerted health-care providers and hospitals Monday about an outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS).

The bacterium has killed nine people and sent nearly 30 to an intensive-care unit in an outbreak that has continued for 18 months with no signs of abating.

About half of the more than 132 confirmed cases in the iGAS outbreak have been people whose movements are difficult to pin down because they’re injection drug users, homeless or in shelters, the Middlesex-London Health Unit says.

As to other half, public health officials have been unable to figure out what has driven the outbreak.

“We need a better understanding of what’s happening, which is why we’ve issued this alert,” Gayane Hovhannisyan, associate medical officer of health, said Monday.

Health officials understand half the challenge: The key to containing an outbreak is isolating those infected, and testing and possibly treating those with whom they came into close contact. Those tasks are exceedingly difficult when the infected are living on the streets or in shelters, and perhaps sharing needles for drug use.

That’s been evident since March 2016, when local health officials called in a field epidemiologist from the Public Health Agency of Canada, who made a visit to the Salvation Army Centre of Hope, where her team found open wounds among most residents.

“We’ve found about half of the cases are among injection drug users and/or those without access to stable housing,” Hovhannisyan said.

While health staff have struggled to protect those whose living conditions place them at heightened risk, staff simply don’t understand why so many other Londoners have fallen ill.

Local health officials have sought help from experts at the Centers for Disease Control in the United States and those who have combatted outbreaks in Toronto and Alaska.

But the outbreaks in those places don’t match what is happening in London.

“This (outbreak) is very unusual,” Hovhannisyan said.

Group A streptococcus are common bacteria that can cause skin and throat infections, including strep throat, but though most who develop an infection get mild illnesses such as strep throat, the bug can become deadly when the infection invades muscles, blood and other organs.

Symptoms of a more serious iGAS infection can include fever, chills, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, severe pain, and redness or swelling around a wound or injured area. The bacteria are spread by direct contact with nose and throat secretions from an infected person, or by direct contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin.

Flesh-eating disease, or necrotizing fasciitis, is most often caused by group A Streptococcus that spread from the skin into the body. Those infected with the fast-spreading disease can lose limbs or die.

Toxic shock syndrome is caused by toxins produced by group A streptococcus. Toxic shock syndrome can spread rapidly and lead to shock, kidney failure and death.

Though the risk of the more serious iGAS infection is low, health officials recommend the following protective measures:

  • Wash hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing and before handling or eating food
  • Cover the mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; using a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, water bottles and eating utensils.
  • Do not share drugs, needles, filters and other drug paraphernalia.
  • Keep wounds clean and watch for signs of infection.
  • If you’ve been in close contact with a person who has recently had iGAS disease, see your doctor immediately, as you may need preventative antibiotics.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 8, 2017 at 2:00am


New 'Black Death' FOUND: Deadly virus WORSE than plague and with no CURE breaks out - WHO

A DEADLY outbreak of a rare and highly fatal virus has broken out in eastern Uganda and five cases have already been identified, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed.

PUBLISHED: 11:02, Mon, Nov 6, 2017

The disease, known as Marburg virus disease (MVD), is similar to Ebola and can be lethal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

Emergency screening has begun at the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana after three members of the same family died of the disease in Uganda.

Health workers have been asked to work with communities to stop the deadly Marburg outbreak from devastating communities in the rural region.

Dr Zabulon Yoti, Technical Coordinator for Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, said: “Community engagement is the cornerstone of emergency response.”

He urged health officials to “work with the communities to build their capacity for success and sustainability” and develop a better understanding of the local customs and traditions.

The outbreak is thought to have started in September when a man in his 30s, who worked as a game hunter and lived near a cave with a heavy presence of bats, was admitted to a local health centre with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Black death plague

He did not respond to antimalarial treatment and his condition rapidly deteriorated.

He was quickly taken to another hospital in the neighbouring district, but died shortly after arriving.

His sister, in her 50s, died shortly afterwards and a third victim passed away in the treatment unit of a local health centre.

The WHO website reads: “Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment.

“The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g. monkeys and fruit bats).”


Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment

World Health Organisation website

Several hundred people are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans.

Early symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and myalgia.

The news comes as Madagascar faces a deadly outbreak of plague, which has already claimed the lives of 127 people.

Cases of the plague have soared in recent days and extra funding has been released by the World Bank to provide additional resources in the face of the “worst outbreak for 50 years”.

The outbreak has been compared with the Black Death, when plague swept across Europe and Asia in the 13th century, killing more than 50 million people in what is now considered one of the worst pandemics in human history.

Two thirds of the recorded cases in Madagascar are caused by the pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughs and sneezes and without treatment, can kill within 24 hours.

The outbreak has prompted warnings that it could spread to nine nearby countries, including UK holiday hotspots Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on October 26, 2017 at 3:16pm

Aggressive Ebola-Like Virus Killing Deer In Connecticut

An invasive and usually fatal disease for white-tailed deer has been identified in Connecticut for the first time, state officials report, with more than 50 deer in Portland, Middletown and nearby communities showing symptoms of the virus.

The “Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6)” isn’t dangerous to humans, but the decomposing bodies of several deer killed by the virus have been found lying along the banks of the Connecticut River since September.

“This is the first time we’ve had a large-scale die-off and confirmation of this hemorrhagic disease in Connecticut,” Andy Labonte, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Wednesday.

“This disease kills them pretty quickly,” Labonte said, usually within three to five days.

A better-known type of hemorrhagic fever is the Ebola virus, which can be deadly for humans.

The EHDV-6 virus is transmitted by midges, tiny biting flies, and causes extreme fevers in infected deer, which develop swollen heads, necks, tongues and eyelids, have bloody discharges from their noses, ulcers on tongues, and bleeding in the heart and lungs.

In rare instances, this type of hemorrhagic fever has been known to spread to other animals, including elk and domestic cattle. But Labonte said cattle appear to have “a greater resistance” to the virus.

Confirmation of the disease in Connecticut came on Oct. 15 when scientists reported that a deer found dead in Middletown had tested positive.

Although two other versions of the virus have been known for decades in some states in the southern U.S., the EHDV-6 subtype was first identified in 2006 in Indiana and Illinois. The virus has since spread throughout the Midwest and has been reported in the east from Florida through North Carolina and Maryland.

Now that it’s here, it will pop up again next year without a doubt.— Andy Labonte, Connecticut wildlife biologist

Prior to 2006, the disease was only found in Australia, according to Labonte. He said it’s likely the virus came to the U.S. via “human transport, one way or another.”

“Now that it’s here, it will pop up again next year without a doubt,” Labonte said.

Sick or dead deer have also been reported in Chester, Haddam and Lyme, according to state officials.

Outbreaks usually occur in late summer and early fall as the number of midges increases, experts say. The midges carrying the virus die off with the first frost.

Labonte said drought conditions in the state may have contributed to the outbreak. He said the lack of rainfall resulted in a drying out of the landscape and the exposure of mudflats where the midges lay their eggs, giving deer browsing along the edges of these muddy areas a greater chance of being bitten by midges carrying the virus.

Deer that contract the virus develop severe fevers and seek out water to ease their thirst or to cool off. Labonte said that’s why so many of the infected deer were found near or in water.

The virus may reduce Connecticut’s very large deer population. Some areas in Connecticut are believed to have more than 40 deer per square mile, although some hunters are skeptical of such estimates.

“It’s going to have some impacts,” Labonte said of Connecticut’s overall deer population, but he doubts that it will have “a major impact.”

Connecticut has for decades been dealing with an overpopulation of white-tailed deer. Wildlife experts say too many deer can damage woodland habitats and suburban shrubbery, and contribute to the spread of Lyme disease to people.

Labonte said this new type of virus “has had substantial impacts on local deer populations” in other states.

“It certainly seems to be the case here in Portland and Middletown,” he said. Labonte said residents of those towns who normally see deer on their property are now reporting that “they are seeing zero deer.”

Labonte said state officials are not encouraging hunters to shoot apparently diseased deer and say they should avoid handling or consuming the animals.

Source: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-news-deer-disease-spotted-201710...

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