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 October 30, 2016 at 9:29pm


Multi agency probe underway into mysterious illness affecting eight children in Washington state
October 29, 2016

(SEATTLE, WA.) -- The Washington State Department of Health is leading a joint investigation into reports of eight children who were admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital with acute neurologic illnesses which have yet to be identified.

As part of the agency's work to understand their symptoms, it is investigating the possibility of a condition known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). 

AFM is a rare condition that can be caused by many different things; it affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. Symptoms typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes. 

Public Health Seattle & King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Department of Health on the investigation. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of AFM. 

The exact cause of AFM is unknown. Many viruses and germs are linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections. 

It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile Virus or Zika virus) and autoimmune conditions. 

The eight children were admitted to the hospital with a range of types and severity of symptoms, but all had a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs. 

The children are from four counties [King County - 3 children, Pierce County - 1 child, Franklin County- 2 children, and Whatcom County - 2 children] and range in age from 3 to 14 years old.

Three of the eight cases are currently hospitalized at Seattle Children’s Hospital and five have been released. 

"At Seattle Children’s, patient safety is our top priority and parents should rest assured that it is safe to bring their children to the hospital," said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, chief medical officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital. "We are following our standard infection control protocols, including putting patients with symptoms of active respiratory infections in isolation so they do not have contact with any other patients."

Public Health Seattle & King County, the DOH and the CDC are in the process of further evaluating each case and conducting tests to determine if the patients meet the case definition for AFM, and if an underlying cause can be identified.

However, the cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found, said a statement from the health department.

The CDC makes the final determination regarding whether these are confirmed cases of AFM or not.

"At this point there isn’t evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases," said Dr. Scott Lindquist, state infectious disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health. "However, this investigation is just getting underway and we’re looking at all possibilities as we try to understand what might have contributed to these illnesses."

There were no cases of AFM reported in Washington State last year, but there were two cases in 2014. There have been more than 50 cases of AFM in 24 states across the U.S. so far this year. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 28, 2016 at 9:23pm


Unpredictable weather raises ‘zombie’ diseases from the ground
The Scottish island of Gruinard had been quarantined for decades after field trials of anthrax as biological weapon in 1942. AP Photo

Unpredictable weather raises ‘zombie’ diseases from the ground

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 20, 2016 at 1:16am
Mysterious 'zombiedisease cluster hits Australia
A FLESH-eating zombie bug is spreading in Australia, gnawing at skin and causing amputations in extreme cases.

Bairnsdale Ulcer could spread to other Australian states

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 29, 2016 at 10:47pm


40 now hospitalised after anthrax outbreak in Yamal, more than half...

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 July 2016

Russian army biological protection troops called in amid warnings 'utmost care' needed to stop deadly infection spreading.

A total of 40 people are under observation in hospital. Picture: Vesti Yamal

The concern among experts is that global warming thawed a diseased animal carcass at least 75 years old, buried in the melting permafrost, so unleashing the disease. 

A total of 40 people, the majority of them children, from nomadic herder families in northern Siberia are under observation in hospital amid fears they may have contracted the anthrax. Doctors stress that so far there are NO confirmed cases. 

Up to 1,200 reindeer were killed either by anthrax or a heatwave in the Arctic district where the infection spread.

Specialists from the Chemical, Radioactive and Biological Protection Corps were rushed to regional capital Salekhard on a military Il-76 aircraft. 

They were deployed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to carry laboratory tests on the ground, detect and eliminate the focal point of the infection, and to dispose safely of dead animals.

40 now hospitalised after anthrax outbreak in Yamal, more than half are children

The move confirmed the seriousness with which the authorities view the anthrax outbreak, the first in this region since 1941. 

The army unit is equipped with military helicopters as well as off road vehicles for what Yamalo-Nenets governor Dmitry Kobylkin calls 'an extremely challenging task of liquidating the consequences - and disinfecting the focus - of the infection. I think this perhaps will be the first in the world operation cleaning up a territory of mass deer mortality over such distances in the tundra.'

Eight new people were admitted to hospital in Salekhard early on Friday, bringing the total to 40, said officials. 

Earlier it was reported that 13 were in hospital. 

'As of now, there is no single diagnosis of the dangerous infection,' said a spokesman for the governor of Yamalo-Nenets, Dmitry Kobylkin. 'Medics are taking preliminary measures even if there is the slightest doubt over the nomads' state of health.'

The 40 are all from a total of 63 nomads belonging to a dozen families who were at the site of the outbreak at Tarko-Sale Faktoria camp. The remaining nomads have been evacuated some 60 kilometres from the focus of infection in Yamalsky district.

A prolonged period of exceptionally hot weather in an Arctic Siberian district - with temperatures of up to 35C - has led to melting of permafrost in Yamalo-Nenets and other regions. 

The outbreak of anthrax earlier this week is the first in this part of Russia since 1941.

Officials say 1,200 reindeer have died in recent days, evidently through a combination of infection from anthrax, and the heatwave - unprecedented in living memory.

A major inoculation programme is also underway with a local state of emergency declared at Tarko-Sale Faktoria camp, above the Arctic Circle and close to the Yaro To lake, some 340 kilometres north-east of Salekhard.

It is already clear that the anthrax outbreak has come despite major precautions against the disease in a part of northern Russia which takes huge pride in its venison industry, with supplies sent to other regions of the country and abroad. 

Officials insisted that last year almost half a million reindeer were vaccinated against anthrax. 

One leading academic Professor Florian Stammler, of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland, has warned of the serious risk of anthrax spreading around the Yamal Peninsula from this location, which he portrays as a reindeer junction.

He told The Siberian Times: 'I have myself moved together with private herders around the Yaro To lake. 

'The location is an important pass way for many reindeer nomads, used in all seasons. The nomads with the furthest longest migration routes use it in early May, just before calving time, moving up North in spring towards their summer pastures. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 10, 2016 at 6:59am


Venezuela malaria case count tops 100,000, up 68 percent from 2015

July 9, 2016

Venezuela recorded the most malaria cases in decades in 2015 (HERE), ending the year with a total 136,402 cases. However, the data for the first 25 weeks of 2016 put the country over the 100,000 case threshold, a whopping 68 percent increase compared to the same period in the record year of 2015, according to the Bulletin of Environmental Health as reported in an....

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More than 4500 locally acquired cases were reported in epidemiological week 25 alone. The case tally so far this year eclipses the total for all of 2014.

Three of of four cases are due to Plasmodium vivax, while 16 percent are due to the more serious Plasmodium falciparum.

Eighty percent of cases were reported from Bolivar state in eastern Venezuela on the borders of Brazil and Guyana.

Malaria is considered the most important parasitic disease affecting humans. The femaleAnopheles mosquito serves as the vector for the parasite.

The mosquito-borne disease continues to sicken and kill far too many people eachyear, most of them children. In 2012, roughly 207 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide resulting in 627,000 deaths, according to the World HealthOrganization (WHO). In 2013, 97countries had ongoing malaria transmission, placing 3.4 billion people at risk for the disease.

Comment by M. Difato on June 17, 2016 at 6:52pm

Malaysia on high alert as hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak spreads

June 17, 2016 http://www.ibtimes.sg/malaysia-high-alert-hand-foot-mouth-disease-o...

Malaysia is on high alert after the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) reached outbreak proportions in the country.

The health ministry has taken urgent measures to control the outbreak. There were 1,379 HFMD cases nationwide with Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur at the top of the list.

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was an increase of 83 cases or 6.4 per cent, compared with 1,296 cases registered the week before.

"The upward trend began in the last week of April with 794 cases. A directive was issued in early May to all state health departments to step up monitoring and preventive efforts," he told The Straits Times.

According to the ministry, Selangor has a total of 4,441 cases, which is the highest with 32.6 percent. It is followed by Johor with 1,393 cases (10.2 per cent) and then comes Kuala Lumpur 1,317 (9.7 per cent), Sabah 1,299 (9.5 per cent) and Sarawak 1,108 (8.1 per cent).

The health authorities have already closed 12 nurseries and preschools in Negri Sembilan in order to carry out disinfection procedures there.

Abdul Rahim Abdullah, the State health director, said that six houses were also detected with the disease. "Up to Sunday, a total of 485 HFMD cases have been reported. So far, there is no new outbreak besides the 18 spots," he said.

He also added that the nurseries and preschools in Taman Seri Pandan, Seremban were among the first areas to get affected by HFMD.

If the total number of weekly cases exceeds 20, then the authorities will put out an alert to warn the public.

Last month, 28 cases were detected till the second week but surprisingly the number shot up to 87 by the fourth week. In Kuala Terengganu, the authorities were seen taking prompt action to inspect day care centres, kindergartens and surroundings. The results showed that there was an increase in the number of cases up to 35 per cent.

However, in Ipoh, there was a drop in the number of cases from 25 between the month of February and May.

The State Health, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman, Muhammad Pehimi Yusof, said that 165 cases were reported in the first five months this year, whereas last year only 122 cases were detected. Hence, the number of affected cases is surely on a rise.

Perak health director, Juita Ghazalie said that the disease is rising in a cyclical pattern every two years. She also said that information about the disease has already been disseminated to all parties.

They have also taken steps to set up a sentinel surveillance laboratory at Taiping and Seri Manjung Hospital to closely monitor the situation.

HFMD is highly infectious in nature. It is caused by enteroviruses, specifically the Coxsackie A16 and Enterovirus 71 strains.

It can be detected by symptoms like fever, sore throat, rashes on the hands and feet, and mouth ulcers. Apart from these, patients might also have other complications such as meningoencephalitis or myocarditis in severe cases and it may even result in death.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 10, 2016 at 6:45am


Illness Sweeps Canada Evacuation Center After Wildfire

Monday, May 09, 2016 03:55PM
One of the evacuation centers for the wildfires blazing through the Fort McMurray area in Alberta, Canada, has become the epicenter of another crisis: a stomach bug that has made almost 50 people ill within the past 48 hours, authorities said today.
In the Northland Expo Center, one of seven evacuation sites in the region, officials are trying to identify the illness that is spreading, but Dr. Chris Sikora said during a news conference today that the cases "seem to be viral gastroenteritis," and that people are suffering from "nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea." Sikora is the senior medical officer of health in Edmonton.
The wildfire in Fort McMurray started one week ago, and today there are over 600 people taking shelter in the Northland Expo Center, according to Kerry Williamson, senior media relations adviser for Edmonton at Alberta Health Services.
"Most of the time the fires burn [in areas] without a lot of people," Williamson said. "This one was the largest one they have seen in Alberta's history."
The confined spaces and close quarters that characterize evacuation centers can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to containing the spread of infectious illnesses such as norovirus.
"Controlling norovirus outbreaks is very challenging because the virus is incredibly contagious and people can get the infection more than once," said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. "In temporary shelters in which there is crowding, the challenges are even greater. The virus can spread from person-to-person, from contaminated food or water, and through contact with surfaces with norovirus on them."
In addition to intestinal viruses, respiratory viruses like influenza can also be spread more easily in confined spaces, according to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on ways to limit the exposure and transmission of contagious diseases. Besser, who headed the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and response functions from 2005 to 2009, reiterated the basic principles.
"To control an outbreak, you want to keep people who are sick away from those who are not," he said. "You want to ensure access to hand-washing stations and if that isn't available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers. People with norovirus should not be involved in food preparation. All potentially contaminated surfaces need to be disinfected with a dilute bleach solution."

Sikora emphasized that the Northland Expo center is taking a three-step approach to combating this contagious infection.

"First, we are trying to keep the well people well," he said. "The second step is to help assist and maintain the health of people who are ill. The third is to maintain continuity of business here at the reception center."

Schaffner emphasized that the longer people are together in enclosed spaces, in close proximity, the more likely these outbreaks become. And while these illnesses may not be deadly to most of the population, they are "a more serious threat to the very young, the very old, and for people with underlying illnesses such as diabetes."

Though this fire is the worst the region has ever seen, Sikora emphasized that the people of Alberta "are a resilient bunch, and we will help our staff and public get through this."

Dr. Malorie Simons is a resident physician with the Brown University Department of Internal Medicine. She is a resident in the ABC News Medical Unit.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 25, 2016 at 7:53pm


Kashechewan Evacuation: Kids With Rash Will Be Removed From Community

Posted: 03/21/2016 4:15 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Children covered in sores and rashes in an Ontario First Nation are the face of a much broader health crisis faced by aboriginal communities across the country, says Charlie Angus, the NDP indigenous affairs critic.

Angus joined ministerial officials and aboriginal leaders for a conference call Monday to discuss why some children in Kashechewan First Nation have developed unusual rashes and, in extreme causes, painful sores on their bodies.

The call came after images of the children were shared widely on social media over the weekend.

"The pictures of those children were so shocking and so heartbreaking that it woke Canadians up across the country," Angus said.

"They were saying 'what the hell is happening in our country that children are getting sick like this?' These children really are the face of a much larger systemic crisis that is facing northern First Nation communities."


Angus, whose riding includes the long-troubled reserve, said three children have been evacuated from the community while another 13 are expected to be removed by officials for further examination and possible treatment.

The children are expected to be transported out of the community by Tuesday.

Doctors are also expected to be sent into the community to conduct door-to-door visits and determine if other children are developing similar symptoms, a government official said Monday.

"What the physicians are doing is trying to do some supplementary follow-up work by visiting the homes with the community health workers to see if there's other children they have missed or are there certain prevailing health conditions that might contribute to skin conditions," said Keith Conn, an acting assistant deputy minister for regional operations in the Health Department's First Nations and Inuit branch.

Health Minister Jane Philpott also addressed the Kashechewan cases outside the Commons on Monday, where she noted that the children in the community are not suffering from a water-related condition.

"It is our understanding that that is not the case," Philpott said.

"In fact, the water has been tested as recently as last Tuesday and we know that it meets all of the appropriate standards for safety and drinking water and water to be used for other purposes."

Philpott said she could not speak to specifics due to confidentiality concerns but stressed that all children who require care will be evacuated if necessary.

One possible cause of skin lesions is an infectious condition, the minister added.

"The health conditions that we are seeing in First Nations communities like Kashechewan and the very serious and concerning gaps in health outcomes are not new, unfortunately," she said.

"It is a sad reality. It is a reality that we are facing front on, that I am working with my officials in Health Canada to address."

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said the situation in Kashechewan speaks to why northern Ontario First Nations leaders decided to declare a public health emergency last month.

Fiddler, who was also on Monday's conference call, said he heard a message from officials focused only on short-term problems.

He said the government needs to also tackle broader systemic issues, such as a lack of clean drinking water, proper housing and possible mould issues, to determine why health problems are plaguing reserves.

"It was good to hear government officials commit to getting these children out for an assessment and hopefully treatment," Fiddler said.

"We also need to look at the longer term ... some of the determinants of health: housing, water, and education, everything else that contributes to the health and well-being of our families."

Fiddler also said he is still waiting to hear from Philpott in response to the public health emergency.

"Here we are a month after our declaration was issued and we are still trying to confirm meetings with the federal health minister," he said. "Meanwhile, things are deteriorating."

When the emergency was declared, the Ontario First Nation leaders called on governments to respond within 90 days and to meet the chiefs to develop a detailed intervention plan.

During question period on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled Tuesday's budget will contain "historic" investments to address indigenous issues.

The fiscal blueprint is largely expected to be a litmus test of the government's commitment to tackling long-standing challenges including housing, drinking water and education.

Trudeau has maintained no relationship is more important to him than the one with Aboriginal Peoples.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 23, 2016 at 5:52pm


Chinese Superbug Invasion

Chinese Superbug Invasion

An invasion from China is headed our way, and it has nothing to do with military incursions or cyberspace spying.  Instead, the threat is from infectious pathogens, and there is almost nothing we can do about it, despite warnings from medical experts that go back years.

A bacterial mutation discovered in people and livestock in China is proving to be the antibiotic-resistant “super-bug” scientists and health experts have been warning about for years.  Antibiotic resistance is estimated to kill at least 700,000 people worldwide each year, and that number is expected to climb to over 10 million deaths by 2050.  The mutation could push that number much higher, and scientists and health experts are at a loss in how to address this very serious threat.

Super-bug encroaching from China

A gene known as MCR-1 is becoming more common in China and has been found to make bacteria resistant to all antibiotics, including “last resort” antibiotic drugs.  The gene allows bacteria to resist even harsh antibiotics or polymyxins, including Colistin, which is the antibiotic of last resort when other antibiotics have failed. MCR-1 genes are not destroyed by polymixyins, and could theoretically interact with all other infectious pathogens to allow the extensive spread of infectious diseases, with no viable medical solution at this time. The problem has intensified due to the overuse of Colistin by farmers around the world. Farmers have used large quantities of antibiotics with pigs and chickens in order to fatten them up and prevent disease, with the use of Colistin especially prevalent in China.

Experts say it might not be long before the world is struggling to cope with the spread of uncontrollable superbugs. MCR-1 seems to move easily between the strains of E. coli and other common bacteria, including Klebsiella and Pseudomonas, which cause many blood, urinary and gut infections. Chinese researchers wrote in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that these germs will likely put people in mortal danger. Based on their horrific findings, the team predicts a return to the Dark Ages.

“These are extremely worryingly results,” according to professor and co-author on the study Liu Jian-Hua, from China’s Southern Agricultural University.

Liu and his colleagues warn that while it might seem smart to limit the use of Colistin, at this point it’s just too late. The bacteria seem to hang on to the plasmid even when the antibiotic isn’t being used, suggesting that the problem is here to stay.

It is impossible to know how soon the problem will reach U.S. shores, but there is no doubt that international commerce in all things including food products means that the problem of drug resistant “super-bugs” cannot be far distant and new methods and treatments will have to be developed to address the looming health concern.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2016 at 1:55am


Wisconsin, CDC Investigating Bacterial Blood Infection Outbreak

03/03/2016 ( 2:00pm)

After 18 deaths were reported in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin health officials began investigating a serious outbreak of a rare blood infection caused by Elizabethkingia, a type of bacteria which is extremely difficult to treat with antibiotics.


“As soon as we were notified of the potential outbreak, Wisconsin’s disease detectives began working immediately to identify the source,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.


While 18 patients who tested positive for the Elizabethkingia infection in this outbreak have died, it has not been determined if the cause is the bacterial infection, or the patients’ other serious health conditions, or both. 


Symptoms of the illness can include fever, shortness of breath, chills or cellulitis. Confirmation of the illness requires a laboratory test.


The majority of patients acquiring this infection are over the age of 65 and all patients have a history of at least one underlying serious illness, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health (DPH).


There have been 44 cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections reported to DPH since November. However, the investigation is ongoing, and the Department plans to continue to update case counts on its website every Wednesday.


“Case counts may change as additional illnesses are identified and more cases are laboratory confirmed,” DPH said in a statement.


American bacteriologist Elizabeth O. King discovered Elizabethkingia in 1959 when she was studying unclassified bacteria associated with pediatric meningitis at the CDC. The bacteria is a species of gram-negative, obligate aerobic, making it resistant to many antibiotics. Consequently, the CDC indicates early detection is critical.


After the first potential cases were identified, DPH alerted health care providers, infection preventionists, and laboratories statewide of the presence of the bacteria, and provided information on how to identify and treat the infection.


The outbreak has prompted the CDC to send five “disease detectives” to southern Wisconsin to assist in the investigation. DPH is also working closely with state and local partners, including the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and clinicians in Wisconsin. Wisconsin health officials are committed to determining the source of the bacteria and working to control the outbreak.


“Determining the source of the bacteria affecting patients in Wisconsin is a complex process,” McKeown said. “While we recognize there will be many questions we cannot yet answer, we feel it is important to share the limited information we have about the presence of the bacteria, as we continue our work to determine the source.”

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