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 18, 2011 at 5:27pm


China vaccinates 9 million people in far western region amid polio outbreak

Tuesday, October 18, 8:34 AM

BEIJING — Chinese health authorities have vaccinated more than 9 million people in a far western region against polio amid an outbreak of the disease that has paralyzed 17 people and killed one of them.

China had been free for 11 years of the paralytic disease that mostly hits children before the first few cases were reported in July in Hotan prefecture in Xinjiang. The outbreak has exposed gaps in vaccination coverage in the remote region where access to quality health services is poor.


The World Health Organization says the polio strain detected in China had traveled from Pakistan, which borders Xinjiang and is one of four countries where the disease remains endemic. The other countries are India, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

“Overall, China, including in Xinjiang province, has good routine immunization coverage,” said Oliver Rosenbauer, a press officer for the WHO’s polio eradication drive in Geneva said Tuesday. But, he added, the virus has “a knack of finding any susceptible groups. Any chink in your armor, this virus is able to find.”

“It underscores the ongoing risk that endemic transmission continues to pose everywhere,” Rosenbauer said.

The Xinjiang Health Bureau said in a report on its website that the first round of vaccinations was administered last month over three periods to cover children and people aged 15 to 39 in Hotan and surrounding areas. It said this totals more than 9.3 million people.

The WHO said a genetic link had been confirmed between the wild poliovirus type 1 detected in China and a strain circulating in Pakistan. The agency says type 1 is more dangerous than type 3 because it is more likely to cause paralysis and spreads more easily. Type 2 polio has been eradicated.

The global health body says countries should strengthen their disease surveillance systems and travelers to Pakistan should be vaccinated against polio.

Since 1998, the World Health Organization and partners have been trying to get rid of polio. But progress has stalled in recent years and some have questioned whether polio can actually be eradicated.

Polio is a waterborne disease that mostly strikes children under five. To eradicate it, officials need to immunize more than 90 percent of children in the handful of countries where it still circulates.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 18, 2011 at 5:45am


Health ministry confirms cases of hand, foot and mouth disease

Published: Mon, 2011-10-17 23:45

The Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed that several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) have been reported among children in the East-West corridor and central Trinidad and Tobago. This confirmation comes one day after head of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) Dr Helmer Hilwig denied reports of an outbreak of the disease.

According to Dr Hilwig, patients, mainly children were showing up at the hospital with coxsackie virus which has similar symptoms to HFMD. However, in an advisory yesterday, the Health Ministry said the disease is usually a mild, short illness caused by a virus. It mainly affects children under ten years. Older children and adults may develop a milder form of the illness. Most children fully recover within a week and serious complications are rare. This disease is not related to the disease with a similar name which affects animals. 

HFMD usually begins with a fever and sore throats are common. The symptoms are listed below:
• A non-itchy skin rash may develop. The rash usually appears on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the buttocks and genital area.
• Small spots develop inside the mouth which turn into small mouth ulcers (sores). The sores are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks.

All symptoms may not be present and some children with the disease show no signs of the symptoms. Parents should consult a private doctor or go to the nearest health centre for advice. There is no specific treatment for the disease but fever and pain can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Do not give aspirin to children. Mouthwashes or sprays that numb pain can be used to lessen mouth pain.

Do not wrap up a feverish child. Keep the room or house cool by opening the window, or using a fan on the other side of the room to keep the air circulating. Keep children well hydrated by giving them lots of liquids. Cool slushy foods such as yogurt may be best to help sore mouths. Keep breast-feeding, as breast milk is the best fluid.

• Consult a doctor immediately if symptoms worsen. 
• Consult a doctor if a child stops drinking due to a sore mouth as dehydration may develop in rare cases.
• Consult a doctor promptly if you are concerned about any unusual symptoms that develop.
The virus can be spread from one person to another by:
• Coughing and sneezing which transmits the virus into the air.
• Direct contact with infectious virus via nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid and stool of infected persons.
• Unwashed, virus-contaminated hands and by contact with virus-contaminated surfaces. 
Infected persons are most contagious during the first week of the illness, however, the virus can remain in the body for several weeks.
Good personal hygiene practice is the most important way to prevent the spread of the virus. No vaccine is available to protect against the viruses that cause the disease. 
• Wash hands often and correctly, especially after changing diapers and after using the toilet.
• Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw tissue into a bin and wash hands.
• Clean shared

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 14, 2011 at 3:40am


Dengue fever, a dangerous mosquito-borne illness that's widespread in the Caribbean but uncommon in the United States, is now here in Palm Beach County, public health officials said Thursday, after receiving confirmation that a local person was sick with the illness.

Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory with the warning that standing water around homes should be eliminated, windows kept closed and screens repaired, and long sleeves and pants worn when outside. Insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin is recommended, she said.

Dengue is a viral illness carried most commonly by a daytime-biting household mosquito called the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It's a nuisance mosquito, one that tends to hitch rides on people as they go into their garages and homes.

Infection typically causes sudden onset of high fever three to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Aspirin-containing pain relievers should be avoided. Fever is a sign that people should seek medical attention right away.

Some people bit by an infected mosquito can fend off the illness without developing symptoms, while others can develop serious malaise, ranging from a week of fever and many weeks more of weakness, to more serious dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome, which can cause death.

The severe illness is more commonly seen in people who have been infected multiple times with different strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps a map of active dengue - www.healthmap.org/dengue/index.php - which shows the Bahamas is in the midst of a serious outbreak.

There are no medications available, only supportive care, nor is there a vaccine, said health department spokesman Tim O'Connor.

"It's definitely here, and people need to heed the advice and look around their homes, and do everything possible to prevent themselves from getting it," O'Connor said.

A Palm Beach County School District spokeswoman said games and after school activities are taking place as usual.

"We are working closely with the Health Department, but haven't been asked to take any action," said Vickie Middlebrooks of the school district.

The Palm Beach County resident became sick on Sept. 23, and as the illness grew worse, a physician sent the person to a local hospital on Sept. 27, O'Connor. The hospital did two initial tests, and a final test conducted at the state health lab confirmed on Wednesday that it was dengue, O'Connor said.

Palm Beach County Mosquito Control was notified late Wednesday, and targeted spraying and larviciding has begun, he said.

"They won't be doing mass aerial spraying," O'Connor said. "They are doing less spraying. But they work very closely with us and respond very quickly."

Gary Goode, an entomologist with the county's mosquito control division, said Thursday that the county is using trucks to spray the area where the case was confirmed. That location is not being released because of privacy issues, Goode said.

A helicopter will not be used to spray wide stretches of the county because the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever are typically found in containers, and not the swampy areas of the county's western section typically targeted by aerial spraying, Goode said.

"This is one that comes from around our houses," Goode said of the two types of mosquitoes in Palm Beach County that can carry the virus. "They like to live in bird baths, buckets and gutters."

Locally acquired dengue has also appeared in Martin and Miami-Dade counties this season, so the health department had alerted doctors and hospitals last month t

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 14, 2011 at 2:52am


Listeria Toll Rises to 23 With Two Louisiana Deaths

Two more people in the United States have died from a listeria outbreak caused by tainted cantaloupes linked to a Colorado farm, bringing the death toll to 23 across 12 states, health officials said.

Deaths from the largest U.S. food-borne listeria outbreak in over two decades have now reached Louisiana where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two people had died. Deaths had previously been reported in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 13, 2011 at 8:03pm

October 10, 2011

Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak on Greek Island?

The Guardian, Guardian


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A cluster of cases of legionnaires' disease in people who have been to Corfu is being investigated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The organisation said it was aware of nine cases of the disease in people between the ages of 39 and 79 who had travelled to different areas of the Greek island since August.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 12, 2011 at 3:10pm


India encephalitis outbreak kills 400, mainly children

Children suffering from viral encephalitis in a Gorakhpur hospital Viral encephalitis has killed hundreds of children in Uttar Pradesh over the last decade

More than 400 people, mainly children, have died in an outbreak of viral encephalitis in northern India, health officials say.

So far 2,300 patients have been admitted to a hospital in the affected Gorakhpur area of Uttar Pradesh state.

A doctor told the BBC that it was a "tragedy beyond imagination" with children dying every day.

Nearly 6,000 children have died of encephalitis in the hospital since the first case was detected in 1978.

Most of the deaths this year have happened since July, doctors say.

The disease occurs regularly during the monsoon in the Gorakhpur region bordering Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The low-lying areas are prone to floods and water-logging. Lack of sanitation provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes and leads to contamination of water supplies.

This happens because most people defecate in the open in villages of the area, while water is consumed mainly using shallow hand pumps.


Doctors say affected patients come from 10-12 districts in the region, and are mostly poor.

Until 2005, the majority of deaths were caused by Japanese encephalitis, caused by a mosquito-borne virus, doctors say.

But in the past six years, children have been dying of viral encephalitis, a water-borne disease caused by contaminated water.

It is an unbelievable tragedy. Children are dying every day.”

Dr KP Kushwaha Pediatrician

Both the diseases cause head aches and vomiting and can lead to comas, brain dysfunctions, seizures and inflammations of the heart and kidney.

Doctors say children between the age of six months to 15 years are worst affected and most of the victims are poor people from rural areas.

"It is unbelievable tragedy. There are five to 10 children dying every day," Dr KP Kushwaha, head of paediatrics at the BRD Medical College, the only hospital treating patients, told the BBC.

Most of the 370 beds in the paediatrics and medicine departments at the hospital are overflowing with more than one patient occupying a bed, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 11, 2011 at 8:03pm

UNICEF fights “one of the worst ever” cholera outbreaks in West and Central Africa

DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 October 2011 – UNICEF is calling for a redoubling of efforts to combat cholera outbreaks that are claiming lives and affecting large numbers of people across West and Central Africa.

This year has seen more than 85,000 reported cases of cholera, resulting in 2,466 deaths. The size and scale of the outbreaks mean the region is facing one of the biggest epidemics in its history. In addition Case Fatality Rates (CFR) are unacceptably high,  ranging from 2.3 per cent to 4.7 per cent and can reach much higher levels at district level in many countries (ranging from 1 per cent to 22 per cent in Cameroon for example). Children are more vulnerable to cholera, as they dehydrate faster, and malnourished children are especially at risk.

The most significant increases in 2011 are in Chad, Cameroon and in western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In addition there are still challenges with getting access, ensuring staff presence in medical facilities and establishing surveillance systems to monitor cases and numbers in parts of North-East DRC.

There are three major cross border cholera epidemic outbreaks in West and Central Africa: the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger), the West Congo Basin (DRC, Congo and the Central African Republic) and Lake Tanganyika (DRC and Burundi). Smaller cholera epidemics in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, and Togo are under control.

UNICEF is providing treatment kits, conducting community awareness campaigns on hygiene and assisting with epidemiological surveys to ensure better targeting of control efforts. It is clear in this emergency that authorities can play a key role to save lives. Information exchange between cross- border districts on caseloads and population movements, as well as cross-border inspections for disinfection and chlorination are proven ways to contain the disease and save lives.

UNICEF calls upon governments to coordinate the preparation and response not only within their borders, but to ensure close collaboration with neighbouring countries. Cross-border coordination has to be encouraged at all levels, from the district to the national level.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 8, 2011 at 12:09am


Death toll in listeriosis outbreak now at 21

A total of 21 people nationwide have now died in the listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm, the Centers for

In all, 109 people in 23 states have become sick from the outbreak, and that number could continue to climb, the CDC said.

There have been five deaths each in Colorado and New Mexico, two each in Kansas and Texas and one each in Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Indiana is the latest addition to the list. One woman pregnant at the time of illness also had a miscarriage, CDC said.

The outbreak is now one of deadliest in the USA. The deadliest known was in 1985 when a Mexican-style soft cheese contaminated with listeria from Jalisco Products killed 18 adults and 10 newborns, as well as causing 20 miscarriages, according to CDC. It sickened 142 others.

The outbreak has been linked to Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes sold by Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. The cantaloupes were recalled Sept. 14, and no melons under the recall should still be on store shelves. Most of the contaminated melons should be out of the food supply by now. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said any cantaloupes not from Jensen Farms are safe to eat.

The first illnesses began after July 31. Symptoms of listeriosis can take up to two months to develop in someone who has eaten contaminated food, so illnesses could continue to show up into November, the CDC said.

The FDA and CDC have had teams in Jensen Farms fields and packing sheds, testing the soil, water and surfaces for clues. A report on the FDA's findings is anticipated in the coming weeks. In the past, listeria has been most strongly linked to deli meats and soft cheeses, not produce.

Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and live in the guts of animals, who can transport them into fields. When humans are infected with the bacteria they develop listeriosis, which is rare but dangerous illness that kills approximately 30% of its victims and can send up to 90% of the elderly people who get it to the hospital.

It is especially dangerous for pregnant women, in whom it can cause a mild illness, but it can also result in stillbirths or miscarriages.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 7, 2011 at 12:36am

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Reported at Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland

The Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland has closed three days before the end of the season after three former guests were hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease. All three guests were over 50 and suffering from weakened immune systems, rendering them particularly susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease. Guests currently staying at the hotel were “voluntarily relocated” so that “everyone would feel more safe and sound,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

Officials of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are currently conducting tests of the hotel’s water system, and the hotel itself has also hired an outside firm for water testing. Preliminary results have shown the presence of legionella bacteria in the water, but official results will not be available until next week.

The Plim Plaza is purportedly contacting guests who stayed there in the past month to warn them about potential exposure to the legionella bacteria. One former guest commented that he and his elderly mother had stayed there from September 26 to 30, 2011 and that he had not yet heard from the hotel. He had noticed officials conducting tests on the hotel’s three hot tubs during his stay, but thought at the time that they were performing standard maintenance.

The Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene encourages anyone who stayed at the Plim Plaza Hotel on or after September 1, 2011 to contact their health provider if they develop symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, which include shortness of breath, chills, fever, nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, coughing, chest pain, and headaches.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially deadly form of pneumonia that afflicts between 8,000 and 18,000 Americans per year, according to the CDC.[1] Symptoms can appear between 2 to 14 after exposure to the legionella bacteria.  continues...


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 5, 2011 at 3:12pm

UC Berkeley experiencing outbreak of mumps

There is an outbreak of mumps in the UC Berkeley campus community, campus officials announced late Tuesday night.

Cases of the contagious viral infection, which is transmitted by the mucus or saliva of an infected person, were first reported on campus Friday. The confirmed cases were quarantined, but Tuesday Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley sent a campuswide email announcing the outbreak.

The email did not specify the extent of the outbreak.

University Health Services is working closely with the California Department of Public Health to limit spread of the disease, according to the email, the text of which was also posted on the campus health services web page.

Symptoms of mumps typically develop 16 to 18 days after exposure and can include fever, headache and swollen salivary glands, according to campus health services.

Beginning in 1977, children were given a vaccine against mumps, which significantly reduced the rate of the disease, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, after a spate of cases in the 1980s, schoolchildren were recommended to receive a second vaccination, which further reduced incidents of the disease.

Although people who have received two doses of the vaccine are at less risk of contracting mumps, campus health services recommends that students receive a third of the vaccine. UC Berkeley students can receive the vaccine, free of charge, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the campus Tang Center


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