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 September 30, 2011 at 11:38pm


Scientists' Deaths are Under the Microscope
compiled by Alanna Mitchell, May 4, 2002

Eleven microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism. ... The first three died in the space of just over a week in November. Benito Que, 52, was an expert in infectious diseases and cellular biology at the Miami Medical School. Police originally suspected that he had been beaten on Nov. 12 in a carjacking in the medical school's parking lot. Strangely enough, though, his body showed no signs of a beating. Doctors then began to suspect a stroke. Just four days after Dr. Que fell unconscious came the mysterious disappearance of Don Wiley, 57, one of the foremost microbiologists in the United States. Dr. Wiley, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard University, was an expert on how the immune system responds to viral attacks such as the classic doomsday plagues of HIV, ebola and influenza. He had just bought tickets to take his son to Graceland the following day. Police found his rental car on a bridge outside Memphis, Tenn. His body was later found in the Mississippi River. Forensic experts said he may have had a dizzy spell and have fallen off the bridge. Just five days after that, the world-class microbiologist and high-profile Russian defector Valdimir Pasechnik, 64, fell dead. The pathologist who did the autopsy, and who also happened to be associated with Britain's spy agency, concluded he died of a stroke. Dr. Pasechnik, who defected to the United Kingdom in 1989, played a huge role in Russian biowarfare and helped to figure out how to modify cruise missiles to deliver the agents of mass biological destruction.

The next two deaths came four days apart in December. Robert Schwartz, 57, was stabbed and slashed with what police believe was a sword in his farmhouse in Leesberg, Va. His daughter, who identifies herself as a pagan high priestess, and several of her fellow pagans have been charged. Dr. Schwartz was an expert in DNA sequencing and pathogenic micro-organisms, who worked at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va. Four days later, Nguyen Van Set, 44, died at work in Geelong, Australia, in a laboratory accident. He entered an airlocked storage lab and died from exposure to nitrogen. Other scientists at the animal diseases facility of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization had just come to fame for discovering a virulent strain of mousepox, which could be modified to affect smallpox. Then in February, the Russian microbiologist Victor Korshunov, 56, an expert in intestinal bacteria of children around the world, was bashed over the head near his home in Moscow. Five days later the British microbiologist Ian Langford, 40, was found dead in his home near Norwich, England, naked from the waist down and wedged under a chair. He was an expert in environmental risks and disease. Two weeks later, two prominent microbiologists died in San Francisco. Tanya Holzmayer, 46, a Russian who moved to the U.S. in 1989, focused on the part of the human molecular structure that could be affected best by medicine. She was killed by fellow microbiologist Guyang (Matthew) Huang, 38, who shot her seven times when she opened the door to a pizza delivery. Then he shot himself.

The final two deaths came one day after the other in March. David Wy

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 30, 2011 at 11:32pm

ZetaTalk continued:  ANTHRAX

In the private meetings that high level officials and the elite with power or wealth, who influence these official to a degree only suspected by the populace, heated arguments preceded the Attack on America. In a shrinking economic world, where not only a worldwide recession but an economic depression is in process, where stock markets are so shaky that panic is just under the surface, where riots in the populace of all countries are expected to emerge as food shortages and the pinch of job loss and economic ruin are to strike like a hammer on the underprivileged until their calm shatters and they begin to act out their despair - there is bargaining among the elite and powerful. What steps are to be taken, and who is to become the leader? Among the winners and losers, who will get ground under the other’s feet, and who will be on top of the pile?

Prior to September 11, the US was isolationist and arrogant, breaking treaties and increasing its arms. It was poised to take what it needed from a faltering world, and to hell with any other needy country. In the month following September 11, the US became almost humble, trotting the globe to make friends recently snubbed, and making concessions. Once again, the hand mailing Anthrax may be those who do not fear to die, in a Jihad against the hated US, but those supplying them are a complex of countries who formerly called the US a friend, but had been stunned to find treaties such as the treasured arms reduction treaty treated like toilet paper in a plan to make the US the biggest gun on the globe. The US and the former Soviet Union are the only two countries holding Smallpox reserves. Then who is it the US fears in a potential Smallpox spread - itself? The leaders of the US are telling you who they think is involved in the Anthrax assault.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 30, 2011 at 11:31pm

icon William Cooper

I found this interesting, and thought I would share. I found this on William Cooper's website, copyright of 1997.

Since the United States Army's announcement of the inoculation of all of its personnel with Anthrax vaccine I can safely predict that the next large terrorist event within the borders of the United States of America may be biological using Anthrax as the agent of destruction and death. Anyone care to take me up on this with a substantial bet?

ZetaTalk on ANTHRAX:

ZetaTalk: Anthrax
Note: written on Nov 15, 2001

Following closely on the September 11 Attack on American and insidious Anthrax attack began to surface, with first one target and then another surfacing so the exact goal and scope of the attack was unknown, and this was by design. As with the practice of voodoo, the victim’s psychological state actually allows them to become a victim, to die on schedule, where they otherwise would not be adversely affected. They believe they are cursed, so create their own demise due to panic and heart stoppage. This is the goal those undertaking the Anthrax attack hope for, such that the healthy commerce of the hated enemy, the US, is stymied and falters due to fear.

  • By using the airlines to create instant torpedoes during the September 11 attack, they created a fear of flying that the airlines will find they cannot recover from. Periodically there will be a resurgence, other attempts, that will partially succeed, so that only those resigned to the possibility of a quick death will take to the skies. The effect on commerce was two-fold, both in the downturn that a lack of tourism and travel would have on many industries, and in the ability for face-to-face business deals which often falter without such contact.
  • By infecting the mail, a key ingredient in commerce is affected, in that not only correspondence could be affected but eventually produce and food stuffs and any physical item passing between hands. Is the populace to grow their own food and make their own clothing and correspond only by telephone or e-mail? The initial targets were highly visible, by design, for maximum impact in getting the populace nervous. The media could be counted on to be noisy about such events, and public official are closely watched so that anything disrupting their routine would be noticed.

Where is this leading, and who has designed and implemented such an insidious attack? As we mentioned when the Attack on America occurred on September 11, the instigators are not always obvious, not will they always be brought to justice. If such an Anthrax attack were possible before, why was it not used? If those who have sworn a Jihad against the US had done so years ago, then why the delay between then and now? Would Anthrax alone not have brought some satisfaction, even before the hijacking of planes to be used as bombs was arranged? And why the constant talk of Smallpox, if only a handful of germs in a couple highly guarded facilities exist? What is the public not being told, that those in authority in the US know?

In the private meetings that high level officials and the elite with power or wealth, who influence these official to a degree only suspected by the populace, heated ar

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 30, 2011 at 11:16pm

Anthrax antibiotics pre-position plan needed, says report

By Jim Barnett, CNN Senior Producer
updated 11:00 AM EST, Fri September 30, 2011
Anthrax is shown in a lab.
Anthrax is shown in a lab. "Rapid access to antibiotics" could aid anthrax attack victims, an Institute of Medicine report says.

  • Report calls for having anthrax antibiotics in place in communities
  • Research needed on where best to pre-position supplies
  • Pre-positioning can reduce the time people can get prophylactic antibiotics, report says

Washington (CNN) -- Public health officials on a state and local level should determine where and how antibiotics for anthrax should be stored in their communities in the event of a large-scale anthrax attack, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

The report, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, recommends research to provide stronger evidence for where best to pre-position supplies.

Ever since the 2001 anthrax attack, questions have been raised about developing plans to deliver medicine quickly to those who might be exposed.

The committee created to look into the issue found "under particular circumstances, pre-positioning strategies can reduce the time within which individuals in a community can receive prophylactic antibiotics, and certain strategies can help alleviate the burden on the public health dispensing system." The committee examined a range of factors including benefits, costs, safety and ethical issues.

"Rapid access to antibiotics can prevent people who are exposed to aerosolized Bacillus anthracis from developing anthrax; once symptoms of anthrax emerge, the disease progresses rapidly and can prove fatal," the report says.

In the preface to the 369-page report, the study pointed out "concerns remain about the nation's ability to respond to an anthrax attack scenario of the most dire proportions -- for example, a large-scale attack impacting hundreds of thousands of people and carried out in multiple cities."

"Current federal, state and local plans for dispensing antibiotics rely heavily on post-attack delivery from state stockpiles or the Centers for Disease Control. The goal is to get antibiotics to all individuals in need within 48 hours of a decision to dispense," the committee said.

The report suggested pre-positioning provides less flexibility to change plans following an attack. "For example, pre-positioning may not be helpful if an attack occurs in a location other than anticipated or uses a strain of anthrax that is resistant to the pre-positioned antibiotic," said Robert Bass, chair of the committee that wrote the report.  Story continues but since I just posted the Anthrax outbreak in Italy yesterday it piques my curiosity


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2011 at 7:20pm

Italy’s Anthrax Outbreak Widens as Disease Hits Six More Farms

September 29, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

By Rudy Ruitenberg

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Italy’s anthrax outbreak widened as the deadly animal disease spread to six more farms in the country’s south, bringing the total affected livestock holdings to 19 since the first confirmed cases almost four weeks ago.

The illness killed livestock in three towns southeast of Naples with previous cases as well as in a village about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the first outbreaks, the Italian Ministry of Health said in an alert today published online by the Paris-based World Organization of Animal Health, or OIE.

Anthrax, which has been used as a biological weapon, is caused by spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis and can survive in soil years after an outbreak, according to the OIE. Livestock typically become infected by ingesting spores from the soil or in feed, according to the group.

The disease killed cattle and sheep on three farms in Montesano sulla Marcellana, as well as livestock in Accettura and Corleto Perticara, adding to previously reported cases. Italy also found anthrax in Cirigliano, the first case there, according to the alert to the OIE.

The outbreak is continuing, and measures to fight the disease include movement controls for livestock and disinfection of infected premises, the animal-health group said. Animals are not being vaccinated, the OIE said.

French microbiologist Louis Pasteur developed an effective vaccine against the disease in 1881, according to the OIE. Proper disposal of dead animals is critical, and carcasses should not be opened because exposure to oxygen will allow anthrax bacteria to form spores, according to the OIE.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 28, 2011 at 4:03pm

Cantaloupes Doubted for Outbreak of Listeria Monocytogenes

CantaloupesUS health officials have been considering cantaloupes cultivation in the state of Colorado as the reason of the spread of listeria monocytogenes. The infection has so far resulted in mortality of 13 people and has infected many people of the region.

The cantaloupes cultivated in the region of Granada, Colorado, have been recalled for examination by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Georgia. As per the information of the authorities, 72 people from 18 states of the US were found to be infected with the infection.

The outbreak started on August 15. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterial disease, which results in forming lieteriosis on the body of the infected. This is the most dangerous form of food-borne disease.

According to the media, the people died due to the disease belonged to the region of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas. The number of deaths due to the infection is believed to have outraced the mortality due to salmonella disease that occurred due to peanuts three years back. Apart from confirmation of 13 deaths due to listeria monocytogenes, another 3 people were being doubted of being in a serious condition and their chances for survival from the disease is very less.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 28, 2011 at 4:00pm

Unusual food born diseases on the uptick

Cargill Ground Turkey Positive for Outbreak Strain

A sample of ground turkey from Cargill's Sept. 11 recall of 185,000 pounds of ground turkey tested positive for the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak strain (XbaI PFGE pattern 58/BlnI pattern 76), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late Tuesday.

In updating the earlier recall notice with confirmation of the outbreak strain, FSIS said lab results from the sample taken on Aug. 24 also indicate the isolate is resistant to ampicillin, gentamicin, streptomycin and tetracycline.
The Sept. 11 recall was in addition to Cargill's Aug. 3 recall of 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced over five months at the company's Springdale, Ark. plant.

The ground turkey is implicated in an outbreak that as of Sept. 14 had infected 119 people in 32 states with Salmonella Heidelberg, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 26, 2011 at 3:59pm

The story from the link below which I had a hard time pasting here.

(AP)  HANOI, Vietnam — More than a dozen kindergartens in Vietnam have closed to deal with an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that has killed 109 children and sickening more than 52,000 this year, an official and state-run media said Monday.

Ten kindergartens in Hau Giang province were shut for 10 days to clean and check the students' health, said Nguyen Van Muoi, head of the provincial preventive medicine center. Four schools reopened last week, he added.

The southern province has had 361 cases since June, and some 50 children are hospitalized. He blamed the increase on the virus' spread after children returned to school from summer break.

"I hope with this measure (closing the preschools), the new cases will drop," Muoi said.

At least three more kindergartens in the southern Bac Lieu province and the central highland province of Dak Nong also have been closed, Monday's Vietnam News reported.

The Health Ministry says more than 2,000 new cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are being reported each week. In a typical year, the virus infects up to 15,000 children in Vietnam and kills 20 to 30 of them.

The Health Ministry has recorded 52,321 cases and 109 deaths in the country as of Sept. 15. A more severe strain called enterovirus 71, or EV-71, was identified earlier in about a third of sampled cases. It can result in paralysis, brain swelling and death.

The World Health Organization has said three-quarters of the deaths have been children younger than 3 years old.

The virus is named from its telltale symptoms, including rash, mouth sores and blisters on the hands and feet. It is spread by sneezing, coughing and contact with fluid from blisters or infected feces.

No vaccine exists, but the illness is typically mild and most children recover quickly. The disease is caused by enteroviruses in the same family as polio.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2011 at 8:33pm

KILLER BUG continued

* Wellington-Wairarapa region: 10 cases; 1 death.

* Auckland region: 28 cases; 1 death.

* Waikato: 9 cases; 2 deaths.

* Northland: 6 cases since July; 2 deaths.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2011 at 8:32pm

Warnings on speed of deadly disease

5:30 AM Friday Sep 23, 2011
Waikato mother Vicki Ellis died within 25 hours of the first symptoms of meningicoccal disease. Photo / Supplied

Waikato mother Vicki Ellis died within 25 hours of the first symptoms of meningicoccal disease. Photo / Supplied

This disease took Vicki Christina Ellis so quickly her two teenage sons had no chance to say goodbye to her.

The 34-year-old died in Waikato Hospital of group C meningococcal disease, 25 hours after experiencing the first symptoms.

She is one of nine people to have become sick with meningococcal disease in the Waikato this year, and one of two deaths.

A young child died in the hospital on August 13. Ms Ellis died on June 9.

Her mother, Dawn Ellis, of Thames, spoke publicly about her daughter's death yesterday, because of an outbreak of the group C disease in Northland which has led the area's health board to undertake mass vaccination of children and teenagers.

Wellingtonians were yesterday warned by their public health service to be alert for symptoms of the disease, after the death of one person and the infection of four others in the area this month.

But Northland, where the incidence is at least three times what is considered usual, is the only area experiencing higher numbers of cases than usual.

Ms Ellis worked at Noel Leeming at the Base. She lived in Hamilton with her sons, Clayton, now aged 17, and Nicholas, 13, her partner Jon Mansfield, and her sister Debbie.

Mrs Ellis said her daughter's death had been a terrible shock.

"She's got the two boys and of course they didn't get to say goodbye to her because they didn't know she was that sick. Nobody realised, even her partner."

Ms Ellis started feeling unwell and vomited the day before she died.

"[Debbie] had to call the ambulance because she [Vicki] was having a fit. She said she was hot and cold.

"Then Debbie couldn't understand her. She was waving her arms around as if she was hurting somewhere but Debbie couldn't get out of her what was the matter.

"By the time they got her into hospital, I don't think she came round after that."

Mrs Ellis arrived at the hospital at 4 o'clock the following morning.

"We had to wait around because they were doing tests - they thought she might have blood poisoning.

"When we went in it just looked like she was sleeping. She didn't have any rashes or anything like they thought she might have.

"We didn't get to speak; even [Debbie] didn't get to talk to her after that. [Debbie] thought she was in an induced coma, but I think it was the bug had taken over. They had her on IVs [intravenous drips] and oxygen, the whole thing."

Mrs Ellis said the infection took hold quickly. . "My husband thought it was about 25 hours and that was it."

Symptoms of meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection, can include high fever, sleepiness, muscle and joint pain, bad headache, stiff neck, aversion to bright lights, and an infant refusing feeds. A rash is a common late symptom. The disease can be readily treated by antibiotics if detected early.


* Wellington-Wairarapa region: 10 cases; 1 death.

* Auck

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