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Not Bird Flu But Close July 30.....

by: Bronco Bill

Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 06:15:32 AM EDT


Looks like we might be getting into Dengue/Chik season again.  Post your news stories that don't seem to be H5N1 news, but might be notable or possibly related.
Bronco Bill :: Not Bird Flu But Close July 30.....
Things like Chikungunya, Dengue, overcrowded hospitals.  Lot's of other stories that might obscure H5N1 diagnoses, or stories that point out difficulties in dealing with H5N1 could go here too.
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Dengue fever rages across Asia
http://news.yahoo.co...

Dengue fever rages across Asia By MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer
  38 minutes ago

Dengue fever is raging across Asia, prompting the World Health Organization to warn that the region could face the worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in nearly a decade.

The disease, commonly called the 'bone breaker' illness because of the excruciating joint pain it causes, has flared everywhere from ultramodern Singapore to poor Vietnam. There are four different types of dengue, but none have a cure or vaccine.

Cambodia is now one of the most worrisome spots, where the disease has attacked about 25,000 people and killed nearly 300 children this year. That's about three times more than the number of cases for all of 2005, according to WHO.

Sick children have overwhelmed ill-equipped hospitals there, forcing babies burning with fever to wait for beds outside with IV drips attached to their arms.

The last major outbreak to hit Southeast Asia was in 1998, when about 350,000 cases were reported in the region, including nearly 1,500 deaths. Indonesia and Thailand were not included in that tally.

John Ehrenberg, WHO's regional adviser on vector-borne diseases, said it could potentially reach that level this year.

"It looks like it might be a bad year," he said. "I think we're in the building-up stage, but it could very well peak by August or September."

Malaysia has seen a 50 percent jump in cases this year over the same period in 2006, with more than 1,000 patients admitted every week for the past month and 56 deaths recorded through June, according to Health Ministry figures.

In Indonesia, more than 100,000 infections have been reported this year, including 1,100 deaths. That compares to 114,000 cases and the same number of fatalities for all of 2006, said Nyoman Kandun, a senior health ministry official who predicted the number will hit 200,000 by year's end.

(complete article at link)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead


Tin foil hat time
http://news.yahoo.co...

Dead birds shut down 3 DC Metro stations By LUBNA TAKRURI, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jul 29, 7:23 PM ET

Three Metro train stations were briefly closed Sunday while hazardous materials crews investigated dozens of dead birds and a substance believed to be a commercial pest poison. No human injuries were reported.

All signs point to a contractor making a mistake, said a spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The poison was spread outside at least six Metro stations.

"We want people to know they weren't in any danger," spokeswoman Candace Smith said.

The FBI's joint terrorism task force and officials from the National Institutes of Health joined the investigation as reports of the dead birds increased during the day.

"They are observing it; they are gathering information," said Alan Etter, District of Columbia fire and EMS spokesman. "There is no indication at this point that this is an attack that has been aimed at people or anything like that."

Information on the substance was preliminary because it had been washed away by wind and rain. Some dead birds were being analyzed, Etter said.

The Greenbelt station in Maryland and the Rhode Island Avenue station in Washington reopened after brief closures, Smith said. The Takoma station was to remain closed until early evening, she said.

Twenty dead birds were found outside the Greenbelt station, 15 at the Branch Avenue station and a few at other stations.

The issue raised public safety concerns because while many of the birds died on the spot, others may have ingested the substance and flown elsewhere, Etter said.

"We don't know how many dead birds are going to be connected to this. The message to the public is if you see a dead bird, don't touch it, and contact the authorities," he said.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead


If it happens only around metro stations,
then it is likely caused by human activities.

You want perspective. I want perspective. Let's talk. We don't have to agree on every thing. If we do, one of us is redundant.

[ Parent ]
Oh definitely
What I was thinking more along the lines of though is that when/if it does start happening in the states (bird die-offs) ... the disruptions from that will be a messy precursor to an actual human pandemic event.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

[ Parent ]
Horse flu in Egypt -
http://www.egypty.co...

Google translated.

"Avian horses" entered Egypt and the infection rate exceeded 20%.
30/07/200730/07/2007

While we still live in accessories avian flu crisis, the virus that did not leave shadows of Egypt so far ..

!!Again stand on the threshold of a new crisis called "horse flu", which imposed itself strongly in recent days and catastrophic in the way that has been quickly characterized before it is too late!

Despite deep secrecy on the details of this disease except that many of the procedures and precautions are being taken to confront him before the news floating on the surface and become an epidemic among horses Egyptian risk may extend to citizens in the light of the ease of transmission to humans, especially HIV caused by the faction that afflict humans and pigs.

Opened "republic" file avian horses in the lines of this investigation, which is sounding the alarm .. "

"Perhaps Perhaps"! !

..Horse flu virus, or "block" known scientifically as "H7 N7 H3 N8" from the same platoon virus affecting humans, pigs, and here lies the danger ..

Such talk began, Dr Mohammad Farooq, professor of veterinary diagnostic laboratory, dental Assiut talk about this disease, who pointed out that he was in Egypt went up by 20% between horses and show more in winter ..

But even now when the situation appeared dangerous individual did not reach the level of serious epidemic but that the horses of animals sensitive weaken immunity and easily cause the virus when he traveled to by inhalation of infected dreaded disease which is incurable.

The disease spreads substantially in Lower Egypt more than level especially in the West and the lake, Alexandria, Daqahlia But disease death rate did not exceed 3%.

He called for a required inoculations for the disease before entering races horses for the prevention of HIV, especially as soon Maintekal to humans but is not as serious as avian influenza.

.Dr. Yusuf Hassan, professor of infectious diseases Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University, emphasizes that the disease came to Egypt from Germany, the first case appeared in 1986 when imported a number of horses for the ceremony of the police academy, who witnessed the transmission of the disease to horses some people who had been used at the time also leading to infection HIV.

Warned of the need to prevent the horses travel to the country where the disease, which is monitored by the International Organization for Animal Health "OIE."

For his part, Dr. Hussein Jalal veterinary expert and former director of veterinary medicine in Giza that the avian disease is very dangerous and horses appeared for the first time in Silovicchia 1956 and its scientific name is "Misstep H7 N7" and was named EAU1 In 1963 the virus was isolated H3 N8 blood from animals known as The EQUI2 deployed in Miami, United States, after the disease appeared in England, Asia and northern China has been remedied risk in Egypt but dangerous region of the virus of racial N and the H, which leads to many kinds of viruses most serious H3 N3 H7 N7 and the so-called deadly avian horses.

.Adds ..

..A preventive program in Egypt by the General Authority for Veterinary Services with the aim of routine immunization and since 1981 .. but serious participation in horse racing in the Egyptian international, in which infection ..

  Therefore Khieulena been prevented from traveling to South Africa and double dose vaccination when participating in races horses UAE.

D reassured.

Hussein citizens that the incidence of the disease in Egypt simple, limited transmission of difficulty to humans

The disease is not modified, such as avian influenza virus

But the problem is that the percentages of cases of infection in Egypt were inaccurate and no official statistics! !

Refusal on the other side, Dr. Hussein Khalaf, director of veterinary medicine in Cairo to talk about avian horses .

Explaining that non-specialist in the disease ..

He denied the quality of a farmer or horse stables at Cairo .. same case with Dr. Hani essence Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University who stressed that he does not have enough information on this "virus" or illness caused because of the horses! !

Dr. Abdullah Badr director of veterinary medicine in Giza governorate, which are full Bastblatt farms and horses, confirmed that the disease does not exist Bhazair Pyramid horses or stables and horse farms Palmansoreh stressing that all horses licensed and registered and been disclosed by the league in both Pyramid Plateau or in bad Samman is control over all Stockyards in cooperation with the Humane Society and Red breeders of horses.

There was Giza 52 and the veterinary clinic by veterinarians and specialists to detect the horses did not show cases of this disease in Giza.

We said exporters judges are good for the horses and Arab newspapers address this issue hurts our reputation in the export of horses and jockeys world did not monitor any cases of infection since 1996 .. We also have good fortifications to face this disease.

Dr. Ibrahim Albandare general manager prevention General Authority for Veterinary Services horses avian disease that does not exist in Egypt only in a very narrow range due to the use of the latest scientific methods in prevention and provide the necessary immunizations in the Equestrian Club.

He said the disease is endemic and affects only animals, causing severe problems with the respiratory system symptoms appearing in the form of cough and lack of desire to eat.
In addition to the inflammation of the trachea and nose secretions opacity naked.

He stressed the importance of avoiding the spread of infection prevention direct mixing horses infected.

Because this disease "Murderer" and has no cure so far only antibiotics that address only the symptoms! !

Source : Al Gomhouria
 


Chik entrenching itself in Jakarta
http://www.thejakart...

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Central Jakarta may be a new hot spot for the tropical disease chikungunya after 30 residents reported suffering the dengue-like illness in May, a health agency official said Tuesday.

The residents, from Johar Baru subdistrict, have already recovered from the disease, the head of the agency's infectious diseases prevention unit, Endang ER, was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

"This is the first case to hit residents in Johar Baru. There was no such disease (in the area) last year," she said.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease with symptoms including high fever and severe joint pain.

Endang said the residents initially complained of fever.

"But after running some tests, we found residents in neighborhood unit RW 5 (had tested) positive for chikungunya," she said.

(snip)

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!


Uganda: Marburg hemorrhagic fever
Marburg is a virus similar to Ebola.  There are 2 victims; one has died.

...Transmission is through close contact with blood and other body fluids from patients with clinical signs of the illness. It can also be transmitted following exposure to contaminated items, such as bedding and clothing of patients...No new cases have been reported in the last 2 weeks...

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Viet Nam: Lelstad virus in pigs, also called BlueEar disease or PRRS
The latest incident of a deadly virus that affects pigs was confirmed last weekend in the Mekong Delta province of Long An following several outbreaks in the central provinces, said animal health officials. Local veterinary workers on Saturday destroyed 32 infected pigs in Can Giuoc District in Long An Province....

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Indonesia: More on mud/toxic sludge volcano
Dropping the concrete balls on chains into it for 2 months didn't work, so now they will build a concrete dam and then a museum and city.  Yikes!  This story is from May 29, but I missed it.  The mud has covered 15 acres and left 15,000 people homeless.

http://earthfrenzyra...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


history shows
again and again, how Nature points out the folly of man.....

..."Under the plan, the mud building up in the dam would eventually be so heavy that it could act as a counterweight to the sludge trying to emerge from the crater, blocking off the flow. "If this technique is successful, the area will be ready to be rebuilt into a new city. This is the future for the area, according to the civil engineers." ...

How can anyone presume to be able to make a mud volcano go away?
Sense of scale here anyone? No one wanted to be a "Plan Saboteur"  by saying, this is crazy, a waste of money, and will fail? They are just so out of luck, (and so is the drilling company or whoever was messing there before this started, because the public blames them). (The same public that would be told it was safe to live on top of a cork in a volcano??)


[ Parent ]
Bad food in restaurants...
The French Government has a department that deals with hygiene and fraud in trade. Every year it publishes its statistics and gives some examples of faulty trade. Here are two examples, which we may want to be aware of, as such may happen in any country, developed or not, and may have some influence in the first days of a pandemic:

- The authorities seized 3 120 kilograms of rotten poultry and bovine meat which was stored in a cold chamber in a cafeteria in Eastern France (not very very far from where they found the dead swans some days ago).

- The authorities discovered a non-registered farm raising goats, rabbits, but also poultry that was not kept inside despite the bird flu regulations (undisclosed location).

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


Oh No
I first got on promed when it happened years ago. I hope it will be contained. So awful last time.

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. Ralph Waldo Emerson

[ Parent ]
FMD - UK
Oh no! I can still remember the FMD last time, horrible!

Official DEFRA news release is here: http://tinyurl.com/2...

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


Flu rates up in S. Africa
notice the flu rates are higher that normal:

"Cases of flu are increasing dramatically. "

click on map location to get more info.

http://www.health24....

Be Prepared


12 Kids Die, Mysterious illness - India
12 kids die: Medical team rushed to Joda
Sunday August 5 2007 12:13 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Death of 12 tribal children and an old man due to mysterious diseases in Chamakpur gram panchayat of Joda block in Keonjhar district in the past month has finally woken up the the State Government to rush a medical team for spot assessment.

A team of doctors from SCB Medical, Cuttack has been sent to Chamakpur on Saturday to find out the reason behind the deaths.

They will also visit Joda hospital where six children, suffering from fever, have been admitted, official sources said.

A report by the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Keonjhar stated eight children of Rugudi village died due to post-measles complications.

[snip]

http://www.newindpre...

Map
http://encarta.msn.c...


New Jersey: 750,000 are advised to boil water after treatment plant loses power
Parts of Bergen and Hudson counties were operating under droughtlike conditions yesterday after lightning cut the power to United Water's Haworth Water Treatment Plant for several hours, forcing some 750,000 homes and businesses to conserve water and to boil water for cooking or drinking...

...With only its backup generators supplying power, United Water officials said the plant was unable to process water, leaving customers with only the amount remaining in the system's pipes and storage tanks. Until service is fully restored, customers can expect to experience low water pressure, discolored water or no water at all, the company said....

..."If everyone's sucking the well dry, it could potentially leave us in a dangerous situation in the case of a fire," Hague said...

http://www.nj.com/ne...

Water supply depends on electricity, too, not just the supply of chlorine at the treatment plant.  During a pandemic, how quickly could something like this be repaired, and would people get the word that the water is no longer safe to drink?

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Parts of Pasco County in FL
was also under a water boil order this passed week.  Seems that some plumbing company broke a main water line they were trying to tap into.

Doesn't take much, does it?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead


[ Parent ]
2c worth..
Most municipal water treatment plants have reserves of the following:
1.) Diesel fuel for backup generators, 3 days
2.) Lime, 5 days
3.) Chlorine or Chlorine dioxide gas, 8 days
4.) Aluminum sulfate & polymer, 9 days

[ Parent ]
FMD protection zones - maps
I thought it might be useful to document the FMD spread chronologically and see what happens in the future. This is an epizootic in real time.

For those interested in UK maps, this site is quite good: http://tinyurl.com/2...

FMD spread

- On the first Declaration of a temporary control zone issued on 3 August 2007 at 12.10 pm (BST), the zone is 1 km wide centered around the farm which DEFRA defines on the OS grid as "The Zone comprises that part of England contained within a circle with a radius of 1
kilometre centred on grid reference SU92491 50703. The grid reference is a British
National Grid Reference." (you can see the location here: http://tinyurl.com/2... - look for the red-orange arrow at the bottom left corner of the middle square). They say the map is attached to the Declaration, but I can't see it. Note that the suspected lab location is north east from this spot (but at the time the suspicion of a lab escapee had not yet been raised)

- On the second Declaration issued on 4 August 2007 at 10.00 pm (BST), the zone has been extended to include the Pirbright Lab. The map is enclosed with the Declaration (link here: http://tinyurl.com/2...)

- On the third Declaration issued on 5 August 2007 at 1.50 pm (BST), the zone has been extended to include another farm belonging to the same farmer, further south, were the animals were culled and one was found FMD positive after autopsy. The map is enclosed with the Declaration (Link here: http://tinyurl.com/2...
)

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


Ironically,
Ironically, DEFRA published three FMD factsheets a month ago on 4 July 2007... (http://www.defra.gov...)

Quote

4 July 2007 - Three FMD factsheets have been published giving information on how to spot FMD, preventing the introduction and spread of FMD and what will happen when FMD is suspected or confirmed.

Unquote


Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


FMD in real-time (continued)
7 August 2007 - More FMD - see: http://tinyurl.com/2...
Extension of protection zones not published yet.

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.

[ Parent ]
FMD 2nd outbreak - map
http://tinyurl.com/2...

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.

[ Parent ]
FMD - Just In Time - Food shortages
Yeah, I know, it's not bird flu, not close even. I still think it wise to reflect on this FMD situation and see how we can learn something useful for our prepping if/when a pandemic happens.

A taste of what "Just in time" means in terms of food shortages. Because there is a ban on moving cattle in the UK owing to FMD, there is a fear of meat shortages on supermarket shelves.

I wonder if after this article has appeared (in The Guardian, a serious newspaper), there is now going to be panic buying of meat in the shops in UK in the next few days? Wait and see...

http://tinyurl.com/2...

Quote

The ban on livestock movement will have an immediate impact on food supplies, Sir Don said. "Within a week we will see short supplies, especially of pork and lamb. Beef has a longer maturation process, so there are perhaps two weeks' stocks, but by the end of this week, if restrictions are not lifted, we will be running out of home-produced lamb and pork." He anticipated that, as a short-term measure, retailers would be able to make good some of the shortfall with imports .

...

Fear of creating food shortages was one of the reasons the government delayed introducing a ban on livestock movement during the outbreak in 2001. The delay led to millions of animals becoming infected. This time the government immediately imposed a total ban, a move welcomed by the farming and meat industries, but the pressure will mount over the next few days to ease it at least in some areas.

Unquote

----------

If I were cynical, I would rewrite these paragraphs somewhat like this:

"Fear of creating panic food buying and the collapse of infrastructre was one of the many reasons the government delayed informing people about the arrival of the pandemic, delayed informing on the necessity of stocking up food well in advance for a period of 90 days or more, and delayed the implementation of the necessary social distancing measures..."

That is if I (or any of us) is alive after the pandemic to write one's own future Prosecution Report against irresponsible public authorities (assuming some have survived the pandemic).

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


[ Parent ]
I'll let you know if there is a problem.
Wasn't anything noticeable yesterday.

I'm hoping the recent crises will give the UK government a kick up the btm about prepping for hazards but I'm not holding my breath.


[ Parent ]
Industry welcomes FMD restriction ease
http://www.meatinfo....

The meat industry has welcomed the move to allow the licensed movement of animals to abattoir.

Defra announced that cattle, sheep and pigs outside the foot-and-mouth (FMD) surveillance and protection zones will be permitted to move to slaughter.

BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan said: "this is great news for pig farmers and great news for consumers. It means the vast majority of pigs can move into the processing sector and relieve mounting pressure on farms.

"There is still a long way to go to get the market back to normal, but this is an important first step."

cont.

This means that there shouldn't be any UK meat shortage. Any losses due to the restriction zone will be balanced by the animals that would have been exported. There may even be excess meat.


[ Parent ]
FMD 3rd outbreak suspected
http://tinyurl.com/3...

"Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds has today [i.e. August 8, 2007] ordered culling on suspicion of Foot and Mouth Disease on one farm adjacent to the second infected premises in the protection zone confirmed yesterday."

---------- It seems that since this suspected outbreak is happening within the already existing protection zone, there is no need to widen this zone, and consequently no new movement restrictions map has been published.

Note that limited movements of live animals straight to slaughter, and collection of dead animals, is now allowed under licence in order to avoid possible meat shortages in the country. This concerns only those areas outside the protection/surveillance zones (i.e. the rest of the country). (http://tinyurl.com/2...).

An explanation of the relaxing of the ban on movements, and a few interesting tidbits, is on Promed here: http://tinyurl.com/3...

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


[ Parent ]
Romania: swine fever kills 20,000 pigs
An outbreak of swine fever at a Romanian farm belonging to the world's largest pork processor has killed 20 000 pigs...

... He said the dead pigs would be buried under a layer of clay, rocks and disinfectant to stop the virus from spreading...

... Opposition lawmaker Ilie Sarbu, a former agriculture minister, accused authorities of trying to cover up the disease by saying that pigs had died in a recent heat wave.)...

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

There are a lot of bad impulses that could get us all in trouble.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Russia says Georgia using pig corpses...
for 'biological terrorism'.

Sounds unlikely but, who knows. Horrible, if true!

  "The hint of the highly uneven match-up stems from an epidemic of African Swine Fever that hit Georgia in June, threatening to wipe out its pig population of about half a million.

Russia accused Georgia of dumping diseased swine corpses in the Kodori river, which runs through Georgia's Russian-backed breakaway region of Abkhazia to the Black Sea.

"It is unacceptable to throw corpses of dead animals in the Kodori river... which given its consequences, is equivalent to carrying out biological terrorism," Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement."

more-- http://www.breitbart...


[ Parent ]
Spain: tularemia spread by voles
...Officials have recognised 88 cases of tularaemia, but farmers said there were many more. The non-fatal disease causes fever, muscle pain and fatigue that can last even longer than a month. The disease is caused by contact with voles, an estimated 750 million of which have invaded the region, destroying lettuce, potato and barley crops and now even vineyards  The rodent was formerly confined to mountain areas, but fields which were brought under irrigation in the late 1970s are believed to have drawn it to the central plain in search of food....

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


WHO alert: Prompt action needed on dengue
http://www.reliefweb...

The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) is urging countries in the South-East Asia Region to take prompt action to prevent and contain outbreaks of dengue, a mosquito-borne viral illness.

The number of reported dengue cases has increased in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand compared to last year. Indonesia has twice the number of cases this year (compared to 45 777 cases during the same period in 2005). Myanmar and Thailand are seeing increases of 29% and 17 %, respectively, in the number of dengue cases over the same period.

Many other countries in Asia and the Pacific are already facing an unprecedented increase in dengue this year.

Experience from previous years shows that in countries such as India, including the capital, New Delhi, dengue outbreaks begin to increase from August onwards soon after the monsoons.

cont.


Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas
Aug 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) - Dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in southern Texas, putting residents at risk for the most dangerous form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

A dengue outbreak in the Brownsville, Tex., area in 2005 involved 25 hospital cases, 16 of which were classified as DHF, the CDC reports in the Aug 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The virus occurs in four serotypes, and infection with any one of these induces immunity only to that serotype, according to the CDC. A second infection with a different serotype increases a person's risk for DHF, which involves bleeding and the possibility of life-threatening shock.

cont.


Puerto Rico - 200,000 chickens quarantined, not bird flu
http://www.endi.com/...

[translated]

Close to 200,000 sick chickens in the Las Calabazas de Coamo sector do not suffer from the contagious diseases "Newcastle" or avian influenza, but will be kept quarantined, even under guard, until the authorities determine the condition that the birds suffer from. [snip]

The samples are being analyzed in the laboratories of the Service of Inspection of Health of Animals and Plants (APHIS, by its abbreviations in English) of the Department of Federal Agriculture, in Aimes, Iowa.

In order to avoid the movement of birds, which could spread contagion in other areas, the Department of Recreation and Sports prohibited rooster fights in the municipalities of Aibonito and Coamo, until the cause of the disease is known.
  ---------------
(Another article on the same story, identifying the disease)

http://www.prensa-la...={073059CE-5DA8-4450-91AF-1F1DD5C7C49D}&language=ES

San Juan, 8 ago (PL) The American agricultural authorities ordered the sacrifice of 45,000 chickens in Puerto Rico contaminated with a particular avian cold, the media reported today.

The measures also entail the isolation of another 155,000 chickens in order to avoid the possible spread of the disease.

Norma Daleccio, vice-president of Bird-raising Processors of the South, clarified that the consumption of those animals does not harm of the health of the humans, according to the Puerto Rican newspaper the New Day.

Daleccio stated that the sacrifice of the diseased chickens  is intended to maintain consumer confidence.

She clarified that the quarantine of the other 155,000 chickens is a preventive measure to avoid the spread of the avian cold, called "air-sac mites".

Daleccio pointed out that of the 240 chicken farms supplying the processor Picú Chickens, in the south of this island, only two have been affected.


...
"is intended to maintain consumer confidence."

(Not that they ever have any other motivation, right?)


[ Parent ]
"Avian cold" isn't an evasion, I guess.
About air-sac mites:
...These mites are readily transmissible between birds, but the method of transfer is unknown. They are rarely found in commercial industries....

http://www.merckvetm...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


[ Parent ]
Nepal - Eleven persons have died of an unknown disease
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...

Eleven persons have died of an unknown disease in Rajpur VDC of Dang district. The VDC lies in a remote part of the district. Surya Bahadur Budha, Man Bahadur Budha, Bishnumaya Budha and eight other unidentified persons have died of the mystery disease. A staffer at the district public health office Keshav Raj Pandit said a team of health workers was dispatched to the affected area on Sunday. BK Bahadur Nepali, a local, said that the mystery disease has rendered over 40 persons ill. The affected area lies close to the Nepal-India border. Some of the ailing persons are being treated at Ghorahi and Nepalgunj and in Lucknow, India.) 


Bangladesh - outbreaks of respiratory diseases + others
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...

Bangladesh is struggling to contain outbreaks of water-borne disease as waters recede following major flooding and monsoon rains. Health spokesman Aisha Akhter says at least 18,300 people suffering from diarrhoea have been admitted to hospitals across the country in the past eight days because of a lack of clean drinking water. She says there have also been outbreaks of respiratory, skin and eye diseases over the past week, and reports of more than 4,000 new cases of water-borne diseases in the past 24 hours. Shahadat Hossain, a doctor at the country's largest diarrhoea hospital in the capital, Dhaka, says the situation is acute and alarming. The hospital admitted 691 patients on Monday, compared with an average 300 to 400 per day.

cont.


UN regular briefing - WHO activities
Extract from the regular United Nations (Geneva) Press Briefing: http://tinyurl.com/2...

Fadela Chaib of the World Health Organization said hundreds of thousands of persons were at risk of diseases in the aftermath of the floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. These diseases included diarrhoea, conjunctivitis and skin and respiratory infections. WHO stressed the importance of monitoring for the possible spread of epidemics. WHO was monitoring the health situation in the three countries, along with the national Health Ministries and other partners. Before the start of the monsoon season, WHO had prepositioned emergency health kits in the area.


Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


Eleven persons have died of an unknown disease
Eleven persons have died of an unknown disease in Rajpur VDC of Dang district. The VDC lies in a remote part of the district. Surya Bahadur Budha, Man Bahadur Budha, Bishnumaya Budha and eight other unidentified persons have died of the mystery disease. A staffer at the district public health office Keshav Raj Pandit said a team of health workers was dispatched to the affected area on Sunday. BK Bahadur Nepali, a local, said that the mystery disease has rendered over 40 persons ill. The affected area lies close to the Nepal-India border. Some of the ailing persons are being treated at Ghorahi and Nepalgunj and in Lucknow, India.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

Be Prepared


Suspected foot-and-mouth outbreak in Kent
http://timesonline.c...

A suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease has been discovered outside of Surrey for the first time since the start of the latest outbreak, the Government has said.

[snip]

Although only a precautionary move, the setting up of the exclusion zone is significant as it is the first such measure to be taken outside of Surrey during the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

You want perspective. I want perspective. Let's talk. We don't have to agree on every thing. If we do, one of us is redundant.


Sudan: Cholera kills 49, with 710 infected in eastern Sudan.
... the region hit by the worst flooding in living memory in Sudan. "Latrines are flooded ... houses are destroyed. People are living on the fringes. They don't have proper drinking water or latrine facilities and hygiene is compromised...

...There are certain diseases that have a potential for international spread, cholera being one of them, and they have to be reported...

(The first cases were reported in April, and flooding spread the disease.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

There is concern here that this will affect tourism; what tourism there is goes to the east, where the cholera is.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


California: typhus diagnosed in 3 people
in Orange county.  They have been treated in the hospital and released.

...Typhus is transmitted by fleas carried by opossums, rodents and cats. The fleas bite the skin and leave their infected feces behind to infiltrate the bloodstream. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle ache and rash. The illness is treatable with antibiotics and is not contagious. There have been five reported cases of typhus in Orange County this year...

To reduce the risk of typhus, give pets regular flea treatments, avoid contact with wild animals and keep the lids on outdoor trash cans. )

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

Rules for after TSHTF?  "give pets regular flea treatments, avoid contact with wild animals and keep the lids on outdoor trash cans."

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Fort McCoy soldier dies; meningitis likely cause
By DAN SPRINGER and TERRY RINDFLEISCH | La Crosse Tribune
Aug 15, 2007

FORT McCOY, Wis. - A soldier preparing at Fort McCoy for deployment to Iraq died Monday from what health officials believe was bacterial meningitis.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of the Virginia National Guard soldier's death. But preliminary indications are meningococcal meningitis, a form that can be contagious to those who come in close contact with an infected person.

Twenty-seven soldiers from the same unit also were treated as a precautionary measure. Twenty-four were brought to hospitals in Tomah, Sparta and La Crosse, officials report; they were given a short-term series of antibiotics and released. No areas on Fort McCoy required quarantine.

The soldier, whose name, age and gender were withheld until next of kin were notified, died while being flown from Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

The soldier and the other members of the 237th Engineer Company, from West Point, Va., had been at Fort McCoy since July 22, said fort spokeswoman Linda Fournier.

Counselors were available at Fort McCoy to help the rest of the company, which is expected to leave for Iraq in September or October, deal with the death, Fournier said.

No other meningococcal meningitis cases have been reported, said Sharon Nelson, director of the Monroe County Health Department.

"This is the type of meningitis typically seen on college campuses," Nelson said. The state averages about 40 meningitis cases a year, she said, of which about 10 percent to 20 percent are fatal.

The symptoms vary from high fever and stiff neck to headaches and nausea, and can rapidly progress unless promptly treated, Nelson said.

It is not known whether the soldier came to Fort McCoy with the disease or contracted it on the base, Nelson said.

None of the 10,000 workers, contractors, soldiers or trainees at Fort McCoy on Tuesday showed any signs of the illness, but base and health officials will continue to monitor soldiers for any flu-like symptoms, Fournier said.

The soldier who died complained of fever and nausea Monday morning and was treated at the base infirmary, before being taken to Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in Sparta, then to Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse.

Dick Matushek, infection control coordinator at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, said the soldier had multiple organ failure that needed more extensive treatment at Mayo Clinic.

DNA testing will be needed to confirm whether it was meningococcal meningitis, Matushek said.

Base officials do not believe the soldier had received a meningitis vaccination; it was not among the vaccinations soldiers receive before they are deployed, Fournier said.

But a Fort McCoy press release said all soldiers entering the Army receive the vaccine, and its use has dramatically decreased the occurrence of the most common types of meningococcal meningitis.

"This is very rare for us," Fournier said. "I've been in a public affairs officer here for 18 years and this is the first potential case of meningitis I've seen."

Matushek said 5 percent to 10 percent of the population carry the bacteria.

"It is not well understood why a few people die - perhaps their immune system is compromised at the time," Matushek said.

Bacterial meningitis can be spread through saliva and other bodily fluids, Nelson said. Those who shared a drink or a cigarette would be at particular risk, she said. Fewer than 3,000 cases of invasive meningococcal disease are reported in the U.S. each year, she said.

http://www.lacrosset...

Proud FAF-er.


Chinese Pig Virus Causes Concern Around the Globe
from the NYT's today...http://www.nytimes.c...

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 9 - A highly infectious swine virus is sweeping China's pig population, driving up pork prices and creating fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs.

Animal virus experts say Chinese authorities are playing down the gravity and spread of the disease and refusing to cooperate with international scientists.

So far, the mysterious virus - believed to be an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease - has spread to 25 of this country's 33 provinces and regions, prompting a pork shortage and the strongest inflation in China in a decade.

More than that, China's past lack of transparency - particularly over what became the SARS epidemic - has created global concern.

"They haven't really explained what this virus is," says Federico A. Zuckermann, a professor of immunology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. "This is like SARS. They haven't sent samples to any international body. This is really irresponsible of China. This thing could get out and affect everyone."

[snip]

  A similar virus has already been detected in neighboring Vietnam and Myanmar, and health experts are trying to determine if it came from China.

The Chinese government says that it has reported the disease to international health bodies and insists that the disease is under control and that a vaccine has been developed and distributed.

[snip]

Many experts, meanwhile, worry that China could already be exporting the disease.

China is the fourth-largest exporter of live and slaughtered hogs, according to the F.A.O.

much more...


Ireland:
Tankers of water are being made available to households in an area of Swords in north Dublin following a warning that the supply has been contaminated by Escherichia coli....

...Residents in the area have been advised not to use tap water for brushing teeth, preparing food or bathing children. Fingal County Council is still working to identify the source of the contamination. But Green Party Councillor Joe Corr said that a water mains pipe was breached last week and the supply was contaminated, probably by agriculture run-off. ...

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

Not sure I've seen the bit about not bathing children before.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Viral Fever - India
Viral infections on the rise in city
17 Aug 2007, 0303 hrs IST,TNN

BANGALORE: The city is again reeling under viral infections affecting office-goers and schoolchildren. The BBMP health department said there are no signs of outbreak or emergency yet. But city doctors said there has been a steep increase in infections, particularly viral. There are also sporadic cases of malaria and dengue.

[snip]

The infection begins with low-grade fever, body ache and fatigue on day one. This increases to a fever of up to 103 F with sever body ache, sore throat and chest congestion.

Most of these fevers are not dangerous and are self-limited. Yet, some can progress rapidly leading to death. The virus is present in the atmosphere and spreads easily through air, sometimes despite adequate protection like warm clothing.

[snip]

http://timesofindia....

Comment:  The term "viral fever" is a catch-all phrase which seems to lump all sorts of different fever causing diseases together(vector borne and human to human).


Cases of flu hit Huron County Fair
NORWALK -- There has been two confirmed cases of flu at the Huron County Fair that health officials are investigating to see if it was transmitted from pigs to humans.

The influenza A cases were confirmed, through rapid screening, in a fair exhibitor and the exhibitor's father, according to the Huron County General Health District. There has also been reports of flu-like symptoms in pigs at the county fairgrounds.

''At this point, no connection has been medically established between the swine and human cases,'' said Tim Hollinger, administrator of the Huron County General Health District.....

http://www.zwire.com...

Be Prepared


This is in Ohio.
http://en.wikipedia....

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
Zimbabwe: diarrhea sickens (at least) 900/day due to water shortages
...So serious is the problem that city health centres have been ordered to treat diarrhoea patients for free to stop the spread of disease, said the Herald. Water supplies in some suburbs of Harare, once known as the Sunshine City, have been erratic for at least two years. Residents have to make do with buying water from those lucky enough to have wells or using untreated sources of the commodity. Broken sewerage systems which often lie unfixed for months are compounding the problem...

  ...Water supply in Zimbabwe's cities has been mired in controversy since President Robert Mugabe's government ordered that water management be transferred from city councils - some of them controlled by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) - to the state-controlled ZINWA water authority. The move led to an outcry from many residents, who also have to contend with shortages of power, fuel, medicine and basic commodities like bread and meat. News of Harare's diarrhoea outbreak comes just a day after a prominent doctor and ruling party supporter warned ZINWA was working hard to create an epidemic. "The fact that people now move around with buckets looking for water to drink from burst pipes in a cosmopolitan city like Harare is a complete shame and a recipe for disaster...

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Yemen: locusts eating crops and breeding a second hatching
...Last month the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned that Yemen's most serious locust outbreak in nearly 15 years is set to get worst, with agricultural crops in Wadi Hadhramaut and the Sana'a highlands at risk. The FAO had cautioned that locust numbers were likely to rise dramatically as a second generation of breeding continued. Locusts breed rapidly under suitable conditions and can strip fields and greatly damage crops. According to the FAO, even a very small swarm can eat as much food in one day as about 2,500 people.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

This would make it more difficult to cull bird-flu infected chickens if other food is scarce.  Or without a grain harvest, there won't be as much grain for chickens, either.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Bulgaria: brucellosis infects a woman
All the cattle and the people from the Bulgarian village of Vulcho Pole, where a woman fell ill with the dangerous illness brucellosis, will undergo thorough medical checks and blood analyses, the state radio reported Monday...

...Quarantine was imposed on the village and exports of meat and milk are banned. All cattle infected with the bacteria will be killed and incinerated to prevent the spreading of the disease. There is still no final conclusion on how the bacteria were introduced to the village. Some veterinarians say it might have been brought to Valcho Pole by travelling Roma people, who visit the village frequently together with their horses. Another hypothesis is that brucellosis was brought to the place by people from the village, who often travel to Greece, where cases of brucellosis-infected animals are common. The husband of the infected woman on the other hand claimed his wife was bitten by a blood-sucking fly some days ago and this caused the infection as the fly had probably sucked the blood of an infected animal before that.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Azerbajian: Legionnaire's disease
"Most of people who are pneumonia think it is flu by symptoms. But it is not flu, it is Legionnaires' disease caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella...

...Flu is not ruled out. But patients with flu recover in a few days. Legionnaires' disease can be very serious. Therefore, patients should take preventive measures against the disease, receive treatment," the doctor stressed...

...Legionnaires' disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose at first. Signs of the disease can include: a high fever, chills, and a cough.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

There were no details about the number of patients.

The doctor's optimism about easy recovery from flu is surprising. 

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Single genetic mutation turned West Nile Virus deadly
*** Comment:  West Nile has made a big comeback in California this year with cases doubling those last year.  So I've been watching closely.  Came across this interesting article.  Plus, the work was done at my alma mater. I like the Science Daily article better.***

http://www.scienceda...

(snip)

"The findings from this study highlight the potential for viruses like West Nile to rapidly adapt to changing environments when introduced to new geographic regions," said Aaron C. Brault, a virologist at the Center for Vectorborne Diseases in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

"The study also suggests that the genetic mutations that create such adaptive changes may result in viral strains that have unexpected symptoms and patterns of transmission," Brault said.

(snip)

http://www.dailyindi...

(snip)

Aaron Brault and colleagues discovered that new strains of the virus have a mutation in the gene for helicase, a protein involved in viral replication.

Researchers suggested that the virus had a selective advantage as the mutation occurred independently in each strain

(snip)

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!


Link to 'WHO food meeting in China'
http://www.abc.net.a...

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.

Mess with my WHO story
Sorry, had my nails redone (too long) this afternoon and I keep hitting the wrong keys... So the link is in the post before this story. From Radio Australia in Indonesian.

The organisation of the Health of the World, WHO, will next month meet the official's Chinese circle in Beijing in order to helps completed the handling of the problem of the security of food.

The director general WHO, Margaret Chan, said, the department of the security of WHO food will co-operate with the authorised Chinese side to merampingkan the regulation of the food product in the PRC.
Moreover, this coming September, also will take place the conference in Beijing as this process follow-up.
The Internasional Keamanan conference and the Quality of Chinese Food that will be spread out next month indeed have been planned last year by the authorised Chinese side before emerging the security scandal of food.
The WHO side will also research this problem.

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


Good opportunity for Chan
to open her eyes and ears. Let's hope she'll make good use of what transpires from this meeting

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.

5 Children Dead Mystery Fever - India
Five girls die of mystery fever 

Express News Service

Vadodara, August 26: Five girls aged between 2 to 9 years have died due to a rare viral fever at Rayanamuvada village under Ghoghamba taluka of the Panchmahals over the last three weeks. Medical experts say the deaths could have come from a condition known as viral encephalitis.

The blood samples of some suspected cases have been sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune, while four persons showing symptoms of the viral fever have been admitted SSG Hospital here.

According to Chief District Health Officer (CDHO) of the Panchmahals Dr Prakash Vaghela, it is a rare viral fever in which patients get fever for one or two days, and keep vomiting, after which the condition worsens. "While five deaths are reported, the other four suspected cases of viral encephalitis have been rushed to SSG Hospital," he said, adding that the exact reason of the death was to be confirmed by NIV.

He said the cases showed negative for dengue and malaria tests. "So the cause of death is still a mystery,'' added Dr Vaghela.

Another worry of health officials is that all the five deaths and the four suspected cases are from among girls and that too from a specific age group_ two to nine years.

[snip]

http://cities.expres...

Map
http://maps.google.c...


SAUDI ARABIA - "Mysterious deaths of children investigated"
Hat-tips, Jody & Rickk @ PFI!

Mysterious Deaths of Children Investigated
Khaled Al-Juaid, Arab News

TAIF, 22 August 2007 - Police in Taif opened an investigation into the death of three children from one family in less than four weeks. The first child showed symptoms of fever about four weeks ago. The family reportedly woke up the next day to find him dead. He was two years old. Three weeks later, a four-year-old child in the family suffered from the same problems and died one day later. The third child, a five-year-old, developed similar complications and died on Monday.

http://www.arabnews....

Ta'if, Saudi Arabia:
http://en.wikipedia....

Proud FAF-er.


Chikungunya - but not sure
Chikungunya scare in Kendrapara
Thursday August 30 2007 00:00 IST
KENDRAPARA: More than 15 villages in Mahanga block are under the grip of suspected chikungunya with many Primary Health Centers (PHCs) running full with the patients.

At least one person died of suspected chikungunya in village Mulabasanta on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Sita Behera who died in SCB Medical, Cuttack.

After her death, a medical team from the district government hospital rushed to the villages and collected blood samples of at least 86 persons who were suffering from fever, said Dr Trilokyanath Kanungo, medical officer of Mahanga government hospital.

Saroj Mohanty, president of Mahanga Krusaka Sabha, said ``After the aftermath of the flood, the Chikungunya is spreading its tentacles in the flood-affected areas as the authorities have failed to provide potable water to the flood-affected people.''

At least 500 persons of flood-affected villages are suffering from fever and joint pains, the symptoms of chikungunya. However, a team of doctors after visiting the areas said few cases could be termed chikungunya and other patients were suffering from water-borne diseases.

Alarmed by the situation, the senior government officials have directed the health officials to take serious note of the situation and treat all the patients. ``The district health officials have been directed to visit the affected villages and provide medicines to all the affected persons,'' said Dr S N Dash, CDMO.

Dash said only symptomatic treatment is possible for the disease and the hospitals have stocked sufficient medicines to treat the patients. All PHCs in the rural areas are provided with sufficient medicines. He also urged the district administration to provide potable water to all the villages as soon as possible to check spread of water-borne diseases.

``All the collected blood samples will be sent to RMRC, Bhubenswer, for further examination,'' added Dash.

http://www.newindpre...

Map:
http://encarta.msn.c...


Also see...
Please see my August 5 post up above.  These two locations are around 100 miles apart.

[ Parent ]
India - Orissa fever
Article concerning the mysterious disease (maybe chikungunya) in Orissa state.  I could not copy any thing from this website, but here is the address so you can go and read it yourself.  Hundreds sick and panic setting in.

http://www.kalingati...


[ Parent ]
Chikungunya?
...The sick villagers are undergoing rigour and most of them are going through high body temperature. Besides, some of them are experiencing excruciating pain on bone joints, she said....

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
A few questions....
since chikungunya is a seasonal virus that affects thousands every year, have we read reports in the past of them "panicing" over chickungunya?

The number is relativity low for chick virus, I think. We read reports of thousands being reported ill.

....."casting it's shadow alomost on every household."
Doesn't it sound like chick., thought?

United we stand: Divided we fall
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[ Parent ]
Choloera, also in Orissa state, India
Sampad Mahapatra
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 (Kashipur)
More than a hundred people have died of cholera in Orissa's Koraput and Rayagada districts.

The worst affected areas are Dasmantpur in Koraput and Kashipur in Rayagada.

The bad news is that it's spreading to neighbouring areas like Kalahandi and Gajapati districts.

Over 6000 people have received treatment so far. A high level central team is back in Delhi after a visit to Kashipur.

[snip]

http://www.ndtv.com/...

Map:
http://encarta.msn.c...


Congo: More than 100 people have died of suspected hemorrhagic fever
More than 100 people have died in a suspected hemorrhagic fever outbreak in a remote part of Congo, local health officials said Wednesday. People began dying of the suspected fever two weeks ago near Mweka , a village in the province of Kasai Occidental, said Jean-Constatin Kanow, the chief medical inspector for the province. Congo has in the past seen large outbreaks of Marburg and Ebola...

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Iraq: eight dead and 4000 suspected cases of cholera
Health officials in northern Iraq are treating nearly 4,000 suspected cases of cholera and eight people have died so far, the health minister for Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Wednesday. "A health catastrophe could emerge in Kurdistan if help is not urgently offered by other states and the World Health Organisation (WHO)," said minister Zairyan Othman. Othman said Kurdistan had declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of the acute intestinal infection, which is caught through contaminated water or food. "The epidemic could move to other northern provinces and even to Baghdad," he warned. In Geneva, the WHO said it was aware of two outbreaks -- one in the Kurdish province of Sulaimaniya and the other in Kirkuk, a province abutting Kurdistan with a large Kurdish population....

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Ohio: viral meningitis
Officials say a total of 6 football players from Bellaire High School in eastern Ohio have contracted viral meningitis.The outbreak began a week ago and the latest case was reported to the Belmont County Health Department Thursday.......
...School officials say they're putting hand sanitizers throughout the locker rooms.Meningitis is the inflammation of the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord. It causes headache, fever and nausea and can be serious if left untreated.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


I feel for them
I had this as a teen and the headache is like on other. Came on in the morning and I was unresponsive by late evening.

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. Ralph Waldo Emerson

[ Parent ]
Only 20% dengue diagnosed in S'pore
One in five dengue sufferers are diagnosed: worrying trend - From the Straits Times from Singapore

http://www.straitsti...

JUST one in five dengue victims appear to be captured by official figures, say scientists from the Environmental Health Institute, who are studying this year's outbreak areas.

The remaining four may either have no symptoms, or may mistake their symptoms for something else, medical entomologist Christina Liew told The Straits Times.

'It is alarming... It means we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. A lot of dengue victims are undiagnosed, and they can still transmit the disease because they are not taking the necessary precautions. There is a higher risk of dengue spreading,' she added.

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Comment: I was under the impression that Singapore's Health Service wasn't the worst in Asia. If they only recognize 20% dengue sufferers, what of Indonesia? [Sigh]

I encourage you to read the article, and to see the full report which will be published tomorrow


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Increase of dengue outbreaks in localised areas
I read some where Singapore had the worst dengue outbreak in years.

http://www.channelne...


You want perspective. I want perspective. Let's talk. We don't have to agree on every thing. If we do, one of us is redundant.


[ Parent ]
India - Mysterious fever (chikungunya?)
Chikungunya fear in Habra villages

Express News Service

Kolkata, September 3: A LARGE number of people are reporting to health centres and hospitals in Habra with a "mysterious fever".

While local doctors fear it could be chikungunya, residents allege that the health administration is paying no heed to the situation.

[snip]

On Monday, angry residents of villages in Habra police station area in North 24-Parganas ransacked a health centre at Baogachi.

Both the Habra hospital and the Baogachi health centre are crowded with patients suffering from fever.

Salkia, Fulbari, Hanapara and Goalbati are the worst affected villages with three deaths already being reported in the last 15 days

[snip]

http://cities.expres...

Map:

http://encarta.msn.c...


Nepal: disease killing cattle
At least 50 heads of cattle died when an unidentified disease has spread at the remote Rarako Kachche village in Mugu district in mid-western Nepal for the past few days, the National News Agency, RSS reported on Tuesday.Farmers are worrisome when their cattle started to die, a farmer Janak Bahadur Karki was quoted by the RSS as saying....

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

Is this new?

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Sumatran island hundreds ill -thousands of chickens with blue combs
Comment: sure sounds like BF to me - what with blue combs of chickens....
I must be missing something in the translation

News:

CUKUH BALAK (Lampost): Resident Pekon Karang Buah and Sawang Balak, Pulau [Island] Tabuan, Kecamatan Cukuh Balak, Tanggamus, worried because of this attack illness mysterious. Apart from kill four persons, illness these also attack hundreds residents and kill victim thousands [of] chickens.

Information that gather Lampung Post from location incident, Sunday (26-8), illness strange this start appear since three week ago. Beginning, illness this attack chicken village. Hundreds chicken dead. "Daily, there is just chicken that dead. If totals now able reach thousands [of] tails," said Farid, resident Karang Buah Sunday (27-8).....

Condition livestock which dead because illness strange that emit mucus from mouth and nose. Afterwards wattle comb blue.  "Chickens that dead suddenly. Since that start emerge illness mysterious this," said Farid....They attacked sick/ache/nauseous stomach accompany mencret, stomach hard, temperature body high, and pain head. Resident who experience conditions these also often delirious.....

http://www.lampungpo...

Diagnosis doctor at Puskesmas Putihdoh mention residents attacked illness liver and typhus. "But what yes liver or typhus? We request government go down to field investigate death chicken and illness mysterious this. Do not until drop victim life more many," said Dulhai, resident Sawang Balak.......



Be Prepared


Thanks, Dennis
There's more on this in the current Indo thread (and, I think, the previous one):
http://www.newfluwik...

Look for the stories on the 'Tamiflu blanket' in Tanggamus.  :-/

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
RE: This Samatra Island illness
This situation has me a little worried.  With all the dead chickens and ill people.  Then add in the talk of a tamiflu blanket from the Indonesia threat.  This does not sound good to me.  I've been on this forum and the old one for a year and a half and this is the first time I've seen something like this.  Remember, we need to connect dots to figure this out. 

[ Parent ]
anthrax in Connecticut -- 2 sick from animal hides from Africa
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...

excerpt:
Two people in Danbury, Conn., have contracted anthrax, probably from animal hides brought from Africa to make drums, the authorities said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the New Haven office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the cases did not appear to be terrorism-related. Officials would not release the names of the patients, who are in the same family, but the owner of the home where the anthrax was found, Donald Lombardo, identified the tenant as Ase-AmenRa Kariamu. Mr. Kariamu is the director of a West African drumming program at the Danbury Music Center. Mayor Mark D. Boughton of Danbury said the house was being used to store untanned animal hides obtained from areas of the world where anthrax is known to be common. At least one of the patients is believed to have contracted cutaneous anthrax from working with the hides, Mayor Boughton said. Local and state officials were examining the patient's house in an effort to pinpoint the source of the anthrax, Mayor Boughton said. It is the second time in two years that African drummers in the metropolitan region have contracted anthrax. In both cases, untanned hides for drums were believed to be the source. The two Danbury patients are recovering, said William Gerrish, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Officials are in the process of contacting their relatives and acquaintances to determine if anyone else was exposed, Mr. Gerrish said. Cutaneous anthrax is rare and is not contagious.


non-contageous illness, meaning that
you can catch it from the untreated hides but not from the 2 people who have cutaneous infection.

Most interesting case.


[ Parent ]
A very similar case in Scotland last year
http://www.cbsnews.c...

The man worked with untreated animal hides, which can carry the disease, and may have contracted it by inhaling spores, the agency said in a statement. He died July 8 in an Edinburgh hospital, and lab tests identified anthrax as the likely cause of his fatal septicemia infection, the statement said.

Anthrax commonly occurs in cattle, sheep and goats and can be transmitted to humans when they are in contact with infected animals.

Health Protection Scotland said it could not be passed from person to person and there was little risk to anyone who came into contact with the man during his illness. It did not release his name.

Health officials are tracing the dead man's relatives and any other individuals who might have had access to his home to assess them for risk of infection. They are asking anyone who visited after July 17 to contact them.

"There is no reason to think that the members of the general public are at any risk," the agency said in a statement.


[ Parent ]
Italy has mosquito-borne chikungunya virus
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/...
excerpt:
Italy's health authorities said Wednesday they had recorded more than 160 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, in what one expert said could be the first outbreak outside the tropics. "We have about 160 confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Ravenna region" in northern Italy "and about 30 in neighbouring villages", Professor Antonio Cassone, head of infectious diseases at the National Institute for Health. Cassone said the outbreak was caused by a foreigner who brought it to Italy,

A report said who had travelled in India visited the friends in the region without realising he was infected, and mosquitos had spread it further. Health ministry officials told their European counterparts last week there had been more than 100 cases and advised travellers to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Professor Antoine Flahault, who coordinates French research on chikungunya, said the Italian outbreak was a "world first" outside the tropics. Writing in the Quotidien du Medecin journal, he said the extension of the virus beyond its Indian Ocean origins was "worrying without being alarming", noting that other so-called tropical diseases had spread across the world. The very high density of mosquitors in and around Ravenna had fuelled the outbreak, Cassone added.

"The mosquito vectors (carriers) of this disease have been in Italy for several years. All we know is that increased temperatures and humidity make the climate more tropical and favour the proliferation of mosquitoes," he said. He rejected suggestions that the mosquitos that carry chikungunya could also carry malaria, although he acknowleged there was "a possibility" that they could transmit dengue fever. The virologist said the situation in Ravenne was under control and measures had been taken to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Chikungunya gets its name from a Swahili word meaning "that which bends up" because of the arthritic-type symptoms that leave victims stooped. Also causing fever, headaches and muscle pain, it has traditionally been present in eastern Africa, southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Most patients eventually recover. )


Namibia - Meningitis (but some question)
Namibia: Oshikoto Teen Dies, Meningitis Suspected

Oswald Shivute
Windhoek

A SCHOOLGIRL at Elambo Combined School in the Oshikoto Region died suddenly at her parents' home at Ohashipepe village yesterday morning, the Councillor of Eengodi Constituency has told The Namibian.

Councillor Walde Sheyavali said the girl, Ndiipanda Titus, became sick and died while her parents were preparing to take her to the clinic.

Another teenager from the same village was taken to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital yesterday with suspected meningitis.

A boy from Omakunde village in the same Eengodi Constituency, Lukas Akapa, died of meningitis at the Onandjokwe Hospital at the beginning of last month.

[snip]

Nine of these patients are being treated at Onandjokwe hospital and are from villages in Eengodi Constituency.

The Oshakati State Hospital in Oshana Region has reported two cases and Katima Mulilo State Hospital in the Caprivi Region has also reported two cases so far, Dr Forster told a news conference at Onandjokwe on Wednesday.

When approached by The Namibian yesterday, Dr Forster confirmed the death of Ndiipanda Titus, but said it had not been determined whether meningitis was the cause.

[snip]

http://allafrica.com...


India - 8 Mysterious deaths
Mystery shrouds death of 8 villagers

AMRAVATI: Mystery shrouds the death of eight people in Haram village, Amravati district, last week. While the villagers say that the deaths are due to an outbreak of an epidemic, following floods, doctors ruled out the villagers claims and say that the reason behind the deaths was due to different ailments.

Sources claimed that the epidemic which had spread in Amravati district ravaged various villages. In Haram village, eight people-including Dewakabai Barabde, Shipla Neware, Jairam Sinhale, Sadashiv Wadode, Sulemankhan Pathan, Pundalik Khadase and Bhaskar Akolakar-died. Nilesh Thakare, a youth from the same village, is undergoing treatment at Amravati and his condition is said to be critical.

The serial deaths in the village have instilled fear among the villagers. District malaria officer Dr S M Tarodkar, along with tehsil health officer Dr Satish Pradhan, Dr Dilip Charhate and medical officer of Pathrot primary health centre Dr Pranali Deshmukh visited Haram village. The team of doctors inspected the village and initiated steps to improve sanitary conditions of the village.

[snip]

http://timesofindia....

Map:
http://encarta.msn.c...


Nepal - 5 dead,hundreds ill
2007-09-08 20:49:18  KATHMANDU, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least five persons have died and more than hundred fallen ill due to an unknown disease at remote villages of western Nepal over the week, reported the local media house's website ekantipur.com Saturday.

  Those died due to the disease in northeastern part of Bajura District, situated some 420 km west of the capital city Kathmandu, have been identified as Jasee Kaila, Mane Buda, Kala Giri, Dev Bahadur Shahi and an unidentified youth of Wai Village Development Committee (VDC), said Man Bahadur Rokaya, a local resident who has just arrived at the district headquarters.  Other local residents informed that the unknown disease has spread to the neighboring Sappata and Jukot VDCs as well. ....

Headache, fever, vomiting and fainting are some symptoms of the disease," Rokaya said. "The people die within a few days after contracting the disease."  Head of the District Health Office, Dr. Dilip Shah said that though he has heard that a few people have died in the region following an outbreak of an unknown disease, the local health posts have not formally notify him about it.  However, he said that a medical team had been dispatched to the affected areas. 
http://news.xinhuane...

Be Prepared


Brazil: mystery disease kills 4 children
A mystery disease, which has killed 4 children in less than 10 days on Marajo Island [in the mouth of the Amazon river] has claimed a 5th victim.  A 4-year-old girl has been hospitalized on a respirator in intensive care in Belem [Para state's capital], slipping in and out of consciousness. She is the sister of one of the children who died last week, and according to her family she had a high fever, vomiting and convulsions, symptoms, which suggest malaria or meningitis.

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

Map shows high to moderate risk of malaria at the mouth of the Amazon (if I've matched up the 2 maps correctly), so why is it a mystery?
http://www.paho.org/...

Map of Brazil:
http://encarta.msn.c..._(river).html

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Ebola outbreak confirmed
http://www.breitbart...

Ebola outbreak confirmed in DR Congo: WHO

Sep 11 07:44 AM US/Eastern

The World Health Organisation said Tuesday that five cases of the deadly Ebola virus had been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after dozens of people succumbed to an unidentified illness in recent months.
The five cases of the viral haemorrhagic illness were confirmed in western Kasai in the centre of the vast African country, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told journalists in Geneva.

[snip]

The WHO was not in a position to say whether the five people confirmed with Ebola are presently alive or dead, she added.

[snip]

Chaib stressed that another illness other than Ebola could yet be responsible for some of these deaths, possibly the Shigella infectious disease which is less deadly than Ebola.


Ebola, Congo, more details
From UN regular press briefing: http://www.unog.ch/8...(httpNewsByYear_en)/D9BD7FD43EC40AAAC12573530034C69C?OpenDocument

Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda

Ms. Chaib recalled that WHO had posted an alert about an outbreak of an unknown disease with a high mortality rate in the province of Kasai Occidental in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 31 August. While the exact number of deaths had not been reported, over 50 per cent of cases have been in children under 10 years of age. Now, five cases had been confirmed as Ebola virus. However, WHO was still not excluding the possibility that the other deaths had been owing to another virus, Shigella, which was much less dangerous than Ebola. WHO was continuing its investigations into the nature of the disease outbreak and was beefing up its presence in the region. WHO had a team of five in Kinshasa and in Kasai Occidental, led by a Chief Epidemiologist, and was mobilizing other WHO experts in Geneva and Africa, as well as launching an alert to its partners by means of the Global Alert and Response Network, comprising some 100 institutions.

WHO priorities included identifying Ebola cases, isolating them, transporting victims to proper medical facilities, and ensuring safe burials for Ebola victims Ms. Chaib said. WHO had also sent protective clothing for those working with Ebola cases. For background, she recalled that there had been a total of 1,800 cases of Ebola in Africa since it was first identified in 1976, of whom 1,200 had died.

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BB, the paragraph from the article which you quoted: "The WHO was not in a position to say whether the five people confirmed with Ebola are presently alive or dead, she added." is not in the official press briefing above. A misunderstanding by the journalist?

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From WHO Internet site: http://www.who.int/c...

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
11 September 2007

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, in the province of Kasai Occidental. Laboratory analysis undertaken at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon, and at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA has confirmed the presence of Ebola virus in samples taken from cases associated with the outbreak. Laboratory tests conducted by Institut National de Recherches Biologiques (INRB) in Kinshasa on urine and blood samples collected from suspected cases, have also confirmed the presence of Shigella dysentery type 1, further complicating operations while case definitions and clinical descriptions, particularly in response to rehydration and antibiotic treatment, support a possible concurrent outbreak of another etiology.

As of 11 September 2007, WHO is aware of 372 cases and 166 deaths associated with the ongoing event in the province. Additional samples have been taken for further laboratory analysis.

The WHO Country Office, Regional Office and Headquarters are supporting the MoH in Kinshasa and in the field at the location of the outbreak. Additional staff, outbreak response equipment and supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are being sent to the area. A enhanced team of national and international experts is being mobilized to implement control strategies for Ebola haemorrhagic fever and to support outbreak field response in the province.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Belgium) has deployed clinicians, water and sanitation experts and logisticians to the area and has established appropriate isolation facilities.

A request for additional support has been sent to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network in the areas of clinical case management and infection control, surveillance and field epidemiology, risk communications and social mobilization, and outbreak response logistics.

WHO is also working with the INRB, CIRMF, CDC, Atlanta and the Public Health Agency of Canada laboratory in Winnipeg to ensure the MoH is provided with comprehensive laboratory support in the control and investigation of the outbreak.

WHO advises that there is no indication of the need for any restrictions on travel or trade with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Do I understand correctly that the following expression from the above WHO update: "support a possible concurrent outbreak of another etiology." means that a third disease is suspected?

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


[ Parent ]
RE: Ebola
"over 50 per cent of cases have been in children under 10 years of age."

Is this common of the disease? I was under the inpression that it sickened adults more often than children.

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[ Parent ]
DR Congo outbreak(s)
A misunderstanding by the journalist?

I don't think so...I think they were just reporting that WHO couldn't officially say whether the 5 were alive or dead at that point...

concurrent outbreak of another etiology

Not sure...I think this just means that they haven't focused their testing for Shigella Dysentery, saying that this could be a concurrent outbreak alongside Ebola...


[ Parent ]
prediction: children will turn out to have a different disease than adults
...But once health workers started dying, Dr. Dowell said, it began to look like Ebola, which is often transmitted through contact with corpses, body fluids and contaminated equipment like needles and surgical tubing. He now thinks that the early stages of the Ebola outbreak may have been masked by more common germs like shigella, a waterborne bacterium that causes severe dysentery.

That is consistent with findings from the W.H.O., which reported that some Congo patients were responding well to ciprofloxacin, a popular antibiotic.

"Over the next few days and weeks, the cases will be sorted out, and you'll probably end with a picture that looks like the previous Ebola outbreak," Dr. Dowell said. "Most of the fatalities will be adults. The children cases will be attributed to other diseases."...

http://www.nytimes.c...

...Some of the patients have improved after being given antibiotics, which would have no impact on Ebola, WHO experts said. The experts said that led them to suspect that shigella, a diarrhea-like disease, or typhoid has broken out in the same area. Symptoms for the three diseases are similar in early stages...

http://www.chicagotr...


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


[ Parent ]
Nepal: at least 41 dead from encephalitis
Encephalitis has claimed at least 41 lives in the east of Nepal, reported Tuesday.District public health office of Sunsari district, some 220 km east of capital Kathmandu, informed that 270,000 were inoculated against the disease. Despite the public awareness campaigns, impact has not been reduced, the official said. According to B.P. Koirala Health Science Academy the death rate has been increased by two fold this year. Medical Department Chief Prahlad Karki said 20 percent of the people who were hospitalized at the hospital died.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Dominican Republic: dengue fever increases
Dengue fever cases have increased at an alarming rate in the Dominican Republic, prompting calls for the government to declare an epidemic alert, reports reaching here said Monday. Seven out of 10 people undergoing medical checks in the Caribbean-island country have the mosquito-borne disease...

..."I do not understand why so many cases have been registered and why the population is not alarmed," bioanalyst Martha Encarnacion said...

...Press reports say 5,400 people have been hospitalized so far in 2007, diagnosed with classic or hemorrhagic dengue...

...Most mainstream dengue cases are not fatal, but the hemorrhagic variant, which causes severe internal bleeding due to the collapse of blood vessels, kills around 20 percent of its victims....

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


My daughter came back from the D.R.
where she was on a mission trip in July.  She said nothing was said about Dengue and 90% of the people she went with didn't even know what it was, much less that there was a danger of catching it.

But, they did have strict dress codes ... long skirts and provided t shirts that had to be tucked in.  Some of it was for social reasons, but I'm wondering if it was also about the mosquitoes.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - "152 police officers injured in a mysterious virus"
Google-translated from Arabic:

152 police officers injured in a mysterious virus Algeria
Sept 14, 2007

More than 152 policemen in the state Al Qaser [Béjaïa Province] east of the Algerian capital, a strange virus causing severe acute events throat, while making the Ministry of Health and Population intensive efforts to detect the nature of the virus that spread rapidly among members of the Rapid Intervention Force mandate. The statement of the ministry had been transferred dozens of police officers to a number of hospitals to conduct the necessary tests to determine the nature of this virus.

The medical team had been sent to the mandate to examine the reasons for the spread of the virus amid police sources while talking about the existence of some 300 injured, along symptoms of the disease to include civil protection officers and customs in the same state.

http://www.alwafd.or...

Proud FAF-er.


ALGERIA - viral tonsillitis
The mysterious disease in Bejaia was a viral tonsillitis
on Wednesday, September 12 @ 14:09:15 CDT

Members of the Police Unit of Oued Ghir municipality in Bejaia, 200 km east of Algiers were all hospitalized due to viral tonsillitis, indicated Wednesday the Algerian Health Ministry.

The check-up made on samples taken on the patients revealed the viral aspect of the disease with erythematous-pultaceous membranes.

"Check-ups have been made at Institut Pasteur and an epidemiology investigation has been launched in this regard," according to the Ministry of Health who added "a vaccination campaign against the disease has been also launched to prevent people from any surge of the disease." "The vaccination campaign will be spread to workers of the Bejaia port and airport," said the same source.

Reda Bouzouina

http://www.echorouko...

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
Map
map of Bejaia, Algeria:

http://tinyurl.com/2...

I am not like other birds of prey....


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - 200 police officers affected - food poisoning? tonsillitis? other disease?
Tonsillitis ... food poisoning ... who knows?!  Sounds to me like these officers are living in barracks, which could account for why, whatever this is, it spread so quickly throughout the force.

Thanks for the map, cg!

babelfished from French:

Not less than 200 police officers and customs officers were victims of a food poisoning with Béjaïa according to a hospital source

Thursday September 13, 2007.

An anxious food poisoning with Béjaïa the services of the medical prevention of the wilaya of Béjaïa are in general alarm.  Since yesterday, the parents of police officers and customs officers contaminated never undergo preventive treatments while the services of the two hospitals of Amizour and Béjaïa were affairent to make taking away [tests] for analysis in order to determine the nature and the origin of this contamination on a large scale, known Béjaïa.  Alarm is at present general on the level of the barracks of police force in Béjaïa just like in the hospital structures.  Police officers and customs officers of the port of Béjaïa started to be evacuated in urgency, at the end of the day, day before yesterday worms of the hospitals of the wilaya.  The new cases appeared yesterday [Wed, Sept 12] to be the subject of the same evacuation but this time starting from their residence, adds our source. What lets think that citizens could be contaminated.  What explains this preventive measure which consists of the insulation of the cases announced for a true tracking and also of prevention.  The hospital sources speak about a minimum of three followed taking away [tests] of analyses to be able to fix itself on the nature of the epidemic.

The other preventive measure consists in the assumption of responsibility of nearest relatives of the police officers and hospitalized customs officers.  A priori, the patients present signs of redness at the level of the throat with sometimes of the cases of smothering.  One suspects of the cases of diphteria.  Alarm was given to the level of the Algerian Police force borders day before yesterday.  Around fifty of police officers and customs officers presented signs of faintness before they are not evacuated towards the hospital Frantz-Pennon of Béjaïa and that of Amizour.  Since yesterday, even the hospital of Aokas was requisitioned.  According to a medical source, there are no very serious cases for the moment, the hospitalization of the people reached is only one preventive measure.  It is a question of making a rigorous medical observation preceded by an insulation to prevent any possible propagation in waiting to know some more after the taking away [tests] and the analyses carried out on this disease which affects the respiratory tracts, but whose nature remains for the moment unspecified.  This is why taking away [tests] were operated on the level of the throat.  These taking away [tests] were transmitted to the Pasteur Institute.  But yesterday, none the patients was authorized to leave the hospital, by way of precaution, one indicated.

http://www.algerie-d...

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - More on police infections - 152 cases in one week
babelfished from French:

More than 150 cases of viral infections in a unit of police force in Béjaïa
Sept 13, 2007

ALGIERS (MAP) - More than 150 policemen, reached of an infectious disease, were hospitalized during the last days in the town of Béjaïa (230 km in the east of Algiers), according to hospital sources quoted by the press.

The causes of these hospitalizations, which have started for one week to reach at September 11 some 152 cases, are related to a viral agent, according to an official statement of the Algerian ministry of health.

The first medical analyses identify a pathogenic agent responsible for "" the white anginas with membranes "", but an epidemiologic investigation was also started, according to the same sources.

A mission of the Algerian ministry of health and population were dispatched on the spot, and of measurements of prevention were taken in particular hygiene taking away in the dependences reserved for the restoration, it is specified.

http://www.avmaroc.c...

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - More on police infections - no civilian cases reported
Ah -- here's what they mean by "food poisoning" I guess -- that the virus (or whatever) could've been spread via the lunch that they all shared.

babelfished from French:

THEY WOULD BE VICTIMS Of a FOOD POISONING
More than 200 police officers and hospitalized customs officers with Béjaïa

September 12, 2007

Photo caption:  The medical services of the wilaya carry out analyses to determine the exact origin of this contamination.

More than 200 police officers and customs officers were always hospitalized yesterday in various hospital structures of Béjaïa.  The services of the medical prevention of the wilaya of Béjaïa are in general alarm.  Since yesterday, the parents of police officers and customs officers contaminated never undergo preventive treatments while the services of the two hospitals of Amizour and Béjaïa were affairent to make taking away for analysis in order to determine the nature and the origin of this contamination on a large scale, known Béjaïa.

Alarm is at present general on the level of the barracks of police force in Béjaïa just like in the hospital structures.  Police officers and customs officers of the port of Béjaïa started to be evacuated in urgency, at the end of the day, day before yesterday worms of the hospitals of the wilaya.  The new cases appeared yesterday to be the subject of the same evacuation but this time starting from their residence, adds our source.  What lets think that citizens could be contaminated.  What explains this preventive measure which consists of the insulation of the cases announced for a true tracking and also of prevention.  The hospital sources speak about a minimum of three followed taking away of analyses to be able to fix itself on the nature of the epidemic.  The other preventive measure consists in the assumption of responsibility of nearest relatives of the police officers and hospitalized customs officers.

A priori, the patients present signs of redness at the level of the throat with sometimes of the cases of smothering. One suspects of the cases of diphteria.

Alarm was given to the level of the Algerian Police force borders day before yesterday.  Around fifty of police officers and customs officers presented signs of faintness before they are not evacuated towards the hospital Frantz-Pennon of Béjaïa and that of Amizour.  Since yesterday, even the hospital of Aokas was requisitioned.

According to a medical source, there are no very serious cases for the moment, the hospitalization of the people reached is only one preventive measure.  It is a question of making a rigorous medical observation preceded by an insulation to prevent any possible propagation in waiting to know some more after the taking away and the analyses carried out on this disease which affects the respiratory tracts, but whose nature remains for the moment unspecified.  This is why taking away were operated on the level of the throat.  These taking away were transmitted to the Pasteur Institute.  But yesterday, none the patients was authorized to leave the hospital, by way of precaution, one indicated. At the hour when we put under press, the number of recorded cases is stabilized.  No civil victim was announced.  The infectious hearth at the origin of this epidemic - if epidemic it has there and its nature for the moment localised and are not identified.  Research is directed on the level of the PAF of Béjaïa.  Several versions circulate there in the absence of official information and communication on behalf of the authorities concerned.  One speaks thus about a traveller contaminated who would have, during his passage to the Customs, contaminated in his turn the police officers and of the customs officers.  The latter transmitted thereafter the virus to their comrades in the barracks. Another version speaks about the contamination of the meals been used for the lunch in the course of the day of Sunday.  These meals were prepared in the restaurant of the barracks of the URS with Oued Ghir. Contaminated police officers transmitted the disease to the customs officers by simple contact or respiratory tract.

The hospitalization of many police officers was confirmed yesterday by the services of police force specifying that the cases are circumscribed with the only police officers of the PAF and the customs officers.

http://www.lexpressi...

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - Police infections - diphtheria?
A couple of Italian sources are reporting that it is (possibly?) diphtheria:
http://notizie.alice...

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection -- highly contagious.

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
ALGERIA - 1324 cases - test results expected [next?] Saturday
Algerian Health Minister says results on tonsilitis check-ups for Saturday
Sept 14, 2007

Results on viral or bacterial tonsillitis check-ups will be known next Saturday, said the Algerian Health Minister Mr. Amar Tou.

"Saturday we will know if the origin of the disease is viral or bacterial," said Mr. Amar Tou to the press at Ibn Sina private Hospital where he inaugurated many new infrastructures.

Amar Tou said the disease was not serious and was due to hygiene lack and to promiscuity.

The check-ups confirmed the disease was tonsillitis either bacterial or viral with erythematous-pultaceous membranes according to a press release issued by the Health Ministry.

"The first measure taken by the ministry was to vaccinate by prevention just after the disease broke out in the nigh of September 10th with 1324 ill people in the Oued Ghir police unit in addition to port and airport workers." further added Amar Tou.

Members of the Police Unit of Oued Ghir municipality in Bejaia, 200 km east of Algiers were all hospitalized due to tonsillitis, indicated Wednesday the Algerian Health Ministry.

http://www.ech-choro...

Proud FAF-er.


[ Parent ]
Texas: leishmaniasis
9 North Texas cases of an infectious skin disease common in South America, Mexico and in the Middle East, where it is sometimes referred to as a "Baghdad boil."

Numerous cases of the disease, called leishmaniasis, have been reported in troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. But for the 1st time, cases of this dangerous infection are appearing in North Texas in patients who have not traveled to endemic areas...

...North Texas doctors must have a high index of suspicion and
understand that this organism must now be considered endemic in this
area
...

More:
http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Australia: equine influenza still spreading
There are a total of 1068 infected premises (IPs) - 944 in New South
Wales (NSW) and 124 in Queensland (Qld). Confirmed cases remain
confined to NSW and Qld.

There are 433 dangerous contact premises (DCPs) and 322 suspect
premises (SPs) being assessed within NSW and Qld.

State-wide horse movement bans remain in place in NSW, Qld and the ACT....

http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Ten states have epizootic hemorrhagic disease-cervids
[1] Indiana
[2] North Carolina
[3] Tennessee
[4] Tennessee
[5] Kentucky
[6] Pennsylvania
[7] Pennsylvania
[8] South Carolina
[9] Ohio - EHD virus, cattle
[10] Alabama

...Hemorrhagic disease, which is carried by the biting midge...
...Other states in the Southeast also have reported outbreaks of the
disease. Hemorrhagic disease is not harmful to humans or other
animals but has the potential to wipe out a quarter [to 40%] of a deer herd...

..."What makes this year [2007] a little alarming is that the reports
started coming in early August, several weeks earlier than usual...

[Could have been made worse by the drought, but should stop when cold weather kills the midges/no-see-ums]

http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Well, maybe it's just 8 states...I should've proofread. n/t


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
EGYPT - Spec story - "10 of same family in Dakahlia exhibited symptoms of poisoning"
Spec story from Egypt...

Google-translated from Arabic:

Injuring 10 of the same family in Dakahlia exhibited symptoms of poisoning
Sept 17, 2007

Written by Ghada Abdalhafez 17/9/2007

Received emergency hospital in Mansura, 10 citizens yesterday from the family of one of the village Nusa Gheit of the Center for Wagga, because they exhibited symptoms of poisoning.

Gen. Abdul Hameed received Shinawi-director-communications security Dakahlia arrival 10 cases of poisoning from the family Aljennidi, after injury vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and high temperature.

She Anish Rashad Aljennidi 30-year, one-infected it dealt Kubibah and rice breakfasts in the second day of Ramadan, is the son Yasser Ahmed term, and then hit the mother in the stomach and severe diarrhea, and failed some medicines, which dealt in stopping pain, On the following day, surprised some members of her family injured symptoms themselves.

He explained Mr. Ahmed Mohamed -- 45 years of living -- all of the infected live in one house, although they are three separate families, stressing handling different foods during breakfast yesterday, referring to the dependence on water pumps Abyssinian.

The Dr. Alia Arabic-Section poison treatment in a hospital emergency Mansoura - infected cases that had suffered the same symptoms, a suspicion of food poisoning, will be resolved after a diagnostic analysis necessary.

http://www.almasry-a...

Kubibah (what at least some of the people had for breakfast) doesn't have chicken in it, but it does contain eggs:
http://www.aklaat.co...

http://translate.goo... [<< machine translation]

Proud FAF-er.


Congo: meningitis
More than 130 meningitis cases, including at least ten deaths, are recorded since late August 2007, in the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a responsible health expert affirmed Monday.... ... Dr. Lopay also blames heavy rainfall contributed to the new outbreak. "It rained a lot and it is very cold. Such weather situation is favourable to flu and makes the nasal mucous membrane fragile. These conditions are very favourable for meningococcus, the causal agent of this disease". ...... Last January, meningitis epidemic affected more than 1,000 patients and left some 100 deaths.)

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

How cold can it be this past month?  D. R. of Congo is on the equator.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Testing for Hepatitis E should be done
...The near universal prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis A virus (HAV) by the age of 5-10 in endemic areas (1) argues strongly against HAV as the cause of large epidemics of hepatitis amongst adults in these regions....

...call for increased testing to better explore the epidemiology of HEV in non-endemic areas, not least because trends in such diagnoses may even provide early warning of evolving epidemics in endemic, less resource-rich areas with less access to routine testing....

(... Although autochthonous HEV
infection is increasingly recognised in "non-endemic" countries, most
infections are imported, although referral bias is likely to apply
(clinicians are less likely to refer for HEV testing in the absence of a
travel history)....)

http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Turkmenistan: children deliberately misdiagnosed during cotton harvest
...Some health care professionals quietly link the outbreak to cotton cultivation, which requires the heavy use of defoliants, pesticides and other toxic agents... The Turkmen government -- which under former dictator Saparmurat Niyazov adopted a secretive approach toward public health issues -- has been reluctant to raise a public alarm. Doctors and clinic workers say they have been instructed to diagnose the illness as an upper respiratory ailment. ...

.."I presume the authorities will never acknowledge that this is a reaction to the chemicals used in cotton harvesting, as this is tantamount to acknowledging that the health and life of Turkmen citizens is of no value at all. Don't forget that our president [Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov] is a medic, so everything has to be 'ok' in this area." Just about the only official indication that something is amiss was a decree, issued by Berdymukhamedov and published September 10 in local newspapers, that prohibited the use of schoolchildren in harvesting the cotton crop...

... The scope of the problem began expanding as oversight of the use of toxic agents started to erode, the ecologist added. Niyazov demanded higher harvest totals each year, and farmers, fearing the consequences of not fulfilling the Turkmenbashi's dictates, sacrificed safety for increased production.  The government's refusal to admit mistakes, combined with inattention to the proper use of hazardous agents, has left doctors in an awkward position. "Small children are especially vulnerable, and this is most terrible," said one Ashgabat pediatrician. "Though we are instructed to tell nobody that this is an allergic condition, I just can't keep parents in the dark about the real state of affairs in these cases, and merely prescribe absolutely useless antibiotics. Of course, I recommend taking antihistamines. We, doctors, are facing a dual challenge here: to help our patients, and to [keep] our job."...

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Nepal: cholera in central Nepal after flash floods
[One woman died without treatment, at least 200 sick]...As all beds in the Bharatpur hospital are already packed, patients could be seen lying on floor and corridors. Local private clinics are also swamped by cholera patients. According to locals, the diarrhea had spread in an epidemic proportion after the flash floods that hit the area some days ago polluted the main sources of water in the village. )

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


D. R. Congo: typhoid as well as Ebola and shigella infecting people
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said it had confirmed typhoid in the area of Democratic Republic of Congo where health experts are working to fight an outbreak of deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever. "We now have five confirmed cases of typhoid among the suspect cases in Kampungu," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said. "One of the typhoid cases also tested positive for Ebola. This is proof that a lot of different disease events are going on, making it more complicated," he added. The number of confirmed Ebola cases in Kasai Occidental province had also risen to nine, according to Hartl. Congo's government, citing test results from international laboratories, last week confirmed at least five cases of Ebola in the southern area, where more than 160 people have died and 352 fallen ill over four months. The WHO has said it was not clear whether all the deaths were caused by Ebola and cited the presence of other diseases such as Shigella dysentery, which is borne by contaminated food or water. Typhoid fever, a bacterial disease spread through contaminated food or drink, can be treated with antibiotics. Two mobile laboratories, lent by the United States and Canada, have been set up in affected villages to help identify cases, Hartl said.)

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Typhoid would be a "good" way to
spread Ebola and other diseases around that are spread through body fluids. 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

[ Parent ]
Colorado: electricity outage a mystery
Up to 19,000 Colorado Springs Utilities customers were without power in an outage this afternoon. Some people only lost power for a few minutes while others lost electricity for about an hour. Some traffic lights also were affected. Colorado Springs Utilities says a main part of a power plant was taken down last night for maintenance and the back-up system shut down. The utility isn't sure why the backup system was tripped.

http://visz.rsoe.hu/...

And this isn't a stressful time, yet.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


UK - more Foot-and-Mouth
Sorry if this is a dup

Foot-and-mouth disease case suspected in the UK

21/09/2007 - 7:43:03 PM

A sixth suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease was being investigated in Surrey in the UK tonight, Defra said.

Around 40 cattle feared to have the disease have been slaughtered on a farm within the current 3km protection zone which was set up after the latest cases emerged near Egham.

Tests were carried out after the animals displayed clinical signs of the disease but a Defra spokeswoman said the results had not yet been confirmed.

There have so far been five confirmed cases of foot-and-mouth in Surrey since the initial outbreak at the start of August.

Article

Compare to the paucity of DEFRA's news release

Let me be blind to wicked text, deaf to wicked words, mute to wicked comments.


India - Viral Fever Orissa State
Viral fever grips Naugaon village

Statesman News Service
JAGATSINGHPUR Sept. 21: Viral fever with severe body ache has spread in all the villages of Naugaon block here. Lack of proper medical facilities coupled with heavy rains have worsened the situation.
The locals claimed that more than 250 people are suffering from viral infection in Nandigram of Naugaon block for the past one week.
The villagers alleged that though they have been suffering, no medical team or doctors have yet reached the village. Once an individual falls sick, the infection spreads to all the members of the family.
Hardly anyone is left who can move around. So calling doctors or buying medicine for treatment is impossible, opined the concerned residents.

[snip]

http://www.thestates...

Here is a map:
http://encarta.msn.c...


UK trying for a full house of animal viruses :-(
http://www.telegraph...

Bluetongue outbreak hits Suffolk farm

A killer animal disease that has devastated continental Europe, killing millions of livestock, has been found in Britain for the first time, it emerged last night.

The disease, called bluetonge, was discovered in a cow on a farm near Ipswich, Suffolk. The virus, which is spread by biting midges, has caused havoc across the Continent, killing 1.8 million animals in less than a decade.

Experts last night warned that the disease has the portential to cause far more damage to the farming industry in Britain than the foot and mouth outbreak that has been wraught chaos across the country and from which farmers are still struggling to recover.

cont.


Kenya: unknown disease kills 2 women; another disease sickens children
Rift Valley:
Two women have died of an unknown disease in Kuresoi constituency over the past two days, the area MP has said. Mr Moses Cheboi said yesterday that the victims died after complaining of severe headache and suffering from convulsions. He said that a third victim, also a woman, was admitted to Kamwaura Health centre on Monday afternoon with similar symptoms....

...Separately, Government inspectors have been sent to a private school in Lanet, Nakuru to establish the cause of a disease outbreak.

The officials visited St Georges Muthaiti school for inspections after some parents alerted the local provincial administration of the outbreak. Yesterday, the officers held a meeting with the school management led by Mr George Ngarama. They, however, refused to divulge to the press the outcome of their discussion which lasted for over an hour. Sources told the Nation that some of the affected students were admitted to hospital with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting and had been withdrawn from school by their parents. Mr Ngarama said he had consulted with the Nakuru district commissioner and consented to the inspection and denied allegations that the school risked being closed following the alleged disease outbreak.)

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Montana: bluetongue in antelope and whitetails
...So far "hundreds" of antelope and deer carcasses have been reported. The
heaviest concentration of the disease appears to be in the Melstone area
east to Ingomar and Sumatra. A hard frost will kill the gnats and biting
midges that carry the disease....

[restrictions were put on movements of sheep]

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Virginia: EHD in deer
... The disease is suspected to have
killed deer in 26 counties, and the state's wildlife veterinarian expects
the number of affected counties to keep climbing.

This year's [2007] EHD outbreak is unique in a couple of ways, Dr Jonathan
Sleeman of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was cited
as noting. It started much earlier than normal, with the 1st reported case
coming in late July [2007]. Usually, EHD doesn't appear until September.
Also unusual, but not surprising, is the intensity with which it has hit
counties in the western part of the state.

Maintaining an accurate body count is difficult. Sleeman was cited as
saying he has gotten more than 50 separate reports, and that those reports
account for at least 200 dead deer. But those reports certainly don't
include every deer that has died...

http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Russia: West Nile virus
West Nile virus has been found from coast to coast, in 6 or 7 areas, from Volgograd to Vladivostok.

http://www.promedmai...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


12 Med Students Sick - Chennai, India
12 Stanley Medical students hospitalised

Chennai, Sept 24: A mysterious fever seems to have gripped inmates of the Stanley Medical College hospital. At least 12 final year students, including four girls, were admitted to the ICU this morning as they suffered from high fever.

The number is likely to increase.

Doctors are not yet sure about the cause of the fever but authorities suspect an outbreak of dengue.

Initially, two students, inmates of the hostel, with high fever were admitted to the ICU of the hospital. Later, the number swelled to 12.

There are plenty of mosquitoes in the hostel and authorities are trying to address the problem. (Our Correspondent)

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Map:
http://encarta.msn.c...


Follow-up
Medicos to be discharged today

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Medicine and nursing students, who were admitted to the Government Stanley Hospital for viral infection over the past three days, are likely to be discharged on Wednesday.

According to the Hospital Dean, Mallika Bhaskar, five students are undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital for viral infection. One student, admitted to a city private hospital, is still in a critical condition. Trouble began when a house surgeon was admitted to the hospital with complaints of fever. She later developed 'violent neurological irritation' and became unconscious within 36 hours of contracting the infection.

A dozen students, including first year nursing students, also contracted the infection. Two male medical students requested that they be shifted to a private hospital.

"The situation here is under control. The students panicked after one of them took ill and wanted to be kept on observation. They will be discharged on Wednesday," she added.

http://www.hindu.com...

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More here:

http://www.newkerala...


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She had a fever from a urinary infection and now is brain dead and on a ventilator?
Or it's an airborne viral encephalitis, nothing to worry about.  Huh?

(I can't mouse over and copy any of this newkerala article, even from a saved copy on my desktop.)

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


[ Parent ]
Is this what you wanted to copy?
from newkerala article:

He said the condition of Karima Pradhan was critical and was put on ventilation. Her parents flew down from Uttar Pradesh and were by her side.

Explaining the situation, the Minister said she developed headache and fever on September 21 and had taken some medicines on her own. As she suddenly became unconscious she was admitted to the SMC from where she was later shifted to a super speciality hospital.

Doctors said that she had been suffering from urinary infection and the fever was due to that.

''Initially, we suspected it as bacterial encephalitis. Now it seems to be viral encephalitis, an air-borne disease. She is 'brain dead' at present and put on ventilation,'' he added.



I am not like other birds of prey....

[ Parent ]
Yes, thanks, Commonground!
Brain-dead from self-medication or from airborne virus-yikes!

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

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This one's got me wondering
If you go up the coast of India 150 miles or so into Orissa state there are quite a number of locations where disease is effecting whole villages and almost every household in the villages.  If you will scroll up this diary and keep an eye out for the articles I posted, many of them are for Orissa state.  So...this situation with the medical students makes me go to wondering...

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Virus hits dozens (bootcamp flu)
http://www.mysananto...
I was in San Antonio over the weekend and read this in Sunday's paper...it immediateley caught my interest.

Nine recruits were hospitalized with pneumonia last month and 150 were ordered to bed as a new wave of "boot camp flu" struck Lackland AFB.
The base, responding to an inquiry by the San Antonio Express-News, said one in four of those recruits suffered from the same rare strain of adenovirus that first appeared in late winter and claimed the life of a 19-year-old trainee about seven weeks ago.They then revealed that 100 airmen had contracted a strain of adenovirus dubbed boot camp flu. Base officials said 17 recruits had been hospitalized, with stays typically lasting a week, but no one mentioned that Villers - the first recruit to die since 2005 - had fought for her life.

Over the past decade, Lackland has told the media of recruits' deaths immediately, but deviated from the practice at the request of Villers' parents - revealing the development only when the Express-News asked about it.

No one has since died on the base as a result of a virus such as the one that killed Villers, a 2006 graduate of Norton High School in Ohio, Lackland spokesman Oscar Balladares said.

Hundreds of trainees, though, have fallen ill to a number of adenoviruses and what he called "garden-variety" upper-respiratory illnesses. He said the base began a bed rest program after the first adeno 14 case occurred seven months ago, with recruits averaging 21/2 days off before returning to duty.

The Air Force in mid-June said it had put 468 trainees on bed rest since March 1 and that 25 had been diagnosed with adenovirus 14, one of the least understood of 50 such viruses known to science. Passed on like the flu, it's contracted the same way - by coming in contact with other people or sharing saliva.

.....

 


45 Sick in Mexico
http://www.elunivers...

Afecta extraña enfermedad a vecinos de Barrio Arriba, en León

Al menos 45 pacientes recibieron atención médica en el Hospital Regional. Sufren fiebre extrema, intensos dolores de cabeza, estómago, articulaciones, náuseas, vómito, diarreas, ardor en los ojos y debilitamiento 

León, Gto.
Lunes 24 de septiembre de 2007

20:27 Una extraña enfermedad afecta la salud de decenas de vecinos del tradicional Barrio Arriba, en la zona centro de la ciudad, quienes, desde hace dos semanas sufren fiebre extrema, intensos dolores de cabeza, estómago, articulaciones, náuseas, vómito, diarreas, ardor en los ojos y debilitamiento.

"Se siente la muerte", dijo Silvia Villalobos, una de las víctimas de la enfermedad.

El director del hospital general regional, Ernesto Castillo señaló se desconoce qué causa los padecimientos, pero podría tratarse de un virus aviar, es decir transmitido por aves, semejante al botulismo.

Al menos 45 pacientes recibieron atención médica en el área de urgencias y consulta del Hospital General Regional y una cifra no determinada acudió con médicos privados.

Librado Ramírez, informó que su esposa, María, fue hospitalizada este domingo, horas después de presentar síntomas similares a la gripe. "Amaneció con fiebre y con catarro y luego se desmayo", dijo.

Guadalupe Gómez, vecina del Barrio Arriba atribuyó la epidemia a la contaminación por moscas que provocan los cueros para calzado que se procesan en las tenerías -industrias- , algunos procedentes de otros países.

La dirección municipal de salud y brigadistas sanitarios de la secretaria de salud, tendieron un cerco sanitario en las colonias Obregón y el Duraznal, donde se identifican más enfermos, informó José Eusebio Olague, síndico del Ayuntamiento.

"Hasta el momento se ignora la causa de los padecimientos", dijo el funcionario después de recibir un reporte oficial.

La sospecha inicial fue que podría tratarse de un brote de dengue clásico, por las molestias de los afectados, pero quedó descartado, tras varios estudios de laboratorio.

En la investigación epidemiológica se consideró el riesgo de una intoxicación por la contaminación en el aire y agua de sustancias químicas utilizadas en el curtido de pieles para calzado de industrias establecidas en ese sector de la ciudad.

El jefe de la jurisdicción sanitaria VIII, Efran Flores Tafoya, dijo que podría ser un virus ambiental y añadió que ese problema no es por contaminación en el agua o industrial.

gca

Translation

It above affects strange disease to neighbors of District, in Leon

At least 45 patients received medical attention in the Regional Hospital. They undergo extreme fever, intense headaches, stomach, joints, nauseas, vomit, diarreas, ardor in the eyes and weakening 

Xóchitl Alvarez/Correspondent
The Universal one
Leon, Gto.
Monday 24 of September of 2007

20:27 a strange disease Above affects the health of tens of neighbors of the traditional District, in the zone center of the city, that, for two weeks has been undergoing extreme fever, intense headaches, stomach, joints, nauseas, vomit, diarreas, ardor in the eyes and weakening.

"The death feels", said Silvia Villalobos, one of the victims of the disease.

The director of the regional general hospital, Ernesto Castillo indicated does not know itself what causes the sufferings, but could be a bird virus, that is to say, transmitted by birds, resemblance to the botulism.

At least 45 patients received medical attention in the area of urgencies and consults of the General Hospital Regional and a determined number did not go with private doctors.

Ruined Ramirez, informed that her wife, Maria, were hospitalized east Sunday, hours after presenting/displaying symptoms similar to the influenza. "Amaneció with fever and cold and soon faint", said.

Guadalupe Go'mez, neighbor of the District Above attributed the epidemic to the contamination by flies that cause the leathers for footwear which industries are processed in the tanneries -, some coming from other countries.

The municipal direction of health and sanitary brigadistas of the health secretary, tended a sanitary wall in the Obregón colonies and the Duraznal, where more patients identify themselves, informed Jose Eusebio Olague, receiver of the City council.

"Until the moment the cause of the sufferings is ignored", said the civil employee after receiving an official report.

The initial suspicion was that it could be a classic bud of dengue, by the annoyances of the affected ones, but it was discarded, after several studies of laboratory.

In the investigation epidemiologist the risk of a poisoning by the contamination in the air and water of used chemical substances in the tanning of skins for footwear of industries established in that sector of the city was considered.

The head of sanitary jurisdiction VIII, Efran Flores Tafoya, said that she could be an environmental virus and added that that problem is not by contamination in the water or industrialist.



Just rolling along, making waves and causing trouble...


alright
I read these same symptoms of someone in Indonesia.....I'll look for it tomorrow.  But I'm thinking it was in  Papau or NTT, and was attributed to food poisoning.

"Amaneció with fever and cold and soon faint"...


I am not like other birds of prey....

[ Parent ]
amanecio means wake up in Spanish,
according to translations of 2 songs.

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


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Kentucky: epizootic hemorrhagic disease-bovine
An insect-borne virus that has taken a toll on deer has spread to
some cattle herds, presenting another problem for producers already
struggling with a shortage of feed supplies, authorities said.

... epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, was detected by his lab in 20 to 30
cattle that died in recent weeks...

...Mature cattle generally survive the virus but can be sick for a week
to 10 days...

...The disease is blamed for killing at least 1100 to 1200 deer so far,
about one percent of the state's total herd......The outbreak in deer is probably the worst in 30 years, he said, because the drought forced herds to congregate at remaining water sources, making it easier for the gnats or flies to infect them...

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


UK: Livestock farmers face a bleak future
Livestock and poultry farmers in the area fear their businesses will close down or reduce dramatically if the current status quo in the industry continues.
It comes as farmers face an annus horribilis with rising wheat prices, forcing up feed costs, an outbreak of bird flu earlier in the year, the recent cases of foot-and-mouth and now the latest bluetongue virus scare.

This summer has been the wettest since UK rainfall records began and, according to National Farmer's Union (NFU) Suffolk County Chairman John Collen has reduced wheat yields by 20 to 25 per cent....

...The old adage used to be that 50 per cent of costs were spent on feed. Now it's more like 70 per cent....

..."Supermarkets are beginning to realise if they don't help farmers, there won't be any livestock and poultry businesses left."

  A fourth case of bluetongue was confirmed on a farm near Ipswich on Wednesday. Defra said that it is not yet being classed as an outbreak, but have set up a temporary control area restricting livestock movement in Norfolk and Suffolk.

http://www.dissexpre...

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


US: killer amoeba in lakes
It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die.

Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year....

"This is definitely something we need to track," said Michael Beach, a specialist in recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better," Beach said. "In future decades, as temperatures rise, we'd expect to see more cases."...

...Though infections tend to be found in southern states, Naegleria lives almost everywhere in lakes, hot springs, even dirty swimming pools, grazing off algae and bacteria in the sediment....

..."Usually, from initial exposure it's fatal within two weeks," he said....

[more]

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Bad feeling here - Imphal/Moreh, India
Comment:  Please refer to the map.  This location is in the portion of India between Bangladesh and Myanmar.  (Myanmar is where major internal conflict is occuring right now between the military and the people.  Remember the satellite photos of whole villages wiped out?)  I've got a bad feeling about the news in this article.  Maybe it will simply be a one time blurb in the news like so many local tragedies around the world and then we will hear no more.  But for some reason this one...  Time will tell. 

Three died of mystery disease in Moreh

The Imphal Free Press

MOREH, Sept 30: A deadly disease, which has not been identified as yet is loose in Moreh and its nearby villages. At least three persons are known to have died of the disease in the past few days, and it is feared more may have died in the interior areas.

The disease shows symptoms akin to that of viral fever and appears to be accompanied by diarrhoea in some cases.

Doctors at the Moreh hospital said to their knowledge at least three persons have died of the unknown disease. If the disease is spreading in the interior areas in the vicinity of the town, other deaths may also have occurred, the doctors said.

Dr Priyokumar, medical officer Moreh hospital, while speaking to IFP said they have not been able to identify the disease. Nothing has turned up in blood tests and drugs used to treat viral fever have not been effective.

He also informed that of the three who had died, at least one was suffering from acute diarrhoea.

He further disclosed that several cases showing similar symptoms have been referred to hospitals in Imphal.

He acknowledged that the matter needs the immediate attention of the state health authorities, and informed that he will be submitting a report to the state medical directorate soon.

http://www.kanglaonl...

Map:  http://encarta.msn.c...


That is the only story I can find. Interesting. n/t


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[ Parent ]
Bird Flu in this region lately
Check these out.  Especially the first one and the links within it.

http://echaandam.blo...

http://crofsblogs.ty...

http://zokuomtongtha...


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Moreh
Satellite photo map of Moreh

http://wikimapia.org...


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Border town
If I'm not mistaken, Moreh is a town on the border of India and Myanmar.

[ Parent ]
See this
When you click on the box for Moreh, a description of Moreh comes up:

http://wikimapia.org...


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Moreh....
Moreh

110 kms. from Imphal. This International border town is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road, a commercial town attracting a large number of people from neighbouring places. It is only 5 km away from Tamu, its Myanmar counterpart. The recent opening of the Border trade turned Moreh into an important commercial hub in North-East. Right on the other side of the border, at Namphanglong, there is a big Myanmarese shopping complex selling all kinds of Thai and Chinese consumer goods.

The super-market can serve as a poor man's alternative to Bangkok's National Stadium shopping Arcade. Things come much cheaper there. Conducted Tours are organised from Moreh to Myanmarese towns like Kalimiew and Mandlay. Such a tour is one of the rare opportunities in which the Rupee can flex its muscles 10 times against the foreign currency.



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Myanmar Satellite Photos
UPDATE: Struggle for Democracy Rages on In Myanmar
By Ann Baker on Sep 30th, 2007 in Culture, Headlines

[snip]

Satellite image analysis then revealed physical evidence to corroborate reported instances of human rights violations at 25 of the 31 accurately mapped sites. Wherever possible, Bromley compared archival satellite images with newly acquired shots to examine sites before as well as after the reported military activity.

In other cases, recent images revealed clear signs of destruction.

"Eighteen of the locations showed evidence consistent with destroyed or damaged villages," Bromley reported. "We found evidence of expanded military camps in four other locations as well as multiple possibly relocated villages, and we documented growth in one refugee camp on the Thai border. All of this was very consistent with reporting by multiple human rights groups on the ground in Burma."

Within the Papun District, human rights groups had described increasing conflicts and displacement, and the development of 33 new military camps beginning in late March 2006. Field reports then allowed Bromley to map the location of Papun District villages burned on and around April 22, 2007. Newly acquired satellite images revealed multiple burn scars in the midst of an otherwise thick green forest.

Before-and-after images showed the removal of structures, consistent with eye-witness reports of village destruction. Signs of an expanded military presence, such as the buildup of bamboo fencing around a camp, and construction of a satellite camp, also were identified.

http://sciencemode.c...

Comment:  From my limited bit of knowledge about Myanmar it appears Myanmar is a brutal regime and all of this likely is internal political conflict.  But could it be this government is using brutal tactics to suppress an outbreak of birdflu or other disease?  I don't know.  But the possibilty of this occuring and the disease crossing the border into India gives one pause.  (Let us hope that all of this is just Okieman having his extra-heavey duty tinfoil hat on too tight.)


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Moreh, Inida - More deaths from mystery disease
Deaths in Moreh due to mystery disease rises to six

A Lalit

MOREH, Oct 4: The mystery disease that has been stalking Moreh since the past couple of weeks has claimed more lives, even as a team of doctors from the district headquarters has arrived to conduct investigations.

At least three more people are reported to have died of the mystery disease, which exhibits symptoms akin to viral fever, in the past two days, taking the known total of such deaths to six.

On the other hand, on the instructions of the CMO, Chandel, Dr Kh Aishak, a team of doctors led by Dr N Nishikanta, medical officer, Chandel district hospital, arrived in Moreh to conduct investigate the cause of the disease.

The team has taken water samples from various tube wells bored in the banks of the Moreh river and which supply water to the public, for testing.

In the meantime, according to Dr. Priyokumar of Moreh hospital, a large number of persons have been turning up at the hospital suffering from viral fever.

According to Dr Priyokumar, blood tests were conducted on 35 patients who turned up at the hospital on October 1, among which 24 were found positive for viral fever.

On October 3, 44 blood samples were tested, of which 24 were positive for viral fever. Today, 10 out of 20 patients whose blood samples were tested turned out to be positive for viral fever.

Doctors also indicated that the high number of cases of viral fever may or may not have anything to do with the mystery disease that is causing the deaths, but it is a matter of serious concern.

In the meantime, M Thoiba, advisor, MCM has drawn the urgent attention of the state health authorities to the situation in Moreh, and called for taking immediate measures to tackle the mystery disease.

http://www.kanglaonl...


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Viral Fever Blood Tests
Please see both articles above concerning the mystery disease in Moreh, Manipur State, India.  Below is an explanation concerning blood tests for "viral fever".  If my understanding is correct, the test is to rule out bacterial infections.  That being true, then my concerns about Moreh remain since a goodly number of cases are being ruled "positive for viral fever".  Of course, it is still too early to know what is going on here.  But with bird flu reported in this portion of India a month or two ago, swine dying with lungworms (see abstract above concerning lungworm-influenze connection) and now 6 (maybe more) dead from a mystery disease, then I will continue to watch for news in this part of the world.

"Laboratory investigations are undertaken to rule out other bacterial infections rather than to confirm viral fever. Blood tests will not show any increase in the white blood cells, which typically occurs with bacterial infections. The numbers of lymphocytes may be increased. The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) is not elevated. Confirmation is by culture of virus from the relevant specimens such as nasal swabs, and skin rash or by increase in antibody levels in serial blood samples."

http://www.webhealth...


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Moreh, India - now 7 deaths mystery disease
Mystery ailment kills seven
OUR CORRESPONDENT
Imphal, Oct. 7: Seven deaths caused by a supposedly "mysterious disease" in a border area without doctors has set alarm bells ringing in the Manipur capital.

Health minister P. Parijat Singh today despatched a medical team to Moreh, bordering Myanmar, to detect the disease that has spread quickly in the villages along the boundary over the past week.

The additional director of public health, Th. Biren Singh, said the state health directorate received an SOS from Chandel district yesterday.

Patients suffering from the disease have been complaining of high fever, stomach pain and vomiting. Health department officials said some of the victims had convulsions and seizures before they died.

The directorate is still clueless what the killer ailment is since the symptoms are common to several diseases, including gastroenteritis, cholera, dysentery and acute stomach infection.

"We have received preliminary information of some deaths in the border town in the past few days. We sent a medical team there today and will do everything necessary to contain the outbreak," the health minister said, ruling out the possibility of the disease assuming epidemic proportions.

The first death occurred on September 28 and the last on October 5.

"We are preparing to send another batch of medical staff once we receive a detailed report. We will also send in specialists," Biren Singh said.

He said blood samples of patients would be collected and tested to identify the disease type.

"The disease could have been triggered by contaminated water. We are in the process of finding the exact cause," the health minister said.

Moreh, the main trade link between India and Myanmar, has only one primary healthcare centre, which was upgraded to a community health centre earlier this year.

A couple of months later, the community health centre was shifted to Sugnu in neighbouring Thoubal district, as the state government planned to construct a 50-bed hospital in the town. The medical staff at the health centre were also moved to Thoubal along with the new recruits, rendering the Moreh unit defunct.

Acknowledging that healthcare programmes had failed in the border town because of lack of adequate manpower, Parijat Singh said the government would soon deploy trained personnel at the health centre.

http://www.telegraph...


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Symptoms
The symptoms do not appear to fit bird flu presentation since there is no respiratory component, but since it is a "mystery disease" and killing folks I will continue following developments (as well as I can from media reports, blogs...etc).

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Bird flu culling pics
Culling pictures in Manipur (Warning - Unless you have participated in "chicken killing time" on the farm, these pictures might disturb you some.)  I believe these pics are current and not from a month or two ago.  See second link below to a short blog from a media person in Imphal.

http://www.kanglaonl...

http://yorker-qline....


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Older pics
I don't remember where, but I did see these pics quite a while back... at least two or three months ago...

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Thanks David
I wasn't sure whether they were recent or not, but I thought they were.  The blog I linked to up above seems to indicate that there are still bird flu culling operations going on so I suspect this area of the world is still a place of concern.

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Culling Not Recent
Manipur likely to be declared bird flu-free soon: vety dept

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Oct 8: Amidst ongoing surveillance and other post-operation measures after the bird flu outbreak in July, the government of India is poised to pronounce Manipur to be bird flu-free soon, according to a statement issued by the state veterinary department.

In the interim, the veterinary department has served stern warning against the import, rearing, sale and dressing of live chicken within the core Imphal area, declaring that poultry products found sold or reared in violation of the ban in this connection would be summarily confiscated without compensation.

The statement said the department is actively engaged in surveillance and post-operation measures in various nooks and corners of the state, and particularly in the 5 to 10 km radius area from the epicentre of the July outbreak. Samples from poultry have been collected in four phases and sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal.

Stating that the government of India is expected to announce that the state, and the country is free of bird-flu by the second week of November, the statement said the ban on import and rearing of live chicken, live chicks or poultry feed into the 0-5 km core zone of Imphal will remain in place.

However, sale of eggs and dressed chicken meat brought in from outside the core zone is permitted, said the statement.

If anyone is found bringing in, dressing, selling or rearing live chicken, chicks or poultry in the core area in violation of the ban, the offending poultry products will be confiscated without compensation as per the law, said the statement.

http://www.kanglaonl...


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Moreh, India - 54 member medical team
Medical team leaves to probe Moreh deaths

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Oct 9: A 54 member medical team led by Dr. Bilashini of the state health services is headed for Moreh in the wake of death of at least six people due to a mystery disease that has been stalking Moreh since the past couple of weeks.

At least six people were reported to have died of the mystery disease, which exhibits symptoms akin to viral fever in the past weeks.

The medical team is to conduct investigations and mass vaccination in the area, a report said.

Mention may be made that a team of doctors from the Chandel district hospital had conducted investigations on the cause of the disease last weekend. They had also taken water samples from various tube wells bored in the banks of the Moreh river for testing.

Blood tests too were conducted on patients who turned up at the Moreh community health centre and many of them were found positive for viral fever.

Doctors also indicated that the high number of cases of viral fever may or may not have anything to do with the mystery disease that is causing the deaths, but it was a matter of serious concern.

http://www.kanglaonl...


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Yersiniosis - Russia
According to the ITAR-TASS report, schoolchildren in Noviy Urengoy [in the Yamalo-Nenetsky autonomous district of western Siberia - Mod.LL] have become infected with pseudotuberculosis [_Yersinia pseudotuberculosis_ - Mod.LL]. Galina Cenevoy, from the Institute of
Epidemiology and Microbiology in Saint Petersburg commented regarding the laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis and the quick recognition of infection by local physicians.

This infection can be transmitted by eating raw vegetables,
especially possible when the technology of processing is not up to date and the expiration date is not followed.

The outbreak of pseudotuberculosis was detected on 18 Sep 2007 in the settlement of Noviy Urengoy when 20 schoolchildren were admitted to the hospital and 77 received out patient care. A preliminary analysis
suggested that fresh vegetables for salad were a possible cause of infection. The overall number of affected people has increased to 121 with 38 of them admitted to hospital. An investigation has been launched to assess the outbreak.

The manifestations of illness in these cases are not stated. Infection with _Yersinia pseudotuberculosis_ is a zoonosis with reservoirs in many animals, including rodents, rabbits, deer, and various birds. http://www.promedmai...


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


D. R. Congo has a problem with shigella now. Same thing?
The bacillus was first described in 1889 and was later renamed twice before the current name, Y pseudotuberculosis, was established in the 1960s. From the late 1920s to the mid 1960s, the organism was identified as Pasteurella and then Shigella pseudotuberculosis.

http://www.emedicine...

Y. enterocolitica, a small rod-shaped, Gram-negative bacterium, is often isolated from clinical specimens such as wounds, feces, sputum and mesenteric lymph nodes. However, it is not part of the normal human flora. Y. pseudotuberculosis has been isolated from the diseased appendix of humans. Both organisms have often been isolated from such animals as pigs, birds, beavers, cats, and dogs. Only Y. enterocolitica has been detected in environmental and food sources, such as ponds, lakes, meats, ice cream, and milk.

http://www.cfsan.fda...  [USDA Bad Bug Book]

Or maybe not. 

Shigella is a genus of Gram-negative, non-motile, non-spore forming rod-shaped bacteria closely related to Escherichia coli and Salmonella.

http://en.wikipedia....

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


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Oct. 1. 2007 Dengue Update
In this update:
[1] China (Fujian)
[2] Viet Nam
[3] Pakistan (Karachi)
[4] Latin America
http://www.promedmai...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Marburg HF returns to Uganda: Curse of the Mine
http://allafrica.com...

A NEW case of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever has been reported in Kamwenge district in western Uganda.

The Ministry of Health, in a statement yesterday, confirmed that a mine worker at Kitaka gold mines in Kamwenge had contracted the disease, the same place where the deadly virus hit two months ago.

In late July, a 29-year-old man was killed by the Ebola-like virus and another one infected. Both had been working in the Kitaka mines, located 420km west of the capital Kampala.

The mines had been closed temporarily to allow for an ecological study. The results are to be released at the end of this month.

"Our preliminary investigations suggest that a mine worker re-entered the mine which had earlier been closed. The case has been identified, isolated and confined in one of the health facilities in the country," said Dr. Sam Zaramba, the Director General of health services.

He added that experts from the ministry were following up on anybody who could have been in contact with the victim.

(snip)

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!


Africa: WHO Predicts Worst Meningitis Epidemic for Decade
http://allafrica.com...

The end of the rainy season in Africa could trigger the worst meningitis epidemic to hit the continent in a decade, which the international community is poorly prepared to handle, the World Health Organization warned on 9 October.

At least 80 million people living in 21 countries from Ethiopia in East Africa to Mauritania in West Africa that make up a region often called Africa's 'meningitis belt' might need to be injected with preventative vaccines this year, WHO said at an emergency meeting held in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou.

cont.


Pakistan: undiagnosed disease in rice
A viral disease identified by agricultural experts as "poppy" has hit a
major part of paddy crops in Thul taluka [Jacobabad district, Sindh]
throwing the farmers into limbo.

Talking to Dawn, MPA (member of the provincial assembly) Mir Nasir Khan
Khoso said that the disease, which dries the leaves of the paddy crop, is
contagious. He said that the disease has caused 30 per cent damage to Irri
and 50 per cent to Basmati, cited as cash crops for the country...

,...He said that the disease could not be controlled despite implementation of proposals and suggestions of the agriculture experts and it was increasing with each passing day. He also complained of non-serious attitude of the local authorities in containing the disease.

http://www.promedmai...

 

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor


Nuevo Laredo-71 cases of Dengue?
N.L. may have 71 cases of Dengue Fever
By MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV, Laredo Morning Times
10/09/2007
NUEVO LAREDO - Health officials here Monday said there are now 71 pending or confirmed cases of Dengue Fever, including 17 of the type which causes hemorrhaging.Luis Eduardo Campbell Loa, director of state Sanitation District V, said about 75 percent of the city is being sprayed in an effort to control the mosquito population.

Cases are located mainly in areas south and east of the city, and centered in the Nueva Era and Villas neighborhoods.

In a news conference Monday, Campbell Loa said about 20 of the 71 cases are pending confirmation as to whether they are in fact Dengue. He said results would be available by Thursday to determine the conditions of people who were recently bitten by mosquitoes.

During a news conference last week with Mayor Daniel Peña Treviño, Campbell Loa said 42 cases were confirmed.

"We are following up on suspected cases," Campbell Loa said Monday. "At this time we do not have any deaths (from Dengue Fever) and we are making sure to aggressively follow-up on each report we receive."

Officials are using state-supplied fogging equipment to spray 6,500 city blocks in an effort to control mosquitoes.

The fogging equipment is used during the morning and afternoon, covering about 500 blocks daily.

In addition to the fogging, crews are distributing literature explaining the symptoms of Dengue Fever and urging people who have these symptoms to visit a doctor.

The literature explains that Dengue Fever is a viral condition, spread by bites from the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Symptoms include a feeling of lethargy, high fever, and headache and pain in the bones and eyes. In addition, red spots appear on the skin.

Campbell Loa would not guess when the condition would subside, but said the city, with state help, is doing everything it can to eradicate the illness.

  http://www.zwire.com...


Just a matter of time
before Dengue makes it to the U.S. and becomes a standard seasonal problem like West Nile.  N.L. is on the Rio Grande across from Laredo, Texas.  The vector for Dengue, Aedes Aegypti has invaded and spread across the southern U.S. in the last couple of decades.  There was a huge eradication effort in the Americas up until that time, then they gave up.

Recently there have even been some small outbreaks in Brownsville, but this is the first time I've heard of an outbreak so close to Texas away from Brownsville.

A. Aegypti has set up shop across most of the southern U.S. with a finger of range up the east coast towards the NYC area.  It has also recently shown up in Arizona in the past 8 years or so.

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!


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Hemorrhagic Manifestations of Dengue
Hemorrhagic Manifestations of Dengue

Skin hemorrhages:
petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses
Gingival bleeding
Nasal bleeding
Gastrointestinal bleeding:
hematemesis, melena, hematochezia
Hematuria
Increased menstrual flow

As many as one-third of patients may develop hemorrhagic manifestations. These hemorrhagic manifestations are usually mild, such as skin hemorrhages-petechiae, purpura, and ecchymoses. Others include gingival or nasal bleeding; gastrointestinal bleeding, such as hematemesis, melena, and hematochezia, the severity of which may vary from very mild to very severe; hematuria, which is usually microscopic; and increased menstrual flow. In some cases, however, the hemorrhage may be frank and severe enough to cause shock from blood loss

http://www.cdc.gov/n...

I am not like other birds of prey....


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