Breck Dumas – June 13, 2018
Idaho’s Central District Health Department reported on Tuesday that a child in Elmore County was recovering from the bubonic plague.
Known as the “Black Death,” the plague wiped out roughly one-third of Europe’s population in the mid-1300’s. But it is quite rare in modern times.
Evidently. It’s unknown whether the child — whose identity was not disclosed — contracted the disease in Idaho or in Oregon while on a recent vacation.
In a press release, the Health Department said that “Plague has historically been found in wildlife in both states,” and that “since 1990, eight human cases were confirmed in Oregon and two were confirmed in Idaho.”
The child who was diagnosed in Idaho this week was treated with antibiotics.
Mark Hodge – June 15, 2018
A NEW strain of deadly bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those infected and could spark a global pandemic has been identified in China.
Scientists around the world believe the new pathogen, dubbed “Disease X”, could be as lethal as 1918 Spanish flu which killed up to 100million people.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, told The Telegraph that virus H7N9, which is circulating poultry in China, could cause a global outbreak.
He said: “[H7N9] is an example of another virus which has proven its ability to transmit from birds to humans.
“It’s possible that it could be the cause of the next pandemic.”
In China, the deadly pathogen has killed 623 of the 1,625 people which have been infected.
CBS – June 13, 2018
HOUMA, LA (CBS Local) – A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been found again in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Independent testing returned positive results for Naegleria fowleri, which causes fatal brain swelling and tissue destruction, in the community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, according to WWL-TV, as well as The Courier.
- A brain-eating amoeba has been detected in the Louisiana water system
- It is the third time since 2015 that the potentially deadly organism has been found in the state
- The amoeba can cause brain swelling and seizures according to the CDC
The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District issued the notification Sunday and has temporarily switched to a different disinfectant to kill the organism.
Despite the Louisiana heat, residents are ignoring their swimming pools and nearby bayous. They’re terrified of something they can’t see but that officials warn is present.
Christian News – July 12, 2018
(Washington Post) — Diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in California last year—with sometimes deadly consequences, according to preliminary state data.
More than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis—the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infections—were reported in 2017. That represents a 45 percent increase since 2013 and the highest number since at least 1990, state Department of Public Health numbers show.
Some of those cases had tragic endings: Thirty of the 278 babies affected by congenital syphilis in 2017 were stillbirths, the highest number in 22 years. Congenital syphilis occurs when syphilis passes from a pregnant woman to her baby.
“Half of chlamydia and a third of gonorrhea cases are folks under age 25,” said Dr. Heidi Bauer, the state public health department’s chief of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch.
Medical Express – June 10, 2018
Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.
The organization said the child had no history of vaccination and lives in an under-immunized extremely impoverished Delta Amacuro state.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling childhood disease caused by the poliovirus, and preventable through immunization.
Doctor Jose Felix Oletta, a former Minister of Health, told AFP that the last case of acute poliomyelitis in Venezuela was reported in 1989.
“The virus especially affects people in conditions of malnutrition and unvaccinated, as this case,” Oletta added.
Michael Snyder – June 2, 2018
Could it be possible that we are on the verge of a major Ebola pandemic? In 2014, the worst Ebola outbreak in history resulted in 28,637 cases and more than 11,000 deaths. But we were very fortunate. Even though the virus started to spread across national lines, health authorities were able to quickly identify new cases and isolate those that were infected. But just because that outbreak ultimately fizzled out does not mean that we can let our guard down. In 2014, a single Ebola case absolutely overwhelmed an entire hospital here in the United States, and a full blown global Ebola outbreak would definitely have the potential to kill millions of people.
So how far away are we from such a scenario?
Well, one British news source is reporting that this current outbreak is “not under control”…
THE EBOLA outbreak is “not under control” and has started to spread across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing dozens in its path, as the Health Minister urges people to be vaccinated before the virus reaches pandemic levels.
And Harvard professor Dr. Ashish Jah has publicly stated that if this outbreak spreads to the capital city of Kinshasa, it “could spread to Europe and the US”…
Nate Church – May 31, 2018
The current landscape of infection control is rife with a growing trend of microorganisms that antibiotics cannot treat — and antibiotic shortages are worsening the problem.
The Dutch non-profit organization Access to Medicine published a white paper titled “Shortages, stockouts and scarcity,” which claims that the lacking supply of appropriate antibiotics means that many infections are being prescribed inferior replacements, allowing many bacteria to develop defenses that will make them much harder to cure — and even potentially untreatable — in the long term. Furthermore, the lack of supply can lead to price spikes, which further encourage patients to avoid the drugs they actually need.
Access to Medicine Foundation Executive Director and report co-author Dr. Jayasree Iyer said, “the right products need to reach the right patients at the right time.” But things are not looking good right now. The report mentions benzathine penicillin G, which — as of 2015 — was completely unavailable in 39 countries. It is the only drug known to combat the spread of syphilis between mother and child.
DW – May 28, 2018
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday ordered the culling of more than 150,000 cattle, having made what she described as a “tough call” to try to eradicate a strain of Mycoplasma bovis.
The disease, which causes udder infections, pneumonia and arthritis in cows but has no effect on milk and meat for human consumption, was first discovered on a farm on the South Island last July.
“No one ever wants to see mass culls. But the alternative is the spread of the disease across our national herd,” Ardern said, adding that it was vital to protect farming, a key sector of New Zealand’s economy.
She said the cull, the majority of which would take place over the next two years, would aim to eradicate the disease completely.
Mac Slavo – May 29, 2018
The extremely rare Nipah virus is on a rampage in India. So far, it’s killed a dozen people and its spread is causing “global concerns.”
At least 13 people have died in India after an outbreak of a rare disease that health officials warn could cause a global epidemic. Emergency measures have been imposed across the southwestern state of Kerala following the emergence of the Nipah virus, which causes flu-like symptoms leading to an agonizing brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis.
The Nipah virus, also dubbed (NiV) has a 70% mortality rate. There is no vaccine for the rare viral infection and those who contract the virus could wind up in a coma. Health experts have been flown over to help contain the virus, which is listed alongside ebola and zika as one of eight priority diseases the World Health Organisation believes could cause a “global epidemic.”
Henry Holloway – May 23, 2018
Three patients escaped from quarantine in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo.
Two of the three have been found dead, while a third patient has been found alive.
Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) mission in the city confirmed the incident as they work to treat cases of Ebola.
The death toll of the outbreak has reached 27 as health chiefs crackdown on the virus.
World Health Organisation bosses have previously warned spread in the city could mean a repeat of the 2014 outbreak – which killed over 11,000.