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  • Mystery Chinese Virus: How Worried Should We Be?

    01/13/2020 12:51:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10 | James Gallagher
    A mystery virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan. More than 50 people have been infected. Seven are currently in a critical condition. A new virus arriving on the scene, leaving patients with pneumonia, is always a worry and health officials around the world are on high alert. But is this a brief here-today-gone-tomorrow outbreak or the first sign of something far more dangerous? What is this virus? Viral samples have been taken from patients and analysed in the laboratory. And officials in China and the World Health Organization...
  • Farmer becomes the FOURTH person in China to be diagnosed with plague this month

    11/29/2019 9:12:54 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/28/19 | Vanessa Chalmers
    The specifics of how the person contracted the plague have not been revealed Three other people 250 miles (400km) away have been diagnosed this month Two have the bubonic plague while two have the more lethal pneumonic strain One man was treated for the bubonic plague after he ate a wild rabbit, while the first two patients were diagnosed with the more fatal and contagious pneumonic strain.
  • The deadliest form of plague has infected two people in China, and information is scarce

    11/14/2019 9:52:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Washongton POst ^ | 11/13/2019 | Michael Brice-Saddler
    Two people in China were diagnosed with a severe form of the plague, according to reports in Chinese media — raising alarms for citizens despite promises from health authorities that control measures are in place. Local health officials confirmed the two cases of pneumonic plague on Tuesday, according to Xinhua News, China’s state-run news agency. The two patients, who authorities say received “proper treatment,” hail from China’s Inner Mongolia region. Additional information on the patients and their health status was not available Wednesday, and it’s not clear when the cases were identified. Officials told Xinhua that “relevant disease prevention and...
  • NYU Doctor: Leprosy Could Hit L.A.'s Homeless Population, 'Only a Matter of Time'

    11/13/2019 4:18:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    CNS News Blog ^ | 09/20/2019 | By Michael W. Chapman
    Given that a large number of the leprosy cases in the United States involve Latinos coming up from Mexico, Dr. Marc Siegel, an internal medicine specialist with NYU Langone Health, said "it seems only a matter of time before leprosy could take hold among the homeless population" in Los Angeles County. There are close to 600,000 homeless people in L.A. County and 75% of those people lack "even temporary shelter or adequate hygiene and medical equipment," Dr. Siegel wrote in The Hill. "All of those factors make a perfect cauldron for a contagious disease that is transmitted by nasal droplets...
  • 2 Cases of Plague Found in China, Sparking Fears of an Outbreak

    11/13/2019 2:37:40 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    People ^ | Nov 13, 2019 | By Julie Mazziotta
    The pneumonic plague is “almost always fatal,” and spreads quickly, as it did with the Black Death outbreak in the 14th century Two people in China were diagnosed with the pneumonic plague, sparking fears of an outbreak of the highly contagious and deadly disease among Chinese citizens. Government officials said that the two cases came from Inner Mongolia, and they are now being treated in a hospital in the Chaoyang District in Beijing, CNN reported. Amid concerns that the two cases could spur the spread of the plague, as it did in the 14th century with the Black Death, the...
  • BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists

    09/18/2019 7:34:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 17 Sep 2019, 17:49Updated: 18 Sep 2019, 15:21 | Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter
    FULL TITLE: BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists after bungled experiment ============================================================ GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes that were designed by scientists to help populations decrease are actually thriving. This is according to new research that claims the plan to create gene-hacked mosquitoes that have offspring which die immediately has spectacularly backfired and now scientists don't know what will happen next. he modified mosquitoes were released in Jacobina in Brazil and were supposed to mix with the local population and decrease numbers with their weak offspring genetics. Although the wild population did plummet for a...
  • Plague in humans 'twice as old' but didn't begin as flea-borne, ancient DNA reveals

    07/28/2019 2:16:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 22, 2015 | University of Cambridge
    New research using ancient DNA has revealed that plague has been endemic in human populations for more than twice as long as previously thought, and that the ancestral plague would have been predominantly spread by human-to-human contact -- until genetic mutations allowed Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), the bacteria that causes plague, to survive in the gut of fleas. These mutations, which may have occurred near the turn of the 1st millennium BC, gave rise to the bubonic form of plague that spreads at terrifying speed through flea -- and consequently rat -- carriers. The bubonic plague caused the pandemics that...
  • Bubonic Plague “Imminent” in Los Angeles, Says Dr. Drew Pinsky

    07/23/2019 12:52:11 AM PDT · by Windflier · 65 replies
    Red State ^ | July 20, 2019 | Jennifer Van Laar
    Dr. Drew Pinsky, a California-based physician who now hosts a talk radio show, correctly predicted the current typhus outbreak in Los Angeles about 18 months ago. Now he is sounding the alarm about a potential outbreak of the bubonic plague in the Los Angeles area, saying that unless conditions change quickly and drastically, Southern California will be dealing with a horrific epidemic. The last outbreak of the bubonic plague, ironically, was in the 1920’s in Los Angeles. Yersinia pestis, the organism that causes the plague, is endemic to the valleys Southern California and comes down through the foothills on squirrels...
  • CHOLERA-Plague of 19th Century, First Global Epidemic; Day of Fasting proclaimed by President Taylor

    07/10/2019 9:03:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 9, 2019 | Bill Federer
    From the beginning of recorded history, 100's of millions have died from epidemics. Some of the most dreaded plagues include: Plague of Pharaoh Akhenaten of Egypt, circa 1350 BC; Philistine Plague after capturing the Ark of God (I Samuel 5-6); Plague of Athens, circa 430 BC, 100,000 deaths; Plague of Antonine, 165 AD, brought back by troops from the Middle East, 5 million deaths; Plague of Justinian, beginning in 541 AD, killing an estimated 100 million, half of the world's known population; Black Death-Bubonic Plague, beginning in 1334, killed an estimated 75 to 200 million; Cocoliztli Plague in Mexico, beginning...
  • Bubonic Plague In Los Angeles? Is California On The Verge Of Becoming A Third-World State?

    06/25/2019 2:16:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2019 | Matt Vespa
    A lot has happened. We’re still dealing with the border crisis, the Democratic debates are about to begin, and Iran is rattling the war sabers. The city of Los Angeles should be thankful there are so many distractions. The Democrat-run urban center has become a total disgrace. And that’s very common among the Left coast. Tucker Carlson had historian Victor Davis Hanson on last week, where the latter said that California is on the verge of becoming the nation’s first Third World state. From trash being illegally dumped to city hall becoming a rat-infested den in the city of LA,...
  • Christopher Columbus brought measles to the New World. It was a disaster for Native Americans.

    05/06/2019 6:15:09 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 120 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | May 6, 2019 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, bringing to the New World a bounty of wonder: coffee, horses, turnips, grapes, wine. But Columbus and his fellow explorers, in addition to importing crops and animals we now take for granted, were also the Typhoid Marys of their time. The New World before Columbus: no typhoid, no flu, no smallpox, no measles. The New World after Columbus: epidemics of death.
  • World View: Trump Announces that U.S. Troops Deploy Near D.R. Congo

    01/06/2019 8:45:16 PM PST · by familyop · 49 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 6, 2019 | John J. Xenakis
    President Trump announced that U.S. troops will be sent to Gabon, in anticipation of “violent” demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) if and when the results of the December 30 presidential election are announced...The Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC is still growing, but not as quickly as had been feared. The outbreak total is 613 cases, including 565 confirmed and 54 suspected cases. Health officials are still investigating 54 suspected infections.
  • Researchers found 467 different ways greenhouse gasses affect humanity [subtitle]

    11/19/2018 11:52:13 AM PST · by catnipman · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/19/2018 | Harry Pettit
    actual LOOOOOOOOOONG title: "Climate change will make us more likely to wet the bed and may trigger a plague of ticks, snakes and VOLES as 'devastating' droughts and flooding send nature haywire by 2100"
  • World's first human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong

    09/28/2018 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | September 28, 2018 | Staff - AFP
    A Hong Kong man has developed the world's first ever human case of the rat version of the hepatitis E virus, according to new research from one of the city's leading universities. There had previously been no evidence the disease could jump from rats to humans, the University of Hong Kong said Friday, warning the discovery had "major public health significance". "This study conclusively proves for the first time in the world that rat HEV can infect humans to cause clinical infection," the university added. Rat hepatitis E virus is very distantly related to human hepatitis E virus variants, HKU...
  • Nipah Virus, Dangerous and Little Known, Spreads in India

    06/05/2018 4:19:13 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4 June 2018 | Emily Baumgaertner
    A rare, brain-damaging virus that experts consider a possible epidemic threat has broken out in the state of Kerala, India, for the first time, infecting at least 18 people and killing 17 of them, according to the World Health Organization. The Nipah virus naturally resides in fruit bats across South and Southeast Asia, and can spread to humans through contact with the animals’ bodily fluids. There is no vaccine and no cure.
  • Congressman wants answers from USDA on cats allegedly killed during government research

    05/09/2018 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | May 9, 2018 | Juana Summers
    A Republican lawmaker wants answers from the Department of Agriculture about taxpayer-funded research experiments at a Maryland facility that have allegedly led to the deaths of hundreds of cats and kittens. Citing documents reviewed by his office, Michigan Republican Mike Bishop described a decades-old research project at the USDA's Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, in which hundreds of kittens are bred, fed meat that is infected with Toxoplasma, and later killed and discarded by "incineration." In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dated Monday, Bishop wrote that he was "shocked to hear that the USDA, the very...
  • Scientists discover hybrid swarm in global mega-pest

    04/06/2018 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | 04-06-2018 | CSIRO
    Globalisation and increased movement between countries and continents means movement of agricultural pests is becoming more common. Global trade means global pests. Credit: CSIRO __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CSIRO scientists have confirmed the hybridisation of two of the world's major pest species, into a new and improved mega-pest. One of the pests, the cotton bollworm, is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to over 100 crops, including corn, cotton, tomato and soybean. The damage and controlling the pest costs billions of dollars a year. It is extremely mobile and has developed resistance to all pesticides used against it. The other...
  • Can America Survive The Latest Plague?

    04/04/2018 2:12:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/04/18 | Rick Hayes
    Getting the country back to health is not a certainty, and the process will be a long uphill battle, but the steps must be taken soon A mob of foreigners is planning to march across the United States border knowing in advance that numerous sanctuary cities will break federal law and welcome them in. Unidentified individuals being allowed to vote in U.S. elections, riots at universities with the intention of preventing any discussion that does not agree with theirs. These realities are all happening now, and are all symptoms of a political plague that has been visited upon America and...
  • Plague ‘hiding in plain sight’, warn scientists 

    03/03/2018 8:41:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    David Markman, from Colorado State University who led the study, said that plague is endemic in many different parts of the world and its origins are still not well understood. "The interesting and troubling part of plague, and part of the reason why there are so many unanswered questions, is that it is present in many different environments - from the jungle to the desert and everywhere in between. "It's difficult to find one mechanism that unites all these different locations which explains when, where and why plague breaks out when it does," he said.  The researchers identified amoebae, bugs that live...
  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/16/2018 6:05:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 15, 2018 | Michael Greshko
    Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago outbreaks and suggests that the maligned rodents may not be the culprits after all.