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EXCLUSIVE : Rare virus poses new threat to troops
WASHINGTON TIMES.com ^ | November 6, 2009 | By Sara A. Carter

Posted on 11/06/2009 4:06:33 AM PST by Cindy

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

SNIPPET: "Dr. Jim Radike, an expert in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Role 3 Trauma Hospital at Kandahar Air Field, told The Washington Times that Sgt. Robert David Gordon, 22, from River Falls, Ala., died Sept. 16 from what turned out to be Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever after he was bitten by a tick. The virus is transmitted by infected blood and can be carried by ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; cchf; crimeancongo; hemorrhagicfever; microbiology; ticks

1 posted on 11/06/2009 4:06:36 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Ebola?


2 posted on 11/06/2009 4:17:32 AM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Cindy
Just great. Now here's something else our troops won't be protected from.

So...Zero & his buddies think the swine flu is perfect propaganda to push his deathcare legislation??? Just wait till this little bugger makes it back home. If (and admittedly a big IF because I do not now much about this hemorrhagic fever) the disease is easily transmissible, even our good healthcare system of today could be swamped overnight.

Better stock up on DEET and send as much as we can to our soldiers.

3 posted on 11/06/2009 4:19:22 AM PST by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: Nateman

No, another hemorrhagic fever (there are a few of them).


4 posted on 11/06/2009 4:20:36 AM PST by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: Nateman

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/virlfvr/virlfvr.htm

#

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/cchf.htm


Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever”


5 posted on 11/06/2009 4:21:21 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Excusive, you mean: Of, or making, excuses.


6 posted on 11/06/2009 4:25:12 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Cindy
Here's Wiki's entry about it (I can't link directly to either the CDC's or WHO's factshhets, but they're out there).
7 posted on 11/06/2009 4:27:01 AM PST by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: Cindy

Not good.


8 posted on 11/06/2009 4:31:34 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Uncle Ike; DvdMom

*ping*


9 posted on 11/06/2009 4:50:24 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Watchdog85

“Crimean-Congo fever”?

ping


10 posted on 11/06/2009 5:27:32 AM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: Cindy

RAID!!!!!


11 posted on 11/06/2009 6:21:33 AM PST by TNdandelion (While Obama plays with his balls, Afghanistan falls.)
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To: Cindy

islam = virus...


12 posted on 11/06/2009 6:42:17 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Cindy; 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Smokin’ Joe I Pinged your list and some other freepers to sone new thread article post .

Thanks , freeper hennie pennie for the ping :)

EXCLUSIVE : Rare Virus Poses new threat to troops

is what i pinged the list too....

alsop here’s a link to another thread about Ukraine

here Ukraine influenza or Pneumonic Plague in Ukraine Situation getting worse and worse

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2379674/posts

HERE IS THE MAIN ON-GOING MESSAGETHREAD ABOUT THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE:
SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2374394/posts


13 posted on 11/06/2009 7:49:18 AM PST by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for the ping. Scary stuff.


14 posted on 11/06/2009 7:55:09 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: DvdMom; Uncle Ike

SCARY.


15 posted on 11/06/2009 7:56:15 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

Exotic, obscure, uncurable bugs are the bane of US troops in remote third-world locations... I remember reading somewhere, years back, that in Vietnam, tropical diseases were responsible for almost as many American deaths as enemy action....


16 posted on 11/06/2009 8:03:36 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: hennie pennie

http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18882

* Pneumonic plague Index

Definition of Pneumonic plague

Pneumonic plague: Infection of the lungs by Yersina pestis, the bacterial agent that causes the plague, a disease of animals (rodents and their fleas) and humans.

The first signs of the pneumonic plague are fever, headache, weakness, and cough productive of bloody or watery sputum. The pneumonia progresses over 2 to 4 days and may cause septic shock and, without early treatment, death.

Person-to-person transmission of pneumonic plague occurs through respiratory droplets, which can only infect those who have face-to-face contact with the person who is ill.

Early treatment of pneumonic plague is essential. Several antibiotics are effective, including streptomycin, tetracycline, and chloramphenicol.

There is no vaccine against plague but prophylactic antibiotic treatment for 7 days will protect persons who have had face-to-face contact with infected patients.

*The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has classified Yersina pestis as a high-priority (Category A) bioterrorism agent.*


17 posted on 11/06/2009 8:05:40 AM PST by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: Cindy; All
Dr. Len Horowitz

CFR admits false scarcity tactic to get people to take the H1N1 vaccine Click

18 posted on 11/06/2009 8:33:36 AM PST by Larousse2 ("Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preserva)
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To: DvdMom

May have been posted...

http://www.innworldreport.net/inn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1673:pneumonic-plague-outbreak-in-china-follows-outbreak-in-ukraine&catid=36:international&Itemid=1

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/News.php/2009/11/06/pneumonic-plague-outbreak-in-china-follo

In China two people have died, a town of 10,000 people is under quarantine, and the area inside a 17-mile radius around it has been sealed to contain an outbreak of pneumonic plague. Two people have died from the highly contagious disease, one of the most virulent and deadly diseases on earth, usually fatal within 24 hours. It attacks the lungs and kills nearly everyone who catches it unless treated rapidly with antibiotics. Ukraine and World Pneumonic Plague Information: Update - 11/6/09 2:11PM est - Officials Say 109 Dead Now.


19 posted on 11/06/2009 3:54:00 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

thanks , for the ping :)


20 posted on 11/06/2009 4:35:29 PM PST by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: DvdMom

thanks, bfl


21 posted on 11/06/2009 6:58:40 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Cindy

Commentary

Withheld Ukraine Sequences Raise Pandemic Concerns

Recombinomics Commentary 02:30
November 7, 2009
http://www.recombinomics.com/News/11070901/Ukraine_Seq_NOT.html

Right now we know that many clinical specimens and viruses have been sent to one of the WHO collaborating centres for further study. We don’t know the results of those studies, and it will probably take a couple of days for the full analysis of those viruses to be available. But in the meantime, what we do not have is any evidence of viruses there or anywhere else as showing any big mutations. I raise this point because I have seen in some media reports that there are reports that WHO or other groups are saying that there are mutations and I want to point out that these are rumours and factually, untrue.

The above comments from Keiji Kukuda offer some general comments on the Ukrainian H1N1 sequences at Mill Hill in London. He specifically says WHO doesn’t see any “big” mutations in the samples being sequenced, which would refer to reassortment or Tamiflu resistance. However, the changes seen in Ukraine do not require “big” mutations. Small mutations, such as SNP can have profound effects for a virus like pandemic H1N1.

That virus normally circulates in swine, and has recently jumped to humans. It already has many characteristics with the 1918 pandemic strain. Both are swine H1N1 that jumped to humans. Such species jumpers can increase efficiencies with small changes. One good example is position 627 in the PB2 gene. That position comes in two forms. When there is glutamic acid (E) at that position, the PB2 enzyme copies the viral genetic material most efficiently at 41 C, the body temperature of a bird. However, if that position has a lysine (K), the enzyme is most active at 33 C, the temperature of a human nose in the winter. The swine H1N1 has an E, which may be why it goes well in lung, which is 37 C and closer to the optimal replication temperature of 41C. However, a single change that produced the most efficient replication at 37C would lead to even higher levels in the lungs, which could lead to frequent cytokine storms, like those in 1918, instead of the less frequent level seen in Ukraine.

However, the rapid spread of H1N1 in Ukraine (see map), coupled with the high frequency of hemorrhagic pneumonia raise concerns that a small change is leading to a more virulent virus. Similarly, the rapid spread of the virus could also be affected by a small change in another gene, such as HA, which controls entry of the virus to cells and influences tissue tropism.

Mill Hill has acknowledged that they have at least 15 H1N1 positive samples from Ukraine, which would identify a Ukranian specific change. The delay in the announcement of sequence results raises concerns that such changes have been detected, and such changes are undergoing further analysis.

The number of cases in Ukraine continues to expand. The number of patients with H1N1 symptoms is now approaching 1 million. Cases have been increasing at almost 200,000 per day, so it is likely that tomorrow’s report will have over 1 million cases. This rapid spread increases concern that the 15 sequences at Mill Hill contain one or more of these small changes, which has led to a delay in the announcement of sequence results.

More detail on the sequences at Mill Hill is overdue. The rapid spread of H1N1 in Ukraine demands rapid sequence results. Continued delay will only increase concerns.


22 posted on 11/06/2009 8:45:25 PM PST by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: neverdem
"Oh Sh*t" *PING* to post 1 this thread.
23 posted on 11/06/2009 9:09:05 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: neverdem
"Oh Sh*t" *PING* #2 to post fifteen this thread.
24 posted on 11/06/2009 9:09:47 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for the ping!


25 posted on 11/06/2009 9:26:21 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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