Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE : Rare virus poses new threat to troops
Posted on 11/06/2009 4:06:33 AM PST by Cindy
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)."
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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.
No, another hemorrhagic fever (there are a few of them).
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever”
Excusive, you mean: Of, or making, excuses.
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
HERE IS THE MAIN ON-GOING MESSAGETHREAD ABOUT THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE:
SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm)
Thanks for the ping. Scary stuff.
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....
* 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.*
May have been posted...
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.
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Withheld Ukraine Sequences Raise Pandemic Concerns
Recombinomics Commentary 02:30
November 7, 2009
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.
Thanks for the ping!