Skip to comments.This Ancient, Deadly Disease Is Still Killing In Europe
Posted on 12/30/2011 3:33:45 PM PST by blam
This Ancient, Deadly Disease Is Still Killing In Europe
John Donnelly, GlobalPost
Dec. 30, 2011, 12:53 PM
GENEVA, Switzerland On the sidelines of a conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, just three months ago, a senior health official from Belarus met privately with Mario Raviglione, whose job here at the World Health Organizations headquarters is to control the spread of tuberculosis around the world.
Belarus needed help. It had just confirmed a study that found 35 percent of all TB cases in the capital of Minsk were multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) the highest rate in the world ever recorded for a deadly disease, which takes up to two years to treat and is cured in Western Europe only one third of the time.
Its a real tragic situation, Raviglione, director of WHOs Stop TB Department, said, looking back at that moment with the Belarus official. But they came out openly about this and they wanted help, which is very positive. For a long time, several countries have been hiding their realities about multi-drug resistant TB.
The WHO's Regional Office for Europe recently released a report that warned about the spread of the hard-to-treat MDR-TB into all of Europe, making the case that the relatively wealthy capitals of the West faced the grave danger of a much higher number of cases if the entire region did not move quickly to put in place effective control measures.
The report, which was released in September and which now poses a great challenge to global-health experts in Europe, concluded that MDR-TB is spreading at an alarming rate in Europe and Central Asia, a region that includes the top nine countries in the world in rates of drug-resistant TB among newly diagnosed patients. TB, a global pandemic
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TB or not TB ping.
You're welcome, decimon!
When I saw the headline, I thought this article was about communism.
Some history, some catastrophe...gotta ping the Civ.
My great great grandparents in Ysbty Ystwyth, Wales both succumbed to TB. My great grandfather and his sisters were too young to retain legal ownership of the family home. They were taken in by "Uncle Dave" in Lllanfihangel-y-Creuddyn until they opted to emigrate to the U.S. at their own expense. My great grandfather signed on as "ship's company" on a vessel leaving Liverpool. On arrival to the USA, he reconnected with his future wife in Pittsburgh and served in the Union army from 1863 to 1865.
So....TB caused you to be an American?
Or because words are a lot easier to spell here.
"We the undersigned are petitioning the Alabama Parks Department to return the commemorative plaque for the Welsh Prince Madoc (Madog) to the original spot on Mobile Bay. The plaque was erected in 1953 by the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorating the theory that a Welsh prince and his followers were the first Europeans to set foot on the North American continent. The plaque reads In memory of Prince Madog, a Welsh explorer, who landed on the shores of Mobile Bay in 1170 and left behind, with the Indians, the Welsh language. Plaques have been erected at the ancient port of Aber-Kerrik at Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales where Prince Madog was to have departed on his expedition. Shouldn't there be one where he was to have landed?"
By trade, I am an analytical person, and noticed the connection myself.
Perhaps you read my earlier post that supports these views:
Read the article I linked in post #2 that I posted in 2006...that was my first hint.
I take 50,000 IU of vitamin D a week...doctors orders.
Snip: 1,077 individuals with consumption (tuberculosis) were enrolled to participate in the study conducted by physicians at the Hospital for Consumption, Chelsea
Results from the study revealed that between the two groups, improvement rates were similar, the disease was stabilized in 18% of participants who received cod liver oil, in comparison with only 6% of participants in the control group. In the control group deterioration or death occurred in 33% of patients compared with 19% of patients given cod liver oil.
Snip: And, almost two-thirds of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and 80 per cent of hepatitis B infected blood donors in 2010 were born abroad, says the report which adds that 12 per cent of people living in Britain in 2010 were born abroad -- up from 8 per cent in 2001.
I didn't know what had happened.
And just so that you don't get to (ahem) uppity about your English heritage....my dad's mother was related to this guy.
This is a picture of my great grandparents in 1915. My great grandfather was born in 1842. He emigrated to the US in 1863 and served in the Union army before marrying my great grandmother in 1865 at the end of the war. My grandfather and his twin brother were born in 1887, the last of 19 children.
Ha I thought Of syphilis ;)
Thanks for the ping.
Tuberculosis took my father in 1938. He was 32.
I still test positive with the tine test.
You shouldn’t be taking the tine test.
You will always test positive and you could get a bad reaction.
But if you’ve lived this long with no bad reaction you’re probably going to live forever!
Seriously, check with a good physician about taking that test again.
I only have taken the tine test once,about 17 years ago.
I was still working and someone in our building contracted TB so we were all tested,
When I did the follow up visit to the MD she told me not to bother with it again,as you suggested.
Fortunately I never had a reaction.
In my earlier post I neglected to mention that my brother and I had to have annual chest X-rays until we were 18. That was 13 years for me and 15 for him.
I still remember what that clinic looked like and we both were negative every time,thank God.
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Thanks blam and decimon.
Another important vitamin to protect against illness is Vitamin C. It needs to be taken 3 or 4 times a day as it is burned up or excreted in 5 or 6 hours. It is antihistaminic, anti-inflamatory, and helps production of white blood cells. Thanks for the link, and Happy New Year.
Thank you for these articles.
It was in 2006 I moved to an even sunnier Florida location. My skin is getting wrinkled by the sun, but risking serious diseases is far worse. Two small skin lesions were removed last year, but were found to be non-cancerous. Science News said those risks didn't compare to avoiding serious disease.
D3- 10,00 daily. My wife and I have been doing that for two and a half years. She is an elementary school teacher and used to bring home flu and colds 5-6 times a school year. We have had none of that since we started on the D3. I have started some of my friends to taking it and they all have ceased having the “normal” seasonal viruses. My daughter started it when she had a miserable flu and expected to be out of circ for a week. She megadosed once in the morning with the formula of 900 units per pound of body weight. She was fine by evening.
I started taking elevated doses of vitamin D at that time...I haven't been sick since.
Is that pic from a TB ward? Because it reminds me of a photo I’ve seen from a story on the 1918 influenza. Just curious :-)
Probably a 'file' photo, I'd guess.
Trends in Tuberculosis, United States:
World TB country index:
I live fairly near a (still) isolated building that used to be a TB sanitarium way back when. It has a smokestack for the furnace used to burn all linens, mattresses and all other medical waste. And this was for “normal” TB.
Eventually it was converted to a children’s hospital, but before they did so, they gutted the building, leaving only a shell.
I’ll also note that it has special zoning, so that nothing can be built anywhere near it. I’m not even sure that the county (county island) is able to change its zoning. They did not kid around back then.
As far as MDR-TB goes, in western Europe it has a 60% mortality rate, with treatment that is not easy.
XDR-TB is a death sentence. The last major outbreak of that was in South Africa, with 51 of 52 dead within 25 days. If someone in the US is diagnosed with it, they will be put in a negative pressure isolation room, involuntarily, and when they die, all furniture in the room will be burned and every surface strongly bleached.
Likely with industrial strength sodium hypochlorite, that is dangerously caustic.
“Is that pic from a TB ward? Because it reminds me of a photo Ive seen from a story on the 1918 influenza.”
Historical photo of the 1918 Spanish influenza ward at Camp Funston, Kansas, showing the many patients ill with the flu
There were a lot of TB sanitariums out here in the days before effective drug therapies. National Jewish Health, probably the best respiratory hospital in the world, started as a TB sanitarium for indigents.
Richard Nixon had a brother die of TB, in a sanitarium, I think in Arizona.