Skip to comments.Strange new disease outbreaks
Posted on 06/09/2003 3:32:01 PM PDT by backhoe
And by going to the "last" and scrolling backwards, you will find some other diseases mentioned as well.
If you are willing to follow the links within links, there is quite a bit of disease information in these:
As always, I welcome others to contribute their links and data.
As always, feel free to add whatever you like.
DBMD - Legionellosis: Legionnaire's Disease (LD) and Pontiac Fever - Additional Information
Disease Outbreaks - Archives by disease
These outbreaks, reported to WHO from 1996 up to the present day, have been posted on Disease Outbreak News.
Alphabeticly from:Acute diarrhoeal syndrome Acute febrile syndrome Acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome Acute neurological syndrome Acute respiratory syndrome Acute watery diarrhoeal syndrome Anthrax Buffalopox Cholera Coccidioidomycosis Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever Dengue fever Dengue haemorrhagic fever Diphtheria Ebola haemorrhagic fever Ehec (E.Coli 0157) Encephalitis, Saint-Louis Enterohaemorrhagic Escherischia Coli infection Enterovirus Foodborne disease Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome Influenza Japanese encephalitis Lassa fever Legionellosis Leishmaniasis Leptospirosis Listeriosis Louseborne typhus Malaria Measles Meningococcal disease Monkeypox Myocarditis Nipah virus O'nyong-Nyong fever Pertussis Plague Poliomyelitis Rabies Relapsing fever Rift Valley fever Shigellosis Smallpox vaccine - accidental exposure Staphylococcal food intoxication Tularemia Typhoid fever West Nile fever through Yellow fever
Me either, and I got tired of constantly posting and reposting the same darned information over and over to disprove those wacko theories. Some people just WANT the sky to fall.
It's actually that people find it more comforting that disease outbreaks be bioterror instead of nature acting more or less randomly, believe it or not.
The idea that we're going to see deadly diseases randomly spring up and accidentally get transported to this country is more frightening than the idea that someone would deliberately engineer and deliver a disease; the former seems more "controllable" and you can solve the problem and make everything right by just finding or punishing the bad guys.
One reason may be the rather poor national reporting. It seems to me that the media represented West Nile to be something that attacked the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. In Western Michigan last summer there were several cases of West Nile in healthy adults. The victims, as of last report, were left with polio like disabilities and long rehab stints.
Aren't the first places where the disease appeared in the country the NYC and D.C. areas?
NICE TRY at giving this conspiracy theory a boost counselor ...
In the summer and fall of 1999, the first cases ever of WN virus infection occurred in the northeastern United States. The original eight diagnosed cases, all previously healthy adults between the ages of 58 and 85, were found to be within a four-mile area of Queens, New York.From: http://www.healthyarkansas.com/news/Hometown/2001/news_0101_fc.html
Local Health Watch : West Nile VirusFrom: http://www.nyjournalnews.com/lifestyles/health/westnile/index.shtm
In the late summer of 1999, New York City health officials began tracking an outbreak of what appeared to be St. Louis encephalitis, a sometimes fatal viral disease.A few weeks later, several cases of the same illness were reported in the northern suburbs.
At the same time, reports of dead birds began filtering in to public health authorities. When more than 50 crows died in and around the Bronx Zoo, a pathologist there grew suspicious.
It turned out that the disease which killed the crows -- and which was transmitted to people by mosquitos -- was not common encephalitis. At first, it was identified as a "West Nile- like" virus. Eventually, scientists confirmed that it was indeed the West Nile virus, a form of encephalitis never before seen in the Western Hemisphere.
The Journal News has been reporting on the progress of the disease, and on efforts to control mosquitoes, since the first cases became known. A selection of those stories, recording the progress made in identifying the disease and some of the steps taken to combat it,is available on this page.