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  • How Mosquitoes Helped Shape the Course of Human History

    08/06/2019 6:48:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | August 5, 2019 | Emily Toomey
    Fifty-two billion people—almost half of the cumulative human population—are thought to have perished at the hands of a creature no bigger than a fingernail: the mosquito. In his new book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, historian Timothy Winegard exposes this insect as not merely an itchy pest, but a force of nature that has dictated the outcome of significant events throughout human history. From ancient Athens to World War II, Winegard highlights key moments when mosquito-borne diseases caused militaries to crumble, great leaders to fall ill, and populations to be left vulnerable to invasion. In addition...
  • Nuon Chea, Ideologue of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, Dies at 93

    08/05/2019 8:52:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies ^ | 8/5/2019 | SOPHENG CHEANG
    (PHNOM PENH, Cambodia) — Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died Sunday, the country’s U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal said. He was 93. Nuon Chea was known as Brother No. 2, the right-hand man of Pol Pot, the leader of the regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. The group’s fanatical efforts to realize a utopian society led to the death of some 1.7 million people — more than a quarter of the country’s population at the time — from starvation, disease, overwork and executions. Researchers believe Nuon Chea was...
  • A woman lost her hands and legs to an infection from puppy kisses

    08/03/2019 12:50:16 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 2, 2019 | Lauren del Valle
    Days after returning home from a Punta Cana vacation, Marie Trainer called out of work with a backache and nausea. Then her temperature spiked and dropped, sending her to a local Stark County, Ohio, emergency room in the early hours of May 11. When Trainer woke in a hospital bed nine days later, her hands and legs had been amputated. It took doctors seven days to discover Trainer incurred a severe infection, not from a "tropical" travel disease as they first suspected, but from her German shepherd's kisses.
  • Inside Los Angeles' Skid Row, the epicenter of the homeless crisis

    07/30/2019 2:37:08 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 14 replies
    Fox Business Newx ^ | July 16, 2019 | Julie Limitone
    As FOX Business' Kennedy walked through the area with talk radio host Bryan Suits, rows of tents -- some made of tarps, some made of garbage bags -- lined the trash-ridden streets, while some people wearing stained, tattered clothing wandered about, others choosing to remain inside the makeshift dwellings. A distinct odor wafted through the breeze as the two surveyed the landscape.
  • The Mosquitoes Are Coming for Us: They are our apex predator, the deadliest hunters [tr]

    07/29/2019 9:19:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 27, 2019 | Timothy C. Winegard
    It has been one of the most aggravating sounds on earth for more than 100 million years — the humming buzz of a mosquito. She gently lands on your ankle and inserts two serrated mandible cutting blades and saws into your skin, while two other retractors open a passage for the proboscis. With this straw she sucks your blood, while a sixth needle pumps in saliva that contains an anticoagulant that prevents that blood from clotting. This shortens her feeding time, lessening the likelihood that you splat her across your ankle. The female mosquito needs your blood to grow her...
  • Seattle-Area Councilman: Hosing Poop-Covered Sidewalks Might Be Racially Insensitive

    07/28/2019 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 84 replies
    NRO ^ | 12 July 2019 | Kartherine Timpf
    A councilman in Seattle is reportedly opposed to hosing sidewalks that reek of excrement near a local courthouse because he fears that it might be racially insensitive. No, this is not a joke. The area surrounding King County Superior Court includes a homeless shelter and other social-services organizations and has become an “unsanitary and potentially frightening” scene — one “that reeks of urine and excrement” — according to an article in the Seattle Times. Desperate for help with the disgusting environment, two of the court’s judges have asked the city to please power-wash the poop-covered sidewalks. That seems like a...
  • Victim dies from rare brain infection after visiting Fantasy Lake Water Park water park...

    07/25/2019 2:51:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    wyff ^ | Stephanie Towers
    Officials said the victim, from Guilford County, died after developing primary amebic meningoencephalitis, an illness caused by an amoeba that is naturally present in warm freshwater during the summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the individual’s illness was caused by Naegleria fowleri, which is an amoeba (one-celled living organism) commonly found in warm freshwater. The amoeba does not cause illness if swallowed but can be fatal if forced up the nose. Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.
  • Syphilis cases reach all-time high in Europe, up 70% in 7 years [The next 'gay' disease]

    07/25/2019 3:57:21 PM PDT · by fwdude · 44 replies
    Healio ^ | July 23, 2019 | Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD
    Syphilis rates in Europe have steadily increased over the past decade, reaching an all-time recorded high in 2017 with more than 33,000 cases, according to data reported by the European CDC. The spike has been seen primarily among men who have sex with men (MSM) living in urban areas. (snip) Over the 7-year interval, rates more than doubled in five countries — Iceland (876%), Ireland (224%), the United Kingdom (153%), Germany (144%) and Malta (123%). MSM accounted for 62% of the 152,233 syphilis cases reported between 2007 and 2017 in which the sexual orientation of the patient was known, whereas...
  • Rat-Infested Cities, Pest Control Industry Concerned With California State Rat Poison Ban

    07/23/2019 9:44:51 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 32 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | July 23, 2019 | Staff
    California is moving toward an all-out rat poison ban statewide. AB-1788 cleared the State Assembly earlier this summer. But the problem with the ban is that some California cities are being overrun by rats.
  • Daily double-digit Ebola cases continue in DRC

    07/20/2019 5:28:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CIDRAP ^ | | Jul 19, 2019
    The number of people infected with Ebola continues to rise steadily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) outbreak zone, according to reports yesterday and today, with one more healthcare worker sickened by the virus and the outbreak total rising to 2,546 cases. New health worker infection Of 10 new cases reported in the health ministry's update yesterday, 4 were in Beni, a former Ebola epicenter that has become a hot spot again. The others were in Butembo (2), Mandima (2), Vuhovi (1), and Mutwanga (1). Outbreak responders are still investigating 402 suspected cases. One of the new illnesses...
  • Los Angeles, California cities 'overrun by rodents' that pose public health epidemic, study says

    07/18/2019 6:25:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2019 | Travis Fedschum
    An ever-growing number of rodents in California -- particularly in Los Angeles -- is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday. The report by political action committee Reform California cites recent rodent-related events over the past six months, including an employee at the Los Angeles Police Department contracting Typhus and a rat falling from the ceiling of a Buffalo Wild Wings onto the menu of a patron, as proof of an "undeniable problem" in the Golden State.
  • Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

    07/18/2019 6:16:47 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 7/18/2019 | MARIA CHENG and JAMEY KEATEN
    The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone. A declaration of a global health emergency often...
  • LA Now The ‘City Of Rats’? Report Warns Of ‘Alarming Increase’ In Rodent Population

    07/16/2019 5:36:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/16/2019
    “California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DeMaio highlighted the findings of the group’s new report which cited an increase in the state’s homeless population, along with elimination of the most effective pest control tools, as “significant” factors on the ongoing crisis. The study surveyed nearly two dozen private pest control companies that operate throughout California and found all of...
  • San Francisco homeless count goes from bad to worse, jumping 30% from 2017

    07/10/2019 3:56:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 9, 2019 | Benjamin Oreskes
    Over the last several months, cities and counties across California have been releasing homeless counts. The results have been grim. San Francisco was no exception. In May, the city released data that showed homelessness had jumped 17%. That was bad enough. Last week, a more complete accounting, known as a point-in-time count, showed the problem was even worse. The count revealed that homelessness in a city that’s become a caricature of wealth inequality in the U.S. had actually increased by about 30% from 2017, when the last count took place. The new numbers use a broader definition of what’s considered...
  • President Trump Says He May Take Action On Homeless Problem In LA, San Francisco

    07/02/2019 3:08:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 99 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/02/2019
    Homelessness has made encampments a familiar sight across Southern California, and with people living on the streets come problems like sidewalks being used as bathrooms, rat infestations and diseases. In an interview with Fox News from Osaka, Japan, the president agreed the “filth” in American cities was “very sad.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti responded to Trump’s remarks Tuesday during an appearance on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, where he said he was actually encouraged by the president’s attention to the issue. “Any day the president is talking about homelessness is a good day,” Garcetti said. “The only thing I would correct...
  • LAPD Employs Help Of Robot To Fight Germs At Central Division Station

    06/29/2019 7:38:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/29/2019
    Along with LightStrike, which uses high-intensity light to kill germs in rooms, the department also installed a device called HealthySole that uses ultraviolet rays to kill germs on shoes. The problems facing this facility were highlighted in late May when an officer was infected with salmonella typhi — which typically comes from infected food or water — while at least two other people were sent home experiencing similar symptoms. The Los Angeles Times reported that the LAPD was fined more than $5,000 by the state Department of Industrial Relations last month for failing to tell employees how typhus fever is...
  • Latest flu vaccine failing against current strain, CDC reports

    06/29/2019 7:53:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    abc7la ^ | 06/28/2019
    CDC reports that the vaccine failed miserably against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the season. This season's shot turned out to be a mismatch against the bug that showed up late in the year. The least effective flu vaccine in the past decade was in 2014-2015; that year a mismatch was also blamed. According to ABC News, vaccines against most infectious diseases are not considered successful unless they are at least 90% effective. Due to the flu virus' ability to change so quickly, vaccine effectiveness usually averages around 40%.
  • Measles spike raises fears that virus has evolved and vaccine is not providing immunity

    06/26/2019 6:28:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Monday, 24 June 2019 7:22 pm | Sarah Wiedersehn
    Research by the Department of Health, the Doherty Institute and Royal Melbourne Hospital shows that, between 2014 and 2017, 13 Australians who had been vaccinated still contracted the virus. Medical experts suggest a third vaccination may be necessary to keep people immune. The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Katherine Gibney is an epidemiologist at the Doherty Institute and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She says because Australia has done such a good job at eliminating measles, people who have had only one vaccine aren’t getting a natural immunity boost as the disease isn’t circulating in the community. “If...
  • 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 ^ | 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,...
  • The other concentration camps in US

    06/24/2019 12:54:34 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-24-19 | DrJohn
    The inimitable Alexandria Ocasio Cortez really stepped in it when she likened detention centers at the border to "concentration camps." "The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday night in an emotional Instagram live video. "They are concentration camps," she reiterated to her viewers, who flooded the feed with comments. Sitting in what appeared to be her apartment, the freshman congresswoman criticized the border facilities that currently house undocumented migrants who have crossed into the U.S. and are waiting to be processed. Images from the centers show some migrant...