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  • Flu Vaccine Works Better Than Expected-CDC. Flu shot making bad year worse-AP

    02/16/2018 9:22:52 AM PST · by spintreebob · 67 replies
    New York Times - AP ^ | 2-16-2018 | Donald G. McNeil, Jr-NYT, Mike Stobbe-AP
    The flu vaccine is more effective than expected, federal health officials said on Thursday at a special news conference held to discuss the dangerous flu season, which is expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans. This year’s vaccine is about 25% effective against the H3N2 strain of flu that is causing most illnesses and deaths, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Per the NYT. But look at the AP story. The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released...
  • The Flu Is FAR WORSE Than We’re Being Told: Tens Of Thousands Of Americans Are DYING

    01/27/2018 8:35:55 PM PST · by blam · 248 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | 1-27-2018 | Cat Ellis
    We all know that this year’s flu season is bad. I have been pouring over numbers and reports over the past few days, and it’s actually even worse than we’re hearing about. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying. It’s now worse than the 2009 swine flu outbreak and is on track with the 2014-15 strain. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Despite this, the media is downplaying the severity of the flu and the government makes the statistics pretty difficult to find. Are they trying to avoid a panic? Do they know something we don’t? Here’s...
  • OUTBREAK ALERT: Yellow Fever Death Toll Triples In Brazil

    01/26/2018 7:17:47 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-26-2018
    The yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has taken a backseat to the flu outbreak spreading globally. But, the death toll from yellow fever has now tripled and travelers are being warned. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday there are 35 confirmed cases of the disease, including a case confirmed in the Netherlands for a traveler who had recently visited Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo even closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as the yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam. The big Inhotim art park, which attracts visitors from all over...
  • Flu Outbreak Shutters Texas School District

    01/17/2018 3:51:19 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-17-2017 | Merrill Hope
    A flu outbreak is forcing a North Texas school district to shut down for a week because the number of students, teachers, and staff exhibiting influenza-like symptoms continues to soar. The Bonham Independent School District will close its doors on Wednesday, January 17, and reopen a week later, on January 24, after cleaning crews sanitize classrooms, common campus areas, supplies, and school buses, as recommended by state public health officials. Bonham ISD Superintendent Marvin Beaty said he decided to cancel classes after so many students, staff, and faculty members manifested flu-like symptoms. Fourteen percent, or 266, of the school district’s...
  • Think Flu Season Is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse

    01/16/2018 8:03:46 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    Globall News ^ | 1-16-2017
    “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph.” Now new strains may be coming. The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire...
  • Flu Season Is Shaping Up As One Of The Worst In Years, Officials Say

    01/14/2018 3:33:47 PM PST · by blam · 135 replies
    Stat News ^ | 1-14-2018 | Helen Branswell
    The latest data — for the week ending Jan. 6 — suggest the season may be peaking right now, the CDC’s director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, told reporters Friday. But she warned that many more people will be infected before the season is over. There’s a difference between an active flu season — when a large number of people get sick — and a severe season, when the numbers of people hospitalized for flu or who die from the infection are unusually high. It can be hard to tell in real time where a flu season will fall on the severity...
  • Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report [CDC]

    12/30/2017 1:38:11 PM PST · by familyop · 100 replies
    CDC (U.S. Government) ^ | December 29, 2017 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    [Follow the link and scroll down for the following text and the map.] ILINet State Activity Indicator Map: Data collected in ILINet are used to produce a measure of ILI activity* by state. Activity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in a state due to ILI and are compared to the average percent of ILI visits that occur during weeks with little or no influenza virus circulation. Activity levels range from minimal, which would correspond to ILI activity from outpatient clinics being below, or only slightly above, the average, to high, which would correspond to ILI activity...
  • Bird flu spreads in South Korea (fifth outbreak, mallard duck connection)

    01/19/2007 9:22:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 587+ views
    AP ^ | 01/20/07
    Bird flu spreads in South Korea 1 hour, 2 minutes ago Bird flu has spread in South Korea to a fifth farm, officials have said, despite stepped up government efforts to contain outbreaks of the deadly virus in recent weeks. The agriculture ministry said bird flu has been discovered in a village within a 10-kilometre quarantine zone established after a previous outbreak on a chicken farm last month. "Test results confirmed breeding chickens at a poultry farm at Punge village were infected with high pathological bird flu virus," the ministry said in a statement. Officials have ordered culling of thousands...
  • N. Korea: KIM JONG UN MAY HAVE CAUSED A PARASITIC WORM EPIDEMIC IN NORTH KOREA BY MAKING FARMERS...

    11/18/2017 6:14:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 104 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/17/17 | CALLUM PATON
    KIM JONG UN MAY HAVE CAUSED A PARASITIC WORM EPIDEMIC IN NORTH KOREA BY MAKING FARMERS SPREAD HUMAN FAECES ON THEIR CROPS The prevalence of parasitic worms causing health problems in North Korea may be the result of a personal intervention by Kim Jong Un, who urged farmers to spread human excrement on their fields to fertilize crops. The hermit nation’s leader issued an instruction to farmers in 2014 telling them to use human faeces with animal waste and organic compost on their fields. With a lack of livestock to provide animal fertilizer, agriculturists poured the human excrement, also known...
  • Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    08/14/2017 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.azfamily.com ^ | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 3:30 AM CST | Staff
    TAYLOR, Ariz. (3TV/CBS5) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague -- the infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. The fleas in Navajo County were found near the town of Taylor. Health officials have notified the residents whose property will be treated. The area...
  • Opioid, Schmopioid

    07/14/2017 5:31:02 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 182 replies
    american thinker ^ | 7/14/2017 | r j kozar
    ... legal or not, using opioids is just plain stupid. Compared to an opioid user, a man who punches himself in the face looks smart. That's why I roll my eyes and change the channel when hectored about this so-called epidemic. If you want to talk about an epidemic, talk about zika or bird flu. Opioid addiction comes from a decision, not a virus. No mosquito can infect you with opioid addiction, and you don't need antibacterial soap to avoid catching it. To speak of it as an epidemic and to speak of addicts as victims is to stack the...
  • Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

    06/25/2017 5:26:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/24/2017
    Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera. "We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing...
  • Ebola: Three people killed in DR Congo as new epidemic declared by WHO

    05/12/2017 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 9 replies
    Yahoo News U.K. ^ | 5/12/17 | Yahoo News UK
    A new Ebola epidemic has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the deaths of three people thought to be linked to the virus. The country’s health ministry confirmed one person has tested positive for the virus. The World Health Organisation confirmed that the DR Congo had informed them of a lab-confirmed case of the disease " On 11 May 2017, the Min of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO & partners of a lab-confirmed case of #Ebola#DRC — WHO (@WHO) May 12, 2017 " The case was confirmed from tests on nine people...
  • Pharmaceutical Giants Caught Supplying Cartels With Tons of Bulk Ingredients to Produce Meth

    04/17/2017 10:45:52 AM PDT · by LTC.Ret · 144 replies
    Quote the article: "Prosecutors in Belgium have recently announced that executives with pharmaceutical companies based in the country will be charged with knowingly providing drug cartels with prescription drugs that were used to manufacture methamphetamine. . . . accused of providing the Mexican drug kingpin Ezio Figueroa Vazquez with several tons of ephedrine . . . seven executives who were charged with crimes . . . company made two shipments of two million pills containing pseudoephedrine in 2006 . . . big pharma drug Adderall is nearly identical to crystal meth . . .the only place to get massive quantities...
  • What Will The Next Epidemic Be? 101 Dead In Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil

    03/10/2017 9:33:24 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09 March 2017 | Janice Williams
    Doctors are worried Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak could be as devastating an epidemic as the Zika virus, the New England Journal of Medicine reported. More than 100 people have already died from the virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Initially, doctors weren’t concerned the few instances of yellow fever would turn into an outbreak because the majority of the cases, which were first reported in December, were among people living away from heavily populated urban cities and closer to Brazil’s jungles. However, the number of people contracting the virus is rising sharply, the report said.
  • Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

    02/20/2017 6:10:07 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 40 replies
    nature.com ^ | 2/16/17 | Ewen Callaway
    One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico’s native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella from Europe, a pair of studies suggest. In one study, researchers say they have recovered DNA of the stomach bacterium from burials in Mexico linked to a 1540s epidemic that killed up to 80% of the country's native inhabitants. The team reports its findings in a preprint posted on the bioRxiv server on 8 February1.
  • Miami's Zika Search Turns Up Another Virus: Dengue

    09/28/2016 11:21:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sept. 28, 2016 | Maggie Fox
    Florida health officials who have been testing thousands of residents for Zika virus said Wednesday they found another infection: dengue virus. The health department said it confirmed a case of locally acquired dengue virus, the second this year in the state and the first in Miami. Dengue is a close relative of Zika and it is spread by the same mosquitoes. Health experts say anywhere you find dengue, you are likely to find Zika. It's so closely related that tests often mix up the two viruses, as well as a third relative: chikungunya. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • Zika Count Rises to 215 in Singapore

    09/04/2016 7:59:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 4, 2016 | Maggie Fox
    Singapore reported another big batch of Zika virus cases Sunday, bringing its total count in just a week to 215, and World Health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency. Zika's apparent quick spread out of Latin America and in Asia and Africa has WHO officials worried. They have no idea if the virus will spread as explosively as it has in the Americas, and they cannot predict if it will cause a fresh wave of birth defects and side-effects such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome. They don't even know if they...
  • End the Gun Epidemic in America (New York Times)

    12/05/2015 2:36:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 12/04/15 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    **SNIP** It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America's elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let's be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism. **SNIP**...
  • MUSLIM "REFUGEES" BRING PREGNANT LITTLE GIRLS AS "CHILD BRIDES" TO EUROPE

    10/24/2015 4:49:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 23, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is what "European values" now look like. The millions of Muslim migrants invading Europe under the guise of refugees are making the abuse of children into the new normal. If you want to know where the Muslim sex grooming scandals of the UK in which thousands of young girls were raped come from, it's down to religion and culture. ... Dutch asylum centres are reportedly housing 20 child brides aged between 13 and 15, while three a week on average are arriving to the country. The brides were granted legal permission to join their older partners after the country...