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  • Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

    09/18/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Health ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacque Wilson, Matthew Stucker and Teri Genova
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you. Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia. New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health. And "in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection," the CDC said in a statement...
  • Ebola Preparedness kit suggestions thread ~ Vanity

    09/17/2014 11:54:07 PM PDT · by GraceG · 20 replies
    GraceG
    I am starting this thread to get suggestions on what items would be useful to have at one's house and at the ready for the following scenario.Initial Conditions: 1. Ebola has started to ravage the United States and many people are already infected with it, many of whom don't even realize yet that they are infected. 2. The the emergency rooms and hospitals are already filled up to the brim with fresh Ebola cases making hospitals a dangerous place to be if you don't already have Ebola and useless in terms of actually helping you any way if you do....
  • As Ebola Cases Accelerate, Liberia's Sick Must Fend for Themselves

    09/14/2014 11:23:15 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/14/12 | Lenny Bernstein
    SNIP With each day, the small group of caregivers trying to cope with the worst outbreak of Ebola on record falls further and further behind as the pace of the virus’s transmission rapidly accelerates. Health facilities are full, and an increasing number of infected people are being turned away, left to fend for themselves. SNIP The sick arrive each day, hopeful that their timing and symptoms will get them past the gate. Even so, 7 in 10 will die inside, slightly better odds than the 9 in 10 who are dying in the community, Madden said. SNIP Across Monrovia, such...
  • Liberia: Somebody Had to Do It: Turning People Away [Ebola]

    09/12/2014 9:59:31 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 8 replies
    MSF.ORG ^ | 9/12/14 | msf
    Liberia: 'Somebody had to do it' - Turning people away from an overwhelmed Ebola treatment centre 12 September 2014 Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium, arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia in late August to help with MSF’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Finding the treatment centre full, health staff overwhelmed, and sick people queuing in the street, Pierre volunteered for the heartwrenching job of turning people away. Soon after arriving in Monrovia, I realised that my colleagues were overwhelmed by the scale of the Ebola outbreak. Our treatment centre – the biggest MSF has ever run – was full,...
  • What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola

    09/11/2014 11:23:51 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 189 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/11/2014 | MICHAEL T. OSTERHOLM
    THE Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done. There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge...
  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 67 replies
    News24 ^ | sept 9, 2014
    Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days Geneva - The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has claimed 2,288 lives, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, stressing that nearly half had died in less than a month. As of 6 September 2,288 people had died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Libera out of 4,269 cases, the UN's health agency said, pointing out that 47% of the deaths and 49% of the cases had come in the prior 21 days. Another eight people have died in Nigeria out of 21 cases, while one case of Ebola has been confirmed...
  • Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness : U.S. report

    09/08/2014 2:29:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 32 replies
    Rueters via Yahoo News ^ | 9/8/14 | Doina Chiacu
    The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed. The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits without establishing the need for them, according to its inspector general's report, which included photographs of stacks of unopened boxes piled high in a storeroom.
  • Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources.

    09/02/2014 3:17:48 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | PDonohue
    Full Title: Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources — MTA hiring expert to review efforts “We’ve never had sightings to this magnitude,” said Joe Costales, a chairman with Transport Workers Union Local 100. “We’ve had isolated incidents in crew quarters, but it’s no longer an isolated scenario. It’s throughout the system.”
  • The Next Pandemic

    09/02/2014 3:42:11 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    The Week Magazine ^ | 9-2-2014 | The Week Staff
    By The Week Staff August 30, 2014Think Ebola is alarming? Scientists expect a much deadlier virus to emerge in the not-distant future. How likely is a pandemic? Epidemiologists believe we're statistically overdue for a global viral outbreak, which occurs every generation or so. This year's Ebola crisis is probably just a dress rehearsal: Though the virus has killed at least 1,420 people in Africa in the last five months, Ebola is transmitted only through intimate contact with bodily fluids and doesn't have the global reach of a true pandemic, such as Spanish influenza in 1918. Humanity had no prior exposure...
  • Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

    08/27/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | 8-27-2014 | AFP
    Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa. The French flag carrier announced the "temporary suspension" of its flight to Freetown that it runs three times a week but insisted it would continue to serve Guinea and Nigeria, other Ebola-hit countries. Wednesday's announcement followed advice from the French government to stop flights to Sierra Leone's capital Freetown given "the way the epidemic has evolved and the condition of the health systems".
  • Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa started with two-year-old boy infected by a fruit bat

    08/24/2014 5:13:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 August 2014 | Paul Donnelley for MailOnline
    "The largest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola was caused by an infected bat biting a toddler say a group of international researchers. The 17-strong team of European and African tropical disease researchers, ecologists and anthropologists have spent three weeks investigating the outbreak of the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The researchers captured the bats and other creatures near the village of Meliandoua in remote eastern Guinea, where the present epidemic began in December 2013."
  • Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death (Ireland)

    08/21/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8-21-2014 | Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall
    Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal. It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood. While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola. In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case...
  • Air France Crews Petition to Stop Flights to Ebola-Affected Countries

    08/19/2014 11:42:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Mashable ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jessica Plautz
    More than 700 Air France staff have signed a petition asking the airline to stop flights to the West African countries hit hard by Ebola. Air France flies to Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone. Despite assurances from world-health officials that Ebola's spread by air travel is unlikely, British Airways and Emirates have already canceled routes as a precaution. At least 1,145 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record. Some crew have even refused to board flights to the countries, a spokesperson for Air France told Agence France-Presse. Although some scheduled crew have refused...
  • Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Patient Being Tested For Ebola After Possible Exposure

    08/19/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    CBS 13 ^ | 8-19-2014 | CBS13
    A patient admitted to Kaiser Permanente may have been exposed to the ebola virus, and test are currently being done to determine whether the virus is present, a representative has confirmed to CBS13. The unidentified patient was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, and they have been placed in isolation. The medical center emphasizes all measures are being taken to protect the staff, and that the samples have been sent to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, who will test them. The tests are expected to take several days to complete.
  • WHO reports 128 new Ebola cases, 45 deaths in West Africa

    08/14/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-13-2014 | Reuters
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday reported 128 new Ebola cases and 56 deaths in West Africa in the two days to August 11, raising the death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the disease to 1,069.
  • Ebola Suspected in Hamburg Germany

    08/09/2014 7:38:08 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies
    Bild.de via AvianFluTalk.com ^ | Aug. 10 2014 | THOMAS KNOOP, THOMAS Röthemeier and JOSEFIN ROSARY
    Hamburg – Ebola-Verdacht in Hamburg! Ein Mann (28) aus Freetown (Sierra Leone) soll das tödliche Virus nach Deutschland gebracht haben. Der Mann soll am 7. August über Paris in die Hansestadt gelangt sein. Von da an war er in einem Wohnheim in Hamburg-Hummelsbüttel untergebracht. Am Samstag klagte der Mann dann gegen 14 Uhr über Fieber und Erbrechen. Mit einem Rettungswagen wurde er in das Klinikum Heidberg gebracht. Dort kam er in die Notaufnahme. Zunächst blieb unklar, ob der Mann mit Ebola-Patienten in Kontakt gekommen war. Deshalb wurde er in einen Isolierraum verlegt. Claimed translation below, via AvianFluTalk.comTHOMAS KNOOP, THOMAS Röthemeier...
  • KENYA: Suspected Ebola Patient Isolated in an Ambulance

    08/08/2014 11:50:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    IQ4News Kenya ^ | 8-9-2014 | IQ4News Kenya
    A suspected Ebola patient was on Friday night isolated at an ambulance at Kenya’s biggest referral facility, the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), IN Nairobi. However, reports from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) where the blood was taken for sampling indicate that no result has come out. Kenya’s unpreparedness against ebola, that is currently ravaging West Africa, has been put into question with Doctors saying that the country lacks the wherewithal to deal with the deadly infection. There are only two major referral facilities in Kenya, the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in...
  • Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency/ Study Finds W. African Ebola Virus Is Undetected New Strain

    08/08/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-8-2014 | Durden
    Following the WHO's warnings, (the ironically named) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a "state of emergency" over the Ebola outbreak that is rapidly escalating in his nation. This comes on the heels of a US medical journal study that finds, as Reuters reports, the Ebola virus that is ravagaing West Africa was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a "new strain" of the disease - raising the specter of further regional epidemics. Ebola is endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon, and scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Zaire strain of the virus...
  • Nigerian, suspected with Ebola infection, in Cotonou hospital (Benin Republic)

    08/07/2014 10:12:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    News Nigeria ^ | 8-7-2014 | NN
    Benin Republic, Nigeria’s neighbour, has reported its first case of Ebola. The suspected victim is however a Nigerian. He is now receiving treatment in a hospital in Cotonou, the seat of government. Health Minister Dorothée Gazard, an associate professor of parasitology and mycology, said on state television on Thursday, that a sample of of the Nigerian blood has been sent to Senegal for testing, . The case is unconfirmed but Gazard’s announcement triggered widespread fears in the political capital Cotonou. Many people said they would stock up on food and stop eating at popular roadside food stalls to avoid possible...
  • Congressman Calls for 'Pandemic' Funding to Address Ebola Outbreak

    08/07/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 22 replies
    Breibart TV ^ | 8-7-2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said he will be requesting funding for a "pandemic." Smith said, "This is unprecedented. Many people are not cooperating with efforts to contain the disease. There is an information gap. Despite the efforts through cell phone and radio to get the message out, there is a learning curve. as we consider what to do to meet this health challenge, I suggest we get funding levels for pandemic preparedness. This is for congress and the executive branch, in a restricted...
  • Foreign Relations Council says Ebola outbreak is 'out of control' (CFR)

    08/05/2014 8:11:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 5, 2014 | Rebecca Bratek
    The deadly Ebola epidemic engulfing three West African countries is "out of control," health experts at the Council on Foreign Relations said Tuesday.. The virus, which has claimed almost 900 lives since March, hasn't "ever been in control" since Ebola was first discovered in 1976, said Laurie Garrett, CFR's senior fellow for global health. Garrett spoke on a conference call with reporters as the second American infected with Ebola in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment under strict quarantine, and a day after a patient in New York City was tested for the disease. City health authorities concluded the patient...
  • Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public

    08/05/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 4, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about six patients in New York City that were tested for Ebola and one who had recently traveled to Africa that is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus on Monday’s broadcast of “Wolf.” Gupta said, “I would guess by tomorrow sometime we'll have a better idea” what malady the individual has. He also pointed out that even though the patient isn’t in isolation, “This isn't the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus....
  • Anticipating the Next Pandemic

    08/04/2014 12:20:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2012 | David Quammen
    BAD news is always interesting, especially when it starts small and threatens to grow large, like the little cloud on the distant horizon, no bigger than “a man’s hand,” that is destined to rise as a thunderhead (1 Kings 18:44). That’s why we read so avidly about the recent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease among villages in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and about West Nile fever in the area around Dallas (where 15 have died of it since July). And that’s why, early this month, heads turned toward Yosemite National Park after the announcement of a third...
  • Could Medical Robotics Be Used to Handle Ebola Patients?

    08/01/2014 10:25:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Mind of Coporate Stepsister | August 2, 2014 | Coporate Stepsister
    Now, should the medical workers in the Ebola infected countries use robotic technology to handle patients, administer certain drugs, and then do certain functions that could prevent the spread of the disease to the workers in the medical field? I thought this would be a much better way to have patients taken care of and reduce risk drastically in regards to patient to doctor/carer transmission.
  • Obama executive order allows detention of Americans with respiratory diseases

    08/01/2014 1:20:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 8/01/14 | Joe Newby
    On Thursday, Barack Obama signed an executive order that allows for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals with certain severe acute respiratory diseases, not including influenza. The executive order modifies one signed in 2003 by George Bush that allowed for the detention and quarantine of those with SARS. "Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely...
  • Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns

    07/29/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT · by garjog · 77 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Kerry Sheridan
    ""The likelihood of this outbreak spreading beyond West Africa is very low," admitted Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases."
  • A Leading Ebola Doctor Just Contracted The Virus

    07/23/2014 9:55:04 AM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 7-23-2014 | Reuters
    ReutersJuly 23, 2014 The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said. The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of...
  • 300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

    07/16/2014 11:26:36 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 16, 2014 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. Related Stories Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room Associated Press 'Forgotten freezer' held much more than smallpox AFP CDC Closes Labs After Accidents With Flu, Anthrax Samples The Wall Street Journal Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab ABC News Scientists found some smallpox vials lying around in an unsecured federal lab The Week (RSS) Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection...
  • Who Will Be the First Prominent Liberal to Catch a Horrible Disease from Illegals Crossing Border?

    06/27/2014 6:00:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Self | June 27, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Call it Karma but who do you think will be the FIRST prominent Liberal to catch a horrible disease like such as TB from the illegals currently flooding across the border. I saw a pic of one of the illegals and his body was covered in pox. There are many other diseases. Now Nancy Pelosi is grandstanding by declaring she will "greet" the illegals at the border. Really Nancy? And are you prepared to "greet" their diseases.
  • Ebola ‘out of control’: Doctors Without Borders

    06/20/2014 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2014 8:53 AM EDT
    A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond. […] According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, Ebola has already been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. …
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Terrifying Ebola Virus Is Still Spreading

    05/28/2014 10:38:18 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 5-28-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay and Saliou Samb
    Stephanie Nebehay and Saliou Samb, ReutersMay 28, 2014, 10:49 AM Guinea's capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, according to the World Health Organization. The spread of the two-month-old outbreak, which Guinean authorities had said had been contained, risks further complicating the fight against the virus in a region already struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders. "The situation is serious, you can't say it is under control as cases are continuing and it is spreading geographically," Dr Pierre...
  • How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

    05/18/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    The Apartment Prepper ^ | 4/24/14 | aptprepper
    What is a pandemic? According to Flu.gov, a pandemic is defined as a global outbreak of disease. It’s not determined by the number of deaths, but by how quickly it spreads. Do they happen? Pandemics do happen, as in three outbreaks of flu pandemic in the 20th century: Spanish flu killed $40-50 million in 1918 Asian flu in 1957 killed 2 million people 1 million deaths from Hong Kong flu in 1968 What are the chances? I don’t have a crystal ball, and there is really no way to predict when and how a pandemic can happen. Certain “tells” would...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”

    04/20/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/20/14
    Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.” But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.
  • A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs: 70s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake

    04/12/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 36 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Slate ^ | April 11, 2014 | Martin Furmanski
    ....Virologists, using serologic and early genetic tests, soon began to suggest the cause of the reappearance was a laboratory escape of a 1949-50 virus, and as genomic techniques advanced, it became clear that this was true. By 2010, researchers published it as fact: “The most famous case of a released laboratory strain is the re-emergent H1N1 influenza-A virus which was first observed in China in May of 1977 and in Russia shortly thereafter.” The virus may have escaped from a lab attempting to prepare an attenuated H1N1 vaccine in response to the U.S. swine flu pandemic alert..... In 2007, Foot...
  • Plague decoded: Researchers link 2 of the most devastating pandemics in history

    01/27/2014 5:08:06 PM PST · by John W · 117 replies
    ctvnews.ca ^ | January 27, 2014 | Christina Commisso
    An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the most devastating pandemics in human history -- responsible for killing as much as half the population in Europe at the time -- were caused by strains of the same bacterium. The researchers announced Monday that the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, and warned that similar pandemics can strike again. The Plague of Justinian struck in the 6th century and is estimated to have killed between 30 and 50 million people -- virtually half the world’s population as it...
  • WHO: New Virus Has Pandemic Potential (60% mortality -Haj pilgrims at greatest risk)

    06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 25 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 10, 2013
    The World Health Organization is asking health workers around the world to be on alert for symptoms of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Monday's warning came as WHO officials ended a six-day investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Sixty percent of those people with known infections died. The United Nations agency is concerned that the MERS virus might spread among pilgrims expected to visit holy sites in Saudi Arabia next month during Ramadan, or the millions more expected in October for the annual Hajj to Mecca. Officials...
  • Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person

    04/19/2013 2:11:38 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-19-2013 | Jennifer Walsh
    Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person Jennifer WelshApril 19,2013 As new cases of the bird flu H7N9 continue to pop up all over China, officals are getting more and more worried that the virus can spread between humans, or that it will soon develop the ability to spread between humans. If it develops the ability to transfer easily from one human to another it could easily become a pandemic. While the virus has been circulating in the bird population, and many types of birds have tested positive for it. According to the World Health...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • Deadly new bird flu vindicates controversial research [?]

    04/07/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | Thu, Apr 4, 2013 | Kate Kelland,
    MAKING A MONSTER? The scientific work that can answer key risk questions is known as "gain of function" or GOF research. Its aim is to identify combinations of genetic changes, or mutations, that allow an animal virus to jump to humans. By finding the mutations needed, researchers and ultimately health authorities are better prepared to assess how likely it is that a new virus could become dangerous and if so how soon they should begin developing drugs, vaccines and other scientific defenses. Yet such work is highly controversial. When two teams of scientists announced in late 2011 they had found...
  • Containing Super-Flus: Controversy Brews Over Scientists' Creation of Killer Viruses

    02/18/2012 12:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/17/2012 | Veronika Hackenbroch and Gerald Traufetter
    Ron Fouchier, a giant of a man at more than two meters tall (6'6"), has dark circles under his eyes. His life has been stressful lately. "They want to paint me as a homicidal idiot," he says heatedly. He is referring, most of all, to a powerful institution from the United States, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). … Fouchier is attracting so much attention because he has created a new organism. And although it is tiny, if it escaped from his laboratory it would claim far more human lives than an exploding nuclear power plant. The pathogen...
  • Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug

    01/20/2012 11:59:29 AM PST · by little jeremiah · 4 replies
    Media Indonesia ^ | 20 Januari 2012 22:47 | Cornelius Eko Susanto
    The Pandemic Flu Information Forum posted a machine translation of the Indonesian article, excerpt below: Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug JAKARTA - MICOM: Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih suspect in Indonesia has occurred the possibility of resistance (drug resistance) to the drug oseltamivir. The hypothesis was made based on the presence of some positive victims of bird flu in Indonesia are still died despite oseltamivir have been given early. < snip > If there is resistance to oseltamivir, Indonesia no longer has a drug to counteract the spread of the H5N1 virus. Because, oseltamivir is the only...
  • Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC

    12/29/2011 1:15:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape ^ | December 28, 2011 | Robert Lowes
    — The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children. The infections in question involve a variant of the A(H3N2) virus that circulates among pigs. It contains a gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus that codes for matrix proteins found in the viral shell. In 3 of the 5 states where the A(H3N2)v virus has surfaced — Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine —...
  • This is a true story, it just hasn't happened yet.

    12/21/2011 7:14:44 AM PST · by Any Fate But Submission · 85 replies
    This is a true story, it just hasn’t happened yet. “I’m hungry grandma Kay” Abbie cried “When are we going to eat”? “I don’t know sweetie, I’m hungry too” Kay replied. Abbie just stood there in the living room in her bulky coat and boots swaying back and forth with her head hanging down and weeping softly. She was skin and bones, Kay knew she wouldn’t last much longer. After 3 weeks there had been nothing to eat anywhere and now, only 6 weeks after the lights went out, they were starving. “Grandma, remember when I told you my friend...
  • THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail)

    12/14/2011 4:59:02 AM PST · by James Oscar · 344 replies · 1+ views
    Tokuisei.Com ^ | 12-14-11 | James Oscar
    THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail) I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form. "Come in," she said, "I'll give you—shelter From the storm” -Bob Dylan-
  • NIH scientists find earliest known evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic (and more)

    09/19/2011 12:37:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies
    Examination of lung tissue and other autopsy material from 68 American soldiers who died of respiratory infections in 1918 has revealed that the influenza virus that eventually killed 50 million people worldwide was circulating in the United States at least four months before the 1918 influenza reached pandemic levels that fall. The study, using tissues preserved since 1918, was led by Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found proteins and genetic material from the 1918 influenza virus in specimens from 37 of...
  • Bird flu back on the rise, U.N. warns

    08/29/2011 10:47:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | August 29, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    Bird flu was in decline -- but health officials warned Monday that it appears to be on the rise again. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence" of the virus, which has crossed over from birds to infect 565 people and kill 331 of them since its appearance in 2003. At its peak in 2006, avian fluwas present in 63 countries around the world. Just two years later, it was gone from most, and cases of illness in humans followed suit, dipping to just 302 in 2008. But almost...
  • Navy to test its ability to vaccinate masses in a pandemic

    09/16/2010 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 15 Sep 2010 | Kate Wiltrout
    It may be part of an exercise, but have no doubt: The needles in this simulated pandemic flu scenario are real. And so are the deltoids of thousands of sailors to be immunized in coming days as part of a test of the Navy's capacity to "surge" huge quantities of vaccines to its work force. Every military exercise gets a name, typically by shortening key words and condensing the spaces between them. The first phase of PANFLUEX - short for pandemic flu exercise - begins today, when nurses and corpsmen from Portsmouth Naval Medical Center will fan out to local...
  • WHO Declares H1N1 Flu "pandemic" Over! What's Wrong with This Story?

    08/10/2010 7:46:53 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 18 replies
    Associated Content by Yahoo ^ | Aug. 10th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    In early June of this year, European countries were strongly criticizing the WHO over the handling of the H1N1 flu. They accused the WHO of exaggerating the threat posed by the H1N1 flu. They also said that the WHO had been influenced by the pharmaceutical companies.