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  • Black Death may have been lurking for centuries: DNA of plague victims in France backs up theory...

    01/23/2016 7:57:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    MailOnline ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard and Ryan O'Hare
    Black Death, a mid-fourteenth century plague, killed 30 to 50 per cent of the European population in just five years. The pandemic was caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria with millions dying from the disease in two major outbreaks. Thousands of years before it wreaked havoc in the second wave of deaths, the bacteria may have been passed around as a harmless microbe. ... Being distinct from all modern forms of plague, the scientists believe they have identified an extinct form of the disease, according to their study reported yesterday in the online journal eLife. ... Marseille was a big...
  • The Justinian Plague of 562 A.D. an Electromagnetic Drama?

    11/02/2015 1:49:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 61 replies
    Thunderbolts website ^ | October 26, 2015 | Peter Mungo Jupp
    1500 years ago a pungent world plague nearly exterminated the human race! Thomas Short wrote: “from 562 A.D. a plague raged for 52 years the like of which has never been seen before or since!” Conventional wisdom maintains this worldwide plague began in Ethiopia and was carried by ship-born rats to Europe and beyond. With our new knowledge of bacteria and viruses being carried by vectors far above the Earth this theory of deployment has been questioned. Our pertinent scrutiny asks not only what caused this exterminating plague, with its incredible and unmatched virulence, but whether some parallel catastrophic events...
  • The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

    10/09/2015 5:00:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 10/6/15 | Carrie Arnold
    The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death Only a few genetic changes were enough to turn an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague. Pieter Bruegel the ElderThe Triumph of Death (1562), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. By: Carrie ArnoldOctober 6, 2015 Comments (1) Download PDF Print Each year, 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park in California. Most bring back photos, postcards and an occasional sunburn. But two unlucky visitors this summer got a very different souvenir. They got the plague.This quintessential medieval disease, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and transmitted most often by fleabites,...
  • Researchers resurrect ancient viruses in hopes of improving gene therapy

    07/30/2015 10:20:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    Researchers have recreated the evolutionary lineage of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) to reconstruct an ancient viral particle that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies targeting the liver, muscle, and retina. This approach, published July 30 in Cell Reports, could be used to design a new class of genetic drugs that are safer and more potent than those currently available. "Our novel methodology allows us to understand better the intricate structure of viruses and how different properties arose throughout evolution," says senior study author Luk H. Vandenberghe of Harvard Medical School. "We believe our findings will teach us how complex biological...
  • New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army

    12/15/2005 5:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 738+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-15-2005
    : Infectious Diseases Society of America Date: 2005-12-15 New Study Identifies Louse-borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleons disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. Napoleon marched into Russia in the summer...
  • Blaming Anti-vax Parents for Mickey Mouse Measles

    02/02/2015 12:00:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    The New American ^ | February 2, 2015 | Rebecca Terrell
    California's measles outbreak has climbed to 91 confirmed cases, prompting a vicious attack from USA Today contributor Alex Berezow against "anti-vaxxers." He blames them for the epidemic that CDC officials say was introduced at the Disneyland theme park by a person infected with measles overseas. Berezow's knee-jerk reaction is to declare, "Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail." He erroneously maintains that measles could not spread in a fully vaccinated society and discredits as "ludicrous" concerns regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Claiming there is a "mountain of data" proving otherwise, his one and only...
  • Tuberculosis genomes track human history

    01/21/2015 6:34:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Nature ^ | 19 January 2015 Corrected: 20 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    Although M. tuberculosis probably first emerged some 40,000 years ago in Africa, the disease did not take hold until humans took to farming... A previous analysis by his team had shown that the common ancestor of all the M. bacterium strains circulating today began spreading around 10,000 years ago in the ancient Fertile Crescent, a region stretching from Mesopotamia to the Nile Delta that was a cradle of agriculture... 4,987 samples of the Beijing lineage from 99 countries... the information to date the expansion of the lineage and show how the strains are related... the Beijing lineage did indeed emerge...
  • Exclusive: CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

    01/01/2015 10:59:14 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 1, 2015 | Julie Steenhuysen
    he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week. Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a months-long internal investigation into the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in CDC labs this past summer, according to an internal CDC memo obtained by Reuters. Those incidents called into question safety practices at more than 1,000 laboratory and support facilities across the CDC's sprawling network of scientists.
  • Non-American Ebola patients to be treated in US?

    10/29/2014 2:32:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 Oct 14 | Adam Housley
    This report by Fox News is in Video format - VIDEO HERE. It is 2 mins 48 seconds of shocking hell. Fox News has obtained the actual State Department documents that proposes bringing non-US Citizens to this country, and treating them for Ebola at a cost of $500,000 to $1,000,000 each (minimum). The Ebola carriers would be given a "Fast Pass" by the State Department so that they could circumvent current US laws.
  • Matt Drudge Tweets Dire Warning: Self-Quarantine

    10/17/2014 9:57:43 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | October 16th, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    The worlds leading news aggregator always stays on top of the most important stories in the world. With over a billion monthly visitors to his web site at DrudgeReport.com, its why thousands of media organizations follow his every post. Though seemingly a private person, there is no doubt that Matt Drudge has the inside scoop on many goings on in Washington and around the country. With contacts in high places, it stands to reason that the man behind the largest news source on the planet might get a heads up about key developments every so often. Yesterday, after having completely...
  • Purdue Professor David Sanders: Ebola Could Potentially Become Airborne

    10/15/2014 1:26:35 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    DownTrend ^ | 10-14-15 | V. Saxena
    President Barack Obama, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NiH) keep reiterating that we the American people need not worry about the Ebola virus that it stands no chance of blowing up across the country. President Obama himself said, The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. According to HealthDay, back in late July, CDC official Stephan Monroe asserted that the fact that most flights between West Africa and the United States require one or more stops in other countries make it unlikely that a sick person...
  • Most U.S. Hospitals Cannot Safely Handle Ebola Patients

    10/15/2014 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    DCClothesline/The Most Important News ^ | 10-15-14 | Michael Snyder
    This Ebola outbreak is being called the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times, and the U.S. health care system is completely and totally unprepared for it. The truth is that most U.S. hospitals are simply not equipped to safely handle Ebola patients, and most hospital staff members have received little or no training on Ebola. And the fact that Barack Obama and our top public health officials are running around proclaiming that Ebola is difficult to catch is giving doctors and nurses a false sense of security. There is a reason why Ebola has been classified as...
  • Was Ebola Behind the Black Death?

    10/01/2014 6:26:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jen Sterling
    Controversial new research suggests that contrary to the history books, the "Black Death" that devastated medieval Europe was not the bubonic plague, but rather an Ebola-like virus. History books have long taught the Black Death, which wiped out a quarter of Europe's population in the Middle Ages, was caused by bubonic plague, spread by infected fleas that lived on black rats. But new research in England suggests the killer was actually an Ebola-like virus transmitted directly from person to person. The Black Death killed some 25 million Europeans in a devastating outbreak between 1347 and 1352, and then reappeared periodically...
  • The deadliest disease of all

    08/14/2014 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Disease is the absence of health. Although many diseases still have the potential to end our life we have found ways to combat them and avoid the deadly pandemics of the past. History tells us between 75 and 200 million people died in Europe during the middle years of the 14th century. It took just six years to sweep across the continent and reduce the population by at least 1/3. Those who survived were emotionally and financially destroyed. Because of modern medicine and a clearer understanding of the how and why of epidemics we are at much less risk of...
  • 'The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era,' WHO official warns

    05/02/2014 2:50:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 2, 2014 | by Karen Kaplan
    Officials from the World Health Organization warned this week that the workhorse medications we rely on to keep viruses, bacteria and other pathogens in check are in real danger of becoming obsolete. In every region of the globe, health officials have witnessed very high rates of resistance to antimicrobial drugs designed to fight bugs like Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a new report. These bugs cause pneumonia and infections in the bloodstream, open wounds and the urinary tract.
  • WHO: New Virus Has Pandemic Potential (60% mortality -Haj pilgrims at greatest risk)

    06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 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...
  • Diary From The HMNZ Tahiti During The 1918 Pandemic

    10/08/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Avian Flu Diary ^ | OCTOBER 08, 2012 | Michael Coston
    For years historians, epidemiologists, and virologists have been attempting to peel back the cobwebs of time in order to analyze the deadliest pandemic in human history; the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. John Barrys The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History, has probably done more to reawaken memories of that awful time than any other source, but many gaps in our knowledge remain. Jeffrey K. Taubenberger and David Morens - both researchers at NIAID have added considerably to our understanding of the H1N1 virus and the events surrounding its emergence. Taubenberger was the first to...
  • Deadly bubonic plague found in Oregon: Back to the Middle Ages?

    06/17/2012 12:29:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    New Jersey Newsroom ^ | Saturday, 16 June 2012 11:00 | BOB HOLT
    A man has been hospitalized in Oregon who is believed to be suffering from the black plague, a disease that killed about one-third of the population of Europe during the Middle Ages. The unidentified man in his 50s became ill several days after being bitten when he tried to get a mouse out of the mouth of a stray cat, according to OregonLive.com. The man was listed in critical condition in a Bend hospital on Tuesday. NZ Herald News reported that the man showed classic symptoms of the plagueswollen lymph nodes in the groin and armpits. But doctors said he...
  • Ancient Mummy Child Had Hepatitis B

    06/02/2012 7:34:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Staff
    A mummified child in Korea whose organs were relatively well preserved has produced the oldest full viral genome description. A liver biopsy of the mummy revealed a unique hepatitis B virus (HBV) known as a genotype C2 sequence, which is said to be common in Southeast Asia. The first discovery of hepatitis in a Korean mummy came in 2007. The new work provided more detailed analysis... Carbon 14 tests of the clothing of the mummy suggests that the boy lived around the 16th century during the Korean Joseon Dynasty. The viral DNA sequences recovered from the liver biopsy enabled the...
  • Korean Mummy Holds Clues to Disease

    07/26/2007 8:33:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 392+ views
    !oohaY ^ | Wednesday, Jul 25, 2007 | Jeanna Bryner
    The liver of a child mummy preserved for 500 years still holds samples of the hepatitis B virus... Mark Spigelman of the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem... is a paleo-epidemiologist, who studies ancient diseases found on mummified bodies to shed light on the modern forms of such illnesses. This is the first time hepatitis B has been spotted in a mummified body. In South Korea, 12 percent of the population are hepatitis carriers, more than double the world average. The virus, responsible for about 1 million deaths each year,...