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  • Officials: Fleas in Two Arizona Counties Tested Positive for the Plague

    08/17/2017 6:51:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for the Bubonic plague — the same disease that killed millions of people in the 14th century throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, public health officials say. Navajo County public health officials announced Friday that fleas collected near the town of Taylor tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the Bubonic plague, the Associated Press reports. The announcement came one week after Coconino County officials first discovered fleas in the area found to be carrying the plague. KNXV reports that Coconino County officials first discovered the plague-infested fleas in the Red Lake...
  • Yemen cholera cases exceed half a million in four months

    08/15/2017 9:44:35 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 13 replies
    m.france.24.com ^ | 8/14/17 | WHO
    More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration, in the country where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, it said. "The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2,000 people have died since the outbreak began to...
  • 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...
  • 2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico's Santa Fe County (Rodent-Fleas->Pets)

    06/27/2017 4:14:01 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    kob.com ^ | 6/26/17 | associated Press
    State public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad said plague can be present in fleas that infest wild rodents in Santa Fe County, including within the city limits of Santa Fe and in other locations around New Mexico. "Pets that are allowed to roam and hunt can bring infected fleas from dead rodents back into the home, putting you and your children at risk," he said. Health workers are conducted environmental investigations around the homes of the three patients to look for ongoing risk and to ensure the safety of the immediate family members and neighbors."
  • BILL GATES: A New Kind Of Terrorism Could Wipe Out 30 Million People In Less Than A Year

    02/18/2017 2:26:36 PM PST · by blam · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2-18-2017 | Bill gates
    Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe following op-ed was exclusively provided to Business Insider to coincide with a speech Bill Gates is giving for the Munich Security Conference. The following is an abridged version of his remarks. When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize. War zones and other fragile state settings are the most...
  • Diseases Once Eradicated Are Making a Comeback

    10/10/2016 9:00:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/10/16 | Karen Lees
    The perfect storm for a humanitarian and public health disaster is brewing in the U.S. and the mainstream media is largely ignoring it. It’s the politically incorrect elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. With the influx of well over one million new persons each year not born in the U.S, diseases that rarely occurred or were eliminated have begun to re-emerge, putting all Americans at risk. Breitbart reports, “Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good. But a politicized public health system and a rise in the subsidized migration...
  • Drones to unleash vaccine-laced M&Ms in bid to save endangered ferrets

    07/12/2016 5:28:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7-12-16
    US Fish and Wildlife Service to target diseased prairie dogs, food for the ferrets, via specially designed drones that shoot the candies in three directions at once The US government is set to unleash drones that fire vaccine-covered M&Ms in a bid to save the endangered black-footed ferret, a species that is facing a plague epidemic across America’s great plains. The US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) has developed a plan to bombard ferret habitat in Montana with the vaccine, which will be administered via specially designed drones that will be able to shoot M&Ms in three directions simultaneously. The vaccines...
  • Disturbing link investigated for Zika outbreak [Matthew 24]

    02/01/2016 12:48:11 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/31/2016 | Staff
    (MIRROR UK) – The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012, critics say. The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012. But with the World Health Organisation(WHO) now meeting in Geneva to desperately discuss cures for the Zika virus, speculation has mounted as to the cause of this sudden outbreak. The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1950s but the recent outbreak has escalated alarmingly, causing birth...
  • Did famine worsen the Black Death?

    01/07/2016 11:22:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Harvard News ^ | January 5, 2016 | Alvin Powell
    When the Black Death swept through Europe in 1347, it was one of the deadliest disease outbreaks in human history, eventually killing between a third and half of Europeans. Prior work by investigators has traced the cause to plague-carrying fleas borne by rats that jumped ship in trading ports. In addition, historical researchers believe that famine in northern Europe before the plague came ashore may have weakened the population there and set the stage for its devastation. Now, new research using a unique combination of ice-core data and written historical records indicates that the cool, wet weather blamed for the...
  • 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...
  • Bubonic Plague Found in Oregon Teenager

    10/30/2015 8:05:27 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 79 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/30/15 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    The authorities in Oregon have confirmed a case of the bubonic plague in a teenage girl who was believed to have contracted the disease from a flea bite. Plague is rare and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, but federal authorities have been puzzled by an increase in cases this year. In a statement, state and local health officials in Oregon said they thought the girl was infected during a hunting trip on Oct. 16 near Heppner, a city located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the northeastern region of the state.
  • Why hasn't the US eradicated the plague?

    10/15/2015 4:54:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 October 2015 | Vanessa Barford
    It's nearly 50 years since the US landed men on the moon, but Americans are still dying from a disease that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. Why hasn't the US eradicated the plague?
  • 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,...
  • US reports unusual spike in human plague cases

    08/27/2015 6:28:55 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 17 replies
    Yahoo! news ^ | August 25, 2015 | AFP
    An unusually high number of cases of human plague have been recorded by US health authorities since April -- 11 in all, with three of them fatal, officials said Tuesday. "It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said that having 11 cases in just the past four months is unusual...
  • Health officials: Elderly Utah resident dies from plague

    08/27/2015 9:25:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 11:55 AM EDT
    Health officials say an elderly Utah resident has died after contracting the plague earlier this month. […] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 11 other plague cases have been reported in six states since April 1. Three people in those cases have died. They were aged 16, 52 and 79. …
  • Girl Being Treated for Plague After Trip to Yosemite

    08/07/2015 1:43:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 7 2015
    A Los Angeles girl is being treated for plague which experts think she may have caught in California's Yosemite National Park. The case is generating headlines, along with two deaths from plague in Colorado, but health officials say the public should not be alarmed. While plague is unusual in the U.S. an average of seven cases are reported every year and people can die from it if they don't get treated. Most people who catch it have handled or been near rodents. California officials say they're posting extra signs cautioning people not to feed animals and to stay away from...
  • Plague Confirmed In Larimer County Teen’s Death [Bubonic Colorado]

    06/20/2015 9:54:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 25 replies
    CBSDenver ^ | June 20, 2015 | CBSDenver
    Bubonic plague is the most common form of the disease in humans (about 80% of cases) Symptoms begin two to six days after the bite of an infected flea, or contact with an infected rodent or cat. Typical symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, sudden onset of fever or chills, severe headache, extreme exhaustion, and a general feeling of illness. Bubonic plague can be successfully treated when diagnosed promptly. If you have had a possible exposure to infected rodents or fleas and are experiencing these symptoms, consult a physician as soon as possible. Septicemic plague occurs when the bacteria enter the...
  • Pit Bull Spreads Plague to Four People

    05/01/2015 3:55:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 30, 2015 | Maggie Fox
    An outbreak of plague that affected four people and a dog in Colorado might be the first instance of person-to-person transmission of plague in the United States in 90 years, officials said Thursday. It started with a sick pit bull, and its owner, two vet techs and a close personal contact of the dog's owner all ended up infected. The dog died but all four people were treated with antibiotics and are okay. And while the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes plague is usually passed along in flea bites, the pneumonic form that infects the lungs can be transmitted by...
  • Dog Infects Humans With Plague for First Time in US

    05/01/2015 6:29:34 AM PDT · by null and void · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 30, 2015, 6:34 PM ET | GILLIAN MOHNEY
    A plague-infected dog spread the dangerous disease to four Colorado residents, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials told ABC News that this the first report of a dog infecting a human with the plague in the U.S. The dog, a 2-year-old American pit bull terrier, became sick last summer with a fever and jaw rigidity, among other symptoms. The dog's health declined so quickly that it was euthanized the following day at a local vet's office, health officials said. Four days later, the dog's owner entered the hospital with a...
  • Rats reprieved as giant gerbils are blamed for the Black Death

    02/24/2015 3:05:16 PM PST · by SteveH · 53 replies
    The Times of London ^ | February 24, 2015 | Valentine Low
    Gerbils are cute and furry creatures. They may also, according to scientists, have been responsible for killing millions of people across Europe by spreading the plague. Researchers now believe that gerbils from Asia, rather than native black rats, were behind the repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe.