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  • Congressman wants answers from USDA on cats allegedly killed during government research

    05/09/2018 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | May 9, 2018 | Juana Summers
    A Republican lawmaker wants answers from the Department of Agriculture about taxpayer-funded research experiments at a Maryland facility that have allegedly led to the deaths of hundreds of cats and kittens. Citing documents reviewed by his office, Michigan Republican Mike Bishop described a decades-old research project at the USDA's Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, in which hundreds of kittens are bred, fed meat that is infected with Toxoplasma, and later killed and discarded by "incineration." In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dated Monday, Bishop wrote that he was "shocked to hear that the USDA, the very...
  • Scientists discover hybrid swarm in global mega-pest

    04/06/2018 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | 04-06-2018 | CSIRO
    Globalisation and increased movement between countries and continents means movement of agricultural pests is becoming more common. Global trade means global pests. Credit: CSIRO __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CSIRO scientists have confirmed the hybridisation of two of the world's major pest species, into a new and improved mega-pest. One of the pests, the cotton bollworm, is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to over 100 crops, including corn, cotton, tomato and soybean. The damage and controlling the pest costs billions of dollars a year. It is extremely mobile and has developed resistance to all pesticides used against it. The other...
  • Can America Survive The Latest Plague?

    04/04/2018 2:12:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/04/18 | Rick Hayes
    Getting the country back to health is not a certainty, and the process will be a long uphill battle, but the steps must be taken soon A mob of foreigners is planning to march across the United States border knowing in advance that numerous sanctuary cities will break federal law and welcome them in. Unidentified individuals being allowed to vote in U.S. elections, riots at universities with the intention of preventing any discussion that does not agree with theirs. These realities are all happening now, and are all symptoms of a political plague that has been visited upon America and...
  • Plague ‘hiding in plain sight’, warn scientists 

    03/03/2018 8:41:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    David Markman, from Colorado State University who led the study, said that plague is endemic in many different parts of the world and its origins are still not well understood. "The interesting and troubling part of plague, and part of the reason why there are so many unanswered questions, is that it is present in many different environments - from the jungle to the desert and everywhere in between. "It's difficult to find one mechanism that unites all these different locations which explains when, where and why plague breaks out when it does," he said.  The researchers identified amoebae, bugs that live...
  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/16/2018 6:05:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 15, 2018 | Michael Greshko
    Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago outbreaks and suggests that the maligned rodents may not be the culprits after all.
  • Panic spreads after girl, 9, dies of new eye-bleeding fever (uganda)(trunc)

    01/14/2018 12:31:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-14-18 | Tim Stickings
    Fears are growing of a major health crisis in East Africa as a girl died of a suspected fever which could be more deadly than the Black Death. A nine-year-old girl died in central Uganda with the symptoms of an eye-bleeding disease which it is thought could kill up to 40 per cent of those infected by it. The feared outbreak comes only months after hundreds of people were killed by the plague in Madagascar in what was described as the worst bout for 50 years. The symptoms of the new disease include headaches, bleeding, vomiting, diarrhoea and muscle pains
  • INFECTED FUGITIVES Black Death patients are ESCAPING hospital(madagascar)

    11/19/2017 7:42:44 AM PST · by dynachrome · 59 replies
    The Sun ^ | 11-18-17 | George Sandeman
    Officials at the hospital say the main reason why patients run away is that they are scared of needles and don't have much experience of hospitals. Jean Benoit Manhes, the deputy representative of Unicef, told the Irish Times: "Some escaped because they’re afraid of needles. People here are not used to the hospital. "The problem of plague is not just a medical response. You can have hospitals but if people don’t come it isn’t enough.” Such incidents have prompted fears that the plague could spread even further with each confirmed case requiring 20 people have been in contact with to...
  • Plague feared to go GLOBAL as death toll rises in 'worst outbreak for 50 YEARS' (Madagascar)

    11/08/2017 12:44:54 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 58 replies
    Dailystar.co.uk ^ | 11/8/17 | Henry Holloway
    Cases have increased by 8% in just a week with nearly 2,000 people infected by the deadly airborne strain. Some 143 people have now been killed by the “medieval disease” in Madagascar. There are now warnings the plague could stretch across the sea and reach mainland Africa. Such an outbreak would be catastrophic and there are fears the virus could go global. Nine countries are now on high alert and have been told to brace for the plague.
  • Deadly airborne plague in Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point...'worst outbreak in 50 years'

    11/02/2017 9:54:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11.02.17 | seophen matthews
    The outbreak, the 'worst in 50 years', is being fueled by a strain more lethal than the one which usually strikes the country off the coast of Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) now states there are 1,801 suspected cases - significantly higher than the 1,309 it reported last Thursday. Academics have revealed such a jump in cases over the period of five days is concerning and have predicted it could get worse. The most recent statistics show there have been 127 deaths. Professor Robin May, an infectious diseases expert at Birmingham University, told MailOnline that 'whichever way you look'...
  • DANCING WITH DEATH Plague is spreading because relatives are digging up their Black Death dead

    10/31/2017 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 10/31/2017 | By Danny Collins
    FULL TITLE: DANCING WITH DEATH Plague is spreading because relatives are digging up their Black Death dead and DANCING with the corpses as part of ancient Madagascan ritual called Famadihana =========================================================================== Madagascans have been told to stop the traditional practice of Famadihana - which sees locals dig up deceased relatives and dance with them before they are re-buried. It is feared the ceremony has helped spread an outbreak of pneumonic plague that has left more than 120 dead on the African island It is feared the ceremony has helped spread an outbreak of pneumonic plague that has left more than...
  • Plague that’s killed scores is blamed on dances with corpses (madagascar)

    10/26/2017 7:01:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 90 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10-26-17 | Ruth Brown
    The deadly plague sweeping Madagascar may have a particularly gruesome cause — a local tradition of dancing with dead bodies. SEE ALSO Madagascar's plague outbreak is spreading at an alarming rate Madagascar's plague outbreak is spreading at an alarming rate Health officials suspect it’s no coincidence that the outbreak — which has infected more than 1,100 people and killed 124 since August — coincides with the time of year when families customarily exhume the remains of dead relatives, wrap them in a sheet, and dance with them through the streets in a sacred ritual, AFP reports. “If a person dies...
  • Bringing back the prairie dog population

    10/25/2017 2:46:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 48 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Paulina Pineda Nogales International
    SONOITA – In the shadow of the foothills of the Whetstone Mountains, Kurt Licence, a birds and mammals biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, reached his hands into a metal cage and firmly grabbed ahold of a black-tailed prairie dog in front of a small yet electrified crowd. “Welcome home,” he said, as he carried the animal to another enclosure and prepared to push it down a plastic tube leading to its new home. “You ready?” The animal was the first of 94 black-tailed prairie dogs released in the Sands Ranch area east of Sonoita on Oct. 13...
  • Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

    10/17/2017 2:22:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-16-17 | Meera Senthilingam
    The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to spread at unprecedented rates, with 57 deaths and more than 680 cases. The latest figures are from October 12. An estimated 329 of these cases, and 25 deaths, were in the capital, Antananarivo. The cases, reported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) in Madagascar, include probable and suspected cases as well those that have been confirmed by laboratory tests. While the country experiences regular outbreaks, with an estimated 400 cases of plague each year, this time things are very different, experts...
  • 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...