This subject will be a HUGE issue as we come closer to the end. There will be many outbreaks. There are several factors here: (1) the JUDGMENT of GOD on a Godless society, (2) the Scientific community and their experiments with germs, (3) CRISPR being made so easily available and amateurs playing with genetics, (4) the elite creating diseases to reduce the populations and finally (5) the MASS IMMIGRATION all over the world.
I honestly believe that the majority of these diseases were created by man in laboratories. God does use diseases to get our attention, to discipline us, and to keep the balance in the earth, and to show the evil ones that HE is GOD and in Control. I do not believe that he would put all the diseases and birth defects on us that we have now. I believe these are primarily the acts of the Fallen Angels via fallen humans. We are living in the end times. HEADS UP!
HERD IMMUNITY: THE FOUNDATIONAL LIE OF THE FORCED VACCINATION AGENDA, PART ONE
The pHarma / government / mainstream media cabal has a clear goal: unlimited forced vaccination for the entire population. How could such an outcome be imaginable? How could we knowingly give up our parental rights, informed consent and personal sovereignty, by making an entire class of drugs mandatory, with no freedom of choice?
The justification offered, for this particular form of medical fascism, is herd, or “community” immunity. One of the primary US government/pHarma propaganda websites, www.vaccines.gov, says this: “When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals—get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. This is known as ‘community immunity’.”
Sounds reasonable, initially. I should put aside my personal concerns about the lack of demonstrated effectiveness, necessity or safety of vaccines, and put any government-recommended number of vaccines into my or my child’s body, for the sake of the whole. I have my concerns, but I’ll take one for the team. What’s more, I don’t want to be seen as a selfish or irresponsible by not vaccinating. I may be willing to take the risk of contracting a non-dangerous, self-limiting infection for myself, but I wouldn’t want to endanger anyone else. Vaccination, from this carefully-manufactured perspective, is part of being a responsible member of society.
But is it really true? Is it truly so that vaccinating protects others, and that failing to vaccinate endangers others? For the precious few with the courage to question the forced vaccination propaganda, and accept the truth, based on credible, non-CDC science, is no, or, more accurately, absolutely not.
Vaccine-induced herd or community immunity is scientifically impossible. It is a brilliant piece of marketing, using guilt to coerce behavior and drive drug sales. It is twisted genius in action, making intelligent, independent-thinking people ignore their honest, well-founded vaccine skepticism, and causing the rest to accept unlimited vaccinations without question.
There are two primary reasons why vaccinating oneself cannot protect others, and why failing to vaccinate cannot endanger others. The first is from the science of immunology, and we can describe it as waning antibody stimulation, post-vaccination. In short, vaccines only do one thing – stimulate antibody production to something similar but not the same as the infection. That antibody stimulation is temporary, lasting a few months or years. So the majority of the US population has had no so-called vaccine “protection” for several decades, without any resurgent epidemics of measles, mumps, pertussis, etc.
The second is from the science of population outcomes, or epidemiology. In all populations globally who have ever attained the ever-rising and completely arbitrary (read: made up) minimum threshold for vaccine uptake (% of a population who get vaccinated), outbreaks of vaccinated diseases still occur. This should, of course, be impossible, if herd immunity were actually true. In Part Two of this article, we’ll take an honest, non-hysterical look at each of these in more detail. In the meantime, you can safely and responsibly ignore any of the sheeple who tell you it is irresponsible to not vaccinate.
Also, if you value the timeless ideals and ethics of parental rights, informed consent, personal sovereignty and healthcare freedom of choice, and care to restore and preserve same, go to www.nvicadvocacy.org. It’s a free, private service that will let you know of exactly what nefarious threats to vaccine choice are happening in your state, and specifically what to do about it. Even if you believe in vaccines, I’ll bet that you believe even more in freedom of choice in healthcare treatment decisions, for parents and individuals. The pHarma-driven unlimited forced vaccination agenda may happen, if enough of us who value freedom do nothing. It’s
“Herd Immunity”? A dishonest marketing gimmick
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hiding in a nondescript office building in Washington, D.C., Every Child By Two (“ECBT”) poses as a nonprofit organization with a seemingly noble goal: getting as many children vaccinated as possible. Of course, a quick Google search or perusal of the nonprofit’s 990 forms reveals a different truth: ECBT is a front group for vaccine makers, the primary source of their funding. Don’t take my word for it, the prestigious British Medical Journal ran an expose of many groups like Every Child By Two titled, “The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent?” The BMJ was pretty unsparing:
IAC, ECBT, and AAP have a few things in common. They are all non-profit organizations with large online presences that promote themselves as sources of reliable information on vaccines. They also receive funding from both vaccine manufacturers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, in their advocacy for compulsory vaccination, they all have in common a goal that pushes beyond official governmental policy and, in the case of influenza vaccines, the evidence.
Amy Pisani, ECBT’s director, maintains a twitter account for the organization where she recently encouraged parents to do their part in maintaining “community immunity” through an infographic that was part gentle reminder, part guilt-induced obligation, and 100% founded on nonsense.
What, exactly, is “Community Immunity”?
“Community Immunity” is the term du jour and an apparently more palatable synonym for the oft-invoked concept of Herd Immunity, the idea that unless enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, everyone is at risk. Find the right doctor to come on TV, and they’ll be happy to explain the magic of vaccine-derived Herd Immunity, and what a scientific process it really is, according to them. Fall below Ms. Pisani’s 95% vaccination rate number in her infographic? We return to the Dark Ages!
There’s just one problem with the Community/Herd Immunity math and the shaming and pressure that goes along with it: we’ve never come close to achieving “Herd Immunity” through vaccination, and we never will. In order for Herd Immunity to be a real thing, you need two things to be true (and neither have ever been):
1. Adult vaccination rates would also have to be very high, just like rates for children
Ms. Pisani’s infographic above mentions the 95% threshold needed to achieve herd immunity for measles, but she fails to mention one thing: the vaccination rate of all the adults. According to the CDC, adult vaccination rates have been, and remain, woefully low, as the CDC’s 2016 survey–Vaccination Coverage Among Adults in the United States, National Health Interview Survey— explained:
“Many adults in the United States have not received recommended vaccinations…”
How low are adult vaccination rates? Well, the CDC study included a chart of adult vaccination rates for at least some vaccines over time:
Do you see what I’m seeing? According to the CDC, it appears that adult vaccination rates for most vaccines ARE BELOW 50%. But, wait a minute, how do we achieve “community immunity” if less than half the adults are playing along? We don’t, as some simple 8th grade math can show you.
Let’s make some assumptions. Let’s assume the child (18 and under) vaccination rate is 100%. It’s not, so this is a conservative assumption. Also, let’s assume the overall adult vaccination rate is 60%. It’s not that high, so this is also a conservative figure. If we blend those two numbers, what do we get? Well, children 18 and under represent 24% of the US. Population, so here you go:
(24% x 100%) + (76% x 60%) = 69.6%
So, the actual “community” vaccination rate in this example is 69.6% (the children’s rate plus the adult rate equals the total rate), and this is probably a high figure, so the real number in the United States right now is probably somewhere around 65%. Nowhere near Herd Immunity thresholds.
But, it’s actually worse, you also need to believe that:
2. Vaccinations provide lifetime protection
The mid-60 percent “community” vaccination rate above is enough to mathematically disprove that we’ve ever attained herd immunity all by itself, but it’s actually way worse than that. You see, vaccinations don’t confer lifetime immunity. In fact, many vaccines “wane” (meaning you lose the protection they provided you with) in under ten years. An eighteen year-old who received their last Hepatitis B vaccine at 4 years old? They probably have no more “protection” from the Hepatitis B vaccine. The “real” rate of vaccine protection in our society? Because of vaccine waning, it’s certainly well below 50%, just look at the “Duration of Protection” provided by some routine vaccines:
The last vaccine I received was my senior year of college, in 1991. That was twenty-six years ago. And, I NEVER received many of the new vaccines on the childhood schedule that have all been introduced in the past 10-15 years. It’s safe to say that I have no vaccine-derived immunity from any disease right now, which raises an obvious question:
If it’s mathematically true that we have never achieved herd immunity through vaccination because of adult vaccination rates and the fact that vaccines wane over time, where are all the epidemics?
I’m not the first person to ask this question. It gets asked all the time by educated people who understand this topic and bristle at the ongoing discussions about herd immunity that take place in the mainstream media. One of the better articles I have read on this topic was in the The Hill, the daily newspaper of the U.S. Congress:
Written by Gretchen DuBeau, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Natural Health, Ms. DuBeau destroys the myth of herd immunity in one short editorial, here’s just an excerpt:
Vaccines may have a place in our medical arsenal, but they are not the silver bullet they’re portrayed to be. Year after year the pharmaceutical industry, looking for lucrative new profit centers, churns out new vaccines. They use pseudo-science to convince the public that these products are safe and effective, and they use public shaming to convince the citizenry that non-compliance is a public health threat. This entire racket completely falls apart with a close examination of the herd immunity myth. Until we are honest in our assessment of both the safety and efficacy of vaccines, kids will continue to be hurt, rights will continue to be trampled, and mythology will continue to trump science.
Ms. DuBeau’s article quotes a doctor, Russell Blaylock, M.D., who has also been an outspoken critic of the herd immunity mythology, he writes:
That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades. If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.
The school-specific vaccination rate argument is really absurd
I live in Oregon. Like many states, our state publishes vaccination rates by school. If your child attends a school with “low” vaccination rates, the message is that it’s a time bomb waiting to explode! But, wait a minute.
What’s the vaccination rates of the teachers in that school? No one knows. What’s the vaccination rate of the administrators? No one knows. What’s the vaccination rate of the parent volunteers, the janitors, the delivery people, and the parents who walk inside the school every day to pick up their children? That’s right: no one knows. And yet, we’re encouraged by the media to panic.
Perhaps you’re still confused. Yes, my math seems pretty airtight and direct. Ms. DuBeau’s article seems to support my argument, as does Dr. Blaylock. But could all these people screaming about the importance of herd immunity really be that far off base? What if I told you that banging the table about the importance of herd immunity is actually a very recent development, and one instigated by vaccine makers? What if our own history of vaccines and vaccination rates disproved the herd immunity myth all by itself? Let’s go back to the 1980s right here in the U.S. and see what the data says.
Vaccination Rates: 1985
No one can believe this chart when they first see it. They demand to see my data source. I got it from the CDC, here’s the link.
These are vaccination rates for children in the United States in 1985. Does anything stand out to you? Yes, nine of the vaccinations we routinely given to children today didn’t exist in 1985. Yes, vaccination rates for the three vaccines we did give were dramatically below the “herd immunity” threshold that experts today like Ms. Pisani (who is funded by vaccine makers) tells us we need to hit. Well…where were all the epidemics? Feel free to Google “polio epidemic, United States, 1985.” I was alive in 1985. I was a sophomore in High School. No one was having a panic attack. No one was screaming herd immunity, or community immunity. Do I need to keep going?
I’ve kept the arguments here very simple. I’ve just done some simple math and showed you some data from the mid-1980s. Herd immunity is an interesting theory, but it’s a myth that we’ve ever achieved it through vaccination. I could have gone down a few more levels. I could have asked why anyone should worry about vaccination rates if they themselves have been vaccinated? In turns out, the failure rate is probably way higher for vaccines than we think, way higher than even the numbers I quoted you above. Dr. Blaylock addresses this:
In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason for this is that naturally-acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. The vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But, there was one major problem – vaccine-induced immunity lasted for only a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they began, silently, to suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.
It actually gets even more confusing. As one simple example, it turns out the pertussis vaccine (whooping cough) doesn’t keep you from carrying and spreading the disease. Why do we always read about whooping cough outbreaks? Boston University researchers explain:
“This disease is back because we didn’t really understand how our immune defenses against whooping cough worked, and did not understand how the vaccines needed to work to prevent it,” said Christopher J. Gill, associate professor of global health and lead author of the article. “Instead we layered assumptions upon assumptions, and now find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of admitting that we may made some crucial errors. This is definitely not where we thought we’d be in 2017.”
Like I said, the story is quite a bit uglier than just basic math. Did you know there are employees of one vaccine maker–Merck–who filed a whistleblower lawsuit arguing that the company hid data that showed the mumps vaccine was losing efficacy:
The suit charges that Merck knew its measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine was less effective than the purported 95% level, and it alleges that senior management was aware and also oversaw testing that concealed the actual effectiveness. According to the lawsuit, Merck began a sham testing program in the late 1990’s to hide the declining efficacy of the vaccine. The objective of the fraudulent trials was to “report efficacy of 95% or higher regardless of the vaccine’s true efficacy.”
I could also share with you some other data from the CDC, some data that destroys the myth that vaccines saved us all from infectious disease. I could quote CDC scientists from a study published in Pediatrics in 2000 who said this:
“Thus vaccination does not account for the impressive declines in mortality seen in the first half of the century…nearly 90% of the decline in infectious disease mortality among US children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available.”
I could keep going, but I won’t. Herd immunity is a myth. It’s a bully club planted in the media by vaccine makers to scare parents into vaccinating in order to “protect” others. The math doesn’t add up, and never has. The next time you hear someone invoke the importance of herd immunity, send them this article and ask them to refute it! And, ask yourself a question: “If they’re lying about herd immunity, what else might they be lying about?”
Appendix: Other resources
Can’t get enough information about the myth of herd immunity? Here’s some other articles and links.
Do high rates of vaccination make us safe? Let’s talk about herd immunity. TruthSnitch
Community Immunity? (From Informed Choice WA)
Herd Immunity: Fact or Fiction? By Dr. Kelly Brogan
HERD IMMUNITY: CAN MASS VACCINATION ACHIEVE IT? By Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD
There is no Herd Immunity By The Outliers
Let’s talk about herd immunity By Levi Quakenboss
Immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych: Unvaccinated Children Pose “No Extra Danger to the Public”
Great video from Dr. Suzanne Humphries (only 6 minutes long): Dr. Humphries/Herd Immunity: a False Sense of Security
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The Lie About Herd immunity – VAX – ED
Forrest Maready and Dr. Suzanne Humphries discuss the idea of “herd immunity” and how, when applied to vaccination, the concept is flawed.
The ignorant masses have no choice but to believe the lie.. No choice, no hope of Truth. It’s a judgment. Yea! Trying to change your mind is quite impossible. Trust me we are not trying to change your mind about vaccines, herd immunity or whatever the topic is today, Evolution, CDC, ChemTrails, Islamic Refugees, Uranium One, Heliocentric, Democratic Socialism, cancer charities, incurable Cancer, Abortion, Trustworthy MSM, no pedophilia in government & Hollywood, Russian collusion, etc. All lies. The presence of evil in everything in this world or should I say, dimension-hyperspaces. It’s a judgment. Sheep & Goat judgment. Please continue on believing – vaccines-herd immunity lie.
2 Tes 2:11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the LIE, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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MOSQUITO DEATHS IN MICHIGAN: EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS CASES
The mosquito-born virus eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), also known as sleeping sickness, has claimed an unusually high number of lives in 2019. So far this year five people have died, three in Michigan alone.
There have been 21 reported cases of infection in six states, a marked increase from the national annual average of seven.
Many of the infections and deaths took place in July, but the virus claimed another life in August, that of 64-year-old Kalamazoo County, Michigan resident, Gregg McChesney. Nine days after contracting the virus while working to install docks at a pond, McChesney had a seizure and passed away.
“He was a perfectly healthy, happy human being, and within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead,” McChesney’s younger brother Mark McChesney told News 8 in Michigan.
Those infected with the sleeping sickness virus will see symptoms 4 to 10 days after being bitten, including chills, fever, joint and muscle pain and fatigue. The illness can last up to two weeks, and people over 50 and under 15 are at the greatest risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States sees an average of seven reported cases of EEE infections each year, but this year there has been a notable uptick. The virus is most common is swampy areas where mosquitoes thrive, especially in the Gulf States, Atlantic and Great Lakes regions. This year cases have been reported in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and North Carolina, with deaths reported in the first three states.
Roughly one-third of infected cases results in death, but there is no known vaccine or treatment for the virus. Those who survive the disease often continue to suffer neurological problems such as brain dysfunction, intellectual impairments, seizures or paralysis.
It is not clear why there has been a surge in cases this year, but the worst may be over, as the hot, humid summer months wind down. It is still important to use caution, and to avoid being bitten. Wearing long-sleeved clothing and bug spray during outdoor activities and fitting windows and doors with appropriate screens decrease the chances of infection.
In Michigan, health officials are encouraging event organizers to reschedule outdoor activities that take place after dusk, especially those that include children, such as sporting events. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a similar warning, urging residents to remain indoors from dusk to dawn to avoid mosquito bites.
Worker at McKinney burger joint infected with typhoid fever, health officials warn
The person works at Hat Creek Burger Co., at 3321 S. Custer Road. County health officials said those who dined at the restaurant from Aug. 19-22 may be at risk of developing the illness.
The person works at Hat Creek Burger Co., at 3321 S. Custer Road. County health officials said those who dined at the restaurant from Aug. 19-22 may be at risk of developing the illness.
Typhoid fever is a life-threatening disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Victims experience high fever, stomach pains, headaches and diarrhea, with symptoms usually appearing eight to 14 days after exposure.
Consuming food or water contaminated by Salmonella typhi can cause the illness. To stop the illness from spreading, health officials encourage thorough hand-washing, especially before eating or after using the restroom.
For more information about typhoid fever, visit the CDC website.
It does not take long for society to dissolve into savagery. What is going to happen to this nation when millions of people across the country lose their jobs, homes and cars? When we are overrun with foreigners bringing all kinds of communicable diseases and unknown vermin with them. When millions of people are herded into crowded cities and living in squalor? In this video you will see that Los Angeles is already looking like a third world nation.
Why are the governments not working to make all countries more civilized and productive, rather than turning the whole earth into a ghetto?
Watch as epidemics take shape all across the globe. Disease, bug infestations, all manner of rodents and wild animals will be killing people in huge numbers. Get ready. Get close to GOD!
Published on Aug 20, 2019
BREAKING: Major Third World DISEASE OUTBREAK In One Of …
Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Diseases Typhus: Los Angeles Descends Into Third World Hellscape. By Mac Slavo at SHTFplan.com. Residents and officials in the city of Los Angeles, California are horrified that their city has descended into a third world hellscape of poverty and disease.
Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Diseases Typhus: Los Angeles Descends Into Third World Hellscape
Residents and officials in the city of Los Angeles, California are horrified that their city has descended into a third world hellscape of poverty and disease. The typhus outbreak raging through the city is a flea-borne disease often reserved for socialist and poverty-stricken dystopias such as Venezuela
But that’s modern Los Angeles. Typhus is spread by fleas hitching a ride on rats. While the general population struggles under the weight of the government (local, state, and federal in LA’s case) and the homeless population continues to climb up, the same cannot be said for the rats that carry fleas the cause typhus. The rat population in LA is doing just fine, however, as piles of garbage dot the cityscape, making it Thanksgiving Day every day for the city’s fat, happy rodents, wrote the American Thinker.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s website, Murine typhus, is also called endemic typhus or flea-borne typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria called Rickettsia typhi and it is spread to people through contact with infected fleas. People will get sick with murine typhus when infected flea feces are rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin. In most areas of the world, rats are the main animal host for fleas infected with murine typhus. Murine typhus occurs in tropical and subtropical climates around the world where rats and their fleas live. Yet now, it seems that the disease is taking over and spreading, along with Hepatitis A, through Los Angeles thanks to the socialist policies that enrich the political elite and enslave and impoverish everyone else.
SHTF Plan – When it Hits the Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You
SHTF Plan – When the Shit Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn …Whatever your theory as to why cases are dropping like rocks – natural immunity, PCR testing changes, drops in tests, seasonality – none of it can be credited to political interventions. What the interventions might do, however, is cause dozens if not hundreds of political careers also to drop like rocks.
The city is spinning rapidly out of control. As people struggle to make ends meet and carry the tax burden of a city, state, and federal government hellbent on overspending, the area continues to descend into a third world hellscape. Sadly, the return of a disease thought left behind in the Medieval Times such as typhus is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to problems in Los Angeles. For months, county health officials attempted to say that typhus only really affects the burgeoning homeless population. However, Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, told NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches.
“It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told the I-Team. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.” Everyone in LA can now apparently get typhus thanks to the very left-leaning policies they’ve allowed.
Responding to complaints from other city workers fearful of getting typhus, the city fumigated the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division office, as well as parts of LAPD’s main headquarters, NBC4 said. The deputy city attorney reportedly said she will not go back to work at City Hall East until they also fumigate that building, too.
Yet that’s all just treating the symptoms of the problem. The city is spending money they don’t have to fumigate buildings the paid for with stolen money (taxing the residents) and looking to constantly raise taxes to “help” get rid of typhus. But that disease will eradicate itself when people aren’t forced to share living spaces with rats that carry infected fleas. This is all just a symptom of the major disease communism that’s swiftly sweeping its way through big cities in the United States. No amount of taxation or theft will fix this. In fact, a lot less of that will have an immense impact.
“Government anti-poverty programs are a classic case of the therapeutic state setting out to treat disorders created by the state itself.” –The Foundation For Economic Education
Plague in the United States
Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat–infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. Epidemics occurred in port cities. The last urban plague epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles from 1924 through 1925. Plague then spread from urban rats to rural rodent species, and became entrenched in many areas of the western United States. Since that time, plague has occurred as scattered cases in rural areas. Most human cases in the United States occur in two regions:
- Northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado
- California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada
Over 80% of United States plague cases have been the bubonic form. In recent decades, an average of seven human plague cases have been reported each year (range: 1–17 cases per year). Plague has occurred in people of all ages (infants up to age 96), though 50% of cases occur in people ages 12–45. It occurs in both men and women, though historically is slightly more common among men, probably because of increased outdoor activities that put them at higher risk.
1 dot placed randomly in most likely county of exposure for each confirmed plague case
Since the mid–20th century, plague in the United States has typically occurred in the rural West. The case shown in Illinois was lab-associated.
In recent decades, an average of seven human plague cases have been reported each year (range: 1–17 cases per year).
Between 1900 and 2012, 1006 confirmed or probable human plague cases occurred in the United States.
Plague epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, and South America but most human cases since the 1990s have occurred in Africa. Almost all of the cases reported in the last 20 years have occurred among people living in small towns and villages or agricultural areas rather than in larger towns and cities.
Diseases Now Sweeping Across America
Other Diseases Now Breaking Out Include:
1) Trench Foot Among The Homeless
2) Incurable TB In The Illegal Aliens Population
3) Bubonic Plague in the 4 Corners Region
4) Unknown Diseases like Lymes and Malaria through Massive Mandatory Vaccinations.
5) Aspergillus Molds now closing don hospitals – like all operating rooms at Children’s Hospital in Seattle
6) Molds Form The Hot Wet Weather across the Eastern US and Northern Europe at this time.
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BREAKING EMERGENCY!! MAJOR DEADLY OUTBREAKS SPREADING FAST! MEDIA IS HIDING THE TRUTH!!
Thursday, 18 July 2019
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Birds Falling from Sky; Bleeding from Beaks — Avian EBOLA
Birds Falling from Sky; Bleeding from Beaks – Avian EBOLA
Dozens of birds were believed to have been poisoned after animal rescuers found more than 60 “falling out of the sky” near an Adelaide, Australia primary school. But necropsy (an animal autopsy) testing shows the birds infected with a Hemorrhagic Virus similar to Ebola – which CAN spread to humans! When the virus was isolated, officials allegedly issued ORDERS to conceal the true cause to prevent pubic panic.
The birds were found dead or dying near One Tree Hill Primary School, in Adelaide’s north, on Wednesday.
Long-billed Corellas — which is a protected species in South Australia — and short-billed Corellas were among those found.
A volunteer from Casper’s Bird Rescue who went to investigate reports of the dead birds called for help when about 60 Corellas were found either dead or dying in the area.
Casper’s Bird Rescue founder Sarah King said she did not believe any of the birds had survived.
“I got a phone call from that carer quite distressed saying they are literally everywhere falling out of the trees, falling out of the sky,” she said.
“It was obvious then that it was a bit more of a situation than we thought … from my understanding none have survived.
Ms King said the animal rescuers had contacted the local city council to make sure it had not used some type of poison which may have killed the birds, and it said only herbicides were used that were not dangerous for wildlife.
One Tree Hill Primary School posted on social media following the find and said there were “no survivors” out of the birds collected.
“The children in vacation care were very upset at the scene of birds falling from the sky and in pain, with blood coming out of their mouths,” the Facebook post said.
Hal Turner Commentary
If this is some type of Human-infection-capable, bird-borne Hemorrhagic virus, there will literally be no way to stop it from spreading. Birds go everywhere and we think nothing of it.
Think about the possibilities: They land on water fountains, drink in lakes and ponds, poop . . . on everything. Other animals prey on birds . . . would those predators get infected too? This has “disaster” written all over it.
Folks in Australia should pay close attention to how this is resolved; their very lives may depend on it.
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The plague is back! After the worst outbreak in 50 years last year and 7 countries confirming outbreaks New Mexico is the latest to confirm the disease
Friday, 30 March 2018
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The New Mexico Department of Health is warning residents the first case of plague this year has been contracted by a dog in Santa Fe County.
NMDOH is performing an investigation of the dog owner’s home to assess the risk of the disease potentially spreading.
“They will go door-to-door to neighbors near the case to inform them about plague found in the area and provide information to residents on reducing their risk,” said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher in a press release.
There were 28 animal cases last year.
Four New Mexico humans who contracted plague in 2017 survived the sickness.
Plague is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected animals.
While animals usually display symptoms including fever, lethargy and disinterest in food, the illness in humans has a quick onset and can be severe.
Last year China became the 7th country in 2017 to confirm a Bubonic plague outbreak after biggest outbreak in 50 years in Madagascar killed more than 200 people.
China was the latest country last year to discover the Bubonic plague after a person died of the disease.
Subei County in northwest China’s Gansu Province on Wednesday lifted a quarantine for plague after local health officials said they believe they have controlled the disease from spreading.
A person in Subei showing symptoms of plague died on Dec. 12.
Further testing later that day confirmed the person died of the bubonic plague and ensuing septicemic plague.
The county was put under quarantine the following day.
twelve people who had close contact with the victim have shown no symptoms of the plague in the past nine days, local health officials said.
Is the plague on a resurgence?
In November 2017, a total of 2119 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including more than 200 deaths were reported by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar to the World Health Organization, WHO.
The island off the east coast of Africa is no stranger to the Bubonic Plague with small outbreaks every year, what was disturbing this year, however, was the fact most of the cases in this year’s outbreak was the pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing, or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated.
For the 1st time, the disease long seen in the country’s remote areas was largely concentrated in its 2 largest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina.
As the outbreak of the plague in Madagascar continued to evolve at a pace an alarming development saw the disease arrive in the Seychelles.
Health officials in Seychelles confirmed that 3 people tested positive for the Bubonic Plague in November.
In December 2017 Peru was the latest country to discover rats infected with the plague after the epidemic scare in Madagascar.
A ten-year-old boy in Siberia’s Altai Republic contracted the bubonic plague, local medics told TASS in July 2017.
The boy was hospitalized with a high fever and tested positive for bubonic plague.
It is thought he later died.
2 bears were found in California with the plague just last summer: Positive bear samples were found in 32 counties in California.
Navajo County Health Department was also urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, after being found in rodents in the Arizona county.
The Apache County Health Department recently notified the public about a new prairie dog die-off in Concho, Arizona, in August 2017.
In June 2017, two more cases of human plague were confirmed in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Health said a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman were recently diagnosed with the plague.
According to health officials, the first confirmed case of the plague last year occurred in June when a 63-year-old man contracted the plague.
In July last year, Parks Canada closed off a Saskatchewan national park’s remote prairie dog colony to the public after two rodents from the area tested positive for sylvatic plague — the same bacteria that causes the bubonic and pneumonic plagues in humans.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 13,000 people contracted bubonic plague in Asia, Africa and America between 2004 and 2013.
Roughly 900 of them died from the disease.
250 have died in Madagascar this year in just two and a half months, which is thought to be the biggest outbreak in 50 years.
Los Angeles has gained quite the reputation of being a literal shit hole as of late. The city’s homeless problem has gotten so bad that there are interactive maps that allow residents and visitors to avoid stepping in mounds of human feces. City Hallis suffering from a rat infestation so severe that jokes drawing comparison to the local politicians have become rather boring.
Now, however, it looks like the City of Angels is in danger of facing a blast from the past in the form of an outbreak of bubonic plague (emphasis added):
Trash is a growing problem for residents in Los Angeles and as the garbage piles up, so do the rats, fueling concerns about flea-borne typhus, according to reports.
Last October, after at least nine reports of the disease, Los Angeles officials cleaned up some of the worst piles of garbage, NBC Los Angeles reported. But now, the trash has accumulated once again.
“I can’t walk down the street without thinking that a flea could jump on me,” Estela Lopez, executive director of the LA Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District, told the outlet.
It could reportedly take up to 90 days for the trash to be removed once again, according to NBC Los Angeles. The outlet also reported that the city has no plan for controlling its rodent population.
All that garbage attracts rats, which “pose a public health risk,” an infectious disease specialist told the outlet, because the rodents can lead to the spread of salmonella and bubonic plague — not to mention fleas that have been infected with typhus.
At least nine people were reported ill with typhus in downtown Los Angeles between July and September, with officials pointing to refuse and stray animals as potential catalysts, according to reports from October.
That’s right. The disease that devastated medieval Europe and Asia is poised to possibly make an appearance in Los Angeles. Why? Because the local government is either unable or unwilling to deal with the city’s extreme sanitation problems.
While the bubonic plague is still around in third world countries in Africa, the disease hasn’t reached pandemic levels since the 19th century. That particular outbreak of the plague originated in China at the end of the century, and actually led to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act here in the United States.
Countries with poor hygiene such as India, Zambia, Malawi, Peru, and several others have seen fairly regular outbreaks of bubonic plague since 2001. The dirt-poor island nation of Madagascar has hosted regular plague parties since 2012 due to political unrest and, say it together, poor hygiene.
The last major outbreak of bubonic plague in the United States occurred in 1924.
Also in Los Angeles.
Let that sink in.
US health worker with possible exposure to Ebola evacuated to Nebraska
An American health worker who was possibly exposed to Ebola while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo was evacuated to the United States Saturday and placed in a secure area at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, hospital officials said. The person has no symptoms of the deadly hemorrhagic fever and is not contagious, but will be monitored closely for up to two weeks, hospital officials said.
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EMERGENCY UPDATE :The border is lost.There is no Border Control, were being invaded. Not just by our border now, but the border towns are teeming with immigrants that are not conforming to our way of life
FROM DHS AGENT ON THE BORDER!The border is lost. There is no Border Control, were being invaded. Not just by our border now, but the border towns are teeming with immigrants that are not conforming to our way of life nor are they contributing to help our economy.
We take them to the hospitals for their medical needs and the Border Patrol pays for all of it out of their budget. At least 10 to 20 immigrants a day just in El Paso. Yes, most have serious medical problems and I’m glad that it can be treated however, why can’t they recieve this aid in their home country? I’m not in the mood tonight to run the numbers but I know that we give millions if not billions to these countries south of our border and yet they can’t take care of their own?
Most of the people coming from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua are nice and listen to commands; most of them, not all. The ones from Cuba, ironically always dressed the nicest, never dirty, and always complaining about their rights and needs, ya they give us most of our problems. But we can’t send them back to Cuba because Cuba doesn’t repatriate their own. How about we send them half our prisoners and tell them we wont take them back? That seems like a fair trade.
Let me speak on a topic the MSM gets wrong most of the time. When illegals get here, they get whatever medical treatment and medications they need. Border Patrol sees to it that everyone is treated fairly. But some come over here with life threatening health problems and by the time we get them into an emergency room it’s too damn late and they unfortunately die in our custody. Is that our fault CNN? Is it really our fault? It’s not moveon.org, the DMC, Beto, or George Soros’ fault for funding the whole damn situation and pushing these people north? Nope its ours. Well, if we had it our way, there would be a 100 foot wall surrounded by land mines from sea to shining sea.
What upsets me the most is the amount of children we deal with..we had a group of teenagers and kids from 4 to 12 in a large group walk up to us to give themselves in. They were from Guatemala and Honduras. God knows what those poor children went through to get here but God help the parents if I ever find them.
There is war going on across our border and its spreading north. Some of my Intel buddies in DHS say give it a year and half and we will see crime waves come north, due to the immigration crisis.
Where the hell are you Nancy Pelosi? Hello, you? Hello Democratic Presidential Nominees, come visit us in El Paso and please do some ride alongs and hospital watch with us. But I know you wont. I know your real agendas and it’s to destabilize and tear apart our country.
You may very well succeed. Trump, where are you? Come spend a week on this border Mr. PRESIDENT. Please go to McAllen Tx where my brothers say they catch two thousand every weekend. That’s just the weekend!
Folks this is all part of an operation and don’t you dare think it’s not. This is deliberate and meant to weaken us. There’s more to come. The only thing we can do besides build a wall is invade northern Mexico and declare it permanent military operations zone. We have to go to war with the cartels and all who stand in our way.
But that’s just what the elite want. They want us fired up and ready for a fight. So were at a crossroads. Do we build a wall, close the border and say to hell with it? Or do we invade, destroy all the cartel we can find and create another counter insurgency war like we did in the middle east?
I dont know the right answer, but the wall must come up. Declare the emergency Trump and to hell with Congress.
Jun 11, 2019
U.S. CITIES OVERWHELMED WITH NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL MIGRANTS ARRIVING FROM EBOLA-STRICKEN COUNTRIES
Africans fleeing pandemic being transported throughout America
U.S. Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers of Illegal Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Countries
Africans fleeing pandemic being transported throughout America.
Some U.S. cities are becoming overwhelmed with the number of illegal African migrants arriving from Ebola-stricken countries, with Portland Maine complaining that they are beyond capacity.
Large groups of migrants are arriving from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been hit by one of the biggest ebola outbreaks in history, with 2,000 recorded cases in the last 10 months.
Border Patrol officials said that 500 people from African countries had been arrested by Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector in Texas alone in the six days after May 30.
Hundreds of the migrants are being sent to a city-owned shelter in San Francisco.
According to Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger, officials were not informed by Border Patrol that the migrants were on their way.
The migrants are then being transported to other areas of the United States, including Portland, Maine, where officials complained they were incapable of processing any more.
“The plan was 350 of them would travel from San Antonio to Portland. When we reached out to Portland Maine they said, ‘Please don’t send us any more. We’re already stretched way beyond our capacity,” Bridger said. “So we’re working with them [the migrants] now to identify other cities throughout the United States where they can go and begin their asylum seeking process.”
Residents of San Antonio expressed concerns about the arrival of the migrants, some of whom were being housed in a nearby church.
The charity Catholic Charities of San Antonio is helping to fund the transportation of the migrants to other areas of the country.
“We’re looking at roughly $14,000 a week on bus tickets alone,” the group’s spokesperson, Christina Higgs, told KENS 5. “We’ve been asked several times if we’re worried if the money will run out and we are. It’s obviously a finite resource.”
Meanwhile, Dr Michael Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, told BBC News that the global spread of deadly diseases is becoming “a new normal” thanks to “large and highly mobile populations”.
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550 African ILLEGAL migrants from EBOLA-INFECTED COUNTRIES caught Entering USA; NOT screened for Ebola – Bused to Key Cities to Spread Disease!
The US border crisis is no longer exclusively a problem of illegal Central American migrants. As word spreads of the collapse of border enforcement, the number of migrants from Africa continues to increase. The threat of bringing in dangerous diseases is higher than ever, yet there are no mandatory and universal screenings, quarantines, or detention before illegal immigrants are released into our communities, often within hours.
According to preliminary weekly data used internally by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and given to CR by a Border Patrol agent who must remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak to the press, over 550 African migrants were apprehended in Texas in just one week – from May 30 through June 5. The lion’s share were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country with the worst Ebola outbreak in the world. Here’s the breakdown:
Angola – 101
Cameroon – 6
Democratic Republic of Congo – 314
Gabon – 1
Niger – 1
Republic of Congo – 130
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), not to be confused with the smaller separate nation of “Republic of Congo,” which is to the immediate west of DRC, is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak ever. As of June 4, according to the World Health Organization, there were a total of 2,025 confirmed and reported cases of Ebola, including 1,357 reported deaths.
In addition to Ebola, the DRC is experiencing 87,000 cases of measles, claiming the lives of 1,500. Angola and Cameroon are also experiencing measles outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Yet local media in San Antonio reported on Friday that hundreds of these African migrants were seen dropped off at bus stations in San Antonio. I confirmed with CBP last week that there is no special screening, extra scrutiny, or quarantine required of those coming from African countries more than from anywhere else.
Overall, a record 20,274 illegal aliens were apprehended in Texas during this seven-day period. That is an annualized pace of over one million just for the state of Texas. Honduras had the highest single-country total, accounting for 38 percent of all illegal immigrants caught in the Lone Star State. Honduras is experiencing a mumps outbreak, and many of the caravans left from San Pedro Sula, a northern Honduran town that had 1,336 reported cases of mumps as of April. As of Monday, Arizona officials confirmed 47 cases of mumps in Pinal County, mainly in ICE facilities, a 10-year high for the state. Dan McLaughlin, the mayor of Uvalde, Texas, confirmed to CR at least two known cases among the illegal immigrants held in the detention facility in his city. According to a recent DHS inspector general report, there is “a high incidence of illness among the staff” in some facilities.
Also, as of May 29, there were 51 confirmed cases of mumps among the general population in Hidalgo County, Texas, the busiest illegal alien smuggling corridor along the Southwest border. The disease has spread to every major city in the county.
Then there is Venezuela. Due to the collapse of the economy and civil society, the country is experiencing outbreaks of all sorts of diseases. The number of migrants is beginning to tick up, with 47 apprehended in Texas the first week of June.
It is simply astounding that hundreds of thousands are coming from the most disease-prone countries under the worst traveling arrangements imaginable and there is no quarantine, as required by law. Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan finally admitted publicly at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that CBP is not screening anyone for diseases. “The public health risk: family units are released into our communities with unknown vaccination status and without a standard medical examination for communicable diseases of public health concern, as well as a public health risk of disease outbreak at processing facilities,” McAleenan said in his written testimony.
So why is McAleenan himself not requiring such a process, and if such a process is unfeasible given the numbers, shouldn’t these people be inadmissible rather than being released?
Asylum does not trump the medically inadmissible statutes of 8 U.S.C. 1182. In other words, if the criminal smuggling conspiracy is so successful that it results in catastrophic numbers jamming our border, why should that strengthen the claim of the aliens to be released without following medical quarantine rather than strengthen the claim of the American people to keep them out?
Are rogue elements of the US Government moving these possibly EBOLA-INFECTED people into key cities around our country (West Coast, Central, and East Coast) to DELIBERATELY INFECT Americans? Is this the “Deep State’s” effort to attack the very people who pay for their existence, so as to gain ultimate control over the American people by killing many of us off? It sure looks that way to some.
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Ebola is out of control in the Congo, and they are bringing it here…
An Ebola epidemic in a conflict-riven region of Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control and could become as serious as the outbreak that devastated three countries in west Africa between 2013 and 2016, experts and aid chiefs have warned.
New cases over the past month have increased at the fastest rate since the outbreak began last year, as aid agencies struggle to enact a public health response in areas that have suffered decades of neglect and conflict, with incredibly fragile health systems and regular outbreaks of deadly violence involving armed groups.
“I’m very concerned – as concerned as one can be,” said Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust, who called for a ceasefire to allow health teams to reach the sick and protect others in the community.
“Whether it gets to the absolute scale of west Africa or not, none of us know, but this is massive in comparison with any other outbreak in the history of Ebola and it is still expanding. It’s remarkable it hasn’t spread more geographically but the numbers are frightening and the fact that they are going up is terrifying.”
A six- to nine-month ceasefire, brokered by the UN, the Red Cross or similar bodies, is vital to stopping the spread, he said. “There was violence in west Africa, in Freetown and Monrovia, but this is on a different scale and it is coming from multiple sources.”
More than 1,600 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in the North Kivu region of DRC and more than 1,000 have died so far – the great majority women and children. At least 10 months since the outbreak began, the numbers are rising steadily and the fatality rate is higher than in previous outbreaks, at about 67%.
Returning from a visit to his teams in the region, David Miliband, the head of the International Rescue Committee, called for a “reset” in the response. “The situation is far more dangerous than the statistic of 1,000 deaths, itself the second largest in history, suggests and the suspension of key services threatens to create a lethal inflection point in the trajectory of the disease,” he said. “The danger is that the number of cases spirals out of control, despite a proven vaccine and treatment.”
IRC teams, who have had three triage units in health centres burned down, have warned that the situation in North Kivu is increasingly volatile and is making progress against the disease impossible. Last week, fighters from the armed Mai-Mai rebel group attacked a treatment centre in Butembo, one of the towns at the centre of the crisis. This week, two patients were killed during an assault on a treatment centre in Katwa, the second such incident in the town this month.
The WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has also voiced profound disquiet. In March, Dr Tedros said the Ebola outbreak was contracting and would be over in six months. After a visit at the end of April with the regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, he said he was deeply worried about the situation. “Cases are increasing because of violent acts that set us back each time,” he said.
The pair went to Butembo, where a WHO epidemiologist, Dr Richard Mouzoko, was killed by armed men while he and colleagues were working on the Ebola response.
“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response,” said Dr Tedros. “WHO and partners cannot tackle these challenges without the international community stepping in to fill the sizeable funding gap.” Only half of the currently requested funds have been received, which could lead to WHO and partners rolling back some activities when they are most needed.
Those on the frontline in North Kivu fear no end is in sight. Whitney Elmer, a country director for Mercy Corps, one of the humanitarian NGOs working on preventing the spread, said there had been “a drastic change in the security situation”, which was causing a big rise in the number of cases.
Elmer said there had been about 400 cases over the past month – the highest figure for that time period since the outbreak began – and the number of new cases was increasing at a much higher rate than seen previously.
“We are very concerned,” she said, adding that there was real potential for the outbreak to spread to neighbouring Rwanda or Uganda.
Frontline workers say there has not been enough community involvement and that bringing in armed police and especially cancelling elections in the region have provoked hostility and suspicion. “The overall strategy has been to go full force to do things as quickly as possible,” said Elmer. She added that it was vital that local people and organisations were included in decision-making.
Médecins Sans Frontières, whose volunteer doctors have been at the forefront of every Ebola outbreak, agreed that the failure to engage communities had been a disaster.
“We are very concerned and the signs around the outbreak response are not good right now,” said Kate White, one of its emergency managers.
New cases should be picked up by routine surveillance and testing the contacts of people who fall ill. “But what we see right now is that the majority of confirmed cases are coming through community deaths. It’s a very worrying sign,” she said. “It means communities are not aware or not active participants in the response. People die in their communities and they have the ability to transmit the virus to as many people as possible.”
She said agencies needed to have the local people actively working against Ebola. “Anything else is a band-aid solution.”
WHO recently announced an expansion of the vaccination guidelines and the introduction of a second vaccine to try to protect people. Experimental drugs have also been given to 700 people, although nobody yet knows how successful they have been. But unless it is possible to reach affected communities with vaccines and drugs, the new technologies are useless.
“The tragedy is that we have the technical means to stop Ebola, but until all parties halt attacks on the response, it will be very difficult to end this outbreak,” Dr Tedros tweeted on Friday.
What Will It Take To Finally End Congo’s Ebola Outbreak In 2020?
Last fall, Félix Tshisekedi, the president of Democratic Republic of Congo, made a triumphant prediction: Before 2019 was over, the Ebola outbreak that had ravaged his country for more than a year would finally be brought to a close. Already, health workers had managed to quash the Ebola virus in all but a small set of remaining hot zones. New infections had slowed to a trickle.
Then, on Nov. 28, unidentified armed men launched a series of attacks on the offices and living quarters of several Ebola response teams, killing three workers and forcing scores of others to evacuate. Within days, new Ebola infections were once again on the rise.
It was just the latest setback in an outbreak that has proved devilishly difficult to contain as it has unfolded in a part of Congo with a long history of conflict between the government and multiple armed groups. Since the epidemic was declared on Aug. 1, 2018, more than 3,300 people have been infected with Ebola, making the outbreak the worst on record for Congo, and the second worst in human history after the much larger West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2013-2016.
NPR put that question to five people involved in the Ebola response; here’s what they said:
Ensure Ebola responders can safely get to the hot spots
Dr. Marie Roseline Belizaire, a field coordinator with the World Health Organization who has been moving from hot spot to hot spot since the very start of the outbreak, was in one of the facilities that was attacked on Nov. 28 (you can read her account of that experience here and here). She says that in the aftermath, her teams have had to cut back on the time they spend in areas where the Ebola virus is spreading.
Most of them have relocated to the relatively safer city of Beni, two hours’ drive from the closest hot spot. To reach the farthest hot spot, they are ferrying staff in by helicopter for a few hours at a time. So while they are still managing to carry out key activities like identifying Ebola cases and tracking down and vaccinating those who’ve been in contact with them, they can’t do so in every location every day.
“It has never been this difficult before,” says Belizaire. “Even though we have suffered [previous] attacks, we didn’t leave. We didn’t evacuate our team.”
Worst of all, she says, she’s not convinced that the United Nations — which has peacekeepers in the area — and Congo’s government can protect Ebola responders from further harm.
“They have failed us,” she says.
But what’s the best way to keep Ebola responders safe? On this point the answers diverge.
Put in more armed guards to protect health workers …
David Gressly, the U.N.’s emergency Ebola response coordinator for the Congo outbreak, says that since the Nov. 28 attacks he has been in communication with both the U.N. and Congo’s government about how each may bolster the security it provides to Ebola responders as well as to the general population.
For instance, in a remote rural area called Lwemba where many new cases appear to be concentrated, “the Congolese army told me that they were going to double the number of troops on the ground in terms of providing security,” Gressly says. “And, of course, municipal forces are patrolling in that area as well. There may be some more work to be done on that side. But those steps are very encouraging as a way forward.”
… or maybe don’t
Brian Moller, emergency coordinator for the aid group Doctors Without Borders in North Kivu province, where the outbreak has been most intense, says the impulse to step-up armed guards is “understandable.” But he argues that it’s short-sighted and will likely backfire, particularly if the guards are stationed at or near health care facilities, or used as escorts for Ebola responders.
After years of abuse at the hands of Congo’s military, the local population is already mistrustful of these troops, Moller notes. Most recently, the local population has protested both the military and U.N. peacekeepers for failing to protect them from a spate of massacres over the past several months by one of the largest rebel groups in the area, the Allied Democratic Forces.
So if health workers are seen to be aligned with security forces, “this just adds to the mistrust that already exists around Ebola,” Moller says. “This mistrust then leads to increased security presence [by armed forces], which leads to more mistrust, in a downward spiral.”
Citing this very concern, last month Doctors Without Borders halted its operations in one of the hot spots where Ebola responders were attacked — a rural region called Biakato.
Find out who was behind the latest attacks
There is at least one solution to the violence for which there seems to be widespread support. As Dr. Jean-Paul Mundama, who monitors diseases with epidemic potential for Congo’s Ministry of Health, put it: “Every time we are close to controlling the epidemic there has been some attack that destabilizes the response teams. So we need to find out what is provoking these attacks.”
Moller, of Doctors Without Borders, agrees, and adds that if the sponsors of the latest attack can be identified, then there’s a chance to “speak to those behind the violence to gain their understanding and acceptance of the Ebola response.”
Gressly, the U.N. Ebola emergency coordinator, is more focused on the possibility that bringing those responsible to justice could deter future attacks — either by setting an example or simply putting the attackers out of commission.
Gressly says that approach seems to have contributed to a slowdown in violence last spring, after a similar flare-up of direct attacks on Ebola responders. Congo’s government has charged several Congolese doctors in the most serious of those spring incidents: the assassination-style killing in April 2019 in the city of Butembo of a WHO epidemiologist, Dr. Richard Mouzoko.
There’s a lot of money to be made from the Ebola response, given all the logistical spending it requires and the jobs it generates for locals, explains Gressly. So the government’s theory, he says, is that these doctors’ interests were “financial — being able to have a greater share of the business that was going on in relation to the response.”
Gressly says it’s possible the Nov. 28 attacks had a similar motive — even if the attackers themselves were not from the same group. But tracking them down has been complicated.
“A number of arrests have been made,” Gressly says. All are men who belong to one of the many rebel militias in the area. And through those arrests, he says, “we have been able to generate a number of leads.”
Yet shortly after a senior leader of the militia was arrested, his men attacked the convoy that was transporting him to prison. According to Gressly, the driver and police escort were all killed, and the militia leader escaped.
Ramp up the role of U.N. peacekeepers
Direct attacks aren’t the only challenge that Ebola responders are facing. In recent weeks their work has been continually disrupted by massacres of hundreds of civilians in the Ebola outbreak zone that have been launched by the Allied Democratic Forces — as well as violent protests by members of the community against the Congolese military and U.N. peacekeepers for failing to protect them.
Stephen Morrison, director of global health policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says this has been the predictable result of a decision by Congo’s government decision last fall to launch a major offensive against the ADF. Retaliating against civilians is “a playbook the ADF resorts to in these types of situations,” he says. “This is not a new pattern.”
And Morrison says it’s particularly problematic that Congo’s government chose to launch the offensive against the ADF without coordinating with, or even really consulting, the large U.N. peacekeeping force in the area.
“The Congolese have been very reluctant to partner with other forces. They’re very sensitive to their own sovereign interests. So they’re trying to do this on their own,” says Morrison. “But they’ve failed repeatedly.”
In other words, he says, Congo’s military has done just enough damage to provoke the ADF into killing civilians, but not enough to actually disarm them.
Morrison argues that by enlisting the help of U.N. peacekeepers, Congo’s military would stand a much better chance. But so far the U.N. member states that set the peacekeepers’ mission — particularly those on the Security Council, such as the United States — have shown little interest in pressuring Congo’s government to bring peacekeepers into the effort.
“We just don’t have the type of high-level political leadership focused on this problem and the threat that it poses,” laments Morrison.
Bolster Congo’s health care system
Mundama, of Congo’s health ministry, says one misstep early on in the outbreak was to set up the Ebola response as a largely standalone effort, rather than embedding it within Congo’s existing network of health centers.
To some extent this was natural, he says: “We were like firefighters — chasing the Ebola outbreak from this place to that.”
In the short term, he says, it’s easier to outsource Ebola response work to specialized temporary teams. But over the long run, it would be much more effective to bolster the ability of preexisting health centers to do Ebola response work — essentially training them up to do much of the contact tracing and vaccinating.
To a large extent, he says, the focus of the response has now shifted in this direction. That in turn has also fostered more community acceptance of Ebola response measures.
Even after this outbreak is over, “eventually Ebola will come back,” Mundama says. “And the local health centers need to be ready.”
Prepare for flare-ups resulting from this outbreak even after it’s officially “over”
If and when the current outbreak is contained, it’s very possible that the next resurgence of Ebola in Congo will be sparked by a relapse in someone who was originally infected in this outbreak, says Gressly. Already, in early December, the caseload would have been down to zero, but for an Ebola survivor who relapsed — and then infected more than a dozen people who came into contact with him.
“It’s extremely rare that this happens. But it does happen,” says Gressly. “And we have a thousand plus survivors of this outbreak now.”
The key, he says, will be to ensure careful long-term monitoring of Ebola survivors in a way that’s also sensitive to their situation.
“People need to be aware of the risks,” says Gressly. “But if we’re not careful in communication, it may create a kind of stigmatization that that will make these people’s lives very difficult.”
War within a war: The struggle to contain Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo | ITV News
Published on Jun 10, 2019
BRAIN INVADERS —
Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains
Health dept reports three more cases in people who visited Hawaii Island.
Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three new cases in unrelated adults visiting Hawaii Island from the US mainland, the health department announced. The latest known victims—who became infected at different times—bring the state’s 2018 case total to 10 and the 2019 total to five.While there were 17 confirmed cases in 2017, the state counted only two cases total in the prior decade. The new case counts indicate a sustained boom in the parasite’s population and spread.
The parasitic worm in these cases is the rat lungworm, aka Angiostrongylus cantonensis. As its common name suggests, the wandering worm primarily takes up residence in rats’ lungs, where female worms lay their eggs. Young worms leave the nest early to find their own windy homes, though. Larvae get coughed up into rats’ throats then swallowed. The hosting rat eventually poops out the young parasites, which then get gobbled up by feces-feasting snails and slugs (intermediate hosts). When other rodents come along and eat those infected mollusks, the prepubescent parasites migrate to the rats’ brains to mature before settling into the lungs and reproducing. The cycle then starts again.
Humans are an accidental host, typically infected when they inadvertently eat an infected slug or snail that has slid into their salad fixings or other produce. Officials have blamed the recent boom in human cases, in part, on an explosion of an invasive “semi-slug,” which is particularly good at picking up the parasite.
All in your head
In humans, young worms make their way to the brain as they would in a rat. But the rambling invaders rarely survive long enough to make it to their final destination in the lungs. Instead, they usually die somewhere in the central nervous system. In some cases, the infection is symptomless and resolves on its own. In others, the worm meanders around the brain, and its presence, movement, and death in the central nervous system all contribute to symptoms. Those can vary wildly but sometimes include headaches, neck stiffness, tingling or pain, low-grade fever, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, the infection can lead to nerve damage, paralysis, coma, and even death.
Diagnosing the infection can be tricky since there are no specific blood tests that identify the parasite. In Hawaii, officials confirm cases by trying to pick up and amplify fragments of worm DNA from sick patients’ cerebrospinal fluid or other tissue (a polymerase chain reaction test). Still, there are no specific treatments and it’s unclear how helpful anti-parasitic drugs are at clearing the infection. Patients are generally left to manage symptoms and wait for the worms to die on their own. For these reasons, health officials say prevention is paramount.
“It’s important that we ensure our visitors know the precautions to take to prevent rat lungworm disease, which can have severe long-term effects,” Hawaii’s Health Director Bruce Anderson said in a statement. “Getting information to visitors about the disease is just as critical as raising awareness amongst our residents.”
The department recommends that visitors and residents carefully inspect and wash all produce and store it in sealed containers. It also recommends that farmers and gardeners try to control snail and slug populations.
This won’t prevent every case, however. Officials noted that a person in one of the latest confirmed cases became infected in December of 2018 after purposely swallowing a slug on a dare. The other two cases, both from 2019, were suspected to be linked to eating homemade salads and “grazing” fruits and vegetables straight from the land.
Radical ideas are needed to break the DRC’s Ebola outbreak. Here are some
Date 5/22/2019 10:37:52 AM
Author: Mosoka Fallah
(MENAFN – The Conversation) The Ebola virus again terrorising an African nation. The current outbreak in theDemocratic Republic of Congo(DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago. By mid-May, the numberof cases was 1,847 (1759 confirmed and 88 probable). In total, there were 1,223 deaths (1135 confirmed and 88 probable) and 487 people survived.
The deaths in this outbreak are 10% of the total deaths recorded in West Africa in 2014 . That outbreak took more than 11,000 lives.
This outbreak has garnered less global attention, partly because of some promising developments, most notably the experimental Ebolavaccinewhich has been given to more than 100,000 people. In addition, new experimental therapies are being used to treat infected patients.
Some lessons have also been learned since the 2014 outbreak, which exploded in part because of a sluggish global response and the misallocation of funds. This time around, the World Health Organisation (WHO) responded swiftly .
All of this is good news. But the truth is that the current Ebola outbreak is still proving to be one of the most complex, deadly and unforgiving.
Understanding why is important. Equally important is the need for leaders in charge of the response to adopt radical approaches to stop the outbreak. Some – such as incentivising community leaders with stipends or finding ways to draw rebel groups into the prevention net – have been tried elsewhere and should be replicated.
A tricky environment and missed opportunitiesFirst, let’s consider the political climate. This time, Ebola is spreading in a war zone. In a terrifying convergence, the virus first struck in Beni, the epicenter of a long-running conflict that’s killed civilians and United Nations peacekeepers.
Treating Ebola is complicated and involves risks even without the threat of violence. In a war zone, it’s proving nearly impossible; health workers are battling Ebola while also being targeted by rebel forces.
Attacks have become daily occurrences. Recently two of the Ebola treatment centres operated by Doctors Without Borders were attacked in the space of a week. Anda doctor from the WHO was killed by armed militia.
On top of this the critical, life-saving lessons learned from the West Africa outbreak aren’t being implemented; though, admittedly, conditions in the DRC makes some hard to replicate.
For example, one of the biggest takeaways from the 2014 epidemic is that fear plays a major role in the communities where Ebola strikes.In Liberia people were initially so afraid of health workers that they resisted treatment and ignored orders not to self-quarantine.
As one of the lead coordinators of the national response to Ebola in Liberia, one of my main jobs was to ease the widespread fear. We did so by engaging with local communities. We recruited them to help in a number of ways, including being active case finders and leading negotiations with hostile community members.
A lack of trust is evident from troubling reports that many are resisting vaccination. We don’t yet know why. The resistance sits side-by-side with peoples’ receptiveness to other Ebola treatment.
From my previous experience it suggests that health workers must find a way to break through to clear the path for an effective vaccination drive – and to ensure that opposition doesn’t quickly grow into resistance to the overall response.
The grim facts are undisputed: the current Ebola outbreak is expanding, largely unabated. And there is a growing risk that it will spill over to neighbouring countries with the potential of spreading internationally. The possibilities are terrifying.
What can be doneWhat can leaders of the response do?
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– May 8, 2019BY CNN
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a grim milestone, with 27 new cases confirmed in a single day — a record for the current outbreak.
The outbreak, which is the second deadliest in history, has proved difficult to bring under control because of community mistrust and violent attacks on health care workers.
The World Health Organization said 27 new confirmed cases had been reported Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak started in August. Similarly, 126 new cases had been reported in the week ending April 28, the highest weekly total since Ebola took hold in the country.
“The increase in the number of new [Ebola] cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains deeply concerning,” WHO said in its latest situation report.
According to the latest figures from the Congo health ministry, the total number of confirmed cases is 1,429 and 66 probable ones. In total, 984 people have died since the outbreak began, while 415 people have been cured.
‘Most challenging circumstances’
WHO said that sporadic violence by armed militias, limited health care resources and difficult-to-access locations meant this “outbreak is taking place in one of the most challenging circumstances ever confronted by WHO.”
Last month, WHO epidemiologist Dr. Richard Mouzoko was killed by armed men while he and colleagues were working in Butembo, in North Kivu, a province grappling with a long-term conflict and dozens of armed groups causing intermittent violence.
“Dr. Mouzoko’s death moved me profoundly,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement this week after a visit to Butembo.
“I am also profoundly worried about the situation. Cases are increasing because of violent acts that set us back each time.”
The attack took place during a coordination meeting being held at the hospital Mouzoko was working at.
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) staff have also been attacked, prompting the medical group to suspend work in some Ebola-hit areas.
Mistrust and misinformation
In addition to the violence, the medical response has been hampered by widespread mistrust and misinformation.
A study in the Lancet medical journal published in March found that 25% of the 961 people surveyed in one of the Ebola-affected provinces believed “that the Ebola outbreak was not real.”
Many deaths are taking place in the community before medical workers have reached them. Of the 27 new cases reported Sunday, 13 were dead, according to the Congo health ministry.
Unlike the 2014 outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, there are now vaccines and experimental treatments to treat and prevent the spread of the disease.
Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, said in March that the response to Ebola had to be more community-based, treating patients as humans, “not as a biothreat.”
“People prefer to stay in the community, not go to treatment centers,” she said.
Unlike the 2014 outbreak that straddled a number of West African countries, WHO said last month that the outbreak did not constitute a “public health emergency of international concern.”
The Congo outbreak has affected North Kivu and neighboring Ituri province. The two provinces are among the most populous in the country and border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.
“Whatever the official status of this outbreak is, it is clear that the outbreak is not under control and therefore we need a better collective effort. The virus has not spread to neighboring countries so far, but the possibility exists,” Gwenola Seroux, emergency manager at Doctors Without Borders, said after the decision.
Breaking “Black Death Plague Kills 2 On Plane Bubonic Plague 11 Hospitalized”
Published on May 4, 2019
The outbreak is now the worst in decades. Children under age 5 account for about half of the cases.
By Donald G. McNeil Jr.
April 29, 2019
Measles continues to spread in the United States, federal health officials said on Monday, surpassing 700 cases this year as health officials around the country sought aggressive action to stem the worst outbreak in decades.
Confirmed Measles Cases by County in 2019
Source: Latest data available from state health departments, as of April 29.
In New York, an epicenter of the outbreak, city officials closed two more schools for Orthodox Jewish children for failing to comply with an order to exclude unvaccinated children.
In California, hundreds of students and staff members at two universities remained under quarantine following possible exposure to the virus.
And with measles spreading globally, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans traveling abroad to make sure they are immunized against the disease. On Monday, the agency renewed an urgent call for parents to get their children vaccinated.
“The outbreaks in New York City and New York State (167 cases altogether) are the largest and longest-lasting since measles elimination in 2000,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the C.D.C.’s director for immunization, said at a news conference.
“The longer this continues, the greater the chances that measles will again get a foothold in the United States,” she said.
More than 500 of the 704 cases recorded as of last Friday were in people who had not been vaccinated, the C.D.C. reported. While there have been no deaths, 66 people have been hospitalized, a third of them with pneumonia.
Number of Measles Cases in the United States Since 2000
704 cases as of April 26, 2019
The U.S. experienced 23 outbreaks with a total of 667 cases in 2014.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Around the country, there have been 13 individual outbreaks in 22 states in 2019, the agency reported. Some of those outbreaks have already been contained.
The outbreak in New York, the nation’s biggest city, has been concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County.
The city reported on Monday that there had been 423 cases since the virus appeared in October. State officials reported another 236 in counties north and east of the city. (Out 8.17 millions people that is a pretty low number)
Officials in New York City have now closed seven Orthodox schools for failing to comply with vaccination orders; five have reopened after providing records showing that they were turning unvaccinated students away.
The city has also issued summonses to 57 residents of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood — where more than 80 percent of the city’s cases have occurred — for refusing to get themselves or their children vaccinated.
Each summons can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 — or double that if the person it is issued to does not appear in court.
California has had a low-intensity epidemic with a handful of new cases each week, punctuated by occasional scares about widespread exposure at airports or on university campuses. (What about exposure from immigrants coming through our borders and being bussed all over the country???)Franz Hall at U.C.L.A.’s campus. Hundreds of students and staff members were quarantined at the university following possible exposure to measles.CreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York TimesLast week, nearly 800 students and staff members at California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Los Angeles, who may have been exposed to measles on their campuses were quarantined under orders to stay home and not ride public transportation.
As of Monday, more than half of them were cleared after showing proof that they had either had two measles shots or were immune because they had caught the disease in childhood.
About 370 remained in quarantine, mostly at Cal State, Los Angeles.
On Monday, signs reading “POSSIBLE MEASLES EXPOSURE” were posted at the entrance to Cal State’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library. Anyone who visited on April 11, when a student with measles apparently passed through, was warned to check his or her vaccination records.
At U.C.L.A., some students were unaware that the possible exposure on their campus had been traced to the very lecture halls they were entering. Still, some said they were more worried about upcoming exams.
Gianna Jimenez, a sophomore studying molecular biology, said she and her peers were disturbed by the spread of unscientific theories, such as the notion that vaccines cause autism.
“People just believe whatever they see on the internet whether it’s true or not,” she said. “The fact that it’s 2019 and we’re dealing with this is outrageous and ridiculous.”
Universities in New York are required by state law to make sure their students are vaccinated against measles.
At New York University, incoming freshmen do not get dorm keys until they produce persuasive evidence of immunization or get vaccinated at the student health center, said John Beckman, a university spokesman.
The university, he added, has just told all students with medical or other exemptions that, if the school has a case, they may be barred from campus.
More than 94 percent of American parents vaccinate their children against measles and other diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the C.D.C., said on Monday.
About 100,000 children in this country below age 2 have not been vaccinated, he said, meaning they are vulnerable in this outbreak.
Some infants are not immunized because their parents avoid vaccination. Others cannot be protected either because they are allergic to components of the vaccine or for other medical reasons.
This year’s outbreak, the C.D.C. said, was sparked by 126 infections acquired by travelers overseas since early 2018. The bulk of them occurred in Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, but cases have also come from Thailand, Germany, Britain and other countries.
Of the 44 cases imported so far this year, the C.D.C. said, 34 were not in immigrants or foreign visitors, but in Americans who had traveled overseas.
[Get answers to common questions about the measles outbreak.]
Even with modern medical care, the disease normally kills about one out of every 1,000 victims, according to the C.D.C.
Pneumonia and encephalitis — swelling of the brain — are the most common severe complications. Epidemics among malnourished children who cannot get modern hospital care have mortality rates of 10 percent or more, according to the World Health Organization.
Measles is among the most contagious of diseases. Virus-laced droplets can hover in still indoor air for up to two hours after someone infected has coughed or sneezed. Up to 90 percent of people who are exposed will catch the virus if they are not immunized.
The vaccine is considered very safe, and two doses are about 97 percent effective at conferring immunity. The vaccine is normally given at ages 1 and 5, but during outbreaks pediatricians may give it to healthy children as young as six months old.
Around the world, measles cases fell 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with deaths dropping to 90,000 a year from 550,000.
But two years ago, cases began rebounding, driven by a combination of poverty, warfare, tight vaccine supplies and, in some countries, hesitation about vaccination.
Earlier this month, the W.H.O. said there were three times as many measles cases around the world this year as there were in the first three months of 2018.
Before measles vaccination became widespread in the United States in 1963, up to four million Americans got measles each year, the C.D.C. said. Of the roughly 500,000 cases that were reported to medical authorities annually back then, about 48,000 were hospitalized, 4,000 developed encephalitis, and 400 to 500 died.
The C.D.C.’s case count on Monday said 503 of the 704 measles infections were in people who were not vaccinated. Of the remaining 201 cases, vaccination status was unknown for 125 patients, meaning that 76 patients said they had been vaccinated but got sick anyway.
The agency does not yet know how many shots each of those 76 had, “but under extreme disease pressure we know there can be vaccine failures,” Dr. Messonnier said.
She suggested that adults likely to encounter the virus, including health workers, travelers and anyone in affected neighborhoods, get a blood test that can show how immune they are to measles, mumps and rubella.
[Here’s our full coverage about the measles outbreak.]
Anyone born before 1957 is assumed to have had the measles as a child and therefore immune.
Americans born between 1957 and 1989 are in a middle ground. Some got the early “killed virus” vaccine, which later proved to be too short-lived and was replaced by a “weakened virus” vaccine.
Until 1989, it was routine to give one shot; now children get two. One shot of the new vaccine provides 93 percent immunity in the overall population, while two shots drive that up to 97 percent, which is considered more than enough to keep the virus from spreading.
Vaccination levels vary from state to state, largely dependent on how easy state legislatures make it to get exemptions. All states permit exemptions for children who are allergic to the vaccine, have a compromised immune system or have another medical reason to avoid it.
Some states permit religious exemptions, even though no major religion opposes vaccination, and a few states also permit “philosophical” or “personal choice” exemptions.
Some states with high vaccination rates have “pockets of unvaccinated people,” the C.D.C. said. At various times, some religious minorities like Orthodox Jews and the Amish in Ohio have had low vaccination rates.
Some wealthy liberal communities, like Vashon Island in Washington State, have also had low rates. Recently conservative groups opposed to vaccines have sprung up, such as Texans for Vaccine Choice, which is associated with the Tea Party.
Julie Turkewitz contributed reporting from Denver, Jose Del Real from Los Angeles and Dana Goldstein from New York.
An earlier version of the map with this article gave incorrect counts for measles cases in New York in 2019. There were 493 cases in the state this year as of April 29, not 659, which is the total number reported since September 2018.
Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science reporter covering epidemics and diseases of the world’s poor. He joined The Times in 1976, and has reported from 60 countries.A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Measles Surges Past 700th Case In U.S. Outbreak. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe
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Wed., April 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Legionnaires’ disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results.
Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in Stockton and at two neighbouring youth correctional facilities, Corrections Department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said.
Officials had thought it was isolated to one housing unit where the two inmates lived. They restricted water use throughout the medical facility and neighbouring juvenile facility, bringing in bottled water. But they put special filters only on showers in the housing unit where the inmates had been housed in the California Health Care Facility, which treats about 2,670 inmates needing medical or mental health care.
The neighbouring O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility houses about 150 youths and N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility about 260 youths.
No subsequent illnesses were reported and the source hasn’t been found. But officials now are adding the shower filters in other areas and warning against using unfiltered water throughout the three facilities.
“We are responding to preliminary findings and recommendations,” Waters said in an email. “We are still awaiting the final findings and working on a remediation plan.”
That includes deciding how they will clean out the bacteria from the facilities’ water system and how much it might cost, she said.
The bacteria weren’t detected in the Stockton city water supply, though the city supplies water to the state facilities.
An inmate who died last month had Legionnaires’ disease, which is considered a severe form of pneumonia. A second inmate tested positive for the bacteria but is in good condition.
Legionella bacteria grow in water and spread through water vapour. They can cause a mild infection known as Pontiac fever or the more serious infection known as Legionnaires’ disease, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease occurs when contaminated water is inhaled into the lungs. It is considered particularly dangerous for older people and those with underlying health issues.
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Cases of Legionnaires’ disease have quadrupled in Georgia over the past 10 years, public health statistics show.
That increase mirrors a national trend, with U.S. cases up fivefold since 2000.
About 80 percent of Georgia outbreaks have occurred in health care facilities, according to Cherie Drenzek, state epidemiologist.
Legionella bacteria live in water, and are found naturally in lakes and streams. But they can be dangerous and lethal when they grow in man-made water systems, eventually finding their way into showerheads and sink faucets, where they become aerosolized.
Legionellosis, a respiratory condition, occurs after people breathe in water vapor containing the water-borne bacteria. It can cause a milder infection, Pontiac fever. In more serious cases, it can lead to the pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease.
Neither illness is spread person to person, but people over age 50 and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing the disease.
The bacterium and the disease got their names from a severe outbreak of a type of pneumonia among attendees at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976. Scores of people became ill, and at least 29 died. The story made for frightening national headlines, because the illness struck such a specific set of people and initially baffled health officials. The outbreak was eventually traced to the hotel where the Legionnaires had stayed, and the bacterium that caused the illness was identified.
The disease became known as Legionnaires’ disease, and the bacterium was dubbed Legionella. (Pontiac fever, the milder form of the disease, had been reported since the 1960s, but its cause was unknown until the Legionnaires’ outbreak led to the discovery of the pathogen.)
Why the increase in infections in recent years?
“We are not certain why there is a rise in Legionnaires’ disease cases,” says Atlanta’s Chris Edens, epidemiologist on CDC’s Legionella team.
The rise is likely related to a combination of factors, Edens says. He cites the aging population, changes in diagnostic testing practices, and the increased age of buildings and infrastructure as potential causes.
“Possibly increased Legionella in the environment is another concern,” he adds.
Safer water facilities can thwart outbreaks
Legionnaires’ disease patients experience fever, headache and muscle aches, but initially without signs of pneumonia. The fever can affect previously healthy people, as well as those with underlying illnesses. Respiratory symptoms, which indicate pneumonia is developing, occur within 72 hours, according to the CDC.
Pontiac fever patients do not develop pneumonia. Almost all of them fully recover, the CDC says, but about 10 percent of the people with full-fledged Legionnaires’ disease will die. The disease is treatable with antibiotics if caught in time.
Drenzek says there has been increased awareness about Legionella infections, including among health care officials. She says facilities that are considered to be at risk for Legionella are trying to promote better water management systems.
“Legionnaires’ disease is becoming of more interest because it’s really sort of a neglected infectious disease,” says Allison Chamberlain of the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research.
Chamberlain encourages the public to learn more about ongoing Legionella research.
“Legionnaires’ disease is not caused by a vaccine-preventable bug. It’s not a vaccine-preventable disease, and it’s not a communicable infectious disease,” she says. “And it doesn’t have the numbers [of cases] that other infectious diseases have.”
“But [nationwide] the cases have been on the rise since early 2000.”
“While most people won’t get sick, those with underlying respiratory issues or perhaps those who are immuno-compromised are at greater risk,” says Chamberlain.
The probability is low for getting ill, “but it depends on how much Legionella is in the water and who is breathing in the vapor,” she adds.
CDC officials say Legionnaires’ disease in hospitals is widespread and deadly, but also preventable.
Many people being treated at health care facilities, including long-term care facilities and hospitals, have conditions that put them at greater risk of getting sick and dying from Legionnaires’ disease, according to CDC.
Examples of constructed water systems that might grow and spread Legionella include hot tubs, hot water tanks and heaters, and large plumbing systems. Cooling towers also appear to be a problem for health care facilities.
“It’s important to highlight Legionella,” says Drenzek. “It really underscores for us the need to raise awareness.’’
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