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    07/8/2018 6:27 pm

    Malaysia reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak on farm: OIE  August 2018

    PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in the eastern region of Sabah, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from Malaysia's veterinary authorities.

    The virus killed 3,000 out of 28,000 egg-laying chickens on the farm in Kampung Kauluan and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said in an website alert.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/malaysia-reports-h5n1-bird-flu-outbreak-farm-oie-104130889.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma

    31/7/2018 12:12 pm

    We are not ready
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/06/21/how-prepared-is-the-world-for-the-next-epidemic-this-tool-shows-most-countries-are-not/

    Now an initiative led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a tool that spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them. The new website, PreventEpidemics.org, gives an individual score to each country and uses color codes to rank the world by five levels of preparedness.

    31/7/2018 3:18 am

    Emergency preparedness drill exposes gaps in response after mock virus 'kills' 900M


    A team at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security created the “Clade X” simulation drill, and tagged the disease as “moderately contagious” and “moderately lethal,” Business Insider reported.

    The researchers said Clade X was comparable to the SARS virus, which had a mortality rate of about 10 percent and infected more than 8,000 between 2002 and 2003. However, the results of their drill found that after 20 months, Clade X would have wiped out 150 million people worldwide, and if no vaccine could be produced, the total number of fatalities would reach 900 million, or 10 percent of the global population.
    The drill was held on May 15 and included former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Julie Gerberding. The mock scenario pinned the “bioengineered virus” to a rogue group called “A Brighter Dawn” that sought to reduce the world’s population to pre-industrial levels, according to the report.

    31/5/2018 10:50 am

    The news, seems to be ignoring this in the UK.
    They are more concerned by Russian murders & Brexit. 

    29/5/2018 2:50 pm

    It's back
    Y!?ou did not say WHAT was back Lorraine ! Ebola of course.....
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/11/a-pioneering-vaccine-is-being-sent-to-congo-in-hopes-of-containing-a-new-ebola-outbreak/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a24fbbb9459b

    Now in India
    Nipah Virus Outbreak: Death Toll Rises In India As Brain-Damaging Disease Spreads
    As the rare virus claims more lives in the Indian state of Kerala, concerns have been raised about the potential of Nipah to become a global health emergency.
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    This is bad.
    Ebola, Nipah, Zika
    Even measles and mumps can be fatal
    Add the MDRO --multiple drug resistant organisms
    MRSA methicillin resistant staph aureus
    Remember the Fourth Hourseman episode --Andrew said --The staff is coming down with it as fast as the patients. Had to turn away patients, not enough beds.


     

    12/5/2018 9:11 am

    Lorraine wrote:

    It's back
    On Friday, the World Health Organization announced its plan to send the experimental vaccine to northwest Congo, where there have been about 32 suspected or confirmed cases since early April and 18 deaths.

    “We are very concerned and planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, said in Geneva on Friday.

    You did not say WHAT was back Lorraine ! Ebola of course.....
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/11/a-pioneering-vaccine-is-being-sent-to-congo-in-hopes-of-containing-a-new-ebola-outbreak/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a24fbbb9459b
     

    12/5/2018 6:47 am

    It's back
    On Friday, the World Health Organization announced its plan to send the experimental vaccine to northwest Congo, where there have been about 32 suspected or confirmed cases since early April and 18 deaths.

    “We are very concerned and planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, said in Geneva on Friday.

    12/5/2018 6:45 am

    https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

    Measles. 
    From January 1 to April 21, 2018, 63 people from 16 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas) were reported to have measles.

    It's airborne

    27/4/2018 7:13 pm

    http://www.businessinsider.com/pandemic-risk-to-humanity-2017-9
    Melinda and Bill Gates have both repeatedly warned that the world is unprepared for an infectious disease outbreak, and experts agree that the risk is high.
    If you look at recent disease outbreaks around the globe, you can see how far we have to go in terms of preparation.
    It's possible that a major outbreak could be intentionally created as the result of a biological weapon, but Poste thinks a serious bioterrorism attack is less likely due to the complexity of pulling something like that off.
    In New York City's hazard mitigation plan, the city indicates that a bioterror attack could have an impact on a similar scale as that of a nuclear weapon. And they say that the likelihood of bioterror attack is far greater.

    06/4/2018 6:09 pm

    Oh no. Superbugs.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/423153-nightmare-bacteria-cdc-report/

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a drug-resistant “nightmare bacteria” that has spread to every state after more than 200 cases last year.

    More than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by drug-resistant germs, according to the CDC, and last year a first-of-its-kind nationwide study uncovered 221 instances of a rare antibiotic resistant (AR) “nightmare bacteria”.
    It mostly afflicts people either in or visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

    24/3/2018 3:11 am

    bobmeades]What may be of more concern, is the warming of the north pole - just below freezing I understand.
     
    Climate change.  Here's a movie to check out

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_(2011_miniseries)
    Ice is on YouTube.

    A Britsh two part miniseries ; based on a novel

     By 2020, global warming has increased significantly. Southern Europe has turned into a desert since it stopped raining, and similar events now happen in Northern Europe. Only the United Kingdom and some parts in the United States are unaffected. Furthermore, a global energy crisis exists as fossil fuels are running out. The last known reserves are under seabed under Greenland's glaciers. An American energy company, Halo, has the only licence to drill in Greenland.

    22/3/2018 11:24 am

    Lorraine wrote:

    bobmeades wrote:

    What may be of more concern, is the warming of the north pole - just below freezing I understand.

     

    There was a tv show "Ice" based on the James Follett novel. (The book had good and bad reviews on Amazon.)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_(2011_miniseries)

    "By 2020, global warming has increased significantly. Southern Europe has turned into a desert since it stopped raining, and similar events now happen in Northern Europe. Only the United Kingdom and some parts in the United States are unaffected. Furthermore, a global energy crisis exists as fossil fuels are running out."

    This just in from the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/06/the-crack-in-this-antarctic-ice-shelf-just-grew-by-11-miles-a-break-could-be-imminent/?utm_term=.05a27576e9da

     

    03/2/2018 10:03 pm

    https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-flow/san-diego-hospital-opens-surge-tent-after-area-flu-cases-quadruple.html

    December 2017

    San Diego County's Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,227 new flu cases last week compared to a total of 563 lab-confirmed flu cases the week before, nearly four-times the amount of cases.

    San Diego County reported approximately 3,900 flu cases this season compared to 599 cases this time last year. Last week, the death toll from the flu outbreak in the county reached 11. The county saw only four flu-related deaths this time last year.

    30/1/2018 4:51 pm

    https://kitchenette.jezebel.com/your-waiters-are-violently-sick-while-serving-you-food-1609379121

    If you're sick, even contagiously sick, you still have to come in or you can be fired for missing your shift.
    Then if you cough, which you might do if you're sick, you get written up for improper food safety. So yeah, it's a no-win.

    http://www.winknews.com/2018/01/10/flu-cases-cause-long-lines-waits-local-hospitals/

    Some hospital patients have been waiting over six hours to be seen…all because there have been so many treated for the flu in recent weeks.

    Many patients are even being treated in hallways for lack of hospital beds and space.
    Pictures taken by a patient inside Gulf Coast Hospital show the demand for beds during this spike in flu season.
    “There’s a lot of people there with masks. As soon as you walk in everybody in the waiting room is covered in masks or has got their shirts over their mouth,” said one patient.

    29/1/2018 6:44 am

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-flu-spreads-schools-close-in-at-least-11-states-1516984718

    It's now 12 states.

    http://www.newsweek.com/flu-season-school-districts-closed-states-788942

    ......that the closures—a result of "excessive absences and concerns about the [flu] virus"—have spanned about 20 districts or individual schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

    Apart from vaccinations, Siler offered a tip for parents and students to prevent continued outbreaks: If you're not feeling well, "Stay at home."

    "Don't go to the movie theater. Don't go out shopping," she said. "Stay home until you are well."

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