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Second UK case of 'Sars-like' coronavirus identified

Feb 11, 2013

A second case of a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus has been identified in the UK.

By Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

"The patient, who is receiving intensive care treatment in a Manchester hospital, had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan.

Doctors insist the risk of the new coronavirus spreading to the general UK population is "extremely low" and the situation is being closely monitored.

The total number of confirmed cases globally now stands at 10.

The death toll is five - three patients treated in Saudi Arabia and two treated in Jordan.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, spread through droplets of body fluids produced by sneezing and coughing.

In 2002 an outbreak of Sars killed about 800 people after the virus spread to more than 30 countries around the world.

The new coronavirus was first identified in September 2012 in a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21410190

Doctors Struggling to Fight 'Totally Drug-Resistant' Tuberculosis in South Africa

TB kills more people annually than any other infectious disease besides HIV

By Jason Koebler

February 11, 2013

"In a patient's fight against tuberculosis—the bacterial lung disease that kills more people annually than any infectious disease besides HIV— doctors have more than 10 drugs from which to choose. Most of those didn't work for Uvistra Naidoo, a South African doctor who contracted the disease in his clinic. For those who contract the disease now, maybe none of them will.

A new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warns that the first cases of "totally drug-resistant" tuberculosis have been found in South Africa and that the disease is "virtually untreatable."

Like many bacterial diseases, tuberculosis has been evolving to fend off many effective antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat. But even treatable forms of the disease are particularly tricky to cure; drug sensitive strains must be treated with a six-month course of antibiotics. Tougher cases require long-term hospitalization and a regimen of harsh drugs that can last years.

[RELATED: Giant Rats Trained to Detect Tuberculosis]

Naidoo, then an avid runner, says he continued training for months with the disease, which affects more than 389,000 South Africans annually (about one fourth of Africa's cases), according to the World Health Organization. It wasn't until he went to visit his family in Durban (he had been working with TB patients in a pediatric clinic in Cape Town) that his family noticed he had lost more than 30 pounds.

"I had flu symptoms and chest pains, but I was still running so I didn't think anything was wrong," he says. But when he went in for an X-ray, doctors found that his entire right lung had filled with fluid. Within weeks, he was on his deathbed as his body wasn't responding to the most commonly prescribed antibiotics."

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"Bishai says van Helden's paper suggests that "TDR is extensive in South Africa."

"It's gone relatively unrecognized," he says. "This is evidence that it's emerged and is spreading—we're playing with fire here."

Drug-resistant TB isn't just a South African problem. In the early '90s, there was an outbreak of MDR in a New York City hospital. During that outbreak, 32 patients caught MDR over the course of a few months and 29 of them died. That outbreak was eventually controlled, but more than 100 cases of MDR have been detected in the United States over the past eight years, and there have been high-profile outbreaks in Peru, Russia, and India over the past decade.

Despite the high death rate during the New York City outbreak, public health officials were able to keep MDR from escaping into the general population, a task that took a concerted effort and many millions of dollars, van Helden says. South Africa, doesn't have that luxury.

[READ: TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat]

"The fact that New York City managed the outbreak suggests we can contain it, but the cost was phenomenal," van Helden says. "We don't have the same resources as the U.S. South Africa is going to go through a lot of strain trying to combat this problem."

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/11/doctors-struggling-totally-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-south-africa

The TB article is long...but well worth the read, SA is not the only place that has had cases of it, it is nefarious and getting harder to spot...

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Mysterious SARS-like coronavirus may have spread human-to-human

Feb 13, 2013

"LONDON British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient they say probably caught it from a family member.

The new virus was first identified last year in the Middle East and the 10 people who have previously been infected had all traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan.

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"Although this case provides strong evidence for person-to-person transmission, the risk of infection in most circumstances is still considered to be very low," John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency, said in a statement. "If (the) novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases."

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"The new coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS. In 2003, a SARS outbreak killed about 800 people worldwide."

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"He said there were still big gaps in the understanding of the novel coronavirus, which can cause acute pneumonia and kidney failure. Of the 11 cases to date, five people have died.

Read whole story here

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57569117/mysterious-sars-like-coronavirus-may-have-spread-human-to-human/

tx hcvslayer

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Coronavirus Infects Third U.K. Family Member, Health Agency Says

Feb 15, 2013  UPDATE

By Makiko Kitamura

"The patient, who doesn’t have any recent travel history, is recovering from a mild respiratory illness, the Health Protection Authority said in a statement today, without specifying the patient’s gender or age. Officials on Feb. 11 said a British resident who traveled to the Middle East and Pakistan was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, and on Feb. 13 they said a family member had been infected.

Today’s announcement that another family member has contracted the virus brings the number of cases in the U.K. to four. Of the 12 cases globally, five people have died. While person-to-person transmission may have occurred in some other cases in the Middle East, the risk of infection is considered low, the agency said."

Read story here

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-15/coronavirus-infects-third-u-k-family-member-health-agency-says.html

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Longmont girl's death prompts Hazmat response

6 yr old  died of flu like symptoms...

Feb 19, 2013

"LONGMONT - Longmont police, donning Hazmat gear, were investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl who died Monday morning.

Pollice say the girl, identified as Lluvia Espinoza Morales, went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.

Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said investigators sealed one unit of a four-plex apartment in the 700 block of Darby Court where Morales lived."

http://www.9news.com/news/article/317853/339/Longmont-girls-death-prompts-Hazmat-response

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Search for the Sars carriers: Hunt for jet passengers who sat near victim of bug on London flight

The infected man, who travelled back from Saudi Arabia on January 28, unwittingly passed it on to his son, who has since died from the bug

"Plane passengers who sat near a British man with the Sars-like virus are being hunted in an attempt to stop it spreading globally.

The infected man, who travelled back to London on January 28 after a trip to Saudi Arabia, unwittingly passed it on to his son, who has since died from the bug.

UK medics now fear he could also have given it to others on the plane.

So far 12 people have caught the coronavirus, including five in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan, four here and one in Germany.

Six of the 12 have died. It is not known exactly how the British victim died."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sars-search-plane-passengers-who-1721146

TX Hcvslayer

Sixth death from novel coronavirus recorded in Britain

Feb 21, 2013

""A British man infected with a new virus from the same family as SARS has died, health officials said on Tuesday, bringing the worldwide death toll from the previously unknown disease to six," Reuters reports. "The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, was unknown in humans until it emerged in the Middle East last year," the news agency writes, adding, "There have been 12 confirmed cases worldwide -- including in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Britain -- and half the patients have died" (Kelland, 2/19). "The patient, who was being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, had a chronic health condition and weakened immune system, which made him more vulnerable to the virus and the severe pneumonia-like problems it causes," NPR's "

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130221/Sixth-death-from-novel-coronavirus-recorded-in-Britain.aspx  Tx Reddwolf

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Clif High has just predicted that a new 'flu' epidemic will spread round the world except this is not from a virus.  Likely to be from chemtrail poisoning and the doctors will not suss this out.  So your regular flu remedies will not work in this instance.  Take care.

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Wildlife Officials Warn Hunters Of Deadly Rabbit Fever

Officials with both the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Wildlife Commission are urging hunters to be wary about rabbit fever after two hunters contracted it this month.

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The disease, tularemia, is a rare and possibly fatal affliction that has already affected two members of a hunting party in the state recently – and has led to a confirmed 17 cases overall since 1999.

Hunters could be exposed to tularemia through tick bites .....another tick borne illness.

http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2013/02/21/wildlife-officials-warn-hunters-of-deadly-rabbit-fever/

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h5n1 today

Man dies of H5N1 avian flu in China

The second of two recently reported H5N1 avian flu patients in China died today, according to Xinhua, the country's state news agency. The patient, a 31-year-old man, died of multiple organ failure at Jinyang Hospital in Guizhou province, provincial health department sources said. On Feb 13 a 21-year-old woman from the same province died from the disease. Both had been confirmed to have H5N1 flu on Feb 10 and had close contact with birds, officials said. The man became sick on Feb 3 and was hospitalized on Feb 8. A total of 110 close contacts with the patients have been released from quarantine after having no abnormal symptoms, the story said. If the two Chinese deaths and a Cambodian H5N1 death reported yesterday are confirmed by the World Health Organization, the global H5N1 death toll will reach 370.

Feb 22 Xinhua story

Feb 13 CIDRAP News story on woman's death

Feb 11 CIDRAP News first report on the two cases

H5N1 strikes poultry in three more Cambodian villages

Cambodia's agriculture ministry today reported three new H5N1 avian flu outbreaks in village poultry, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Two of the villages are in Kampong Cham province and the third is in Kampot province. Both are in south central Cambodia. The outbreaks came to light when farmers sick and dying poultry and contacted authorities. Of 2,632 susceptible birds in the three villages, the virus killed 854 poultry, and 1,778 more were culled to control the spread of the virus.  So far this year Cambodia has reported eight human H5N1 cases, seven of them fatal. Three of those patients have been from Kampot province, including the two most recent.

Feb 22 OIE report

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h7n3 HPAI bird flu

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/feb1913scan.html

Feb 19, 2013

Spreading Mexican H7N3 avian flu outbreak deemed highly pathogenic

The recently reported H7N3 avian influenza outbreak on poultry farms in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato has been determined to be of the highly pathogenic variety, according to a report today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). So far seven breeder farms and two commercial layer farms have been affected. The new report puts the number of infected birds at 53,553, with 34,889 dead, for a case-fatality rate of 65.15%. More than 612,000 birds have been destroyed to date as a control measure. A preventive vaccination effort on breeder and layer farms in Guanajuato has been launched, with more than 5 millions birds vaccinated so far. Early investigation suggests that the virus was introduced through fomites and breaches in biosecurity measures. The current outbreak is similar to a 2012 H7N3 outbreak in the neighboring state of Jalisco as well as isolated outbreaks last month there and in Aguascalientes state.

Feb 19 OIE report

Feb 15 CIDRAP News item on current outbreak

Jan 9 CIDRAP News item on last month's outbreaks

Jun 26, 2012, CIDRAP News story on 2012 outbreak

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Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip

Feb 22, 2013

"ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — A 15-year-old boy from Long Island died of a mysterious illness while on a school trip to Disneyland. (His name was Joseph Tutaj)

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On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever.

The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later.

Doctors told the boy’s family they believe Tutaj may have contracted a debilitating infection.

Tutaj’s parents said the 15-year-old trumpet player had no history of medical problems."

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His father, Robert, is currently battling stage four cancer, and the family’s home was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy."

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/22/long-island-teen-dies-of-mysterious-illness-during-disneyland-school-trip/

Let's see now...he lived in the Long Island area. Where is Plum Island again?  My heart goes out to this family..

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UPDATE on TB problem in Los Angeles..

CDC to investigate escalating Los Angeles tuberculosis outbreak among homeless (Video)

Tuberculosis Outbreak Infects LA Homeless

February 22, 2013

By: Anne Hart

"The new TB outbreak in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is frequented by a large concentration of homeless people, according to the February 22, 2013 news report, "LA health officials seek to contain TB outbreak." The question is how do you keep it from spreading, since many homeless people and those living near Skid Row ride the public transit, where their coughs and sneezes in a closed space can transmit the bacteria to anyone riding the bus at locations far from Skid Row.

Homeless people with active TB can sit next to children returning home from school, seniors, persons with disabilities, moms with toddlers in strollers, those who don't drive, and anyone else coming into contact with wherever a homeless person carrying the disease roams, uses public transportation, or visits free or low-cost public spaces from libraries to senior centers and meeting rooms at public parks."

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Federal scientists will be dispatched in the next two weeks to work with Los Angeles official

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dispatching scientists to Los Angeles to mount a new attack on an outbreak of tuberculosis on skid row. Health workers have identified about 4,650 people who were probably exposed and are trying to track them, according to news reports."

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Homeless use public libraries during the day for access to restrooms and the Internet

"It's easy for TB bacteria to spread from the Skid Row homeless who frequently spend all day in public libraries to use the bathroom where they wash up or to use the computer. School kids coming into a library branch known for attracting homeless people can be exposed to TB microbes just by sitting near the homeless at a public library. See the articles, "Aurora library taking precautions against TB spreading - Daily Herald," and "Tomgram: Chip Ward."

Read story here..

http://www.examiner.com/article/cdc-to-investigate-escalating-los-angeles-tuberculosis-outbreak

The key fright to this is that we are talking about an anti-biotic resistant TB....

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Rare superbug emerging in U.S. elicits advisory warning from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting clinicians of an emerging untreatable multidrug-resistant organism in the United States.

There are many forms of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), but of the 37 forms reported in the U.S., 15 have been reported in less than a year.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/27/reports-rare-superbugs-increasing-in-us/#ixzz2MCYLg3uW

Superbug CRE may endure in patients one year after initial infection

Patients who tested positive for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) took an average of 387 days following hospital discharge to be clear of the organism, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-02-superbug-cre-patients-year-infection.html#jCp

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Mysterious new disease striking young women, symptoms mimic demonic possession

More disturbing evidences of vaccine-induced brain damage are emerging in the U.S. as primarily young women are increasingly developing a mysterious autoimmune condition known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis that exhibits symptoms similar to demonic possession. According to a recent report by CBS Philly, young women who develop the condition may act normally one minute, and the next minute develop extreme paranoia or an inability to control their limbs, which experts admit is a result of antibodies attacking the brain, causing swelling and inflammation.

Evidence points to vaccines, lack of proper nutrients as cause of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/02/28/mysterious-new-disease-striking-young-women-symptoms-mimic-demonic-possession/#

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