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For a while now, I have felt a need to make some sort of record about new diseases being seen/found in man, and in animals..Over the last few months there have been more than a few that have been written about, so I think the time has finally come to have a thread about this.  Please feel free to add to this list as necessary.  All input is welcome..

I will start with this one from August 24, 2012

Researchers identify rare adult immune disease in Asia

120823071731-adult-onset-immune-deficienDoctors have identified the disease as a syndrome that creates AIDS-like symptoms but say it’s not a virus, and it’s not contagious.

"(CNN) -- Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified a new disease among people in Asia that causes AIDS-like symptoms but is not associated with HIV.

The study, released in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday, found patients with the disease were making antibodies that attacked their immune systems.

"We all make molecules and proteins in the body that tell our immune system how to function properly," said Dr. Sarah Browne, a clinical investigator at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH and the lead author on the study.

"They tell different immune cells when to turn on and when to start fighting infection," she said. "We found a large number of the patients that we studied with serious opportunistic infections make an antibody that blocks the function of one of these molecules, which is interferon-gamma."

Without functioning interferon-gamma, people become more susceptible to certain types of infections -- infections people with working immune systems normally don't get, she said."

Read story here

New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered in Sick Missouri Farmers

Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer

Date: 29 August 2012

tick-generic-120829.jpg?1346274913CREDIT: Tick via Shutterstock

"Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn't improve after being treated with antibiotics.

Further tests revealed their blood contained a new virus, which the researchers dubbed the Heartland virus. It belongs to a group called phleboviruses, which are carried by flies, mosquitoes or ticks, and can cause disease in humans."
"More studies are needed to identify the natural hosts of the virus, learn how many people are infected with it and find risk factors for infection, McMullan said.

Because both men experienced tick bites shortly before they became ill — one man, a farmer, reported receiving an average of 20 tick bites a day — the researchers said it's likely that the Heartland virus is spread by ticks, although more research is needed to confirm this.

The new virus's closest relative is another tick-borne phlebovirus, called SFTS virus, which was identified last year in China, and causes death in 12 percent of cases.

The Missouri men, who were both infected in 2009, recovered after 10 to 12 days in the hospital, although one of the men has reported recurrent headaches and fatigue in the two years since his hospitalization."

"Pass it on: The Heartland virus is a new species of virus that can cause severe illness in people, and appears to be carried by ticks."


Deer disease outbreak suspected in C. Ind. county

August 30, 2012

"GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) — Residents of a central Indiana county have reported nearly 100 dead deer in what wildlife officials believe might be a disease outbreak.

An Indiana Department of Natural Resources biologist says most of those dead deer have been found in southern Putnam County.

Biologist Dean Zimmerman tells the Banner Graphic ( ) that 17 counties around the state have had suspected cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease among deer, although Putnam County seems to have a large outbreak.

The illness is a viral disease transmitted by small flies that typically occurs during late summer and early fall. It doesn't affect humans.

Zimmerman says the flies that carry the disease reproduce more successfully in dry weather and that it will take a killing frost to end the outbreak."


OK...I don't know about any of you, but I was always told one did NOT treat a VIRUS w/anti-biotics....that doing so would make it worse.  Also...gmo...plants..mutate plants, animals, insects???  The ongoing headaches and fatigue sound like Lyme disease to me...so is it possible that gmo crops have lead to genetic mods in ticks, which in turn have changed Lyme into a viral infection... ????  just random thoughts...

Has anyone ever heard of flies that kill deer?  This is a new one for me...seems as though they know the culprit though....


Virtually Untreatable’ tuberculosis threat rising, study finds

"August 30, 2012 – HEALTH - Almost half of tuberculosis patients who received prior treatment were resistant to a second-line drug, suggesting the deadly disease may become “virtually untreatable,” according to a new study. Among 1,278 patients who were resistant to two or more first-line tuberculosis drugs in Estonia, Latvia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand, 43.7 percent showed resistance to at least one second-line drug, according to a study led by Tracy Dalton at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were published in the Lancet medical journal today. About 1.4 million people died from TB, the second-deadliest infectious disease globally after AIDS, and 650,000 cases were multi-drug resistant in 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Rising infection rates prompted the U.K. to announce in May it will require pre-entry tuberculosis screening for migrants from 67 countries seeking to enter the country for more than 6 months."


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Blue tongue disease kills deer. 

There were quite a few deer found dead a couple miles from me & they (farmers) are saying it was blue tongue.    From what I remember, blue tongue is spread by a biting fly especially in drier weather.  Well it has certainly been dry here.  And this past year's mild winter didn't help reduce the insect population any.

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CDC says 10,000 at risk of hantavirus in Yosemite outbreak

August 31, 2012

By Dan Whitcomb and Ronnie Cohen

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO | Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:30pm EDT

"(Reuters) - Some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park this summer may be at risk for the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The CDC urged lab testing of patients who exhibit symptoms consistent with the lung disease, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, after a stay at the California park between June and August and recommended that doctors notify state health departments when it is found.

Two men have died from hantavirus linked to the Yosemite outbreak and four others were sickened but survived, while the CDC said additional suspected cases were being investigated from "multiple health jurisdictions."

Most of the victims were believed to have been infected while staying in one of 91 "Signature" tent-style cabins in Yosemite's popular Curry Village camping area.

"An estimated 10,000 persons stayed in the 'Signature Tent Cabins' from June 10 through August 24, 2012," the CDC said. "People who stayed in the tents between June 10 and August 24 may be at risk of developing HPS in the next six weeks."



The virus starts out causing flu-like symptoms, including headache, fever, muscle ache, shortness of breath and cough, and can lead to severe breathing difficulties and death.

The incubation period for the virus is typically two to four weeks after exposure, the CDC said, with a range between a few days and six weeks. Just over a third of cases are fatal.

"Providers are reminded to consider the diagnosis of HPS in all persons presenting with clinically compatible illness and to ask about potential rodent exposure or if they had recently visited Yosemite National Park," the CDC said.

Although there is no cure for hantavirus, which has never been known to be transmitted between humans, treatment after early detection through blood tests can save lives.



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Plague case reported in Archuleta County

from August 28, 2012

Dale Rodebaugh Herald staff writer

"In the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in the state since 2006, an Archuleta County resident has tested positive for the disease.

The last human case in Archuleta County was in 1998.

Although the investigation is ongoing, it is believed that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground northwest of Pagosa Springs, a news release from the San Juan Basin Health Department said.

The department declined to give the gender or age of the victim.

Warning signs are being posted in the campground and environs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Forest Service.

The plague often spreads through rodent populations."


"Symptoms of plague – swollen lymph glands, sudden onset of fever or chills, severe headache or extreme exhaustion – begin two to six days after a person is bitten by an infected flea, rodent or cat.

The plague can be successfully treated if diagnosed promptly.

Two animals have tested positive for plague so far this year."


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Legionnaires' death toll rises to 11 in Quebec, total of 169 cases

Published Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012

"Legionnaires’ disease has claimed another life in Quebec, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the latest outbreak of the infection-causing bacteria to 11.

Since the outbreak began in mid-July, public health officials have confirmed 169 cases of legionnaires’, four of which were detected on Sunday.

However, officials believe the outbreak is now under control.

The most recent cases are thought to have developed over the last 10 to 15 days and the symptoms are only now surfacing.

The potentially deadly legionella bacteria grow in stagnant water and are often spread through infected droplets in air conditioning systems, swimming pools and other commercial or domestic water systems."

The source of the bacteria was traced to a hotel water fountain."


Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/legionnaires-death-toll-rises-to-11-in-quebec-total-of-169-cases-1.939845#ixzz25MukXznB

New toxic strain of H5N1 bird flu spreading fast in Vietnam
September 9, 2012

"VIETNAM – A new highly-toxic strain of the potentially deadly bird flu virus has appeared in Vietnam and is spreading fast, according to state media reports. The strain appeared to be a mutation of the H5N1 virus which swept through the country’s poultry flocks last year, forcing mass culls of birds in affected areas, according to agriculture officials. The new virus “is quickly spreading and this is the big concern of the government”, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan said, according to a Thursday report in the VietnamNet online newspaper. Experts cited in the report said the new virus appeared in July and had spread through Vietnam’s northern and central regions in August."


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Ebola outbreak out of control in Congo: WHO

Sept. 13, 2012


"The death toll has more than doubled since last week to 31, including five health workers dying from the contagious virus for which there is no known treatment. Ebola causes massive bleeding and kills up to 90 percent of its victims.

"The epidemic is not under control. On the contrary the situation is very, very serious," Eugene Kabambi, a WHO spokesman in Congo's capital Kinshasa told Reuters by telephone"


"In August, 16 people in neighboring Uganda died of the disease, although health experts said the two epidemics are not connected and have blamed the Congolese outbreak on villagers eating contaminated meat in the forests which cover the region."

(Reporting by Jonny Hogg; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by David Lewis and Robin Pomeroy)


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KPC Kills 7th Person At NIH

Sept. 15, 2012

"BETHESDA, Md. -- A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae. The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer.

The paper reported the Minnesota boy's case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January."


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Niger floods and cholera claim 162 lives: UN

Sept 14, 2012

"September 14, 2012 –AFRICA - Floods in Niger have killed 81 people since July, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs announced Thursday, adding cholera outbreaks have killed a further 81 people. “The last update of the toll of the floods dating from September 11 indicates that 527,471 people have been affected by the bad weather and 81 people have lost their lives,” OCHA said in a statement in Niamey. The previous toll established by the authorities was 68 dead and 485,000 people affected in the Sahel nation in West Africa. Thousands of homes, schools, health centres and mosques have been destroyed, along with large quantities of food supplies, according to the authorities."


Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Sept 19, 2012


Avian malaria was found in Alaska in the Common redpoll, pictured here. Credit: Jenny Carlson, SF State

"Malaria has been found in birds in parts of Alaska, and global climate change will drive it even farther north, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE

The spread could prove devastating to arctic bird species that have never encountered the disease and thus have no resistance to it, said San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder Sehgal, one of the study's co-authors. It may also help scientists understand the effects of climate change on the spread of human malaria, which is caused by a similar parasite. "



now birds have Malaria..?? good grief...

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New 'Sars-like' coronavirus identified by UK officials

Sept 24, 2012


By Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

"A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2003 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain.

The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus.

The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died.


"Further information about these cases is being developed for healthcare workers in the UK, as well as advice to help maintain increased vigilance for this virus."

He said there was no specific evidence of the virus spreading from person to person and he had no advice for the public or returning travellers.

Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, told Reuters that at this stage the novel virus looked unlikely to prove a concern, and may well only have been identified due to sophisticated testing techniques.


"This new virus is different from any coronaviruses that have previously been identified in humans.

There have been a small number of other cases of serious respiratory illness in the Middle East in the past three months, one of whom was treated in the UK but has since died.

This person's illness is also being investigated, although there is no evidence as yet to suggest that it is caused by the same virus or linked to the current case. No other confirmed cases have been identified to date in the UK. "


West Nile virus kills 5 in Balkans, dozens in hospital

Sept 21, 2012

"PRISTINA, Sept 21 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - At least five people in the Balkans have died from West Nile virus and several dozen others have been hospitalized in the past four weeks, according to health authorities in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Croatia.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease usually found in temperate and tropical regions. While many cases are mild and have no symptoms, severe disease symptoms can include headaches, high fever, neck stiffness, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Kosovo confirmed its first fatality on Wednesday, saying the victim was a woman from central Kosovo who died on Sept 14. Macedonia's health officials said on Thursday one woman had died and two other people were infected with the virus.

A spokesman for the Kosovo Health Ministry told Reuters on Thursday two other people who died recently were also suspected of having the same virus, but the cases had not been confirmed with laboratory blood tests.

The United States is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of West Nile virus since 2003."

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Thousands of school kids 'struck by virus'

Sept 28, 2012

"More than 6,500 schoolchildren across several eastern German states have become sick from what federal health authorities say is likely a food-borne illness.

A task force of state and national officials was set up on Friday to investigate the cause of the illnesses, as the number of sick children increased dramatically during the day.

The affected children are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, and some of them have had in-patient hospital treatment, the newspaper Die Welt reported. The affected states include Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia, a spokeswoman for the Robert-Koch Institute public health agency told the paper.

Berlin saw the most rapid increase in the number of cases, with some 2,200 children sick by Friday afternoon. Saxony registered 2,000 cases, and Brandenburg 1,500.

Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner said the goal was "to find the cause of the illnesses as soon as possible and to stop its entry into the food chain."


Biological Hazard in Germany on Friday, 28 September, 2012 at 16:43 (04:43 PM) UTC

An outbreak of an unknown virus in eastern Germany has made 4,000 school children ill.[/size]

"It is believed contaminated school lunches are to blame, causing excessive vomiting and diarrhoea among young sufferers. Anke Protze who works for the Chemnitz Health Bureau, explains the nature of the illness. “There are serious and not so serious cases - some children had to be hospitalised. With this sickness you have an enormous loss of fluids and minerals. That means the first thing to do is not give antibiotics but replace the fluids,” she said. Several schools have closed their doors as a precautionary measure. All eyes are now on catering company Sodexo, which supplies all the schools hit by the bug. Sodexo spokesman Stephan Dürholt outlined his company’s position: “For the moment we are not able to see any reasons for this. We’re analysing everything possible and are trying to eliminate all the things that could lead to any possible form of this disease.” Prior to the virus, critics were already calling on the government to spend more money on school dinners. An investigation into the cause of the outbreak is currently underway by the German health department. "


New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Sept 28, 2012

120927-ebola-4x3-115p.photoblog600.jpgmsnbcmediaFrederick A. Murphy / CDC handout via EPA file

A new virus that appears similar to rabies, but has the symptoms and lethality of Ebola, shown here, has been dubbed the Bas-Congo virus. It killed two teenagers in the Congo in 2009.

By Maggie Fox, NBC News

"A virus that killed two teenagers in Congo in 2009 is a completely new type, related to rabies but causing the bleeding and rapid death that makes Ebola infection so terrifying, scientists reported on Thursday. They’re searching for the source of the virus, which may be transmitted by insects or bats.

The new virus is being named Bas-Congo virus, for the area where it was found.  Researchers are finding more and more of these new viruses, in part because new tests make it possible, but also in the hope of better understanding them so they can prevent pandemics of deadly disease.

"The virus infected a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl in the same village in Congo in 2009. They didn’t stand a chance, says Joseph Fair of Metabiota, a company that investigates pathogens. Fair is in the Democratic Republic of Congo now, under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help battle an ongoing Ebola outbreak.....“They expired within three days,” Fair said in a telephone interview. “It was a very rapid killer.”


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It has NOTHING to do with the following, i repeat NOTHING

(Kudos to U.A.)

Merkel urges Israel not to strike Iran: report

(AFP) – Aug 31, 2012

JERUSALEM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to order a military strike against Iranian nuclear sites, the newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday.

The article, citing an Israeli official on condition of anonymity, said Merkel had called Netanyahu 10 days ago amid a wave of reports of an imminent Israeli attack, to give a "clear message as to her opposition" to such action.

Merkel urged Netanyahu to "give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to work," and warned of the consequences of such an attack for security in the Middle East.

Quoting: [link to www.google.com]


Germany will not support unilateral Israeli attack on Iran

Monday, 10 September 2012 16:30

The German government will not support a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities,  Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has told Haaretz newspaper. Speaking during a visit to Israel, Westerwelle added that such a strike would break the international coalition against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Westerwelle was confirming what German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Benjamin Netanyahu two weeks ago.

Quoting: [link to www.middleeastmonitor.com]

Thousands of German children suffer from vomit outbreak

September 28, 2012


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Health officials investigate meningitis cluster


Associated Press

Posted: Monday, Oct. 01, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. A cluster of meningitis cases that left two people dead in Nashville is under investigation by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the Department of Health, 11 patients who had lumbar epidural steroid injections at Nashville's Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center have come down with the disease.

CDC spokesman Curtis Allen said there also has been a case in North Carolina in someone who received the same type of injection. He declined to identify the facility where that injection was administered.

Allen said the type of meningitis is fungal and is not transmitted from person to person. The cause for the cluster is not yet known.

Although the 12 patients who came down with meningitis all received the pain injections, Allen said they could have other things in common as well and it is too early to single out the source of the infections.

Meningitis is a general term for an infection or inflammation of the lining of the brain and the central nervous system.


Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.


A dozen people have been sickened and two have died after an outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections given at outpatient surgical centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, health officials said. At least 737 people who received lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 have been notified of the cluster of rare aspergillus meningitis infections, which attack the central nervous system, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aspergillus is a mold present in the environment, and the meningitis is not related to the more common bacterial or viral types of meningitis.'


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2 Local Clinics Received Medication Linked To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Oct 4, 2012

"PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There are new details on a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

The Allegheny County Health Department is now working with other agencies to contact patients who could be infected.

Thursday, state health officials reported two clinics received a medication linked to cases in other states.

One is South Hills Pain and Rehab Associates, which has locations in Jefferson Hills, Bethel Park, Monessen and Brentwood.

The other is Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona.

No local illnesses have been identified."


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From the FDA...A List of Contaminated w/fungi Medicines.

Drug Safety and Availability > List of Recalled Products Related to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak


Check it out, this is quite a list of problem medications....

7 dead as meningitis outbreak grows

October 6, 2012

"Atlanta (CNN) -- The death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections has risen to seven, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

The total number of cases has also grown to 64 people in nine states, the CDC said. That is 17 more cases and two more states than the day before.

Patients contracted the deadly meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated by a fungus. The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation.

Health officials say 76 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated products, which were manufactured by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts." 




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The Next Pandemic will likely come from wildlife

Experts believe the next deadly human pandemic will almost certainly be a virus that spills over from wildlife to humans. The reasons why have a lot to do with the frenetic pace with which we are destroying wild places and disrupting ecosystems.

more here:


just as a side note,

whenever i read articles beggining with "Experts believe" or "Its reported that" or Scientists state" or any other form of anonymous reporting i am always weary on the INTENT of the content

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Glasgow Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever: Passengers monitored

Oct 5, 2012

"Two passengers who sat near a man who has Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) on a flight to Glasgow are being monitored as a precaution.

The 38-year-old man was earlier transferred to hospital in London in a special RAF isolation plane.

He had been in Kabul, Afghanistan, and was diagnosed hours after returning to Glasgow on Emirates flight EK027 from Dubai on Tuesday.

Two other passengers contacted do not require follow-up.

The man was transferred from the specialist Brownlee unit at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow to the Royal Free Hospital in London on Friday morning.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) initially said it wanted to contact three passengers thought to have sat near the man on the flight from Dubai.

The health board said a fourth passenger had now been identified as a possible contact of the patient and would be followed up on a daily basis, for two weeks, to monitor for any developments of relative symptoms."


CCVHF is a zoonosis - a disease found in animals that can infect humans.

Outbreaks are usually linked to contact with blood or body fluids from infected animals or people.

Onset is sudden, with initial symptoms including high fever, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting.



Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever is a viral fever transmitted from animals to humans by tick-bites or through direct contact with blood or infected tissues from livestock, particularly cattle, sheep, goats, and hares.

It kills between 10-40% of people infected.

It is rare - but incidence has risen over the past decade.

It is present in more than 30 countries in Eurasia and Africa, including northwestern China, central Asia, southern and eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Initial symptoms include headache, high fever, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting. Rarer signs include jaundice, severe bruising and uncontrolled bleeding.

An anti-viral drug called ribavirin is the most common treatment. There is no safe vaccine.

It was first described in the Crimea in 1944 and was found to be responsible for an illness in a human in Congo in 1956.

Meningitis outbreak increases to 91 cases

October 7, 2012

"(Reuters) - U.S. government officials reported on Sunday an additional 27 cases in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections that has killed seven people and now affected 91 in nine states."


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Livorno, meningitis on cruise ship,  4 people hospitalized 2 in critical conditions.

Livorno, 8 ott. (Adnkronos) - Serious health condition of two of the four people admitted to hospital in Livorno, a result of infection with bacterial meningitis discovered yesterday on the cruise ship MSC Orchestra.

In particular, health sources explain that the terms of a 32 year old Indonesian, dishwasher, have further worsened in a clinical picture already very serious. Very serious situation for a crew member, an Italian 47 years, a native of Sorrento (Naples), he also admitted in the hospital intensive care unit of Livorno.

A Brazilian and a Filipino were hospitalized in the department of infectious diseases. The two were also members of the crew are in serious condition, but would not be in danger of life, the clinical outcome defined as "stable". The ship sailed last night at 21:00 for France: on board were administered 2800 doses of meningitis prophylaxis.


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Deadly ‘brain-eating’ microbe outbreak in Pakistan

October 10, 2012

white-surrounded-spinal-picture.n.jpgPicture of Naegleria fowleri surrounded by white cells in spinal fluid; Source: CDC. (Image from medicinenet.com)

"Pakistan’s major city Karachi was struck by an outbreak of Naegleria fowleri, also known as ‘brain-eating amoeba.’ The deadly freshwater microbe kills 98 percent of those infected. The source of the infection has yet to be identified.

The amoeba is transmitted from contaminated water through the nasal cavity and travels to the brain, causing inflammation. Symptoms are initially mild, including headache, stiff neck, fever and stomach pain, but after five to seven days death is likely, as no treatment for the disease has been developed.

The ongoing outbreak has claimed 10 lives, including two children. The three most recent deaths occurred last week.

Some of the cases may not have been reported since many of the city’s 18 million residents are not familiar with the disease, Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan said on Tuesday.

The infection is usually contracted through swimming in contaminated water, but health authorities said that many of the victims of the outbreak were not swimmers.

“The three people who died in September had not been to a swimming pool. It is a serious cause for concern that people are contracting the infection by using tap water,” Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said at a press conference on Monday."

Read the whole story here..


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The location of the outbreak being Pakistan is the most poignant fact here, now who is having issues with Pakistan at the moment Mmmmm even a drone could figure that one out...

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Disease kills hundreds of deer in NC foothills

October 8, 2012


A disease is killing deer by the hundreds in the North Carolina foothills.

Most of the people Eyewitness News talked with reported seeing the deer carcasses near creeks in northern Caldwell County. Wildlife biologists said that's because the deer look for a cool place after their temperature spikes while fighting off the virus.

State wildlife biologist Danny Ray has fielded calls on dying deer much of the last two months.  The virus killing the animals is called hemorrhagic disease.

"They act sick; they stumble around; they hold their head low,” Ray said.

Experts said the virus is in various parts of North Carolina, but the hardest-hit is an area of northern Caldwell County."


"Wildlife biologists said the disease is spread by biting midge or gnats, allowing the virus to enter the bloodstream<<<<geeze spread....not even by ticks...but by midge or gnats???? those are tiny, tiny insects...




remember Celtec's post about a world wide blood bath...this is bugging me...<<forgive pun please...

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Breezy Im havin a fluoride moment which post was that?

This is strange in that animals usually will hide under bushes when injured or sick even my dog did that when he was dying.  Whatever caused it was sudden  and virulent.  Additionally reports coming in that Michigan deer as well.

Some say radiation?

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DQ  this thread..


There is ebola in Africa...special types brought about by ticks...now this with the deer in the US, and they say from bites of midges/or gnat bites...which are tiny tiny insects......you say that Michigan is affected too...I am going to have to go looking, because since I made this post Nebraska has been mentioned too...it begins to sound bio to me...but I could be jumping the gun or dreaming of the bezerk organism mutating things....radiation...???  hmmm...would the signs be like this...perhaps disinfo at it's best?  perhaps something else??  I don't know...just don't like the sounds of it...

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New Warnings in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

By Daniel J. DeNoon

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

October 15, 2012

"Oct. 15, 2012 -- More patients -- not just those who got steroid shots -- will be getting calls from their doctors warning them they might have a dangerous fungal infection.

The FDA now suspects fungal contamination is possible in all of the supposedly sterile products made by the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) on or after May 21, 2012. People who got shots of any of these medicines -- particularly those given during eye treatments or heart surgery -- are at risk.

There's already one possible case of fungal meningitis in a patient who received a different NECC steroid product (triamcinolone acetonide) than the three lots of methylprednisolone known to have infected patients.

Two people who received an NECC heart medication during transplant surgeries have fungal infections. The heart drug is called cardioplegic solution and is used to temporarily stop the heart during open heart surgery. [EDITOR'S NOTE: On Oct. 16, the FDA revised the report. Only one patient with a fungal infection had received the NECC solution.]

It's not clear whether those infections came from the NECC drug or something else. So far, there have been no reported cases of eye infections linked to NECC products."


"People who received injections of NECC drugs should be alert for symptoms of fungal infection:



Increasing pain, redness, or warmth at injection site

Changes in vision (if injection was in the eye)

Pain, redness, or discharge from the eye (if injection was in the eye)

Chest pain (if drug was used during heart surgery)

Drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest, if drug was used during heart surgery)

Symptoms of fungal meningitis may be very mild at first. They may include slight weakness, slightly worse pain, or a mild headache. Other symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, and altered mental status.

The CDC warns patients who received suspect medications to be alert for:

New or worsening headache


Sensitivity to light

Stiff neck

New weakness or numbness in any part of your body

Slurred speech

Increased pain, redness, or swelling at your injection site

While most patients with infections developed symptoms one to four weeks after infection, the CDC remains unsure how long those who received suspect medications should be on the alert.

The FDA has extended its investigation to include Ameridose, another Massachusetts compounding pharmacy owned by some of the same people who own the NECC. So far, no Ameridose products have been linked to fungal meningitis."


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Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak continues in Uganda

October 31, 2012  UPDATE

"As of the end of October, 18 cases and nine deaths have been reported as a result of Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak, according to WHO.

The outbreak began in mid-October, and cases have been reported from five districts in southwestern Uganda, Kampala, Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole, with a case fatality rate of 50%. Blood samples from nine patients have been confirmed for Marburg virus at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Currently, 13 patients have been admitted to the hospital, and their contacts are listed for daily follow-up. The latest confirmed case was admitted to an Ibanda district isolation ward on Oct. 26.

The WHO and international partners, including the CDC, the Uganda Red Cross, African Field Epidemiology Network and Médecins-Sans-Frontières, are supporting the national authorities in outbreak investigation and response."


"Neighboring countries have been contacted to strengthen cross-border surveillance and preparedness to prevent cross border spread of the outbreak.

There is no need for any restrictions on travel or trade with Uganda, according to WHO. Go to www.who.int/csr/disease/marburg/en/index.html for more information."

now those last two sound like a serious contradiction to me....but what the heck do I know...


Meningitis Outbreak: 377 Illnesses, 29 Deaths

UPDATE  Oct 31, 2012

"An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 377, including nine joint infections.

Deaths: 29

States: 19; Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia."


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