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Yellow fever kills 600 monkeys in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest

Feb. 10, 2017

"An outbreak of yellow fever has claimed the lives of more than 600 monkeys in Brazil’s Atlantic rain forest region, threatening the survival of rare South American primates, a zoologist said.

The monkeys, mostly brown howlers and masked titis, are falling out of trees and dying on the ground in the forests of Espirito Santo state in Brazil’s southeast.

“The number of dead monkeys increases every day,” said the zoologist, Sergio Lucena. “We now know that the rare buffy-headed marmoset is also threatened by the yellow fever virus and dying.”

The howler’s sounds closely resemble grunts or barks. It was the silence that fell on the forests that first alerted farmers that something was amiss, sparking specialists to investigate.

The masked titi is considered “vulnerable” by the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature, which has placed the animal on its Red List of Threatened Species.

No evidence has so far surfaced of the affliction that is felling woolly spider monkeys, considered by the IUCN to be one of the world’s most endangered types of monkey.

Brazil is suffering the worst yellow fever outbreak among humans in decades. At least 69 people have died, nearly all in the central state of Minas Gerais, where the problems began. Most people recover from yellow fever after the first phase of infection, which usually involves fever, headache, shivers, loss of appetite and nausea or vomiting, according to the World Health Organization.

Millions of Brazilians have been vaccinated as health authorities scramble to prevent the outbreak from turning into an epidemic. There is no such protection available for monkeys.

Yellow fever, a viral disease found in tropical regions of Africa and the Americas, mainly affects humans and monkeys and is transmitted by the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue and the Zika virus."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/more-than-600-monkeys-have-died-in-yellow-fever-outbreak/2017/02/10/476420e0-ee45-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.34f2bf5996e6

 

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Wilson County schools closed for the week; 2,000 students, 138 teachers out with illness

Andy Humbles    Feb. 13, 2017

"Wilson County Schools has canceled classes for the rest of this week because of illness with more than 2,000 students and 138 teachers out sick on Monday...

“Obviously, we don’t close school for almost an entire week, unless the situation is very serious," Director of Schools Donna Wright said. "The last thing we want is for this to spread to even more students and staff.  Hopefully these 4 days off, plus the weekend, and the holiday on Monday will give everyone time to recuperate and come back well.”

A Wilson County bus driver was also hospitalized with pneumonia and the flu, Wilson County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said. Student attendance ran 88.3 percent on Monday, Johnson said.

The district has 10 stockpile days that can also be used for inclement weather, Johnson said.

The school days canceled for illness will not be made up "unless we run out," Johnson said. School will resume Tuesday, Feb. 21, with no classes for students already scheduled in the district calendar Monday.

Districts that use stockpile days are required to notify the Tennessee Department of Education, spokeswoman Sara Gast said.

Multiple school districts in Tennessee have also had to close in recent days for illness, the majority in East Tennessee according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Maury County was closed Friday and Monday and will reopen Tuesday, Director Christopher Marczak said. The Dickson and Giles county school districts were also closed Monday for illness and will open Tuesday according to officials.

DeKalb, Smith, Humphreys, Warren, Clay, Humphreys and McMinn counties are among other districts that have dealt with closures from illness.

The Tennessee Department of Health has seen an increase in seasonal flu activity in recent weeks, but said it is typical for the time of year and is not investigating any outbreaks, according to spokeswoman Shelley Walker.

"January and February are the months when Tennessee typically sees the most seasonal flu cases," Walker said.

Wilson County Schools Kid's Club locations will all remain open this week.

No athletic events involving Wilson County teams were canceled, including the 9-AAA district basketball tournament scheduled to start Wednesday at Lebanon High School.

The Lebanon Special School District was still monitoring absences and illness, but Director Scott Benson said last 12 days have run 95 percent or better."

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/2017/02/13/more-than-100-teachers-out-sick-wilson-county/97859890/

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Bacterial infection linked to rat urine in NYC

Feb. 15, 2017   Luke Funk

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"NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A cluster of cases of a rare bacterial infection that is spread by contact with rat urine has killed one person and sickened two others in the Bronx.  The infection can develop into an illness that affects the victim's kidneys and liver.

The New York City Health Department says all of the cases are linked to one block in the Concourse area of the borough.  While one person has died, the other two have recovered and are doing well, according to health officials.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is most commonly spread by contact with rat urine and is very rarely spread from person to person.

The illness can be serious but is treatable with readily available antibiotics.  Two patients in the outbreak were diagnosed in December and one in February.

This is the first cluster ever identified in New York City.  The block is home to four schools, two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.  City officials say they have passed inspections and there is no signs of rodents inside the schools."

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http://www.fox5ny.com/news/235829831-story

A couple years back, some got this infection from drinking out of soda cans.  They tracked it back to boxes of soda that were stored in a big warehouse that had rats. The rats urinated on the cartons of soda, and some of it filtered through to the cans inside.  People would get the can, not wash off the top of it,  and get sick.  Word to the wise, always wash off the can top, don't assume it's clean enough for you to put directly up to your mouth, it might not be.

 

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Multi-state Outbreak of Seoul Virus

Feb. 16, 2017    CDC

 

"CDC is assisting health officials in 16 states in investigating an outbreak of Seoul virus infection that has recently infected 13 people in 8 states.

Follow-up investigations by CDC and partnering state and local health departments indicate that potentially infected rodents may have been distributed or received in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin."

Number of laboratory-confirmed recent human cases of Seoul virus: 13

Number of states reporting laboratory-confirmed Seoul virus positive results for humans or rats: 8: CO, IL, MN, PA, SC, TN, UT, WI

States with ratteries currently under investigation: 16: AL, CO, GA, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, PA, SC, TN, UT, WI

 

https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/outbreaks/seoul-virus/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seoul_virus

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Bird flu strain taking a toll on humans

Feb. 17, 2017  Dennis Normile

 

"SHANGHAI, CHINA—An avian influenza virus that emerged in 2013 is suddenly spreading widely in China, causing a sharp spike in human infections and deaths. Last month alone it sickened 192 people, killing 79, according to an announcement this week by China's National Health and Family Planning Commission in Beijing.

The surge in human cases is cause for alarm, says Guan Yi, an expert in emerging viral diseases at the University of Hong Kong in China. "We are facing the largest pandemic threat in the last 100 years," he says.

As of 16 January, the cumulative toll from H7N9 was 918 laboratory-confirmed human infections and 359 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite its high mortality rate, H7N9 had gotten less attention of late than two other new strains—H5N8 and H5N6—that have spread swiftly, killing or forcing authorities to cull millions of poultry. But so far, H5N8 has apparently not infected people; H5N6 has caused 14 human infections and six deaths.

All human H7N9 cases have been traced to exposure to the virus in mainland China, primarily at live poultry markets. The strain likely resulted from a reshuffling of several avian influenza viruses circulating in domestic ducks and chickens, Guan's group reported in 2013. Studies in ferrets and pigs have shown that H7N9 more easily infects mammals than H5N1, a strain that sparked pandemic fears a decade ago. There have been several clusters of H7N9 cases in which human-to-human transmission "cannot be ruled out," but there is "no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission," according to an analysis of recent developments that WHO posted online last week. WHO’s analyses of viral samples so far "do not show evidence of any changes in known genetic markers of virulence or mammalian adaptation," WHO's China Representative Office in Beijing wrote in an email to Science.

Still, there are worrisome riddles. One is that H7N9 causes severe disease in people but only mild or even no symptoms in poultry. The only previous example of that pattern, Guan says, is the H1N1 strain responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed 50 million to 100 million people."

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/bird-flu-strain-taking-toll-humans

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Hepatitis C will be eradicated in Australia by 2026, researchers predict

Feb, 2017     Lucy Carter

"Hepatitis C may soon be a thing of the past, with Australia well on the way to eradicating the potentially deadly virus within the next 10 years, researchers say.

Key points:

Report finds Australia able to eradicate hepatitis C by 2026
More than 30,000 Australians treated for the disease last year
Cure rate for risen from 10 per cent to close to 100 per cent in two decades
Researchers say the Federal Government's aggressive approach to funding treatments and cures is paying off, with the cure rate lifting close to 100 per cent.

More than 30,000 people were treated for hepatitis C last year, according to a report published by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

The report found Australia was in a position to eradicate the disease by 2026.

The Institute's Professor Greg Dore said the Federal Government is largely responsible.

"Most countries, because of the high prices of these new treatments, they've had to restrict the treatments to those with very advanced liver disease," Professor Dore said.

"But Australia's been able to provide access to people across the disease spectrum.

"Whether you've got major liver damage, or no significant liver damage, you can come forward and access treatment.

He said the cure rate for hepatitis C had gone from 10 per cent to almost 100 per cent in two decades.

"We need to keep the momentum up and there are a lot of strategies that are being put in place to do that," Professor Dore said.

"[These include] rolling out better treatment programs in methadone clinics, better programs in prisons, raising awareness within the community of people affected by hepatitis C about these new therapies."

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/eradication-of-hepatitis-c-on-the-horizon-researchers-say/8289542

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On 16/02/2017 at 0:41 PM, breezy said:

Bacterial infection linked to rat urine in NYC

Feb. 15, 2017   Luke Funk

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A couple years back, some got this infection from drinking out of soda cans.  They tracked it back to boxes of soda that were stored in a big warehouse that had rats. The rats urinated on the cartons of soda, and some of it filtered through to the cans inside.  People would get the can, not wash off the top of it,  and get sick.  Word to the wise, always wash off the can top, don't assume it's clean enough for you to put directly up to your mouth, it might not be.

 

Very good advice. Rats are associated with many plagues.

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On 2/21/2017 at 10:58 PM, breezy said:

Hepatitis C will be eradicated in Australia by 2026, researchers predict

eradicated !!! think of it. !!! going from 0%-40%-50%-80% as a professional hcv-slayer was wonderful...and now to see the 100% mark in view....HOORAHHHH!!! next should be hepatitis b.......

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h7n9 gaining ground in race...so i will post on h7n9 this post and next. others remain in the race and are not to be discounted yet. this graph showing the 5 waves of h7n9 will help you to visually grasp what is going on as of 2 weeks ago...

H7N9 cases

 

 

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H7N9

 

"But a resurgent wave of activity this winter has produced more than a third of all infections recorded since the first human case was hospitalized in February 2013. And with this large burst of cases, H7N9 has overtaken another bird flu, H5N1, which has been causing sporadic human infections at least a decade longer than H7N9."

"Changes in the virus are also worrying, said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza branch. Jernigan noted Tom Price, the new health and human services secretary, has been briefed on the situation."

"Overall, 460 of the 1,258 H7N9 cases have been recorded in the latest wave of cases. About a third of people who have been diagnosed with H7N9 have died from their infections — though experts note undetected mild cases are probably occurring, which would lower that case fatality rate."

"... a veteran bird flu researcher, called H7N9 “the most significant pandemic threat currently.”"

"A CDC risk assessment concurs, placing H7N9 at the top of the list of pandemic threats from among a dozen bird and animal flu viruses."

"Another genetic change is also amplifying the sense of anxiety about this virus. The genetic sequences of about a dozen H7N9 viruses from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have mutated in a way that makes them more dangerous for chickens — and perhaps people."

"H7N9 has, until now, been a low path virus. But it has long been known that low path H5 and H7 viruses can evolve to become highly pathogenic if they are allowed to circulate among poultry for too long."

"While the designations high path and low path relate specifically to how bird flu viruses behave in chickens, it is known that high path viruses, when they infect people, can cause more disseminated disease than human flu viruses, involving organs other than the lungs, Davis said."

"There have also been reports that some of the viruses may no longer be susceptible to oseltamivir — sold as Tamiflu — and other flu drugs of the same class. There are few drugs that treat influenza, and if H7N9 became resistant to these drugs, it would be a highly unwelcome development."

https://www.statnews.com/2017/02/28/bird-flu-surge/

http://www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/2017_avian_influenza_report_vol13_wk08.pdf

"On 18 February 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) reported to WHO the results of genetic sequencing on virus isolates from two previously reported cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus from Guangdong province. Changes at the cleavage site of the HA gene suggestive of being highly pathogenic to poultry was confirmed by the Chinese National Influenza Centre of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC)."

"This is the first report of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, since its emergence in 2013, having genetic sequences that are suggestive of evolving from a low pathogenic into a highly pathogenic avian virus."

"the Ministry of Agriculture China reported to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on 21 February 2017 that genetic sequences of virus samples from live poultry markets in Guangdong also showed changes consistent with highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. So far the above genetic changes have been found in viruses from human, poultry and environmental samples from Guangdong or with travel history to Guangdong province."

"Overall the likelihood of further community level spread remains low."

http://www.who.int/csr/don/27-february-2017-ah7n9-china/en/

 

 

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Super Bird Flu Pandemic Reaches Highest Alert Levels, Spreading Fast, Media Silent!!

Just in. I have no idea for the legitimacy of his info JFYI....I started to listen to it now. LOL

 

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Surge in human cases of deadly bird flu is prompting alarm

Lena H. Sun     March 3, 2017

"A surge in human infections of a deadly bird flu in China is prompting increasing concern among health officials around the world. While the human risk of these outbreaks is low at the moment, experts are calling for constant monitoring because of the large increase in cases this season, and because there are worrisome changes in the virus. U.S. officials say of all emerging influenza viruses, this particular virus poses the greatest risk of a pandemic threat if it evolves to spread readily from human to human, according to a report released Friday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are developing a vaccine that would target a newly evolving version of the virus.

China is experiencing its largest outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu strain, with at least 460 infections reported since October. About a third of people diagnosed with H7N9 have died of their infections, according to the World Health Organization. Human infections with this type of bird flu were first reported in China in March 2013, and since then, there have been yearly epidemics of human infections.

But this winter, the number of cases is greater than any of the previous four seasons. This year's infections account for more than a third of the 1,258 H7N9 cases that have been reported since 2013. Most human infections involve exposure to live poultry or contaminated environments, especially markets where live birds have been sold. During the previous four waves of H7N9, 88 percent of patients developed pneumonia, 68 percent were admitted to an intensive care unit and 41 percent died, according to a report from the CDC."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/03/surge-in-human-cases-of-deadly-bird-flu-is-prompting-alarm/?utm_term=.4ed39a802a0d

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15 hours ago, breezy said:

During the previous four waves of H7N9, 88 percent of patients developed pneumonia, 68 percent were admitted to an intensive care unit and 41 percent died, according to a report from the CDC."

this is the worst wave yet and it has made deadly changes... with 68% needing intensive care and ventilators, patients so sick that 41% of them die, if this makes sustained human to human transfer then the icu's will run out of ventilators and icu beds..all over the world at the same time...we all experience it...your town, my town, every town. the  critically  ill will be left to die, only given comfort care from those around....not a pretty picture....like i have explained before here, unfortunately man couldn't fathom the 2% fatality rate of the 1918 spanish flu pandemic, creating a great societal cognitive dissonance that is written about today, a hundred years later. i can only imagine what man can understand of a 10% or even 5% fatality rate...a complete cognitive disconnect imho. never the less, we must face the truth of this paradigm shifting danger lurking in the wings of mans future...the word inevitable applies here. 

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Thank you slayer for your input and detailed explanations of the seriousness regarding these diseases.  Sharing your knowledge is appreciated.

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On 3/4/2017 at 10:09 AM, breezy said:

detailed explanations of the seriousness regarding these diseases.

thank you breezy. i have been faithful to the 4 visions that began around 2002. over the last 15 years i have seen most people don't want to know this info, saying too much doom and gloom to think about and any serious study and consideration of the matter makes them depressed. fear monger, loosh maker . most christians don't even consider the matter because they believe they will be raptured long before any calamity, ignoring the 1918 pandemic that occurred to religious and atheist alike. yet actually this message is based on hope and love. in the 4th vision i was shown the significance of hope and love. we must gather it now to make it through the night to greet the dawn of the new day, with love and hope remaining. the 5 stages of grief and loss ...

"The 5 stages of grief and loss are: 1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression; 5. Acceptance. People who are grieving do not necessarily go through the stages in the same order or experience all of them."

https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief/

my goal is to prepare others now. go through the stages now, not during. acceptance now and you should have plenty of hope to share with others through the dark cold night that comes...much love...slayer

 

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BIRD FLU DETECTED IN CHICKEN BREEDING FACILITY IN TENNESSEE

March 5, 2017

 

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu, agriculture officials said Sunday.

The state Agriculture Department said in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at a facility in Lincoln County. The facility alerted the state veterinarian's office on Friday about an increase in chicken deaths.

The statement did not name the facility. The facility and about 30 other poultry farms within about a six-mile radius of the site are under quarantine.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPAI can cause up to 100 percent mortality in flocks, often within 48 hours."

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BIRD_FLU_TENNESSEE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-05-14-12-11

 

 

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h7n? in tennessee 73k to be culled...mississippi  flyway ?

"Today APHIS has announced the detection of a new HPAI H7 outbreak (“N-type” yet to be determined) in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee (see map above).   Affected are 73,000 birds, which will be destroyed. We should learn more about the full subtype in the next 24-48 hours. "

http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2017/03/usda-confirms-hpai-h7-in-commercial.html

breezy, like minds...your post while i was posting...extra info

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@slayer  Q. Given I have already had Avian Flu and CoronavirusMERS over the last couple of years, does that give me any immunity at all from contracting again or do the new strains beat an immunity from previous infections?

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18 minutes ago, Jessica said:

the new strains beat an immunity from previous infections

there is your answer.

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a new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (hpai) h7n9 is the culprit in tennessee. not asian hpai h7n9 but a north american genetics strain...wtf ? and low pathogenic h5n2 is in wisconsin.... h5n6 is not done yet and h5n8 continues to spread. h5n1 and new mysterious h5n5 still in the race...

"USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said the full genome sequencing reveals that all eight gene segments from the Tennessee H7N9 virus are from the North American wild bird lineage."

""This is NOT the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia," APHIS emphasized, adding that though the subtype is the same, the virus is different and genetically distinct from the China H7N9 lineage."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/03/north-american-origin-h7n9-isolated-tennessee-farm

h5n6 appears for first time out of asia into greece...this hpai strain also has a different genetic makeup then its asian counterpart...

"Late last week, Greek officials reported the first H5N6 outbreak to be detected outside of Asia, which involved backyard poultry in the country's northwest. The outbreak began on Feb 6 and was initially and mistakenly reported as H5N8 on Feb 16."

"Writing on behalf of scientists from Greece and the Weybridge lab, Brown said a very preliminary analysis based on limited genetic sequences suggests that it is a result of further reassortment involving highly pathogenic H5N8 and endemic Eurasian viruses. "More details in due course," he added."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/03/greek-h5n6-virus-appears-distinct-asian-strain

 

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/03/avian-flu-scan-mar-07-2017

moscow culls 250,000 birds and may end up killing 4 million...is u.s. to follow suit ? lets see who ends up killing off the most poultry ! 14 farmworkers hospitalized complaining of symptoms. h5n8...

http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Livestock/Large-avian-flu-outbreak-hits-Moscow-Oblast

poor poor south korea still killing poultry....h5n6 and h5n8

"South Korea has culled some 50,000 farm birds as two cases of bird flu were confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the country's cull this winter to nearly 35 million - more than a fifth of all South Korean poultry - since a first bird flu case was found late last year."

" ... a case of H5N6 avian influenza was discovered at a chicken farm north of Seoul, while another case of the H5N8 strain was found at a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country."

"Bird flu fears are spreading across the world."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-birdflu-southkorea-idUSKBN16F0AE

h7n9

"Genetic changes and a leap in case numbers are fueling concerns that China might be on the brink of a major outbreak of avian flu."

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/chinese-bird-flu-fears-rise

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Mumps outbreaks reported across USA

Mary Bowerman   March 10, 2017

"Hundreds of cases of mumps have been reported across the country since the start of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

As of March 4, the CDC had received reports of 1,242 cases of mumps, a contagious viral infection that can result in swollen salivary glands and flu-like symptoms. In Washington state, Seattle and King County Heath officials said a dozen University of Washington students, all connected to sororities or fraternities, contracted the illness, KING-TV reported. This year, there have been 563 reported cases of mumps and probable mumps statewide, an increase from last year when 154 cases were reported in the state, according to the Washington State Health Department. 

In Tulsa, officials investigated five confirmed cases of mumps in the area, KFOR-TV reported.In Illinois, the Lake County Health Department announced its partnering with Barrington School District 220 to hold a vaccination clinic after four cases of confirmed mumps were reported and 35 probable cases identified in the area.

Though cases of the mumps fluctuate each year from a few hundred to a few thousand, the high number of cases so early in 2017 has some health officials concerned."

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/10/mumps-outbreaks-reported-across-country/99002254/

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We've probably all had strep throat at some  point, but this is how dangerous it can be. if ignored.

Strep throat leads to quadruple amputation for Kent Co. man

March 15, 2017   Heather Walker

 

"GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An extremely rare case of strep throat that almost killed an Alto man has instead taken his hands and feet.

Kevin Breen, 44, was healthy and active when he started feeling sick on Christmas Day.

“It didn’t seem that unusual,” he said.

Days later, the unbearable stomach pain sent him to the emergency room.

“I never thought (I’d be) going in for a stomachache and coming out a totally different person and (it’s) life-changing,” said Breen.

“He was one of the sickest patients I have ever taken care of,” said Dr. Elizabeth Steensma, an acute care surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Although Breen’s son had had strep and fought it off, Steensma didn’t think this was the same type of infection. Breen’s stomach was growing and hardening. A CT scan showed his stomach was filled with pus."

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http://woodtv.com/2017/03/14/strep-throat-leads-to-quadruple-amputation-for-kent-co-man/

 

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h7n9 east strain vs west strain. china and u.s. 

"China is experiencing its fifth and biggest wave of H7N9 activity, which surged dramatically in December and peaked in February."

""Of the 84 patients noted in the WHO updates, illness onsets ranged from Feb 24 to Mar 4. Fourteen deaths were reported, and for patients with available clinical information, 60 have pneumonia or severe pneumonia. One had a mild infection."

"Of the three clusters, two involve people from Anhui province. One cluster of three patients includes a 29-year-old man who had been exposed to live poultry and was hospitalized for a severe pneumonia. His 58-year-old father who helped care for the man also got sick but had also been exposed to live poultry. The cluster also includes a 62-year-old woman who was in the same hospital ward as the younger man and who died from her illness."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/03/detailing-recent-h7n9-cases-who-notes-3-clusters

"Alabama agriculture officials are investigating suspected avian flu outbreaks at three locations in the northern part of the state, close to where H7N9 outbreaks—one highly pathogenic and one low pathogenic—were recently reported on two Tennessee farms."

"According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the state is the nation's second largest broiler producer, part of its $15 billion poultry and egg industry."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/03/alabama-officials-investigate-3-avian-flu-detections

"A form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry has infected a second commercial chicken farm in Tennessee that supplies Tyson Foods Inc "

"The finding expands an outbreak near the major chicken-producing states of Alabama and Georgia, and is the second in the type of breeder flock crucial for keeping the chicken-meat industry supplied with birds."

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bird-flu-hits-another-us-farm-that-supplies-tyson-foods-20170316-00957
 

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