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Rare virus spread by mosquitos that can cause personality changes found in NY & Massachusetts

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Eastern equine encephalitis is a potential deadly but rare disease that causes brain damage.
If you needed another reason to use bug spray this summer, here it is: A rare virus that causes brain damage has been confirmed in mosquitoes in New York and Massachusetts, health officials reported last week.

Oswego County officials said the eastern equine encephalitis virus, or EEE, was discovered in two mosquito pools from a swamp about 20 miles north of Syracuse in a town called West Monroe, according to Syracuse.com.

The Boston Globe reported the virus has also been confirmed in mosquitoes south of Boston — in Easton, Freetown, and New Bedford. No human infections have been reported yet in either state this season.

Comment: Of late there has been a surge in the number of related stories coming out of the US that includes: water-borne, brain eating amoeba, severe meat allergies from tick bites, mass food poisonings, rising anti-biotic resistant STD's, along with a plethora of other outbreaks: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Biohazard

Brain-eating amoeba kills man after North Carolina water park visit

Naegleria fowleri

Naegleria fowleri
A North Carolina man has died from a rare brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a manmade lake at a water park, officials said Wednesday. The state Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release that the infection was caused by the amoeba naturally present in warm freshwater during the summer.

The man-made lake at Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills, Cumberland County, North Carolina, is pictured in a promotional image from the park's website. Fantasy Lake Water Park

The unnamed person became sick after swimming in Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills in Cumberland County on July 12.

Comment: The rise of flesh-eating bacteria and other deadly infections are likely correlated to extreme temperatures, over prescription of anti-biotics, a population whose health is in general decline, pollution, but there are likely other compounding factors. And perhaps the explosion in algae blooms, fish die offs and outbreaks of other kinds could help shed some light on the situation.

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Biohazard

Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria he contracted on fishing boat

Vibrio Vulnificus

Vibrio Vulnificus
A 78-year-old man in Texas managed to contract a flesh-eating bacteria while he was out on a boat fishing — with no visible open wounds or compromised immune system — and was dead less than two weeks later, his daughter says.

"I'm still a little shocked and in disbelief," explained Kim Sebek, daughter of San Marcos resident Jerry Sebek, who died on June 25.

"Dad was a wonderful family man who loved to hunt and fish and do things out in the water," she told mySA.com. "We've been coming here (Turtle Bay) for years and this is just an unfortunate thing that happened."

According to Kim, Sebek never swam in the water and had no visible cuts on his body at the time.

Comment: Deadly water-borne infections appear to be on the rise but, as of yet, no acknowledgement or explanation for why this may be is forthcoming from the authorities:


Biohazard

Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after swimming in Florida

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A man from Tennessee has died from being infected by flesh-eating bacteria after taking a few swims in Florida. His daughter blames the hospital for ignoring her warnings that her dad could have necrotizing fasciitis.

William Bennett died after visiting his daughter Cheryl Bennett Wiygul in Florida last week. They swam in a number of different bodies of water, including a beach in Destin, then at Turkey Creek and at a swamp in Boggy Bayou.

Cheryl had heard reports of people becoming infected by the flesh-eating bacteria in the state and ensured her father took extra precautions, as he had previously suffered from cancer and could have a compromised immune system.

Comment: Whilst this man appears to have been vulnerable, outbreaks of all kinds appear to be on the rise all over the planet:


Biohazard

Lone star tick bite causes severe meat allergy in US farmer

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A tick turned Kristie Downen into a vegan.

"It was the last thing on my mind," the Missouri farmer tells Springfield's KSPR TV of her "life-changing experience ... [it's] unbelievable that a tick can make you allergic to food."

Downen was bitten by a common "lone star" tick four years ago — but doctors were unable to diagnose the array of symptoms she developed until this year.

"It got to the point where my stomach would swell up, I was vomiting," Downen says. "The rashes were real bad, it was getting to the point [I told doctors], 'You're missing something, I'm still dying.' "

Comment: There are various ways one could can attempt to ameliorate the problems of these tick borne diseases. Although the threats ticks pose appears to only be increasing: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: A Close Look at Lyme Disease


Attention

Britain sees worrying rise in Asian Hornets - 80 nests found

Asian Hornets
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KILLER: Asian Hornets can deliver a fatal sting to humans
The insects - which can grow up to 1.6 inches - have powerful stings which can be fatal to humans with just a single strike if the person is allergic.

Record numbers of nests have been found on Jersey as there are fears they will move onto the mainland.

The fight is on-going on the Channel Island and is seen as a crucial battle-ground to stop the spread.

Just one of the foreign menaces can eat up to 50 bees a day and their impact on honey production could be devastating.

Comment: See also: Deadly Asian hornets invading Europe, scientists adding electronic trackers to enable destruction of nests


Biohazard

Nipah virus case confirmed in Kerala, India - Authorities on high alert following outbreak last year

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Last year's outbreak of the virus had a mortality rate of 70% and claimed at least 17 lives. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent it. It has flu-like symptoms that lead to encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.

The first case of Nipah virus has been confirmed in the southern Indian state of Kerala after a 23-year-old man tested positive for the infection on Tuesday. The same virus claimed the lives of 17 people last year in Kerala, a coastal state in southern India. A state government source said four districts of the state are currently on high alert.

Initial reports suggest at least five people have been hospitalised in Kerala's Ernakulam district; 27 people are under close observation in the city of Thrissur and several others have also been under observation in Kollam and Idukki regions.

Comment: Other outbreaks reported recently:


Attention

Unusual orange algae bloom and mass fish die off at Kent coast, UK

Orange algae kent

Orange algae bloom, Kent
The Environment Agency has confirmed what caused an orange substance to appear in the sea around Thanet and Whitstable.

The substance, which has started to stain the groynes at Eastcliff, was reported to Port Control, after being discovered earlier this week.

On Thursday (May 2), dozens of fish washed up on the shore, though this was not stated to be linked to the substance, and the council has recommended keeping dogs on leads and away from going near the water.

Comment: A mass fish die off followed by a 'naturally occurring algae'. Although one would expect that if this was normal for the region it wouldn't be such a surprise to the newspapers nor the port authority. It's worth noting that just 2 days later there was an unusual M2.5 earthquake that occurred further inland in Surrey, in an area of fracking exploration.

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Health

Bubonic plague feared on Mongolian flight as sick couple found dead in departing city

Plague fears in Mongolia
© The Siberian Times
Eleven terrified passengers were rushed from the airport for hospital checks as paramedics in hazmat gear boarded the flight from provincial outposts in west Mongolia.

A Mongolian domestic flight was intercepted at Ulaanbaatar airport as emergency workers wearing hazmat suits rushed to board the plane the instant it landed, acting on reports of a husband and wife dying of Bubonic plague in the region where the flight originated.

The man named Citizen T, aged 38, died after hunting and eating marmot meat; his pregnant wife, 37, died soon after, reported The Siberian Times.

Some 158 people were placed under intensive medical supervision in Bayan-Ulgii province after coming into contact directly or indirectly with the deceased couple.

According to the World Health Organisation, Bubonic plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours unless timely treatment is at hand.

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Bacon

China's African swine flu outbreak spreads, 'will move markets and influence geopolitics for years to come'

pig cute
© File photo: REUTERS / Kacper Pempel
A minor outbreak of African swine fever among some 400 pigs in Shenyang in northeastern China is now threatening the global food supply chain and may increase pork prices for years.

Despite a mass cull, a blockade to prevent any further transmission and a government declaration that the outbreak of the particularly nasty strain of swine fever had been "effectively controlled," China, the country with half of the world's pigs, failed to stop the spread of the disease in time. Domestically, this contagion is already massive: China has a $128 billion pork industry and is third-highest global consumer of pork.

In the truest sense of the word, the outbreak has already gone viral, spreading to Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia and farther afield. The strain of African swine fever kills virtually every pig it infects with a bloody death reminiscent of Ebola, although it is not known to infect humans.

Comment: While the best solution to problems like these likely lies in changing the way farming is practiced, perhaps cooperation between countries to make up for the short fall could help mitigate the situation; for example, Russia is becoming well known for it's sustainable farming methods and has offered up land for those willing to use it productively. Until then, as with the increasingly erratic seasons and the resulting crop failures, outbreaks like these will likely become a regular occurrence: