Recent Outbreaks and Epidemic & Biological Hazards July 18-24, 2011
Toxic Seaweed (France) Fears in Brittany over the health risks of toxic seaweed have been re-ignited after two wild boar were found dead on a beach and the amount of the foul-smelling green algae collected from western French shores has doubled in a year. Conservationists say that toxic seaweed has now spread to more than 200 sites along the Atlantic coast from southern Brittany to the beaches of Normandy. Bays popular with Britons from La Baule, a top summer beach destination in southern Brittany, to Granville in the Cotentin are now struggling to dispose of thousands of tons of Ulva lactuca – more commonly known as sea lettuce. Experts have warned that the algae poses a health risk as when it rots it produces hydrogen sylphide, which if trapped under a seaweed crust and suddenly released can prove as deadly as cyanide. Anses, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, has just issued guidelines for dealing with the green sludge, saying it must be picked up within 48 hours of reaching the beach before it can start producing gas. If not, in the worst cases, it can cause “loss of consciousness with cardiac arrest or coma”.
Dead Birds (Australia & New Zealand) The number of prions that perished on the west coast of the North Island in last week’s stormy weather could be in the tens of thousands. Though the species was not endangered, the birds might have “taken quite a good hit”, said Manawatu/Wanganui Bird Rescue co-ordinator Dawne Morton. She was kept busy with the birds from Tuesday to Friday last week. They were picked up dead and alive along the length of the coast, from Wellington to North Cape. More than 600 birds were being nursed back to health at Massey University, others by the Conservation Department in New Plymouth and Wellington Zoo. At Massey the birds were put in warm water ponds, fed and re-waterproofed. Badly hurt birds were euthanised. The prions’ small size put them at particular risk.
Mysterious Infection (Columbia) Five children of the indigenous group Chimila died of a mysterious respiratory infection in the department of Magdalena, reported Radio Santa Fe Thursday. According to the department’s governor, Manuel Jose Bonett Locarno, the infection has yet to be “clearly defined” by hospitals in the region because members of the Chimila group have not allowed full access to the sick patients and corpses. Locarno explained that there are at least 23 people who are presenting similar symptoms, and that they were transferred to different medical facilities in the region for treatment. According to the report, a hospital in the city of Barranquilla accepted three young children who were in poor health condition. A medical team has been sent to the department to assess the situation.
Measles (Mexico) Mexican health officials say a French baby girl who recently flew in from Paris is Mexico’s first case of measles in four years. The toddler has not been identified, but Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova says the Mexico City neighborhood where she is staying is under quarantine. Health officials are vaccinating workers at the capital’s airport. Authorities also are contacting passengers who were on the July 10 flight with the baby to notify them a traveler was infected with the highly contagious measles virus. The World Health Organization recorded more than 12,000 cases in the first five months of this year in Europe. Most of the cases were in France.
Jellyfish Invasion (Spain) Six beaches were closed to bathers this week after a plague of jellyfish resulted in no less than 90 casualties suffering with stings. The beaches at Punta Prima, La Mosca, Playa Flamenca, Cala, Zenia and Cala Capitan were all closed following recommendation by the Red Cross. Several swimmers called emergency services via 112 from early in the morning on Wednesday, with the Red Cross requesting an immediate inspection of the water via jet skis. Hundreds of jellyfish were sighted off shore, prompting the Red Cross to hoist a red Flag along the Orihuela coast to ensure swimmers’ safety. Punta Prima suffered the worst casualties with a total of 18 stings. A yellow flag that recommends caution when swimming was hoisted later on Wednesday at La Fustera near Calpe.
Fish & Marine Life Deaths (Florida) U.S. authorities are investigating what could be killing hundreds of fish and other marine animals – including sharks and manatees – which in recent days have been washing up on beaches in southwestern Florida. “High temperatures and cloudy, rainy days can spell trouble for fish in Florida’s marine and freshwater habitats. These conditions can cause fish kills, which are natural occurrences that typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Even so, the FWC asked in a news release for cooperation from the public in monitoring the deaths of the marine life and determining if the phenomenon is spreading to natural lakes and estuaries in the area “to see if there are problems developing in an ecosystem that might require investigation or restorative measures.” The bodies of the dead animals – which include eels, crabs, rays, trout, tortoises and various kinds of tropical fish – have been turning up in recent days on several Florida beaches, among them the one at Naples
Chicken Pox Epidemic (India) At least three dozen children have taken ill due to the outbreak of chicken pox in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, locals said on Wednesday. The outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease- chicken pox has been recorded in Badmulla village of Narwaaw in the district over the last two months. With over three dozen cases as reported by the locals, the outbreak has triggered panic in the village with the families left to take care of their children at their houses instead of hospitals. The locals alleged that the health department demonstrated ‘callous attitude’ to deal with the disease that has gripped the children of the Village, even as the officials were informed on time.
Unidentified Illness (Mexico) Three of 6 young Mexican mestizo civil engineers between 19 and 21 years of age remain hospitalized (day +8) due to a febrile illness accompanied by muscle pain and spasms following contact with bats and their guano in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The 6 engineers were reported to have been working for ICA (a private engineering company contracted by the state government of San Luis Potosi, Mexico) cleaning road gullies and drainage channels/tunnels in the highway connecting Rayon and Tamasopo (roughly 21 deg 51’50.74″ N, 99 deg 29’34.09″ W). 3 of the men are being attended at the Zonal General Hospital IMSS [Mexican Social Security Institute] no 2 in the state capital of San Luis Potosi and maintained in isolation. The whereabouts of the 3 other men has not been disclosed.
Meningitis (Swaziland) Three pupils from different schools in the Shiselweni region died mysteriously, forcing parents to suspect an outbreak of the deadly meningitis disease. However, the ministry of health has allayed fears of the suspected outbreak in Hlatikulu and surrounding areas. The deaths were reported in the past two weeks and the children showed similar symptoms that could be linked to the disease. Such include headaches, fever and vomiting. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Steven Shongwe advised the public not to panic as the ministry has not yet detected the disease. He said the ministry would inform the nation if there was any outbreak.
Bird Flu (Vietnam) The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department in Vietnam has announced the re-emergence of bird flu in the central Quang Tri Province after thousands of poultry were reportedly affected. More than 2,200 affected ducks in Hai Lang District’s Hai Thien Commune and Gio Linh District’s Gio Linh Town were culled. In the northern Phu Tho Province, nearly 1,500 poultry in Ha Hoa District’s Chinh Cong Commune died of the flu.
Mysterious Cattle Disease (India) A total of 5 more cattle have been claimed by the ‘mysterious disease’ that spread in and around the Makhan village of Manipur’s Senapati district even as state Veterinary Department still has no clue about the disease. On 11 Jul 2011, Newmai News Network had reported that over 50 cows and buffaloes had been killed by the mysterious disease. A team of officials of the state veterinary department led by its joint director had visited Makhan village and took stock of the situation on Wednesday (13 Jul 2011). While collecting samples required for determining the disease, the team also provided medicines. They also administered injections to the cattle infected by the disease as a step towards contentment of the disease.
Typhoid Outbreak (Philippines) Seventeen more patients were admitted to hospitals in southern Cebu after a suspected typhoid outbreak hit Alegria town Tuesday. This brought to 87 the total number of individuals affected by the typhoid fever; most of them are residents of Barangays Valencia and Compostela in Alegria, said health officials. The victims have complained of headache, stomach pains, and joint pains, which, according to experts, are symptoms of typhoid fever. Other symptoms of the disease are fever as high as 39 to 40 degrees Celsius, malaise or weakness, and loss of appetite. Some patients may have flat, rose-colored spots.
Green Algae / Typhoid (China) Seventeen more patients were admitted to hospitals in southern Cebu after a suspected typhoid outbreak hit Alegria town Tuesday. This brought to 87 the total number of individuals affected by the typhoid fever; most of them are residents of Barangays Valencia and Compostela in Alegria, said health officials. The victims have complained of headache, stomach pains, and joint pains, which, according to experts, are symptoms of typhoid fever. Other symptoms of the disease are fever as high as 39 to 40 degrees Celsius, malaise or weakness, and loss of appetite. Some patients may have flat, rose-colored spots.
Measles (New Zealand) Sixteen people have contracted measles following the latest outbreak in Auckland, with two hospitalised as a result. The outbreak of the potentially deadly illness is the second in Auckland so far this year, though officials say the cases are all linked to a single case and are confident they have it under control. Quarantines have been imposed on around 140 students from at least two schools. Seventy unimmunised children from Oratia District School were isolated in their homes for a fortnight after an eight-year-old boy was found to have contracted the highly infectious disease. Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer Dr Richard Hoskins said seven cases were confirmed there with two people hospitalised. A further two developed serious complications, he said. The unaffected students are due to return to school today.
Genesis 1:26 “Then God said…, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
Ecclesiastes 9:12 “For man certainly does not know his time: like fish caught in a cruel net, or like birds caught in a trap, so people are trapped in an evil time, as it suddenly falls on them.”
Mankind has proved itself to be in Satan’s image. Mankind has been revoked of any rule over the animal kingdom as the destroyer angel brings devastation to the wildlife as a preview of what mankind can expect to rain down upon itself and surface from the depths of a poisoned planet. The rain of dead fowl and sea life coming to the surface will reveal the stagnation of mankind’s own future fate. The curse coupled with plague is ever widening on this planet. Look beyond Arkansas children. Remain steadfast in your faith. Only a remnant will survive what has come in upon this planet.