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The collapse of medical services in terrorist-controlled parts of Syria has caused the spread of a flesh-eating virus transmitted by parasites munching on corpses dumped in the streets.

“As a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets, this is the leading factor behind the rapid spread of Leishmanisis disease,” Dilqash Isa, the head of the Kurdish Red Crescent told the Kurdish Rudaw news.

Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed the disease, spread by sand flies, was not noticed until Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) influence and atrocities spread across Syria. Leishmaniasis, which is rarely deadly but leads to disfiguring lesions on the skin, was particularly bad in war-torn parts of Syria, one unnamed militant told the publication.

“We have been fighting on the battlefield for almost four years and this disease basically generated from embattled areas of Tal Hamis, Hon and Qosa,” he claimed.

“It is very possible in the area where there is a lot of military activity and population movement, those are circumstances in which an outbreak of the leishmaniasis can occur,” Dr. William Schaffner (MD) told RT.


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(NaturalNews) Remember the Ebola outbreak of 2014 when nurses infected with Ebola were proclaimed “cured” through the intervention of pharmaceutical medicine? Like everything else the MSM broadcast about Ebola, we now know it was all a sinister fabrication.

Texas nurse Nina Pham was widely celebrated as a hero by the mainstream media for her role in treating an infected Ebola patient that started an outbreak in a Dallas hospital. What the media didn’t tell you is that Nina Pham was nearly killed by the Ebola “treatment” medicines administered by the hospital. “Nina Pham, the first known case of an individual contracting Ebola within the U.S., is now suing the parent corporation of her former employer, which she says violated her personal privacy and left her chronically ill by exploiting and neglecting her during the outbreak,” Natural News reported earlier this year.

“The 26-year-old nurse says she now suffers from constant nightmares, body aches and insomnia due to the experimental medications that were forced upon her while in isolation.”

Pharmaceutical interventions, in other words, caused serious organ damage to nurse Pham, and that damage is permanent. Naturally, the CDC-controlled media exploited Pham for P.R. purposes, but once the news had passed, they left her permanently damaged and abandoned by the system.

A second nurse is also in serious health trouble due to toxic Ebola treatments

Now reported in The Independent (UK): “A British nurse who was apparently cured of Ebola earlier this year is now in a critical condition, doctors have said, with experts expressing astonishment at the deterioration of her condition.”

Pauline Cafferkey was admitted to the specialist treatment isolation unit at Royal Free Hospital in London on 9 October. She had been treated for Ebola at the same hospital earlier this year, and was discharged in good health in January.

None of us here at Natural News are surprised, of course. We’ve long known that everything the medical establishment says about Ebola is a deliberate lie, and that includes pharmaceutical Ebola “treatment” promises.

“The exact nature of Ms Cafferkey’s illness is not known, but experts have expressed shock at the severity of her condition,” reports The Independent.

Here’s what’s really going on: In exactly the same way that AIDS drugs destroy the human immune system and cause symptoms of AIDS, Ebola drugs also destroy the patient’s body and cause critical organ failure.

This fundamental truth about the toxicity of Big Pharma’s deadly drugs will never be admitted in the pharma-controlled press.

Same system that pushes toxic pharmaceutical treatments viciously attacks colloidal silver

As you ponder all this, keep in mind that all holistic treatments for Ebola were viciously and aggressively attacked by governments and the media during the Ebola outbreak. Those who offered colloidal silver treatments or products were threatened by U.S. regulators and mocked by the media… even though colloidal silver is a non-toxic treatment that cannot cause the kind of organ failure we’re witnessing from pharmaceutical interventions.

Non-profits such as Dr. Rima Laibow’s Natural Solutions Foundation were even viciously threatened by the IRS after Dr. Laibow began talking about colloidal silver as a non-toxic treatment option. (No doubt the CDC pressured the IRS to target the NSF in the same way the IRS targets liberty-oriented non-profits.)

“The IRS sent us a warning letter saying that by sharing US Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency declassified research on the impact of our particular Nano Silver 10 PPM on the ability of the Ebola virus to cause disease we had miraculously turned the substance into a drug,” Dr. Laibow told Natural News. “We responded to them in detail (26 pages, if I recall properly) and they sent back another letter backing off a bit but demanding changes in our site.”

Meanwhile, companies that sold high-grade medicinal essential oils such as doTerra were threatened by government regulators with being put out of business if they didn’t police their independent distributors who were sharing the true news that many essential oils can kill Ebola.

The medical system, government and media essentially invoked an all-out WAR on natural medicine while claiming their own pharmaceuticals were the only safe treatments for Ebola. Now we see just what a farce those claims really were. Much like chemotherapy, the “treatment” for Ebola may be just as deadly as Ebola itself.

Meanwhile, all the truly SAFE treatments like colloidal silver have been intentionally disparaged, marginalized and pushed to the fringes of alternative medicine. It’s no coincidence that colloidal silver can’t be patented and is universally available for mere pennies, thereby threatening the more important aspect of Big Pharma’s disease pandemic schemes: PROFITS!

Here at Natural News, our prayers go out to Pauline Cafferkey with the hope that she won’t end up as yet another needless victim of Big Pharma’s toxic treatments and the mainstream media’s outrageous lies that misled medical staff into falsely believing that pharmaceutical treatments for Ebola are safe.

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Ebola Virus Outbreak
Oct 13 2014, 4:51 pm ET

Who is Nina Pham? Meet the Nurse Who Contracted Ebola

This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. Antwerp Institute of Tropical Me / AP

Nina Pham is the nurse who contracted the Ebola virus and is being treated in Dallas, a close family friend has confirmed to NBC News Monday.

Pham is the first patient to contract the disease while on U.S. soil, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said the transmission resulted from an unknown “breach of protocol” in treating Thomas Eric Duncan when he returned to Texas Presbyterian a second time. On Monday CDC director Tom Frieden clarified that he in no way meant to place blame on the stricken nurse.

“This is a very brave person who put herself at risk to do something good for society, and is now ill,” he said.

Dallas Nurse with Ebola is Clinically-Stable, says CDC4:38

Pham, 26, is a 2010 graduate of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at Texas Christian University, according to Lisa Albert, a spokesperson for the school. The four-year program prepares nurses to serve as “liaisons among doctors, patients and other members of the health care team,” according to the school website.

There is not a stand-alone course on infections disease work, but infection prevention strategies are “woven throughout all clinical coursework,” according to Albert. Precautionary methods are introduced at the start of clinical course work, reviewed through the curriculum, and students sign an end-of-semester document attesting to this work.

Pham was certified by the Texas Board of Nursing in 2010, according to state records, but she didn’t receive her certificate in Critical Care Nursing until Aug. 1 — less than two months before Duncan arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian critically ill with Ebola. Duncan died last week.

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Ebola nurse Nina Pham files lawsuit against Texas Health Resources

Nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, filed a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources.

The lawsuit alleges that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Pham released a brief statement: “I was hoping that THR would be more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with Ebola. But that didn’t happen and I felt I was left with no choice but to turn to the courts for help. The fact is, I’m facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them. But more importantly, it will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency.  I particularly want to express my continued sympathy to the family of Mr. Duncan, as it was my privilege to care for him.  I also want to acknowledge my fellow nurses, and the many friends, family and strangers for their ongoing concern and support.”

Pham told The Dallas Morning News that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She says Texas Health Resources did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United State diagnosed with the disease. He died Oct. 8.

“I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham said in the interview.


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By Jennifer Emily | Staff Writer

Nina Pham claims the extent of her Ebola training was a printout of guidelines her supervisor found on the web. “The only thing I knew about Ebola, I learned in nursing school” six years earlier, Pham said.

Nina Pham claims the extent of her Ebola training was a printout of guidelines her supervisor found on the web. “The only thing I knew about Ebola, I learned in nursing school” six years earlier, Pham said.

Patients first

“I was proud of us. We fought in the trenches together, the frontline health care workers. That’s what nursing is about: putting the patient first. We did what we had to do,” Pham said.

She remembers spending hours alone with Duncan cleaning up his bodily fluids, monitoring his vital signs and reassuring him that everything would be OK. Pham said Duncan was in a great deal of pain and frightened but always polite. He told her “he felt very isolated.” She held his hand and told him she would pray for him.

But when Duncan tested positive for Ebola, it sent panic and fear throughout Presbyterian — and the nation. Pham, too, was frightened.

“I was the last person besides Mr. Duncan to find out he was positive,” she said. “You’d think the primary nurse would be the first to know. … I broke down and cried, not because I thought I had it but just because it was a big ‘whoa, this is really happening’ moment.”

Duncan, who contracted the disease in his native Liberia, died Oct. 8. A few days later, Pham tested positive for the disease. She was initially treated at Presbyterian and then the National Institutes of Health in Maryland with a series of experimental drugs and plasma from Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor.

She says that Texas Health Resources violated her privacy while she was a patient at Presbyterian by ignoring her request that “no information” be released about her. She said a doctor recorded her on video in her hospital room and released it to the public without her permission.

Charla Aldous, Pham’s attorney, put it more simply: Texas Health Resources “used Nina as a PR pawn.”

Pham said she considered not going back to care for Duncan after his diagnosis. Her colleagues said they wouldn’t blame her for not returning to her job where normal 12-hour shifts had stretched to 14 or 15. Even her mother said she didn’t care if Pham lost her job.

Pham said that while she did not volunteer to care for Duncan, she felt that she couldn’t say no.

“I had a duty to take care of him,” she said. “It’s not in my nature to refuse.”


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Saudi Arabia reports five new MERS deaths

May 18, 2014 09:19 AM Agence France Presse

Particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that emerged in 2012 are seen in an undated colorized transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters

Particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that emerged in 2012 are seen in an undated colorized transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reported five new deaths from the MERS respiratory virus, bringing the death toll in the world’s worst-hit country to 168.

In its latest tally, issued Saturday, the Health Ministry said the total number of infections in the kingdom from the coronavirus since it first appeared in 2012 now stood at 529 people.

Among the latest fatalities were two men aged 67 and 55 and an 80-year-old woman in Jeddah, the port city where a spate of cases among staff at King Fahd Hospital last month led to the dismissal of its director and the health minister.

In addition, a 71-year-old man and another aged 77 died in Riyadh and Medina respectively, the ministry website reported.


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Saudi Arabia records more MERS deaths

Three more people die from coronavirus, days after an emergency WHO committee called on countries to improve prevention.

Last updated: 17 May 2014 10:16
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The World Health Organisation called for better prevention measures [AFP]

Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world’s worst-hit country to 163.

The health ministry website also revealed on Saturday that 520 cases have been recorded in the country since MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

It said three women died on Friday; a 48-year-old in Riyadh, a 67-year-old in Taif, and woman in Jeddah whose age was not disclosed.

A spate of cases among staff at King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah last month sparked public panic and the dismissal of its director and the health minister.

Other nations including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the UAE and the US have also recorded cases, mostly in people who had been to Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said its emergency committee, which includes global medical and policy experts, had flagged mounting concerns about the potentially fatal virus.


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California flu deaths continue to climb

Posted:   01/24/2014 11:39:50 AM PST

Influenza claimed 50 more young lives in California this week, proving that a potent virus that arrived a virtual stranger in 2009 has gained the lead role in our winter dance with the disease.

The H1N1 virus — the swine flu bug — is circulating through susceptible groups, especially among a younger generation that often goes without vaccinations and had not been exposed to this strain, health authorities said Friday.

H1N1 has largely replaced last year’s H3N2 strain and has already killed nearly 40 percent more people than last year’s total, even though flu season has yet to reach its peak.

People line up for flu shots at a Walgreens in San Jose Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

People line up for flu shots at a Walgreens in San Jose Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (Patrick Tehan, Bay Area News Group)

In California, it has claimed the lives of 95 adults younger than 65, and 51 more deaths await confirmation as flu related. That would bring the total to 146 deaths, state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez reported at a Friday news conference. The nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz County have reported 32 flu-related deaths this season.

That’s a pattern similar to what was seen when H1N1 last circled the globe.

“The elderly, like in 2009, are not overwhelmingly getting infected,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “They are seemingly protected from it.”

In contrast, at this time last year, H3N2 dominated and killed many elders — but only nine deaths were reported among Californians under 65.

The state does not track flu deaths for residents over 65, so information about the impact on that age group is mostly anecdotal.

Among this year’s victims were 23-year-old Matthew Walker, of Santa Rosa, a healthy young man who enjoyed windsurfing and skateboarding. The experience of losing a son, his father, Cliff Walker, told NBC Bay Area, was “a ragged roller coaster ride, with a bad ending.”

All but one of this year’s deaths have been linked to the H1N1 virus. Most occurred in Californians who, unlike Walker, had a pre-existing medical condition, such as chronic heart disease, asthma or a suppressed immune system, or were pregnant, according to Chavez.

One of the newly reported deaths was a child who lived in Riverside County. In all, the illness has claimed the lives of three children under age 10, including one in San Mateo County.

Despite such tragedies, the good news is that H1N1 is less deadly than it was during the peak of the 2009 pandemic, and that is because we’re better protected, Fauci said. It is one of the strains included in the current flu vaccine, which usually shields people exposed to the virus. And many who have been sick before have developed antibodies to it.

There are several reasons why younger people seem so vulnerable. Significantly, as a group, they are less likely to be vaccinated than elders.

Some scientists think the genetic structure of H1N1 targets the lungs, while H3N2 tended to attack the upper respiratory system. A mutation in an amino acid called D225G might allow H1N1 to bind more effectively to lung cells, making us more susceptible to pneumonia and death.

And younger people may have not acquired immunity through previous exposure. Forms of the H1N1 virus were detected in the 1930s, then in the mid-1950s and again in 1971, according to flu tracker and biomedical researcher Henry Niman of the Pennsylvania company Recombinomics, Inc. It appeared again — in significantly altered form — in 2009.

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Dramatic rise in flu deaths reported by California health officials

The Regional Medical Center of San Jose set up a 'flu tent' outside an emergency room to treat patients with flu-like symptoms in San Jose.

The Regional Medical Center of San Jose set up a ‘flu tent’ outside an emergency room to treat patients with flu-like symptoms in San Jose. (EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO / January 24, 2014)

State health officials reported Friday that California influenza deaths this flu season have doubled to 95, with an additional 51 cases likely to be confirmed next week.

That would put this year’s number of flu fatalities so far at 146. At this time last year, nine deaths had been confirmed, and only 106 were confirmed by the end of the season.

“So far we have a much more severe season,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez in a conference call with reporters Friday. He said that flu activity in California remained “widespread.” 

In part, the gap between this year’s deaths and the number of deaths at this time last year is because this year’s season struck early, Chavez said.

However, this year’s predominant flu strain is H1N1 “swine flu,” which is more deadly than other strains. Seventy-five of this year’s 95 confirmed deaths were caused by H1N1, Chavez said.

Chavez said that the week ending Jan. 18 saw a decrease in hospitalizations and out-patient visits for the flu. He added that the level was still higher than expected for this time of year, and that it’s unclear whether this means that the peak of season has already hit.


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Nine Deaths Linked To H1N1 Flu Virus





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Officials at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis say nine people have died from the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, over the past six weeks. Another 35 patients were sick enough to be treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, although, many were transported from outside the area.


Infectious Disease Physician Steven Lawrence says those who died ranged in age from their mid-20s to their mid-60s.


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Man, 23, who died of flu in was only diagnosed with the virus AFTER he was put in an induced coma, say family


  • Matthew Walker, 23, fell ill on December 22
  • He was admitted to hospital on December 26 when he was diagnosed with pneumonia in his left lung
  • On December 27, he was placed in an induced coma and doctors realized he had H1N1
  • It was too late to help Walker and he died on January 8
  • His family say that doctors could have treated Walker if he had been correctly diagnosed earlier

By Associated Press and Alex Greig




The family of a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man who died after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus says his illness wasn’t accurately diagnosed until it was too late to possibly save his life.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Matthew Walker was admitted to a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa on December 27 after he reported breathing difficulties.

The previous day he was sent home from the hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Desperately ill: This was the last picture Matthew Walker posted on Facebook, the day before he was put in an induced coma

Desperately ill: This was the last picture Matthew Walker posted on Facebook, the day before he was put in an induced coma


Walker’s family says Kaiser doctors didn’t discover Walker had the ‘swine flu’ until after he was put into a medically induced coma before his death Wednesday.

 Walker is one of four people who have died in the most recent outbreak of the H1N1 strain on California’s north coast. 

The virus first emerged in 2009. In the 2009-2010 flu season, 12,000 people died from the virus – or complications caused by the disease – across the U.S.

The previously healthy 23-year-old’s Facebook page provides a devastating timeline of his decline.


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Flu now considered widespread in Kansas, Missouri


Posted: 01/10/2014



KANSAS CITY. Mo – A dangerous strand of the H1N1 flu virus has infected hundreds and killed at least three people in recent weeks.


Andrew Hoehne of Sedalia, Mo., went to the doctor for a scheduled visit on December 26. On January 2, the newlywed and father of one died of the H1N1 flu virus at St. Luke’s Hospital.


He’s one of a number of people who have contracted a dangerous strand of the H1N1 flu virus.


Doctor Lee Norman is the Chief Medical Officer for the University of Kansas Hospital. He’s seen hundreds of flu patients in recent weeks and said many are testing positive for the stronger, more dangerous H1N1 strand that attacks the lungs.


“They’ve got such a bad infection in their lungs that they can’t oxygenate their blood enough to keep all of their vital organs going; that’s the most obvious and the most severe symptom,” Norman said.


He said those with chronic illnesses and young children are the most vulnerable.

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Girl, 11, is the latest to die from flu after parents turned down vaccine over fears of side effects

  • Savannah Hyden went into cardiac arrest as a result of complications from the flu
  • Her parents decided to not get her vaccinated out of fear of side-effects
  • Hyden had no health insurance
  • Hyden is just the latest in the growing number of flu-related deaths

By Daily Mail Reporter


An 11-year-old Tennessee girl died earlier this week of complications from the flu just three days after contracting the potentially deadly virus.

The death of Savannah Hyden is just the latest in a growing number of flu-related deaths that has health officials worried.

Hyden died about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital near Vanderbilt University near Nashvilled. According to her parents, the girl had not been given a flu vaccine this year.

Tragic: Savannah Hayden is the latest child to do die from complications related to the flu

Tragic: Savannah Hayden is the latest child to do die from complications related to the flu

She was brilliant in every aspect,’ her father, Steven Hyden, told the Tennessean. ‘We have really taken a big loss. … She could have been the president.’

Hayden’s mother, Natasha Renee Fiser, told the paper that her daughter developed a bacterial infection after contracting the flu. The infection caused the girl to go into cardiac arrest.

‘She was down for too long, there was no oxygen to her brain, and her organs just started shutting down,’ Fiser said.

Fiser says she was shocked that her daughter got sick and then three days later was put on life support.


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Severe flu kills 18 children this season

  • NEW: New York county has 2,347 flu cases — this time last year, there were 5 cases
  • “We are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” health official says
  • Minnesota has 27 flu-related deaths; Oklahoma had 8
  • Boston mayor declares a public health emergency because of flu

(CNN) — The flu is spreading fiercely across the United States, with more than 40 states reporting widespread activity in what one of the nation’s leading health officials is calling an epidemic.

“If you look at the charts that the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) put out on their website, it clearly has gone above that threshold. So we are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

“It’s still on the uptick,” Fauci added.

The season has started earlier, and cases are more severe than last year, health officials say.

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu advisory report, which covers the week of December 23 to 29, suggests that 41 states have widespread influenza activity, which was an increase of 31 states from the previous week. The CDC will issue an update on the flu situation Friday.

There have so far been 2,257 hospitalizations associated with laboratory-confirmed flu virus, the CDC report said. Among children, there have been 18 deaths reported during this season. Various state agencies also are compiling statistics on flu-related deaths.

This is only about week five in a 12-week flu season, according to Fauci.

“Remember, once it peaks, you still have a considerable amount of time where there is a lot of flu activity, and right now it may have peaked in some places, but for the most part, it has not yet peaked,” he said.

In Massachusetts, one of the 29 states that the CDC has identified as having high activity of influenza-like illness, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency in the city Wednesday because of the flu.

Since October 1, there have been 700 confirmed influenza cases among Boston residents, according to Menino’s office; that’s 10 times more than were seen in all of last year’s flu season.

There have been 18 flu-related deaths this season in Massachusetts, CNN affiliate WCVB reported. Hospitalization rates are higher than the last two years, Kevin Cranston of the state’s Bureau of Infectious Diseases told WCVB. Most deaths have been in older patients, he said.

Menino is collaborating with the Boston Public Health Commission and community health centers to offer free vaccination clinics this weekend. The mayor urged residents to stay home from work or school if they are sick, and to get their flu shots.

“This is the worst flu season we’ve seen since 2009, and people should take the threat of flu seriously,” Menino said in a statement. More than 4% of emergency department visits at Boston hospitals are from flu cases, up from 1% during non-flu season.

Massachusetts General Hospital has already counted 532 cases of flu among patients, which is more than the Boston hospital saw in any of the previous three flu seasons, spokeswoman Kristen Stanton said Wednesday.

Signs posted throughout the hospital discourage anyone from visiting who has a cough or fever, she said, and anyone who does visit with those symptoms must wear a mask and perform hand hygiene. All staff must wear a mask when providing care for possible flu cases. Any staff member who has not been vaccinated must wear a mask while caring for any patient.

In Onondaga County, New York, health officials counted 2,347 flu-season cases through last Saturday. In 2011, during the same seasonal time period, they counted five flu cases.

Somerville, Massachusetts, a small city north of Boston, announced that the city’s supply of flu vaccine for the season had run out. All 720 doses for the season that were being administered for free had been given out by Tuesday. Residents looking to get vaccinated should contact their primary care physician or local pharmacy, the website said.

That the city’s vaccines have all been given out is somewhat surprising because normally there are about 100 doses left over at the end of a season, spokeswoman Jackie Rossetti said Thursday. She attributes this to an earlier start of the flu season and outreach efforts.

Somerville has asked the state’s public health department if there are any more available vaccines for the city and is waiting to hear back, she said. Most local pharmacies have doses left, however, she said.

Experts: Flu spreading faster than usual

More cases, deaths in other states

The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday the state has had eight influenza-linked deaths since September 30.

Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health has counted 27 flu-related deaths. “We are clearly at a high level of influenza activity in the state,” Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger said in a statement. “But it’s important to keep this year in perspective: What is occurring has happened before.”

Pennsylvania has had 22 flu-related deaths so far this season, according to data from the state’s Department of Health. Most of these deaths occurred among people older than 65, but the fatalities included two individuals younger than 50 who were otherwise healthy.

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, set up a heated tent outside the hospital to serve as a clinic. Anyone with mild flu symptoms can be treated quickly and discharged, isolated from more serious cases. The hospital has been seeing an additional 80 to 100 patients with flu-like symptoms daily, officials told CNN affiliate WPVI.

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Hospital suggests HIV tests to 27 patients after sterilization error

by KING 5 News

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Updated today at 12:20 PM

Swedish Medical Center continues to investigate why staff did not properly sterilize a piece of ultrasound equipment, potentially compromising the health of 27 patients.
The unsterilized equipment was used between September 19 and December 10.
“I was so enraged. I was like, ‘Oh my God,'” one patient said.
He spoke to KING 5 on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive topic and how it might affect his job. After a recent visit to the hospital, he received a phone call and letter notifying him that equipment used during the surgical procedure may put him at risk for infectious disease.
Immediately, he returned to Swedish Medical Center for a blood test to check for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
“I cannot tell you how angry I was,” he explained. “It was terrible.”
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Vassall calls the mistake a “human error,” one they’re still investigating. Of the four decontamination steps taken, staff missed the last one.
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(Truthstream During a discussion panel in Arizona State University’s Biotech department that took place on February 2, 2012, the inventor of genetically engineered edible vaccines joked about wiping out 25% of the population with a genetically engineered virus.

Dr. Charles Arntzen, head of The Biodesign Institute for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, responded to a question pertaining to whether feeding the 8 billion people of the world was worth it, or whether population reduction should be pursued.

The scientist quipped: “Has anybody seen ‘Contagion’? That’s the answer! Go out and use genetic engineering to create a better virus… 25 percent of the population is supposed to go in Contagion.”

Arntzen was the first to pursue an edible vaccine for use in the developing world while at the Boyce Thompson Institute in 1996 under funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. His signature delivery vehicle is the banana. He noted the possibilities for its use in both poor countries as well as the wealthier Western world: “Children of developing countries may not be the only beneficiaries of this new technology. Says Arntzen: ‘American kids will also probably prefer being vaccinated by an edible vaccine rather than by a needle.'”

Perhaps even more startling is the fact that Dr. Arntzen — and perhaps some of his colleagues in the room — developed the first effective, stable and storable synthetic Ebola vaccine capable of being stockpiled under grants from the Department of Defense and Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. According to a news report from Arizona State University: “If early efforts bear fruit, an Ebola vaccine could be stockpiled for use in the United States, should the country fall victim to a natural outbreak or a bioterrorism event in which a weaponized strain of the virus were unleashed on soldiers or the public.”

If not downright creepy and nihilistic, it is surely poor bedside manner to joke about depopulating the masses of the planet via an engineered virus when he and his department are actively involved in tinkering with such stuff.

The Ebola vaccine, while overtly for defensive measures, is the natural research companion to weaponized Ebola viruses that have been refined over the years by military researchers, including those in the United States, and classified as a Class A bioweapon.

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Academic Journal
Main Category: MRSA / Drug Resistance
Also Included In: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses;  Veterinary
Article Date: 16 Aug 2013 – 8:00 PDT

A new study has suggested that a type of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) found in humans may have originated from cattle as far back as 40 years or more.

Are they the culprits? Researchers say a type of MRSA in humans may have come from cows.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, analyzed around 40 strains of the bacterium – Staphylococcus aureus, which is capable of building up methicillin antibiotic resistance, leading to MRSA.

Staphylococcus aureus spreads easily in humans through skin-to-skin contact.

The researchers found that at least two genetic subtypes of the bacterium, already present in widespread human MRSA, could be traced back to cattle.

The study, published in the journal mBio, suggests that the bacterium may have passed from cattle to humans by way of direct contact, possibly through people working with farm animals.

Professor Ross Fitzgerald of the Roslin Institute at the university and lead study author, said:

“Human infections caused by bacteria being transmitted directly from livestock are well known to occur.

However, this is the first clear genetic evidence of subtypes of Staph. aureus which jumped from cattle and developed the capacity to transmit widely among human populations.”

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06.06.2013 Epidemic Hazard Russia [Asia] Rostovskaya Oblast, Rostov-on-Don [Teremok kindergarten] Damage level Details


Epidemic Hazard in Russia [Asia] on Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 10:11 (10:11 AM) UTC.

One child has died and nearly 80 others have been affected by an outbreak of acute respiratory infection, in some cases complicated by meningitis, in Rostov-on-Don. Twenty-eight children from the Teremok kindergarten are currently in hospital, 11 with symptoms of pneumonia and nine with meningitis. One child died yesterday despite receiving medical treatment, ITAR-TASS reported Thursday. A group of specialists from the Research and Development Institute for Childhood Infections will today fly to Rostov-on-Don, about 1,000 kilometers south of Moscow, to assist local pediatricians who are treating the children. “All of the children have been examined by specialists from the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Medical University and bacteriological and virological blood tests have been carried out,” the regional Health Ministry said, adding that there is no meningitis epidemic in the region. The kindergarten has been closed and 34 preschoolers being kept at home under constant observation of pediatricians, ITAR-TASS reported. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has commissioned Russia’s chief pediatrician for infectious diseases Yuri Lobzin to provide assistance to regional specialists, said the ministry’s press service. The Investigative Committee in the Rostov region has opened a criminal case against the head of the kindergarten under charges of negligence. The virus is likely to have come from a clothing market where mostly immigrants from Vietnam, China and other Asian countries work. The market is located in the Pervomai district, where the kindergarten is also based.1
Biohazard name: Acute respiratory infection and meningitis
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Status: confirmed



Meningitis Outbreak in Rostov Kindergarten, 1 Child Dead

The Moscow Times

One child has died and nearly 80 others have been affected by an outbreak of acute respiratory infection, in some cases complicated by meningitis, in Rostov-on-Don.

Twenty-eight children from the Teremok kindergarten are currently in hospital, 11 with symptoms of pneumonia and nine with meningitis. One child died yesterday despite receiving medical treatment, ITAR-TASS reported Thursday.

A group of specialists from the Research and Development Institute for Childhood Infections will today fly to Rostov-on-Don, about 1,000 kilometers south of Moscow, to assist local pediatricians who are treating the children.

“All of the children have been examined by specialists from the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Medical University and bacteriological and virological blood tests have been carried out,” the regional Health Ministry said, adding that there is no meningitis epidemic in the region.

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