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Archive for July 4th, 2011

Resurgence of C. difficile in Ontario, Canada

Posted by feww on July 4, 2011

Super superbug that takes your breath away

C. difficile kills three times as many people as MRSA

2011 Disaster CalendarJuly 4 Entry

[July 4, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,717 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Ontario, Canada. Death toll from the latest outbreak of C. difficile in the Niagara region has climbed to 15, with the latest death reported at Welland Hospital.
    • Demonstrators are planning to protest management of Greater Niagara General Hospital, where 4 people died from the infection, on Wednesday, The report said.
    • Nine others have died at the St. Catharines General hospital and at two the Welland Hospital.
    • At least 42 other patients remain in hospital, 26 of whom contracted the infection there.

Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency show there were 55,681 cases of Clostridium difficile infection reported in patients aged 65 years and above in England in 2006. (Source: SIMeL Italy)

“Diarrhea can range from being a nuisance to a life threatening or even fatal disease.” The Clostridium difficile bacteria are naturally present in the intestine but kept under control by other bacteria. Antibiotics can kill some of these, allowing C. difficile to take hold. Image source and other images. Click image to enlarge.

  • Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA.  A state of emergency was declared in Burnett County after a massive storm tore across three-quarters of the county Friday with straight line winds in excess of 110MPH, reports said.
    • The storm reportedly killed two people and left at least 39 others injured, including three critically.
    • Downed powerlines, which have left thousands of northwestern Wisconsin without power, started dozens of fires across several counties.
    • In Minnesota, the storm affected Marshall (state of emergency declared), Redwood Falls, the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. In Wisconsin, damage was reported in  Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, Marathon, Polk, Sawyer and Washburn counties.
    • “The heavy rain was a factor in several motor vehicle accidents, including a collision between a car and train in Douglas County,” said a report.
  • Bukidnon province, Philippines. Up to two dozen people have been killed or reported as missing after a large landslide triggered by weeks of torrential rain buried a part of Valencia City.

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Los Alamos Fire Grows by 20 percent in 2 Days

Posted by feww on July 4, 2011

Las Conchas blaze has now consumed at least 121,248 acres

Las Conchas fire continues to grow despite higher relative humidity in the fire area

Las Conchas Fire Map, July 2-3, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Full Size.

Las Conchas Fire Summary of Details

  • Size: 121,248 acres
  • Percent Contained: 11%
  • Fuels Involved: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
  • Date Started: 06/26/2011
  • Location: On Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties; Santa Clara Reservation; Bandelier National Monument; Valles Caldera National Preserve and private in-holdings.
  • Cause: Human – under investigation [The fire was reportedly ignited by a fallen power line] 
  • Resources: 1,995 Personnel; 18 Helicopters; 72 Engines; 26 Water Tenders; 8 Dozers
  • Residences: 450 threatened; 63 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 140 threatened; 32 destroyed
  • Injuries to Date: 4


Las Conchas Fire
. Looking toward the caldera from fire camp. Credit: B. Stalter

Las Conchas Fire
. A pyrocumulus cloud is visible from the Valles Caldera. Credit: J. Coil

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