Meningitis epidemic prompts tourists to cancel reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort
At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities said.
Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 10
[December 10, 2011] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,558 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
- Bahia, Brazil. At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities have said.
- At least 1,670 cases of bacterial meningitis, the most serious form of the disease, have been reported in the state of Bahia so far this year, AFP reported officials as saying.
- Dozens of tourists fearing the epidemic have canceled their reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort.
- Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and is usually caused by caused by infection with microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria.
- Meningitis is potentially life-threatening and has a high mortality rate if untreated.
- Typically, Brazil has a bacterial meningitis rate of about 46 per 100,000 annually.
- Bahia is one of Brazil’s 26 states, located in the country’s northeastern Atlantic coast (population: >14million).
- The largest epidemic ever recorded in history plagued the sub-Saharan Africa in 1996–1997, causing over 250,000 cases and claiming 25,000 lives, a mortality rate of 10 percent.
Other Global Disasters
- Alabama, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared twenty-six counties in Alabama as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred April 1-30, 2011.
- Six counties were designated as Primary Disaster areas: Blount, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe and Morgan counties.
- Twenty other counties were also declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Baldwin, Conecuh, Fayette, Lamar, Butler, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Clarke, Escambia, Jackson, Limestone, Colbert, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair, Walker, Wilcox and Winston counties.
- The following bordering counties in Mississippi and Tennessee were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous:
Mississippi: Itawamba and Monroe counties.
Tennessee: Franklin and Lincoln counties.
Global Disaster Links
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