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Rising Threat of Fungal Infections: Exserohilum Rostratum

Posted by feww on October 11, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,252 Days Left

[October 11, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,252 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Exserohilum Rostratum

Several of the meningitis patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine), have had strokes related to the infection, according to CDC. The meningitis was found to be caused by fungi that are common in the environment but rarely cause infection.


Exserohilum
is a common mold found in soil and on plants, especially grasses. Exserohilum can cause keratitis (eye inflammation), subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), osteomyelitis (bone infection), and sinusitis. (Source: CDC)

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak in the U.S.

  • Case Count: 137  [October 10, 2012 5:45:00 PM EDT]
  • States: 10
  • Deaths: 12

West Nile Virus Infections

“Four thousand seven hundred and thirteen [4,713] human West Nile virus infections have been reported to CDC ArboNET [4,249 cases cited elsewhere on the CDC website] from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.” CDC reported.

  • 168 deaths reported
  • Cases reported from 47 states and District of Columbia
  • More than 70 percent of the cases have been reported in 8 states: Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Illinois and California.
  • Texas reported about 40 percent of all cases.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area has reported 33 deaths, the highest number in the country.
  • “The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that health officials in Tarrant County, home to Fort Worth, may have vastly underreported cases of the serious neuroinvasive form of West Nile,” a report said.

WNV activity reported from 47 states and DC


West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of October 9, 2012). 

U.S. Agri Disaster Areas

USAD has designated 64 counties across six states as agricultural disaster areas. The disaster list also includes independent city of Charlottesville in Virginia and Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

  • In Montana and surrounding states—Idaho and the Dakotas—losses have been caused by “the combined effects of early spring frosts and freezes, drought, excessive heat, high winds, wildfires, insects, hail, lightning and tornadoes that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues.”
  • North Carolina counties were designated as disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred May 14-16, 2012.
  • In Virginia disaster areas were declared due to losses caused by excessive rain, hail, high winds and lightning associated with a derecho.

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Disease Emergence and Resurgence of Infectious Diseases‎

Posted by feww on July 3, 2011

2011 Disaster Calendar – July 3 Entry

[July 3, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,718 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Delaware and Virginia, USA. Late blight, the historic disease responsible for the great Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, has been found in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a report said.


Symptoms of potato late blight. Source: Plant pathology, MSU

  • Ireland. A baby boom has pushed Ireland’s population to its highest level in more than 150 years, despite massive emigration that followed the collapse of the economy in 2008, a report said.
    • “The population of Ireland hit an all-time high of 8.2 million in 1841, when all of the island was part of the United Kingdom. It fell to 5.1 million 10 years later after a devastating famine that forced millions to leave.”
    • The island of Ireland’s total population is now over 6 million [including 1.8 million people who live in Northern Ireland.]
  • England. About half a million children (aged 4 to 14) in England may be at risk of developing life-threatening”fatty liver disease” because they are overweight, reports said.
  • The Maldives. The gov has drafted the National Defense Force to help fight an outbreak of dengue fever that has escalated to “an epidemic,” a report said.
    • “The Maldives has been battling a growing number of dengue fever cases in 2011, with 300 cases and five deaths reported in just the first two months of the year. There has been a reported spike in the number of cases of the virus reported in Male’; cases that were linked earlier this year by one health expert to a construction boom in the capital. However, most of the fatalities have been islanders who died in transit to regional hospitals, with many of the most serious cases having affected children.”
  • Auckland, New Zealand. A measles outbreak has infected dozens [possibly hundreds] of people in Auckland, and is expected to spread beyond the region, health officials have warned. The highly contagious disease, spread by air travelers, have also infected many in dozens of other countries including the U.S. and Canada.

  • NSW and QLD. Australia. Hendra outbreak is threatening eastern Australia. “Authorities are battling to prevent a serious outbreak of Hendra virus in eastern states, with four horses already dead and dozens of people possibly exposed to the lethal bat-borne illness,” a report said.
    • “Hendra virus was first detected in September 1994 at a property in the Brisbane suburb of hendra in an outbreak which killed 20 horses and one person.
    • “There have been 14 outbreaks of the virus since. Four of the seven people ever diagnosed with the virus have died.” (source)
  • South Africa. At least 23,000 ostriches have been culled since April when an outbreak of avian flu was first reported.

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