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Schmallenberg Virus Continues to Surge in Europe

Posted by feww on May 15, 2012

More EU farms infected by Schmallenberg virus

  • Germany.  Some 1,481 farms across Germany had reported animals testing positive for the virus as of May 14, 2012, including 92 new farms.
  • France.  France reported infections on 1,471 farms on May 11, including 105 new cases.
  • Belgium.  Some 477  farms had reported SBV by May 2, 2012, including 33 new farms from a week earlier.
  • Netherlands.  At least 339 farms have reported SBV  as of May 11, 2012.
  • U.K. As of May 14, some 258 UK farms had reported SBV including two new farms, one in the Channel Islands and one in Buckinghamshire, a new addition to the list of counties reporting affected animals, said DEFRA.
  • Luxemburg, Spain, Italy and other European countries. No reliable statistics available!

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Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Hunan Province, China. At least 20,078 cases of HFMD infections were reported in Hunan province in April, with 19 fatalities.
    • Continuous rain has affected more than 2.91 million people in 50 of the province’s counties as of May 14, said a report.


Original caption: Photo taken on May 13, 2012 shows a bridge that collapsed after being hit by flood in Pingjiang County, central-south China’s Hunan Province, May 13, 2012. Torrential rain that struck south China since May 11 has affected the daily lives of 2.91 million residents within Hunan as of Monday noon. Direct economic losses caused by the flood reached 2.88 billion yuan (456.2 million U.S. dollars), according to provincial flood control authorities. (Xinhua/Bai Yu). Image may be subject to copyright.  More images…

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Next Mutations of SBV May Be Even Deadlier

Posted by feww on May 8, 2012

Schmallenberg Virus: “This is a warning to the whole world”

Schmallenberg virus is a new front in human’s losing war against the unknown. “This is a warning to the whole world,” said Alberto Laddomada, head of the European Commission’s Animal Health Unit.

The European Center of Disease Prevention and Control says it is “unlikely” that SBV could infect humans; however, the possibility “cannot be excluded at this stage.”

The numbers of reported SBV infections across Europe are peaking as the lambing season finishes; however, the next wave of SBV attack could prove even deadlier due to the unpredictability of viral mutations.

  • Germany.  Some 1,389  farms across Germany had reported animals testing positive for the virus as of May 7, 2012, including 78 new farms.
  • France.  France has reported infections on 1,412 farms, including 45 new cases since last week.
  • Belgium.  Some 477  farms had reported SBV by May 2, 2012, including 33 new farms from a week earlier.
  • Netherlands.  At least 331 farms have reported SBV  as of May 4, 2012.
  • U.K. As of May 8, some 256 UK farms have reported SBV: 36 in cattle and 220 in sheep (5 new farms since April 27, 2012).
  • Luxemburg, Spain, Italy and other European countries. No reliable statistics available!

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Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak: April 3 Update

Posted by feww on April 3, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 3

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,443 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Up to 5,000 farms in the EU may be infected with SBV

Based on the data made available by various organizations monitoring the spread of Schmallenberg Virus in EU, FIRE-EARTH estimates that up to 5,000 farms may be infected with the deadly virus.

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Previous reports of SBV infection

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Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak – UPDATE: March 25

Posted by feww on March 25, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 25

[March 25, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,452 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) Outbreak Intensifying in the EU

UK midges may be carrying SBV infection after biting local animals that were infected last summer following incursion of continental midges: DEFRA/AHVLA.

  • Germany.  “In Germany animals from 1061 holdings have been tested positive for ‛Schmallenberg virus’ so far. The cases occurred in 194 cattle holdings, 823 sheep holdings and 44 goat holdings.” FLI reported.
    • Affected federal states are North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Hamburg, Bavaria, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saarland and Berlin.
  • United Kingdom.  Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been reported on 209 farms, said DEFRA .
    • “We cannot rule out the possibility that domestic (local) midges may have transmitted SBV within the affected areas. Domestic midges may have been infected after biting a local animal infected last summer after incursion of continental midges.”
    • SBV infection has been reported in one new county, Bedfordshire, as well as in Jersey, Channel Islands.
    • Affected counties are Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, S. Gloucestershire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Berkshire, West Sussex and Wiltshire, as well as Channel Islands.

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Previous reports of SBV infection

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The White House of Horror!!

Posted by feww on July 9, 2008

Horrors of Dracula and the White House Vampires

Origin of the name “Dracula”

King Sigismund of Hungary, who became the Holy Roman Emperor in 1410, founded a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Iraqis …

Vlad II Dracul, father of Vlad III, was admitted to the order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Iraqis and was dubbed Dracul (dragon) thus his son became Dracula (son of the dragon). From 1431 onward …

The Nation, Blood and CO2

Here’s the story in a nutshell about the WH, EPA,  Sen Barbara Boxer, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of CDC, Jason Burnett [EPA’s former associate deputy administrator who resigned because, he says, White House wanted him to retract a statement about the dangers of CO2] and tons of CO2 as well as spinning yarn of politics:

Press Conference on White House Interference in Addressing the Dangers of Global Warming

Statement of Senator Barbara Boxer (Remarks as prepared for delivery)

You have heard me say many times that this Administration has downplayed the dangers posed by global warming. They have used every excuse to avoid taking action, even hiding behind China and India.

Now, thanks to a very brave former EPA official, Jason Burnett, who has responded to an inquiry from this committee, who is here today, we know that the Administration’s efforts have been about covering up the real dangers of global warming and hiding the facts from the public.

This cover-up is being directed from the White House and the Office of the Vice President. (Continued…)

WHITE HOUSE DELETION OF LARGE SECTIONS OF TESTIMONY ON PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

On Tuesday October 23, 2007 Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the public health implications of global warming. Dr. Gerberding’s written testimony was heavily edited during the review process coordinated by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, to remove most of the specific information about the health impacts of global warming.

At a White House press briefing the following day, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino asserted that the reason for the edits was that the CDC testimony was inconsistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the same topic. According to the White House briefing transcript, Ms. Perino answered a question on this issue as follows: (Continued…)

What Does All This Mean?

EPA: “greenhouse gases may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public welfare” [December 2007]

Supreme Court: Clean Air Act expressly authorizes the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. [April 2007]

White House spokesman Tony Fratto: “Jason Burnett is not the EPA administrator,” EPA chief Stephen Johnson should oversee environmental policy.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of CDC: “Climate Change is a Public Health Concern. In the United States, climate change is likely to have a significant impact on health, through links with the following outcomes:

  • Direct effects of heat,
  • Health effects related to extreme weather events,
  • Air pollution-related health effects,
  • Allergic diseases,
  • Water- and food-borne infectious diseases,
  • Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases,
  • Food and water scarcity, at least for some populations,
  • Mental health problems, and
  • Long-term impacts of chronic diseases and other health effects”

Sen. Barbara Boxer: There is a “cover-up” aimed at stopping EPA from tackling greenhouse emissions. “This cover-up is being directed from the White House and the office of the vice president”.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, on the administration’s actions: “I don’t know if that is criminal. I doubt it. OK. But I know it is immoral.”

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino: Gerberding’s draft testimony to Congress “did not comport” with science contained in the IPCC report on Climate Change, and “a number of agencies had some concerns with the draft.”

Sen. Boxer: Gerberding’s planned testimony and the IPCC report “matched identically.”

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