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||Don't Call Stachybotris the Black Plague
- Because this has been a particularly rainy year, some Southern states
and others around the country are experiencing a bad outbreak of black mold.
Unfortunately, it spreads like crazy.
||Mosquito Borne Diseases M N W I
- Mosquito-borne disease comes early to Minnesota-Wisconsin border
||Disease Rise Global Warming
- Study Links Warming to Epidemics
- A wide-ranging survey of world ecosystems shows that warmer temperatures
have sparked a host of epidemics in plants and animals, suggesting that global
warming could ravage the planet's ecology and accelerate disease in a number
of species--including our own.
- The study is a litany of species--oysters, oaks, monarch butterflies
and colorful Hawaiian forest birds called honeycreepers
- "It's not only going to be a warmer world,
it's going to be a sicker world,"
||Florida boy dies from amoeba in lake
environmental conditions in Florida lakes -- especially in the hot summer
months -- are ideal for amoebas to thrive and
||West Nile Virus Heat Spread
- An unusually warm summer may be
contributing to the nation's worst outbreak of West Nile virus since it appeared
in this country three years ago
||Health Risks Global Warming
- Those warmer conditions could provide an ideal breeding ground for
the malaria virus
||Virus Ship Amsterdam
- The Holland America cruise line said today that
it was canceling the next scheduled sailing of the Amsterdam out of Fort
Lauderdale after more than 500 passengers and crew members, including 74
currently aboard, fell ill from a gastrointestinal virus on the vessel's
last four cruises
||Virus Ship Disney
- About 100 passengers on a Disney cruise
ship contracted a contagious stomach virus
||West Nile Specie Impact
- First there was the silence of the crows.
- Then the horses fell ill -- more than 14,000 this past summer alone
-- along with squirrels, chipmunks and mountain goats. Even mighty raptors
-- eagles, hawks and great horned owls -- dropped from the sky
- the virus killed at least 241 people and infected many thousands
- the effects on wildlife were far worse.
- The virus swept westward with alarming rapidity this year, appearing
in almost every state in the nation -- an astonishing expansion for a bug
that had never been seen in the Western Hemisphere until three years
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||Climate Change Linkedto Disease Increase
- Climate change may promote the spread of
deadly diseases like malaria and asthma in both rich and poor countries by
increasing the range of parasitic insects and whipping up dust from storms,
a new report says.
||Alien Invasion Fungus Came To Canada
- All would become pieces of a medical mystery centered on a tropical
disease apparently brought to North America by a warming climate. An alien
fungus took root on Vancouver Island eight years ago and has since killed
eight people and infected at least 163 others, as well as many
- focus on a fungus, a member of
the yeast family called Cryptococcus gattii. The
microscopic fungus is normally found in the bark of eucalyptus trees in Australia
and other tropical zones.
- More disturbing, the fungus appeared to be more virulent than in
- His doctor was skeptical, but a chest X-ray showed nodules in his
lung -- either cancer or the fungus
||Black Death In Squirrels Denver
- A rash of squirrel deaths from plague in the middle
of Colorado's largest city has heightened surveillance for the deadly but
||Depleted Species From West Nile
- Almost 50% of crows have declined in
- Of the 20 species studied, 13 hit 10-year population lows after the
West Nile epidemic of 2003, the worst year so far in the USA, when the CDC
reported 9,862 people were infected and 264 died.
||If swine flu joins bird flu, the flu pandemic may be much worse
- When swine flu erupted this spring in the southwestern United States
and Mexico, it had been 40 years since the last flu pandemic.
- Yet many flu specialists say
their real nightmare is that swine flu could meet up and swap genetic material
-- or reassort, as these scientists say -- with another, deadlier flu strain,
breeding a new virus that is as contagious as H1N1 but far more
- Such a strain is already circulating in Asia and Africa, and it could
be ready for a chance encounter with swine flu. It is called bird flu. Unlike
swine flu, which is no worse than a seasonal flu bug for most people, bird
flu kills more than half of those who contract it: While there have been
only 460 confirmed human cases of bird flu, 268 of those people died. And
even more than swine flu, bird flu preys on the young and healthy, ravaging
their lungs, a modus operandi reminiscent of the 1918 flu that killed as
many as 50 million people.
- urged public
health experts not to take their eyes off H5N1 bird flu even as H1N1 swine
flu was sweeping the globe this spring
- Influenza is a cruel wonder of nature, one of the most promiscuous
microbes. Its viruses have a rare gift for swapping genetic material with
each other. This is because the genetic material in a flu virus -- unlike
in nearly all other viruses -- is composed of segments that can be individually
replaced. If two different strains invade the same cell, they can trade
attributes, then dispatch that progeny back into the world
- I discovered how economic, political and cultural
realities were conspiring to imperil us. In a single generation, East Asia's
surging demand for protein has led to an explosion in poultry farming, and
these flocks have become perfect breeding grounds for a pandemic strain.
At the same time, age-old customs have facilitated the virus's spread.
- In Thailand, I went to cockfights at makeshift arenas to see how
fans crowd around birds that may be carrying the disease. I visited breeders
of fighting cocks, witnessing how they cradle the birds, wiping down their
bloodied feathers and even sucking mucus from their beaks. At live poultry
markets in Indonesia, China and Vietnam, where the air was rank with the
odor of chickens and ducks, and the floors slick with their blood, I saw
how people and livestock were crammed together, a crucial nexus in the spread
of the virus.
- Already, the swine flu epidemic has chastened us by revealing the
sorry state of our antiquated technology for producing vaccines and the limits
of our brittle, underfunded system for emergency medical care. But swine
flu is not merely a warning shot. The virus itself could be the catalyst
for a new flu -- and an even deadlier pandemic.