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Is the Bubonic plague in Madagascar a epidemic?

Business Insider
11 October 2017
Kevin Loria

A disturbing plague outbreak is devastating Madagascar

Council workers spray disinfectant as they clean-up the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district, one of the most unsalubrious district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017.
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  • A plague outbreak has infected hundreds of people in Madagascar and could spread further.
  • The form of the disease that’s spreading, pneumonic plague, is the deadliest.
  • This outbreak is on a larger scale and is spreading far more rapidly than plague normally does.

The man who came down with first known case died on August 27.

He’d been ill for a few days with what was thought to be malaria, according to the World Health Organisation. It turned out to be pneumonic plague, which is the most contagious and deadliest form of the disease, since it can spread through the air when people cough.

The man, who is unnamed in WHO documents but described as 31 years old, died while travelling by bush taxi, a form of public transport in Madagascar. He was en route to the coastal city of Tamatave from the Ankazobe District in the central highlands, and had passed through the capital city of Antananarivo.

Plague cases started to appear throughout Madagascar shortly after that, with a number traced to people that man came into contact with, and then to people those individuals encountered.

As of October 7, at least 343 cases and 42 deaths from the outbreak had been confirmed, with numbers expected to continue rising.

Plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics if it’s caught early enough. On October 6, the WHO announced that they’d delivered 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to the island nation and authorised $US1.5 million in funding to help fight the disease. But the rapid spread of this outbreak is causing international alarm.

An unusual and disturbing outbreak

In Madagascar, Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the three forms of the plague, is endemic in certain locations — as it is in other parts of the world, like the US Southwest. The presence of Y. pestis results in regular outbreaks. The US sees a few plague cases every year. Madagascar usually sees about 400 annually.

“The thing that is unusual is that this is the beginning of the season,” Daniel Bausch of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team told CNN. “Usually, after six months, you have around 200 cases.”

Plague season runs from September through April, but in the first six weeks, there have already been more than 300 documented cases in Madagascar.

Two other related factors make this outbreak disturbing: the form of disease and locations it has reached.

Normally, plague outbreaks in Madagascar (and elsewhere) are comprised of the bubonic plague, the “Black Death” notorious for devastation in Europe in the 14th century.

Bites from fleas (often carried by rodents) carrying Y. pestis spread bubonic plague, which causes fever, weakness, and buboes — painfully swollen lymph nodes. The third form of the plague, septicemic, happens when the infection gets in the blood and causes skin and tissue to turn black and die. It’s also spread via flea bites.

Untreated, those infections can spread to the lungs, causing pneumonic plague. Without antibiotics, this form of the disease is 100% fatal. And unlike the other two forms, pneumonic plague spreads from person to person.

Because of that, the disease has reached crowded areas in Madagascar that aren’t normally exposed to plague. It’s much harder to slow the disease’s spread once cases start popping up in densely populated places. Schools have been closed and public gatherings prohibited in affected cities.

When the WHO first assessed the outbreak, they calculated that there was a high risk that plague would spread through Madagascar, a moderate risk it would spread to nearby countries, and a low risk for global spread. The WHO is currently revising that assessment to determine whether those risk levels, especially for spread to nearby countries, have changed.

The plague bacteria remain essentially unchanged from their deadly medieval form, though the disease can be stopped with rapid diagnosis and quick medical treatment.

The medicine sent to Madagascar so far, along with another 244,000 doses on the way, will be enough to treat 5,000 patients and could protect up to 100,000 people who may have been exposed, according to the WHO. But the health organisation is still asking for another $US5.5 million to train local health workers to diagnose the disease, treat those infected, and trace the potential contacts of infected individuals. Those actions are necessary to contain the disease.

My Conclusion: If a Bubonic Plague become a pandemic level within your area would be ready for it? Best advice I could get give is to avoid the densely populated area because that where more people; once the city is in lock down and when you want to leave the city it will be too late to do so. That why we should be prepared for the worse to come and hope. Of cause being able to grow own food which that will be essential because during pandemic; when you run out of food you won’t be able to go to a supermarket to restock because it would be empty even you able get something out the supermarket chances of getting the plague will be great; that why being able to grow you own food and raising animal to produce milk and kill it for meat; is extremely important. Growing your food and hurting for meat is the skill we all needs for our survival. Let all be ready whatever comes our way.

The Truth About the Zika Virus: Jon Rappoport on The Corbett Report

You may have heard of the wave of birth defects that is ravaging Latin America as the globe gears up for another pandemic panic. But do you know how many of those cases of microcephaly have been confirmed? Or how many of those confirmed cases are said to be “related to” the Zika virus? Today Jon Rappaport of NoMoreFakeNews.com joins us to separate the truth from the hype with the Zika virus panic and discuss whether the WHO and the CDC are merely crying wolf yet again.

My Conclusion: When is heard about the article in the Activist Post Zika Hoax: Five Things That Will Happen Next Firstly I could not get my head around until I decide to watch the You Tube video “The Truth About the Zika Virus: Jon Rappoport on The Corbett Report” them I was starting to connect the dot. As Jon Rappoport was talking about Zika virus and Microephaly and all was the media reporting is all a hype to create scare so Big Pharma can make more money through vaccines. The real propose for Big Pharma to make vaccines is to make money not to prevent the disease; this is what the media hype is all about to serve the Big Pharma’s interest.

Zika: Why Biotech is Imperative to National Security

Source:New Eastern Outlook
Date: 8 February 2016
Author: Ulson Gunnar

When we think of national security, we think of tanks, jets, missile defense systems and more recently, information space. But what about the realm of the microscopic, the biological or the genetic?

Whether you think biotechnology, genetics and microbes constitute another plane upon the modern battlefield or not is irrelevant. Someone else already does, and they have a head start on the rest of the world. Continue reading Zika: Why Biotech is Imperative to National Security

Why Bill Gates is being blamed for the Zika virus

SourceNatural News
Date 3 February 2016
Author Daniel Barker

(NaturalNews) The latest revelation regarding the Zika virus involves a genetically-altered mosquito project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – an experiment which some suspect may have caused the rapid spread of a once-rare disease that is now expected to circulate around the globe.

Zika virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with brain damage and unusually small heads. Continue reading Why Bill Gates is being blamed for the Zika virus

Zika virus outbreak linked to release of genetically engineered mosquitoes… disastrous unintended consequences now threaten life across the Americas

Source:Natural News
Date: 1 February 2016
Author: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) GMO skeptics like myself have been warning for years of the unintended consequences of genetic pollution. Even when genetically engineered organisms are released into the world with the best of intentions, such actions can wreak havoc on the ecosystem and human civilization in ways that simply can’t be foreseen by the world’s most well-meaning scientists.

I specifically warned about this in 2012, listing the top 12 threats to humanity posed by out of control science. In that infographic, I designated “Level 4” hazards as “Self-replicating pollution,” naming genetically engineered organisms as the vector for such threats against humanity. (In the years since, many top science figures like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have repeated the warnings from my list, including threats from AI.) Continue reading Zika virus outbreak linked to release of genetically engineered mosquitoes… disastrous unintended consequences now threaten life across the Americas

GMO mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say

Source:RT
Date:30 January 2016

The latest contagious virus freaking out the globe, particularly women worried about birth defects, may have been caused by the presence of genetically-modified mosquitoes (GMMs) in Brazil.

With international health experts convening in Geneva to discuss possible cures for the Zika virus, questions are being raised as to whether they are actually to blame.

In mid-2012, British biotech company Oxitec released the super bugs with the aim of reducing the overall mosquito population that spreads dengue fever, the Zika virus, and chikungunya in northeast Brazil.

At the time, concerns were raised about the release of GMMs without further studies into possible side effects.

“It’s a very experimental approach which has not yet been successful and may cause more harm than good,” Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch, told the Guardian in 2012. Continue reading GMO mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say