Pandemics

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#21
I do quite a bit of composting. One of the things I have come up with is a pretty good culture of thermophilic bacteria and molds that get organic material 'plumb hot' (up in the 160/170 degree Fahrenheit range) for making sure that e.coli and its kin get killed off. Given sufficient dry cellulose material, it makes a handy disposal for defunct critter carcasses. Have used it with dead horses and cattle.
 

Mel's Cookin'

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#31
Slight derail... This really infuriates me. Not your post, Vader, but the stupid monkey problem.

Silver Springs was a for-profit park for nearly a hundred years. In 1938, one of the owners at the time thought it would be an attraction to add a colony of rhesus macaque monkeys to the park. (Attraction in Florida is code for "money maker.") This virus, also known as monkey herpes, was identified and the rhesus macaques were identified as carriers in 1932, prior to the monkeys being released in the park. As with all things, the intention was somewhat good... they put them on an island in the river and expected them to stay there and for the most part they have.

Fast forward.... Silver Springs did an absolutely lousy job managing the park, resulting in a horrible pollution problem. It has a population of monkeys that can kill people... although only 21 have died from herpes B since 1932 and none of those contracted it from monkeys, but the potential is there and the lawyers are circling like sharks.

So, in one of the best feats of modern business practice around, instead of addressing the diseased non-native Asian monkeys and the pollution the humans caused, what did they do? They donated the park to the state of Florida in 2013. And the stupid state accepted it. First year alone, we spent over a million dollars cleaning up the pollution and there has been more spent every year since then.

Now, the state is going to have to fix the monkey problem. They said, (while blinking naively) they didn't know, but now that they do, the monkeys will be "removed." Exactly where are you going to relocate a colony of diseased monkeys to? I suspect "removed" means killed. But no one knows... it's a big secret whether or not they have eradicated the monkeys. And they should have because this study, report and news all came out in January of LAST year. Evidently, it popped up on one of those "this time last year" reminders and there was nothing else going on news-wise so they ran the story. But no one has found out if the monkeys are gone or not.

Oh, they have been spotted in the last few years in communities about 20 miles away from the park. I'm sure the state of Florida owns any problems the escaped monkeys cause too.

If people would quit bringing plants and animals to this state and releasing them it sure would help. We'd have a lot more time to figure out if we have every state document available in 32 languages or not. ggrrrrrrrr....

So, the moral of the story is, if the huge non-native pythons don't crush you, the 88 kinds of non-native swarming insects don't drive you crazy, the lionfish haven't killed the reefs you wanted to swim, and the diseased monkeys don't fling their infected poo on you, Welcome to Florida! We're just so glad you came to visit us. :p
 

Mel's Cookin'

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#33
The state is beautiful. It is the best weather and environment around anywhere. The people, however... we keep letting people move here with IQ's slightly lower than snail slime. And you can just hear them in their not-southern accents saying, "Well, dahling, I think if we plant Chinese Tallow trees here and get some of those beautiful little iguanas to live in it, we'll be the social stars of the year (pronounced yea-uh.)" And the race is on to see how many native plants and animals can be destroyed...

Florida has a horrible immigration problem and unfortunately a wall won't help. People living in the U.S. can move freely from state to state... LOL
 

Optimist

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#35
CidRap quote Jan. 4 2019. Latest I have found.

Death count reaches 370
In a delayed update for Jan 3, the DRC's health ministry today reported one more case, a patient from Komanda in Ituri province. Also, the online dashboard from the WHO's African regional office reflects four additional cases, which would raise the outbreak total to 613 cases, including 565 confirmed and 54 suspected cases. Health officials are still investigating 54 suspected infections.

In addition, the Jan 3 DRC update reported 2 more deaths, 1 in Beni and the other in Butembo, lifting the outbreak's fatality count to 370.

The number of people vaccinated has reached 54,522, according to yesterday's statement.

Regarding vaccination, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said in a Stat interview upon his return from a New Year's visit to the outbreak region that the DRC's Ebola count would be much higher without use of Merck's experimental VSV-EBOV vaccine.

He told Stat that he based his assessment on the fact that infections haven't grown exponentially, though he said the WHO should explore the projected impact of the vaccine on the outbreak through modeling studies.

Nosocomial illnesses, hard-hit groups
In a weekly update yesterday, the WHO said outbreak response efforts continue, despite recent disruptions in Beni and Butembo connected to the Dec 30 national election. It said that, to ensure the safety of staff, operations were scaled back for a few hours on election day but have been fully restored.

The agency warned, however, that, after stepped-up field activities in December that led to a drop in cases in Beni, the outbreak's main hot spot, progress could be lost if prolonged security problems stymie efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.

The report also had more detailed information about healthcare-acquired infections and illness patterns. It said that, as of Jan 2, 86 nosocomial infections have been reported, mainly in Beni, Butembo, Katwa, and Mabalako. No new illnesses in healthcare workers have been reported, keeping that total at 55, including 18 deaths.

Of all cases reported in the outbreak, 22% had a history of exposure to a hospital within 3 weeks of getting sick, the WHO said.

The caseload has been highest in female patients ages 15 to 49 who are eligible for vaccination—meaning they aren't pregnant—followed by women age 50 and older. Females make up 61% of confirmed and probable cases, and there have been 29 illnesses in pregnant women, 14 of them in Beni. Fifteen of the infected women were breastfeeding.

Another feature of the DRC's outbreak has been a higher-than-expected number of illnesses in children. In today's update, the WHO said 16% of cases (96) have been in children younger than 5 years, mostly from Beni, and that 7% (41) involved babies younger than 1.

Contact tracing has been a challenge in light of continuing community resistance and insecurity, resulting in a number of new cases that hadn't been previously identified as contacts. Of all patients, 66% had known contact with an earlier case-patient, 37% had attended a funeral, and 34% had both types of exposure.