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Because of Global Warming, giant hornets in the Shaanxi province of China have killed some 40 people and insured upwards of 500 more. These killer insects have also spread to Europe where they decimate honey bees necessary for food.
Matt writes in 1913 Intel: “The population of Asian giant hornets (vespa mandarinia), as they’re known, has surged largely because of climate change, says the Shaanxi Provincial Forestry Department.
“The average winter temperature in Ankang rose 1.10 in the span of a few years alone, allowing more hornets to survive the winter. And it’s not just China; rising temperatures are behind the spread of another deadly Chinese hornets species, vespa velutina, in South Korea and Europe.”
Gwynn Guilford includes China in her report ‘Thank You Global Warming: Giant Hornets are Killing Dozens in China and Eating Bees Across Europe:’ “ . . . the havoc climate change is wreaking on rural China . . . Being stung feels ‘like a hot nail through my leg,’ as one entomologist put it, and their venom can dissolve skin. They’re fast too, flying up to 25 miles per hour. They’re also the largest hornets on the planet, reaching 2.2 inches.”
Andres Jauregui explains in ‘Giant Asian Hornets Are Killing People In China, Breeding In Larger Numbers:’ “The hornets . . . have reportedly chased victims for hundreds of meters. . . and stung them as many as 200 times. The venom from the stings can cause anaphylactic shock and kidney failure.”
These massive hornets are also destroying bees and their hives throughout Europe. Guilford writes: “The chief prey of the Chinese hornet? Honeybees. As Global Warming makes more of the world hospitable to Chinese hornets, more honeybees are dying in the beepocalypse. Areas in Europe where they’re likeliest to invade ‘hold among the highest densities of bee-hives in Europe’.”
She insists that, while Japanese honey bees have learned how to resist these giant hornets, European bees have not. “ . . . bee populations in France, where Chinese hornets arrived via a Chinese pottery shipment in 2005, have already taken a hit. Since then, Chinese hornets have spread at a pace of up to 100 km (62 miles) a year. Within the last three years, they’ve invaded Spain, Portugal and Belgium; soon they’ll arrive in Italy and the UK, says the European Environment Agency.”
Those who know Scriptures as Bible Prophecies can now understand the depth of destruction God’s use of insects brought upon Egyptians to force the freedom of His people:
“And the LORD said. . . Stretch out thy rod, smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. . . . and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt (Exodus 8: 16 – 17).”
“He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. . . He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, and that without number (Psalm 105: 31 – 34.” Surely Giant Hornets were included in that ‘divers sorts of flies.’
As of today, August 22, 43 American citizens have died from West Nine Virus. Cases in the this country have unexpectedly jumped to 1,221 cases of infection from this disease. About one-half of the cases are in Texas, with most being in Dallas County where officials have been aerial spraying pesticides.
Thirty-eight states now report cases of the virus. Most are in Texas, with other high numbers in Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma. Texas has seen 23 deaths and is treating some 640 victims. Another nine states report the virus in birds and mosquitoes. Only Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont have not reported cases.
Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases, announced: “The number of West Nile cases in people has risen dramatically in the last few weeks and indicates that we are in one of the biggest West Nile virus outbreaks we have ever seen in this country.”
Elizabeth Weise of USA Today writes: “The 1,221 cases are the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to the CDC through the third week in August since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.”
Reuters reporter, Marice Richter claims: “Officials are bracing for more cases because West Nile peaks in mid-August and lasts through September. There is often a lag between the time of infection and the appearance of symptoms.”
Some 80% of people who catch West Nile virus show no symptoms at all. Most of the remaining 20% show relatively mild symptoms––maybe fever, headache or vomiting, which may last a few days or even a few weeks.
However Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent for CNN News, explains: “About one in 150 people infected with West Nile will develop a severe illness, which can include paralysis, coma or death.” Other symptoms include severe headaches or confusion, which usually requires hospitalization.
Especially vulnerable are people over 50, young children and those with weak immune systems. There are no medications or vaccines to treat this virus.
Ms. Cohen suggests that during daylight hours, one should use mosquito repellent with DEET, and dress in dark-colored long pants and long sleeves, and be especially careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
And, as earthend-newbeginning.com wrote a few days ago, readers must be sure to drain any standing water around the house or yard. Also, lakes and other standing water should be avoided.
School is starting soon. Perhaps we should print these instructions on wholesale Christian kids t-shirts. These mosquito attacks are plagues. In addition to precautions and medical consultation, Christians must seek God for protection and healing: “For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues (Mark 3: 10).”
In addition to Dengue Fever which we discussed yesterday, severalvother diseases swirling around the earth today are transferred by insects. These include Chagas, Sleeping Sickness, Encephalitis, Itching Disease, and Malaria. Modern migration patterns make news about insect infections vital for the United States.
We mentioned malaria yesterday, but we ran out of space and time before going into detail. An article titled, “Analysis Reveals Malaria as Ancient, Adaptive and Persistent Foe,” says that researchers at Ohio State University verify that malaria has been on earth for some 15 million years ago. Known as the culicine mosquito, a type of Plasmodium malaria infected birds unknown eons ago.
A report published in American Entomologist, outlines the presence of several human diseases–including malaria, leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis–as existing for 100 million years, suggesting that they will not be easily defeated.
Another sickness coming from mosquito bites is Encephalitis. The BBC says that this year some 400 victims, mainly children, have died in an outbreak of viral Encephalitis in northern India. A doctor told the BBC, this is a “tragedy beyond imagination.” Since the first case in 1978, this disease has killed some 6,000 children. It comes generally during monsoon flooding when a lack of sanitation and contaminated water provides breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Predominately found in Latin America, Chagas is spread by an insect known as the kissing bug, because it feeds on the face of its sleeping victim. When the victim awakes, it rubs feces from the bite into eyes, mouth, etc., and the parasite then enters the bloodstream. Chagas can also spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants or contaminated food.
Medical News Today reports: “Up to 25% of people in Latin America may be infected with Trypanosome cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.” This bug is also related to the insect that causes sleeping sickness in Africa.
Relatedly, the World Health Organization states that there are 70,000 cases of sleeping sickness each year in eastern, central and western Africa. This disease is spread from cattle to people through the tsetse fly. Without treatment this parasite causes sleep disturbance, convulsions, and comas, leading to death.
We have not covered the Yellowtail moth’s spread of the Caripito itch disease in French Guiana, or the vicious bedbugs back in the U.S., but we will get to them at a later date. For now we must point out that Bible prophecies in the Book of Exodus point to the Jews’ escape from Egypt as a crucial example of end-time judgment. More than once, God attacked Egyptians enslaving Israel with massive swarms of deadly insects. The two of us see these infectious diseases, caused by insects around the world, as the first warning strike of the last apocalypse!
This blog’s recent series on new tick diseases only presents the tip of the iceberg on how Global Warming’s extreme heat is re-distributing diseases all across the globe. Increasing floods and droughts, also influenced by Global Warming, add to this new influx of disease attacks. Moreover, as the warming planet melts both the permafrost in arctic polar regions and high altitude mountain ranges, diseases entirely new to present generations may be released.
The Union of Concerned Scientists reports: “ . . . warmer temperatures and greater moisture will favor extensions of the geographical range and season for vector organisms such as insects, rodents, and snails. This . . . leads to an expansion of the zone of potential transmission for many vector-borne diseases, among them malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and some forms of viral encephalitis.” These scientists add that mosquitoes and other insects carrying malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, yellow fever, plague, avian bird flu, and related diseases can only survive in warmer or hot weather. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds, for instance, that West Nile Virus had not been documented in the Western Hemisphere before 1999.
That there are no longer national or geographical boundaries to such diseases, National Geographic News agrees. Adding “Babesia, cholera, intestinal and external parasites, red tides, Rift Valley fever, sleeping sickness and tuberculosis” to the list, National Geographic designates these diseases “the deadly dozen.” “Nat Geo” insists that an international wildlife-monitoring network be formed to give people an “early warning system” of protection from such diseases. Christine Dell’Amore, the National Geographic News reporter, states: “Of 14,000 known infectious organisms, 600 are shared between animals and humans. The deadly dozen were chosen . . . as some of the most ominous health threats.”
Moreover, in “Eye to the Past,” Ciara Curtin writes: “Hidden beneath layers of sediment or deep in the permafrost are the remnants of past life on Earth. Neanderthals, dinosaurs, and ancient equids once roamed the Earth’s forests and plains.” She explains, “after spending thousands of years under dirt or ice, DNA strands and proteins begin to break down. DNA is prone to fragmentation, diagenic lesions and cytosine deamination. . . an ancient DNA sample dating back 30,000 to 40,000 years would have an average fragment length of 50 to 100 base pairs.” Obviously, modern man would not have resistance to coming pre-historic maladies.
These days are not times for people to be careless about germ-bearing insects, diseases and death. When warning of the need for true repentance and change before taking holy communion the Apostle Paul writes in Bible prophecies, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11: 30). Wake up America! Tell officials to attack Global Warming!
Americans should take heat waves seriously. They must remember the 2003 heat wave that swept through Europe, killing more than 14,000 people in France, and leaving $ 18 billion in losses to European agriculture. They should also remember the blistering 2010 heat attack in Russia that killed over 15,000 persons. The same can happen here. CBS Philly reports that “. . . over the past twenty-five years, there have been about 5000 heat-related deaths in the United States. The greatest problems occur when the temperature rises above 95 degrees.” In addition, the 2006 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, concludes that between 1999 and 2003, there were 3,442 heat-related deaths in this country.
These figures indicate that this nation’s safety nets may not always be strong enough. One way this blog hopes to prevent heat deaths is providing information on killers that come along with the heat, such as tick-borne diseases. The last two tick-born diseases discussed in this series are Ehrichiosis and Anaplasmosis. Both attack white blood cells. The symptoms of Ehrichiosis are the same as listed for other tick-borne diseases, but may include diarrhea and malaise. If not treated, this disease can lead to: kidney, lung or other organ damage; seizures; comas, and in rare cases, death. In contrast, Anaplasmosis can lead to death. Coughing, confusion and disorientation are symptoms in addition to other indicators of tick-borne diseases. The usual treatment is the antibiotic doxycycline.
The Illinois Department of Health has an excellent list for the prevention of tick borne diseases. It includes: 1) Wear light-colored protective clothing-long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes, with a head covering, tucking trouser cuffs into socks and taping areas where pants and socks meet; 2) Following label directions, apply insect repellant containing DEET, and/or permethrin, primarily to clothes, and sparingly to exposed skin, except the face, making sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors; 3) Check all family members every two or three hours for tricks, and check pets as well; 4) Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against anyone; 5) Remove a tick promptly with tweezers, a clean cloth or tissue, not by using bare hands, or burning with matches or covering with vaseline; 6) Wash the bite area and your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and apply an antiseptic to the bite; 7) Always make sure the area around your home is unattractive to ticks, by keeping grass mowed and weeds cut.
The plagues attacking Egypt, in Exodus, chapters 8 to 11, progressed in degradation from bad to worse, with each one leaving impregnating markings towards death. Surely, many of those dying in the last plague may have done so because of bites from the millions of insects that attacked Egypt earlier. The Book of Revelation indicates that the same plagues will overcome people in these last days of sweltering heat and diseased insects walking through the earth (11: 6).
It is an unpleasant subject, but as America is being pelted more and more by floods, earthquakes and other earth disturbances, the public must exercise greater care for the prevalence of “normal” household pests, that were once considered rather harmless. Most people are not aware of the diseases that well-known insects can bring. However, because of the filth they live and breed in, roaches carry many diseases. And they must be seen as a greater threat to human survival.
For instance, cockroaches can transmit such diseases as: asthma, allergies, staphylococcus, streptococcus, dysentery, typhoid, salmonella, gastroenteritis and Ecoli bacteria. Health and fitness expert, Sharon Bell adds: The cockroach is a very significant threat to public health as it is a mechanical carrier of germs and diseases. It may also pass on parasitic worms, the viruses of poliomyelitis, and other microorganisms such as those carrying hepatitis A and leprosy.”
Some scientists even believe that roaches carry the dreaded SARS virus. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, Assistant Professor of Entomology at Auburn University, reports that roaches are known carriers of many different diseases, including: “32 bacterial and 17 fungal related diseases, three protozoa-related illnesses and two viruses.” The suspicion about SARS came when that diseases broke out in very crowded apartment buildings in Hong Kong. Dr. Art Appel, also an entomology professor at Auburn University, said that roaches, as carriers of the dreadful outbreak, is certainly in the realm of possibility. He adds further that “cockroaches are believed to be mechanical vectors of some disease organisms,” meaning that they can carry a disease from one place to another. Both researchers site other examples of roaches producing deadly diseases in crowded apartment buildings including: dysentery outbreaks in Northern Ireland and in Southern California. “In both cases, the illnesses began dropping off when cockroach populations declined.”
While it is not in the Bible, the old-time adage “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” was once the housewife’s 11th commandment. Certainly what separated Old Testament believers from their heathen neighbors was the extraordinary caution that Jewish priests took with cleanliness when attacking disease. The Old Testament book of Leviticus in wholesale Christian Bibles commanded priests to wash down homes, patients and themselves thoroughly and often to prevent the spread of disease. And their practices provided a basis for modern medicine. Both the adage and such practice of cleanliness must return to the proper care of living quarters if people are to survive these attacks from killer insects now moving upon the earth. Just as Old Testament believers looked to priests for their health and healing, people today must look to Jesus, The Author and High Priest of Our Faith (Hebrews 12: 2). He is ever willing to save, to bless to heal and to cleanse us from all that sickens and defiles!
Mosquito-borne diseases are particularly present in this era of excessively hot Global Warming summers. Mosquitos cause some 300 million cases of malaria each year, resulting in one to three million deaths around the world. In addition to malaria, this insect can cause dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis (brain inflammation or EEE), and elephantiasis. People living in other nations are accustomed to living with this risk from mosquito bites, but those in the U.S. are not. However, last year, in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, etc., several people fell ill, and some died, from various diseases resulting from mosquito bites. And with increasing numbers of aliens from Central and South America coming to this country, that number may well increase.
According to Wire Paladin.com, “reported cases of dengue have more than quadrupled in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean — from about 1 million in 1980-1989 to nearly 4.8 million in 2000-2007.” Reasons include urbanization, more international travel and lack of mosquito-control containments in countries south of the U.S. border. Thus, more Americans returning home from south of the border report many more cases of dengue fever. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because it is a center of international travel to and from countries in Centural and South America, Florida has become a ripe breeding ground for dengue fever.
In her book on the outbreak of dengue in urban areas of Puerto Rico, Dr. Kay Tomashek, mentions hot, humid tropical countries––such as the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Brazil, the Americas, etc.––as locations most probable to contact dengue. She points out that there is no vaccine or drug that can prevent dengue infection. She also agrees with health officials in Florida, who according to Reuters, “urge residents to use mosquito repellents, wear protective clothing and avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.” As mosquitos use stagnant water as breeding grounds, other experts advise keeping pools, water storage barrels, bird baths or other water containers either covered, cleaned with fresh water daily, or else keep them empty and dried out. Dr. Tomashek adds that travelers should use screened windows or air conditioning, and avoid dark cook places, such as closets, under beds or behind curtains.
The United States was once safer from such diseases. But political considerations, as well as results of Global Warming, have weakened her borders––physically, mentally and spiritually. Just as several insect invasions were steps toward bringing down Egypt (Exodus chapters 9 to 16), these weakened borders portent judgment against this country. For those who do not know how to stand in the gap and intercede for the nation (Ezekiel 22:30), Christian prayer books may give some guidance. Excellent examples are also in Daniel and Nehemiah.
While agricultural scientists in the United States believe that they have chemicals powerful enough to withstand attacks by hordes of locusts, those in other nations know better. In addition to the most destructive years imaginable––including massive earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and other Global Warming anomalies––Australia also combats locusts. The same is the case in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Bulgaria, India, Spain’s Canary Islands and even Canada. Locust can fly some 70 miles in a day, and they easily adapt to the changing climates of Global Warming. So many nations around the world fear locust attacks that this year the United Nations and the World Bank initiated efforts to defeat marauding locusts.
Currently the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is gearing up to assist nations in Central Asia and the Caucasus to save millions of acres of farmland from locust attacks. According to panarmenian.net, “Locusts are a serious threat for agriculture, food security and livelihoods in both regions including adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan and the southern Russian Federation.” Three different types of locusts––Italian, Moroccan and Migratory––will easily fly from one nation to another attacking at least ten countries in the region: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Some types of locusts attack annually; others on multi-year schedules. In the Congo, Locust appear once in every 14 years. But Australia expects locust invasions so often that each region has an official locust commissioner. Gordon Berg, the Victorian plague locust commissioner, reports that warm and wet weather makes that continent most desirable to the pests. Last year, Australia and New South Wales endured the worse locust attacks in 30 years. This year, Berg announces that large numbers of rather enormous spur-throated locusts are invading Victoria for the first time. Much larger than normal plague locusts, spur-throated locusts are stripping trees and vines everywhere they move.
Some scientists expect that the higher temperatures and wet weather Global Warming brings to this nation provides the perfect setting for the kinds of locust attacks in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Thus, they expect locust swarms here as now in Europe, Africa and the Australian continent in the very near future. Regular readers this blog site remember its stress on the various insect judgments (including locusts) God sent against Egypt. These relentless bug invasions forced that nation to free Israel as recorded in Exodus, chapters 5 to 14. Bible prophecies refer to the experience of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt as symbolic examples of end-time battles between God’s forces and Satan’s followers. Professing Christians must be ready to withstand such swarms of judgment in these last days.
No less distinguished authority than the Center for Disease Control issued a report this week admitting what the overwhelming majority of scientists have denied for years: bedbugs carry diseases! The peer-reviewed study based in Vancouver, Canada, in inner-city high drug use neighborhoods found that these pests actually transmit drug-resistant bacteria. Researchers collected five bedbugs from three patients and found that: “Three bedbugs from one patient contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and the two from the other patients each contained vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE).”
Published in the Center’s journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” the study pointed out that these bugs could be the reason that MRSA bacteria, a staph “superbug” that is resistant to common antibiotics, is spreading among hospital patients. Mike Stobbe of the Associate Press, writes that MRSA is deadly if it travels through the skin into the bloodstream. Supposedly, VRE is less dangerous.
Dr. Marc Romney, a specialist in infectious diseases and one of the group’s researchers, said that they noticed that when the number of bedbugs spiked in a slum neighborhood near Vancouver’s waterfront there was a simultaneously spike in the number of MRSA cases in hospitals and clinics in the area. Before that, most of the research was around health care workers, from whom it was assumed that MRSA was spread. “Even though this is a small study, it suggests that bedbugs may be playing a role in the transmission of MRSA in inner city populations where bedbug infestations are a problem,” Romney said.
This especially true in view of the fact that national governments do not really have effective deterrents against this nasty vermin. While several national governmental divisions have invited exterminators to closed meetings on bedbug infestations, apparently they have not discovered effective ways to permanently kill these pests by generations––since DDT was banned some years ago. Hopefully, now with this explosive new research, local and national governments and private entities will commit the necessary funds for more effective research.
The rapid increase of insects harmful to mankind, such as lice, bedbugs, mosquitoes, etc., is one sign of the end-times. Many of the coming plagues promised in the Book of Revelation coincide with those illustrated in Exodus (chapter eight) and Psalms where God used detrimental insects to force Egypt to free the Israelites: “He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them . . .” (Psalms 78: 45; “He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts” (Psalms 105: 31). At the same time that harmful insect populations such as bedbugs are increasing today, there is a rapid decline in populations of insects which are helpful to mankind and other animals, such as bees and butterflies. And again, the scientific world is not trying to find out why!
Looks like science has met its match: The Bedbug! Scientific studies from various universities now report that bedbugs have developed such resistance to man-made chemicals that it is impossible to kill them! According to a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, Entomologists from Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Kentucky, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Tuebingen in Germany and other researchers from the United States, Europe and Africa––all acknowledge that, if men don’t develop better attacks against these pests, Bedbugs Will Defeat the Human Race!
These insect researchers claim that bedbugs now have stronger defenses against man-made deterrences in three ways: 1) Better enzymes that can detoxify pesticides; 2) Thicker outer exoskeleton layers to block insecticides; 3) Mutated cells able to withstand pesticide toxics. It seems that one generation of these spunky bugs pass secrets of resistance to the next generation. Oh, and yes, of course, it is man’s fault: Dini Miller at Virginia Tech explains that by trying to kill these bugs in the first place, people have changed their genetic make-up.
Of course, as in too many other modern systems, money could solve the problem. Apparently the market for insecticides is too small, while the cost of development, testing and governmental approval is too high for investment in the research needed to kill these pests once and for all. Hmm. Wonder when it will become important enough to fund research since ever-stronger bugs are now found in schools, apartment buildings, department stores, camp sites and hotels, etc.
In fact Amy Steinberg of Salon.com reveals that that “the bedbug population has increased by nearly 500 percent in North America. . . . and that the insects can now survive a pesticide dose 1,000 times greater than in decades past.” She lists the ten top bedbug infested cities as: Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dayton, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland. In fact, Ted Strickland, outgoing Governor of Ohio, laments in the Columbus Dispatch that the Environmental Protection Agency will not approve sufficient use of the pesticide Propoxur because it may be more harmful to humans than bedbugs.
Hmm again. Its time for people in government and industry to “man-up” against these tiny bug armies. Wholesale Christian Bibles says that in the last days at least one-sixteenth of the world’s nine billion people will be destroyed by beasts: “And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth (Revelation 6: 8b).” Right now it seems logical that at least one set of those beasts will be bedbugs!
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