Warm Fall Weather, Hurricanes, Mosquitos & West Nile Virus

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 9:44 AM
October 26, 2012

    Dr. Ad Versery:  Sarah, this unseasonably warm Global Warming weather will bring more sickness and disease to our shores.  Although my staff has concentrated on the rise of fungal Meningitis, cases of West Nile Virus are still rising.  So we remind readers to: get rid of standing water, cover arms, legs and feet, and avoid going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Sarah Newsworthy:  Yes Doc.  You are right.  This peculiar warm fall weather is but another indication of growing threats of Global Warming to our nation’s health.  And now, by the way, to their property.  Another rather strange weather pattern, Hurricane Sandy, is on the way up the East Coast.

Although it may not go beyond a category one storm, Jeff Franks of Reuters calls Hurricane Sandy menacing:  “U.S. government forecasters warned that much of the U.S. East Coast could get swiped by Sandy, with flooding, heavy rains and high winds beginning late Thursday in Florida. By early next week––amid final preparations for the crucial November 6 presidential election––the storm could hit an area of New England where Hurricane Irene caused severe damage last year.”

Dr. Ad Versery:  Awful!  And all that rain and flooding will leave standing water.  And with that water will come more mosquitoes.  As it is, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that as of yesterday, West Nile virus has killed 219 Americans, 36 deaths of which occurred just last week.

Reuters’ Marice Richter says: “In what is the second-worst year on record for the disease, the total number of cases of West Nile virus across the United States grew to 4,725, with 194 new cases reported.”

West Nile is a lingering illness, meaning patients may be sick for month before dying.  This is especially important because of the unusually high number of neuro-invasive forms of the virus which can lead to meningitis and encephalitis.

Sarah Newsworthy:  So then, immediately after Hurricane Sandy has passed, city and state officials should begin aerial spraying programs to eliminate mosquitoes.  And continue spraying until standing waters dry up.  In really warm states, such as Arizona, governments are still spraying against mosquitoes.

Forecasters call Sandy a ‘Frankenstorm.”  Bob Oravec, forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posits:  “It’s going to be a high-impact event. . . . coastal flooding [and] power outages are definitely a big threat.”

Jeff Masters, forecaster for Weather Underground claims Sandy’s landfall along the Mid-Atlantic Coast could be “a billion-dollar disaster.”  He explains that computer forecast models indicated Sandy had the potential to unleash “the heaviest October rains ever reported in the northeast U.S.”

Dr. Ad Versery: Let’s get word to Brothers John, Jude and Michael, and their prayer teams, to pray now for the nation’s safety.  Christian prayer books promise:  “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men (1 Timothy 2: 1).”

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