Archive for July 11th, 2011

More Record Breaking Summer Heat With New Diseases

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:23 PM
July 11, 2011

Massive heat waves are sweeping through the United States and Europe this summer, and there is no relief in sight.  Reuters and other news services report researchers’ conclusions that only thunderstorms and rainfall will now and then break the heat spells.  Last month the persistent heat and alternating storms caused at least eight deaths from the Plains to the East Coast in this country.  And in Europe, Australia and other global locations, emergency rooms stayed on alert.  

        Sweltering heat also brings health threats, especially to older citizens, and the homeless.  But this year’s record temperatures also includes outdoor dangers from newly-discovered insect diseases.  The latest one is Babesiosis.  Like Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis––summer heat diseases already familiar to health workers––Babesiosis is transfered to people from tick bites.  Babesiosis is particularly dangerous to people who have had their spleens removed, who are pregnant, or who have compromised immune systems. 

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports:  “Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells,  . . . [and] can cause hemolytic anemia (from destruction of red blood cells).”   Although it is spreading to other regions of the country, Babesiosis is now seen usually in the Northeast and Upper Midwestern United States––i.e. New England, New York State, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Minnesota––including both inland and coastal areas.  This disease should not be taken lightly, as it can be severe and life-threatening.  CDC literature explains that those infected by ticks carrying this bug can have “flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, sweats, headache, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, or fatigue.”

 During these hot months, it is best to avoid heavily wooded, dense brush and high grass areas.  But if one must  venture there, it is best to wear clothing covering the skin.  Also, the CDC recommends bodily coverage with any insect repellents containing DEET (diethyltoluamide).  This would also protect against diseases spread by mosquitoes or fleas.  Also check any house pets that may bring ticks home.  And, if one does avoid tick-infested areas, plus size Christian t-shirts provide amble protection in summer heat, while also witnessing for Christ.

 Regular readers of this blog would know that it places the blame for these oppressive heat waves, and the diseases they bring, on Global Warming.  Moreover, Bible research indicates that these end-times summers will only get hotter, be more disease-laden, and last longer.  And they will continue through the final days of the battle on earth between the forces of God and the Devil when “men [will be] scorched with great heat, and blaspheme(d) the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repent(ed) not to give Him glory (Revelation 16: 9).  So stay safe, get into and stay close to Christ, and get ready!

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