West Nile Virus and Swine Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 16:37 PM
August 17, 2012

This summer’s extremely hot weather is giving new strength to two deadly viruses now traipsing across this country.  Swine Flu and West Nile Virus are transferring from the animal kingdom to people, killing scores of Americans.

    Health officials in Dallas have declared a state of emergency as mosquitos have injected West Nile virus into hundreds there, killing at least 16, and making another 365 sick.  As a result, they are aerially spraying insecticides for the first time in 45 years. About 95% of mosquitoes there tested positive with the virus.

In Tarrant County, Fort Worth health officials report that some 171 people are infected with the virus, and it has killed two others.  L.A. Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske writes that another 39 victims are reported in Louisiana and Mississippi with one death, while Oklahoma has 22 infections, but no deaths.

AP reporter Sarah Kuta says:  “The hot, dry weather . . . has created ideal conditions for some species of mosquito. The heat speeds up their life cycle, which accelerates the virus replication process. And during a drought, standing water can quickly turn stagnant when it’s not flushed away by rain or runoff.”

Mosquitoes catch this deadly virus by feeding on infected birds.  The disease is normally found in Africa, East Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but it is unclear how it landed in this country.  The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety says that the virus can be found among some 150 bird species.

While this virus now concentrates in Texas, and a group of doctors, headed by Gregory D. Huhn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advise that since 1999 when the disease was recognized in New York City, “it has spread rapidly across the United States, with documented cases in 39 states” and D.C.

In 2003, there were 439 cases of West Nile virus in Texas, with 40 deaths.  Marc Fischer, CDC Medical Epidemiologist told Hennessy-Fiske:  “Each year we have seasonal outbreaks, and they tend to happen . . . because of ‘a combination of the right warm, wet weather, mosquitoes, birds . . . and human’ beings who must protect themselves from mosquito bites.’”

Dr. Huhn and his associates report the virus “can cause a broad range of clinical syndromes, including fever, meningitis, encephalitis, and a flaccid paralysis characteristic of a poliomyelitis-like syndrome. . . . one in 150 infections results in severe neuralgic illness.” More on the spread of Swine Flue tomorrow.

Christians who do not see how these circumstances mirror God’s judgment against Egypt in the book of Exodus should sign up for online Bible lessons :  “. . . I will send swarms of flies . . . upon thy people . . . : and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies . . . (Exodus 8: 21).” “He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them (Psalms 78: 45).”  Pray that our leaders address Global Warming immediately.  If not, we bring such judgment upon ourselves.

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