More Record Breaking Summer Heat With New Diseases, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:44 PM
July 12, 2011

To continue yesterday’s discussion about diseases that horrific summer heat brings to unsuspecting sun bathers, mountain hikers, and other adventurous vacationers––be careful, more attacks are yet to come!  The Associated Press reported yesterday:  “The temperature setting is stuck on broil across a swath of the Midwest and South,” with some regions “broiling” for over ten days and no relief in sight.  And that includes temperatures as high as 115 degrees.  Moreover, as Andrew Freedman of the Washington Post points out, the omen of flooding still looms over the Midwest, while severe drought conditions persist in the South.

 June broke all-time high heat records in some regions of the country, but July promises to break even those records.  Of course, it is individuals who have no air conditioning or out-side cooling down activities that suffer most.  Because of budget-crunches, many cities have closed public swimming pools; and often, only badly-strapped private aid organizations are left to tend for lower-income senior citizens, the homeless and “out-of-school-with-nothing-to-do” children and teens.  As they look for “fun” activities these youths are vulnerable to insect diseases.

 A now well-known insect disease, more common than the Babesiosis germ spread by ticks, discussed here yesterday, and Ehrichiosis, along with Anaplasmosis, both to be covered here tomorrow, is Lyme disease.  Named after the town in Lyme, Connecticut, where the bug was discovered, “Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It is more common than any other tick-carrying germ, or any sickness transferred by fleas or mosquitoes.  The year 2009 alone saw some 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the United States.

 Dr. Anusha Belani, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist, explains that the “Onset of Lyme can begin with an expanding ‘bull’s-eye’ rash . . . , and be accompanied by flu-like symptoms including body ache and fever.”  It must be treated with antibiotics.  “If left untreated, Lyme can lead to meningitis, arthritis and neurological complications,” Dr. Belani said.  Thus, dress young folk in wholesale Christian kids t-shirts; keep them away from tall grasses, dense bushes and wooded areas;  and carefully examine them for ticks.
 
 Knowledge about such dangers is crucial in these last days of mankind’s experience on planet earth.  As stated in yesterday’s blog, conditions will only get worse.  Mushrooming populations of deadly disease-bearing insects coming with excessively hot weather is the new norm of the 21st century.  The sketch rehearsal for these end-times was Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt.  Three of the ten plagues God used to force the emancipation of the Jews were insect invasions. They caused pharaoh’s magicians to admit it was the finger of God. (Exodus chapters 8 to 10).  Pray to God that repentant people today will admit the same.

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