Global Warming Hot Months––Mosquitoes, Ticks & Measles Part 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 16:36 PM
September 4, 2013

measles_300w    Sarah Newsworthy:  Doc, you say one form of West Nile Virus is more dangerous. And are these new cases of tick diseases and measles also tied to Global Warming?

Doc Ad Versery: Let’s take one at a time.  As of today, September 3, 2013, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced 31 cases of West Nile Virus, including 18 ‘milder’ forms with symptoms of fever, aches, rash and swollen lymph glands.  But 13 are neuroinvasive forms, potentially deadly.

Symptoms include headache, higher fever, stiffness, muscle weakness, even paralysis.  Patients can have tremors, convulsions, and even go into comas.  So far at least three patients in U.S. hospitals have died from this form of West Nile Virus.

Newsworthy: And that’s definitely attributable to Global Warming.  As Seth Borenstein writes “Mosquitoes Are Worse This Summer in Parts of the U.S.” He quotes a teacher complaining of mosquito assaults: “You can’t get from the car to inside our house without getting attacked, it’s that bad.”

Borenstein says states now have up to five times the normal rate of mosquito invasions. These bugs have even grown resistance to spraying pesticides.  Among the most deadly, Asian tiger mosquitos, were imported to the U.S. 25 years spraying-pesticidesago.

Doc Ad Versery: Which  brings us to this year’s measles outbreak.  Dr. Vincent Iannelli, M.D. posts exhaustive examples of patients who contracted measles through travel overseas, or who suffered exposure from travelers. Also, most patients contracting the disease did not have measles vaccinations.

He also explains:  “. . . measles cases are starting to rise in other countries too, especially in the UK, where there were over 1,200 cases of measles and one death in Swansea, Wales since November. . . . Of the 8,499 cases of measles in the European Union in the past 12 months, 82% were unvaccinated.”

Newsworthy:  Yes, in addition Mike Strobe writes about some parents who listened to rumors that vaccination shots can cause autism, so they avoided vaccinations and booster shots.  He also says that the same rumors prevent some parents from allowing vaccines for whooping cough, causing another outbreak.

Doc Adversy: Now while measles outbreaks may come from world travel, and of whooping cough from unfounded rumors, Global Warming defintely causes this new spread of tick diseases and other maladies.

In ‘Why Can’t I Get Better,’ Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, M.D. notes tick-borne illnesses that can accompany Lyme Disease:  Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan encephalitis, which can be carried by the same ticks.  Unfortunately, “These pathogens join a rapidly expanding list of other bacteria, viruses and parasites that are transmitted by tick bites, including ehrlichia, anaplasma and babesia.”

Newsworthy:  Oh my.  Let us follow Rev. Repriestly’s advice and repeat Jeremiah’s prayer in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for Thou art my praise (17: 14).”

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