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Tor Bejnar

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Re: Pathogens and their impacts
« Reply #350 on: November 18, 2019, 06:28:53 PM »
When in university, my brother gave me a 'protest button' with:
             New Mexico
       Land of the flea
     Home of the plague


From the New Mexico Dept. of Health:
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Plague is an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by a bacterium named Yersinia pestis. People usually get plague from the bite of a rodent flea that is carrying plague bacteria or by handling an infected animal.

Although plague is a rare disease, about half of US cases each year occur in New Mexico. Antibiotics are effective against plague, but if an infected person is not treated promptly the disease can be life-threatening.

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There has been one Human Plague Case in New Mexico in 2019 ...
There have been no human plague cases in 2018.
There were four Human Plague Case in New Mexico in 2017 ...
There were four Human Plague Cases in New Mexico in 2016 ... All survived the illness.
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Re: Pathogens and their impacts
« Reply #351 on: November 22, 2019, 08:46:05 PM »
DR Congo Measles: Nearly 5,000 Dead In Major Outbreak
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-50506743

Measles has killed nearly 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, authorities said, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country. Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic.

Four million children have been vaccinated, but experts warn that this amounts to less than half of the total in the country - and not enough vaccines are available. The majority of those infected with measles in the country are infants.

Measles in DR Congo has now killed more than twice the number who have died of Ebola there in the last 15 months.

It is estimated that a global total of 110,000 people die from measles each year.
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« Reply #352 on: November 24, 2019, 01:49:07 AM »
Border Patrol Denies Undocumented Immigrants Free Influenza Vaccine
https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Health/border-patrol-denies-undocumented-immigrants-free-influenza-vaccine/story?id=67237256

Peak flu season is fast approaching North America and the U.S. government is actively encouraging anyone over 6 months old to vaccinate – that is, unless you are one of the thousands of people being detained in Customs and Border Protection facilities for undocumented entry

“To us in the medical community the situation is alarming. When the CBP stated in August that they weren’t planning on vaccinating we saw this as egregious to deny basic health care access to people forced to stay in their care," said Dr. Bonnie Arzuaga, a Boston-based pediatrician and one of the founders of Doctors for Camp Closure.

The organization is a volunteer group of 2,000 U.S. based physicians who support the closing of the Customs and Border camps because of public health concerns. The organization volunteered to provide free influenza vaccines to those detained but the government never responded.

“We got no response, not even an acknowledgement of the letter," said Arzuaga.
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Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late