#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – September 17 – This is post from a fellow blogger and writer David Hodge and this a snippet from his article – source link to more at the bottom of this post:
Nothing changed just as he wrote it but no surprise for me! He wrote as follows:
The seed money began at $1.5 million. The value of the deal could grow to an estimated $86 million dollars.
The company’s name is Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TKMR) (TKM.TO), a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics. “TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, is being developed under a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defence’s Medical Countermeasure Systems BioDefense Therapeutics (MCS-BDTX) Joint Product Management Office”.
As breaking and shocking of a news story as this has the potential to be, the real story is that this is not the most important part of the Ebola threat which has invaded the United States. The truth of the matter is that these unholy and untrustworthy associations, when it comes to “fighting” the Ebola virus, represent the mere tip of the iceberg.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday reported Reuters.
Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate “consequences” for failing to follow rules, and consider new legislation if penalties are lacking when actions endanger the public.
“Is it lax adherence to protocol? Are people ignoring protocol? Do they have this sense of mastery because they’ve been doing it so long,” said Murphy, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
The CDC has been engulfed in controversy since last month when officials revealed that 84 lab workers had potentially been exposed to live anthrax bacteria at its Atlanta campus.
The public health agency later disclosed the discovery of vials containing smallpox at a National Institutes of Health facility outside Washington.
They are denying it but I just checked and YES! 2 hospitals in Italy have been closed down in sections. This is now out of control. I have been blogging it since it started a few months ago. Links below and Daboo7 with his usual best in Video below
The initial Ebola outbreak in Guinea is believed to have started when hunters came in contact with infected fruit bats. The Ebola virus is spread between humans through direct contact. Once infected, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to appear, which include high fever, headaches, and fatigue. At that point, the infected person is contagious.
With details lacking and health officials opting to keep reports of infections from the public, it is impossible to know exactly how far the virus has spread.
As noted above, this new strain was not identified immediately, thus blood tests of people showing possible symptoms may have shown false-negatives even though those individuals may have been carrying the virus. Once returned to the general population and assuming they did not contract the virus, it is certainly possible that it was then transmitted to others.
If Ebola has taken hold in Italy, then we can expect more reported cases all over the continent in coming weeks, with the real possibility that the virus could make its way to U.S. shores via hundreds of international flights arriving on a daily basis.
It’s understandable that government officials do not want to overreact and cause panic, especially insofar as global air travel is concerned, because doing so would lead to a lock down of airports worldwide.
The panic would be unprecedented.
As noted by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition, even if the public became aware that a pandemic was in progress, many would remain in denial about such a prospect and would remain oblivious to the long-term repercussions. She notes that the effects of a pandemic could be swift and drastic, leading to societal upheaval :
Understanding that our lives will change drastically if the population is faced with a pandemic and being prepared for this can help you make better choices toward the well being of your family. Some changes could be:
Shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Payroll service interruptions
Staffing shortages in hospitals and medical clinics
Interruptions in public facilities – Schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily.
Government mandated voluntary or involuntary home quarantine.
(Source: Pandemic Preparedness)
Given the continued spread of the virus to numerous countries in Africa, and now possibly Europe, we urge readers to remain vigilant and have, at the very least, their basic essentials in place.
This virus is incurable and is believed to have a mortality rate of up to 85% of those infected.
If it is spreading outside of Africa, then it is only a matter of time – perhaps several weeks – before it becomes apparent in developing nations.
These posted probabilities are in no way authoritative, and should be considered a “best guess” only.
Probabilities of unchecked infection at this point, based upon a method of travel, times and frequencies of airline flights to various cities, also including certain assumed volumes of “mixed maritime” traffic between north Africa and southern Europe – the Probability that Ebola will strike is:
63% in Italy within 8 days
44% in Spain within 15 days
77% in Riyadh/Saudi within 21 days
40% in Libya within 25 days
29% in the US within 28 days
37% in Egypt within 33 days
By the time we get to 35 days, it can be in 25 countries on 4 continents.
In the United States, the CDC has issued a travel alert to airlines and set up emergency quarantine stations at domestic airports, though there are no specific guidelines in place at this time according to BD Live:
The US is well prepared to handle infected patients on its soil with 20 CDC quarantine stations in place at US airports that are designed to deal with anyone who has symptoms of a wide range of infectious illnesses, including Ebola, according to spokeswoman Christine Pearson. Despite the outbreak, there are no special requests or guidelines to airlines about Ebola, though the CDC has issued a travel alert, she said.
“The time it takes to travel from rural Guinea to anywhere in the US is more than enough time to incubate the virus and be symptomatic,” Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Laurie Garrett said in New York.
If in the next month we see Ebola popping up in North America then we may have a serious problem on our hands.
This is a developing report and is in no way conclusive. Official statements from the WHO, CDC and European governments have yet to confirm Ebola’s crossover into Europe or the United States. Updates will be provided as details become available.
But while fewer pregnant women smoke now than a decade ago, a recent CDC report shows that 1 in 10 women still smoke while pregnant.
The prevalence of this public health hazard varies widely across the country, from 2.3 percent of pregnant women in New York City to 30.5 percent in West Virginia.
These numbers are not just women who smoked a little before they realized they were pregnant — these are women who reported smoking during the last three months of their pregnancies.
Here’s a map that shows which states are the worst offenders:
Part of that variation comes not only from how many women smoke in each state before pregnancy, but how many women decide that getting pregnant is a good reason to quit. Seventy-five percent of New York City women quit during pregnancy; only about a third of West Virginia women do the same. (Throughout the country, an average of 54.3 percent of women quit by their last trimester.) The CDC also warns that since the numbers are self-reported, pregnant women who feel guilty might under-report smoking and over-report quitting.
It’s not all bad news: The percentage of smokers in the U.S. is declining, and pregnant women are less likely to smoke than men and women in general.
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If that happens, almost everything and anything could kill you, just like things were before penicillin was discovered in 1928.
Here’s an incomplete list, created with help from Maryn McKenna’s excellent post on our post-antibiotic future on Medium.
- Eating meat — bacteria on meat can be resistant to antibiotics, and kill you.
- Getting scratched — before penicillin, 1 in 9 skin infections killed.
- Having any kind of surgery or biopsy — even the most minor surgery leaves you open for infection.
- Treatments like dialysis or a blood transplant — an open portal to your blood leaves you open to sepsis.
- An insect bite — insect bites, especially those that are itchy, lead to infections if scratching opens the wound and microbes under your fingernails invade.
- A mild cold or flu — if a virus takes down your immune system, pneumonia can set in. Without antibiotics, 30% of cases kill.
- Childbirth — natural childbirth used to kill 5 mothers out of 1000, and Cesarean sections are a surgery, which opens you up to infection.
- Being put on a ventilator or catheter.
- Implanted medical devices like artificial hips or pacemakers.
- Minor burns — burns are the most infection-prone wound.
- Cosmetic plastic surgery — this falls under surgeries, but deserves its own mention because society acts like getting a couple of Botox injections is risk free. In the post-antibiotic era, it’s not.
- Getting a tattoo — No one wants to voluntarily open themselves up to an infection in the post-antibiotic era.
Because any type of surgery could produce an untreatable infection, we would also lose the ability to treat non-infectious diseases like cancer, put people back together after car accidents, perform surgery to unblock arteries due to heart disease, and transplant organs.
And these types of infections are already killing people. The CDC released numbers a few months ago stating that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people a year. That may seem small, but these infections are increasing at a rapid rate.
As McKenna notes in her post, it takes only a few years for resistance to emerge to a new antibiotic. And drug companies aren’t investing in the market — there are only five new antibiotics in development. And we haven’t seen a new one in 25 years.
And we aren’t doing much about it. Antibiotics are used liberally in agriculture. Doctors prescribe them for viral infections like the cold and flu. People don’t take their entire dose and dump their extras into the water supply.
All of these add up to increasing levels of resistance. If things continue as they are, we have about 20 years until a minor scrape can become potentially life-threatening again.
Read McKenna’s post (produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent, non-profit news organization producing investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health) to learn more about what we have to look forward to in a future without antibiotics.
Courtesy of Jennifer Welsh on Nov 21, 2013, 3:40 PM
- In Our Future Without Antibiotics, Almost Everything Could Kill You (businessinsider.com)
- When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too – http://t.co/U1iSeSKIZe read this, then get very, very worried (wired.com)
- A World Without Antibiotics (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- Pigs, antibiotics and the risk of deadly infections (philebersole.wordpress.com)
- Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future (science.slashdot.org)
- Unless we’re careful, antibiotics will turn against us with a vengeance ()
- Superbugs are spreading in Europe as antibiotics are overused (qz.com)
- Midwest and South are homes to obesity and antibiotic overuse (kansascity.com)
- CDC urges doctors to curb kids antibiotic use (wcpo.com)
- Antibiotic resistance will mean the end of just about everything as we know it (salon.com)