We always have various epidemics rolling around this planet because viruses evolve rapidly when they find a good home base and are always probing defenses. Were Giant Viruses the First Life on Earth? There is good reason to think so! If viruses had memories, they would remember the era half a billion years ago when oxygen was produced by single celled creatures. Oxygen is poison for viruses but then they happily took up residence inside the bodies of all living things. Periodically, they kill their hosts. For some reason, we are being plagued quite literally by viruses this year. One of these is the enterovirus which is a form of polio.
An 11-year-old in Dallas is paralyzed in his right arm and doctors are blaming an outbreak of enterovirus while Two adults die in Denver hospital after showing symptoms of enterovirus. Here is information from our government about this particular noxious virus: Non-Polio Enterovirus Infection: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) – CDC
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.
Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
Wow. Sounds exactly like how ebola is passed, too. But this year’s enterovirus is unusual:
In general, a mix of enteroviruses circulates every year, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years. Small numbers of EV-D68 have been reported regularly to CDC since 1987. However, this year the number of people reported with confirmed EV-D68 infection is much greater than that reported in previous years.
Another thing in commmon with ebola is, there is no vaccination nor any cure, one has to endure it and hope that giving oxygen and other palliative moves will somehow work. But not always, alas.
Now more bad news about ebola: How to get into America with Ebola: Ibuprofen and a lie. Yes, the ‘take temperatures to see if anyone is running a fever’ is ridiculous. It doesn’t work inside Africa nor at airports or anywhere. More and more people who flew to Africa to either help out or to do news stories are coming down sick. They are then flown home to various hospitals. This will turn into a flood as Africans see how the Duncan family and friends are getting first class care at great expense.
Ordeal at the Dallas Ebola apartment comes to an end: Quarantined family are moved to a secret location after Hazmat team arrived FIVE DAYS after victim was diagnosed. They were moved to a gated community and I wonder if the people there know this, wherever this is. The uninsured in U.S. raise Ebola risk which is very much something I have pointed out not to mention armies of comments at news sites.
Ordinary citizens can see clearly the problems. Nurses and doctors are demanding training and supplies in case they have to do the isolation stuff and I think this is a good thing since this is also a problem with the polio-type virus, too. Are hospitals spreading this disease due to poor handling procedures?
CDC have not contacted second family in Ebola ‘quarantine’ for 24 hours – and now they are sneezing and coughing and stuck inside with their baby’s soiled diapers according to the families who seem pretty clueless about how to deal with all this. Which is the entire problem: this is a very, very difficult disease to deal with! But then, I notice the polio-style virus is also taking off which may be due to the fact that the main form of virus, polio, is no longer menacing us so vaccinations for it are over. Has this reduced herd immunity for the similar virus?
Cuban Doctors, Nurses Head To West Africa To Help In Ebola Fight but I seriously doubt they know how to avoid contagion, either. And will bring it home to Cuba which is next door to us. Then there are cruise ships. Already, they are floating plagues that bring all sorts of ugly viral infections ashore. They travel to third world ports and are serviced by third world cheap labor staff and are pretty filthy due to high turnover and quick turn overs with no time to clean germs.
Two years ago, while in New Jersey where these ships disgorge passengers, I got a viral infection from one of the cruise ships, it was in the news. And it turned rapidly, in 48 hours into a very dangerous case of pneumonia and I had to go to the hospital and spend the night there on oxygen. Much of our modern global transportation system is a breeding ground or vector/carrier of diseases which we get to share with everyone on earth. Alas.
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