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ZOMBIE-ACTING BACTERIA CAUSED ANOTHER HARVEY-RELATED DEATH IN TEXAS

ZOMBIE-ACTING BACTERIA CAUSED ANOTHER HARVEY-RELATED DEATH IN TEXAS

Hurricane Harvey has already left several weeks ago but its immense damage still haunts Texan locals.

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A flesh-eating bacteria added another casualty on the list.

A 77-year old lady from Houston accidentally splashed right into the flooded water caused by Hurricane Harvey. Authorities suspect that she contracted a zombie-acting bacteria that ‘eats’ the flesh of a living organism. The victim was known to be an active volunteer helping nearby communities.

According to Wikipedia, “Common organisms include Group A Streptococcus (group A strep), KlebsiellaClostridiumEscherichia coliStaphylococcus aureus, and Aeromonas hydrophila, and others. Group A strep is considered the most common cause of necrotizing fasciitis.

“Flesh-eating bacteria” is a misnomer, as in truth, the bacteria do not “eat” the tissue. They destroy the tissue that makes up the skin and muscle by releasing toxins (virulence factors).”

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The said bacteria lingers in murky waters and known to be attracted to open wounds; covering any wounded skin when  penetrating flood water is extrwmely important. Various bacteria can cause life-threatening cases and one of such is Necrotizing fasciitis. It was confirmed by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science.

Dr. Bobson Lutz thinks otherwise. According to his response in Pro-Med, he thinks that although it is possible, the woman most likely got the bacteria from other sources and not the flooded water.

“I disagree. Both Houston and Missouri City, TX were inundated with flood waters from rain and overflowing freshwater streams/rivers. The distance of these communities from the Gulf of Mexico and the lack of salinity in the flood waters were not conditions conducive to _V. vulnificus_ transmission. In these cases of necrotizing fasciitis, the pathogenic organisms were more likely the person’s own indigenous flora. Storm related trauma, especially in the recovery phase, produces the skin trauma and the portal of entry. Except maybe for deep penetrating wounds, host impairments usually have a role.

While the flood waters were no doubt a bacterial soup, an intact integumentary is damn good protection. I was in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The most common infection encountered here were staphylococcal skin infections developing at the sites of minor skin breaks or scratching following insect bites.”

If a person is wounded accompanied by fever, chills or vomiting, CDC suggests to see health coordinators immediately.

According to CDC, the first line of defense against this disease is strong antibiotics given through a needle into a vein (IV antibiotics). Antibiotics may not reach all of the infected and dying areas if toxins destroy soft tissue and reduce blood flow. This is why doctors often use surgery—in addition to antibiotics—to remove dead tissue. This surgery is often critical to stop the infection and must happen quickly.

A patient who has a weak immune system is more susceptible to Necrotizing fasciitis. It may look like a normal sickness or injury but it can eventually turn worse. Cases of this flesh-eating bacteria initially looks like blisters and bumps and feels like pulled and sore muscles. It may immediately worsen with symptoms of fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting until it’s too late to cure the deteriorating levels of tissue.

 

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WORLD’S STRONGEST COFFEE SUSPECTS BOTULISM IN ‘DEATH WISH’ CAN

WORLD’S STRONGEST COFFEE SUSPECTS BOTULISM IN ‘DEATH WISH’ CAN

Death Wish Coffee Company, home of ‘The World’s Strongest Coffee’,  is asking the public to dispose all their DEATH WISH NITRO CANS.

An image screen-grabbed from one of their social media pages.

“As a precautionary measure, we’re issuing a recall”, according to their website.

They see to it that the company’s safety process and production for each coffee can is always in its best quality hence a recommendation for an additional step to their nitro cold brew production process decided the recall.

“Death Wish in conjunction with an outside Process Authority has determined that the current process could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, botulin, in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging”, according to the Death Wish website.

A slight risk of ‘Botulism’ is feared to have contaminated the said product.

According to PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker, Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by Clostridium botulinum. 

A few retorts from the public have shown utter panic. One common issue being raised was that the recall was declared a bit late that some drinkers have already consumed bottles not knowing that there was an issue of Botulism in the Death Wish Nitro can.

“No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Death Wish Nitro should not consume it and can either dispose of it or return the product to the location with proof of purchase for a full refund”, replied Death Wish Coffee.

A full refund awaits everyone who purchased the coffee products.

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Posted by Clarisse Javier in Blog, Health, Others
Caused by the fungi Nalanthamala psidii, South Africa's guava industry seems to be facing tough times.
"The guava production in Western Cape province is increasing due to the absence of the guava wilt which is rife in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in the north of the country. The national guava industry depends entirely on one single cultivar, Fan Retief, which would come under serious threat if the disease were to spread south" , according to a report by Fresh Plaza.

Similar problems already occured way back in 2000 hence a cure was developed but eventually became disease resistant in 2009 when certain pathogens break into the host. Unfortunately, the disease has become more aggressive and uncontrollable since then. Everyone is hopeful that the production of guava in the northern and western parts become sustainable to make better substitutes in case fungus spreads south, which is where Fan Retief is located. "The importance of the industry in South Africa is shown in the approximate value of the crop.  In 2001/02 the total value of approximately 22 900 tonnes of guavas was R23.2 million. The value of guava production has increased significantly the past year when compared to the production."- Agricultural Research Council of Africa Guava production from South Africa mostly sustains canned products, puree , pulp and fresh market needs.      

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TOUGH TIMES AHEAD: GUAVA INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA  FUNGUS INFESTED 
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27 ALREADY KILLED BY HEPATITIS OUTBREAK IN CALIFORNIA

27 ALREADY KILLED BY HEPATITIS OUTBREAK IN CALIFORNIA

A total of 421 patients have contracted the Hepatitis A disease since early 2017, said the Public Health Services Division in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

With 27 deaths and 292 hospitalizations, California has declared a Hepatitis A outbreak mostly victimizing homeless individuals according to the agency.

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Vaccination efforts are being implemented on strategic locations in the county.

According to WHO,” Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is primarily spread when an uninfected (and unvaccinated) person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. The disease is closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene.”

Hepatitis A can be avoided by thoroughly cleaning your hands after using the toilet and avoiding direct contact to contaminated stool, blood samples and other bodily fluid. Avoiding contaminated water and food is also important to prevent having the disease.

SOURCE: Public Health Services Division in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

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VACCINE FOR DETRIMENTAL ‘JE’ VIRUS ALWAYS OUT OF STOCK.

VACCINE FOR DETRIMENTAL ‘JE’ VIRUS ALWAYS OUT OF STOCK.

Another killer disease has been spreading fear among the local residents of a major city in the Philippines.

Not long after the H5N6 Avian Flu strain was confirmed in Pampanga, health officials have also started to warn its residents about another possible outbreak. A deadly disease that can be acquired from mosquitoes, the Japanese encephalitis . Continue reading →

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