CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 176

The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32




Sovereign God

by Maurette Brown Clark

Submitted by Johanna

There aren’t even words to describe just how great You are

In all Your majesty

You continually

Provide for me

There just isn’t anything that You can’t do

Lord I’ve seen Your work before

So I’ll trust you all the more

Because You are

You are the sovereign God

Bigger than all my problems

And every situation

There is nothing too hard

For the sovereign God

A wave of Your hand can command the seas to hold their peace

If you can handle the seas

Then I know that You can deal with all my needs

So I will put every situation

Into Your capable hands

I don’t have to know the plan

Because You are

You are the sovereign God

Bigger than all my problems

And every situation

There is nothing too hard

For the sovereign God

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly

Above all we ask or think

So take all your burdens and lay them at His feet

And watch Him meet the need

We have the victory

Because You are

You are the sovereign God

Bigger than all my problems

And every situation

There is nothing too hard

For the sovereign God

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Prophetic Events in Egypt

By Deborah

The events we see unfolding in the news are prophecy being fulfilled. Yahweh’s hand is against Egypt. Do not be shortsighted in thinking that it is simply men in both high and low places vying for influence, power and control.

Isaiah 19:1-15

An Oracle against Egypt

1 An oracle against Egypt:

Look, the LORD rides on a swift cloud

and is coming to Egypt.

Egypt’s idols will tremble before Him,

and Egypt’s heart will melt within it.

2 I will provoke Egypt against Egypt;

each will fight against his brother

and each against his friend,

city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

3 Egypt’s spirit will be disturbed within it,

and I will frustrate its plans.

Then they will seek idols, ghosts,

spirits of the dead, and spiritists.

4 I will deliver Egypt into the hands of harsh masters,

and a strong king will rule it.

[This is] the declaration of the Lord GOD of Hosts.

5 The waters of the sea will dry up,

and the river will be parched and dry.

6 The channels will stink;

they will dwindle, and Egypt’s canals will be parched.

Reed and rush will die.

7 The reeds by the Nile, by the mouth of the river,

and all the cultivated areas of the Nile

will wither, blow away, and vanish.

8 Then the fishermen will mourn.

All those who cast hooks into the Nile will lament,

and those who spread nets on the water will shrivel up.

9 Those who work with flax will be dismayed;

the combers and weavers will turn pale.

10 [Egypt’s] weavers will be dejected;

all her wage earners will be demoralized.

11 The princes of Zoan are complete fools;

Pharaoh’s wisest advisers give stupid advice!

How can you say to Pharaoh,

“I am one of the wise,

a student of eastern kings.”

12 Where then are your wise men?

Let them tell you and reveal

what the LORD of Hosts has planned against Egypt.

13 The princes of Zoan have been fools;

the princes of Memphis are deceived.

Her tribal chieftains have led Egypt astray.

14 The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of confusion.

[The leaders] have made Egypt stagger in all she does,

as a drunkard staggers in his vomit.

15 No head or tail, palm or reed,

will be able to do anything for Egypt

What was, is again. The jigsaw puzzle pieces are there.

Exodus 10:1 [ The Eighth Plague: Locusts ] Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may do these miraculous signs of Mine among them,

As the signs are seen and the prophecies are fulfilled, will you seek Yahweh and Christ with a humble heart or will you reject the gift of undeserved kindness? It is your free will choice. But know this, time is going to run out. Armageddon is the final Judgement chapter.

Isaiah 61:2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance…

Jeremiah 25:31 The tumult reaches to the ends of the earth because the LORD brings a case against the nations. He enters into judgment with all flesh. As for the wicked, He hands them over to the sword [This is] the LORD’s declaration.

We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.

Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, and Elisha, describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.

It is available in .pdf form for free via and will be updated monthly.

The Journey Continues

Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two


There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so-good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…

On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…


Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…



In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co-authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye-opener…

Nourishment from the Throne

“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Archangel Michael and Christ Jesus – Part Two

Cordelia: Joe, I feel bad that you had to write SO much…I’ll study diligently. Why don’t you answer one question per week? Mother must be very delighted with you as you serve Her faithfully.

Can I answer my own questions?

1. Latest news is that Michael is split from Christ again.

2. Michael is accessible to the Holy Family much that same as Jesus Christ was when He walked on this earth. And only Mother is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

1 Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

3. Christ is personally selecting and choosing those who will enter His righteous Kingdom.

4. Christ loves us because Mother loves us. If She doesn’t care about a speck of dust, why does she bother with my prayers? Hers is a perfecting love, not spoiling us but making us more like Her beloved Son.

Knowing that Christ is not Yahweh and that Christ and Michael are essentially the same help a lot with understanding the Word. It doesn’t diminish one bit the significance of Christ’s Ransom Sacrifice.

I’ve been praying to Christ/Michael for so many years, I really hope to catch a glimpse of Him. If His angels are so beautiful, He Himself must be absolutely glorious!

Seraiah: Hello Cordelia. Welcome to the Ministry youngin. Joseph’s been pretty busy lately, but you score 100% on your study and answers; and yes, Michael is a very glorious looking spirit.

Believe it or not, but my dear elderly Joseph (in knowledge of the Great Hall’s records of past events) does not know everything that’s hidden away there. YES – some things are SEALED from being viewed by the holy ghost spirit class; however youngins, when I was filling in for Michael, I had the privilege and honor of learning some of the things that have been kept secret; however, our Sweet Mama said I could break the SEAL .

First off, let me just say that the great expanse of the visible heavens is REALLY LARGE. And that ain’t no exaggeration. Of course kids, it simply mirrors the opposite side in the spirit realm; that makes it double the BANG for your entertainment.

What I learned is this – and by the way, Alpha already knew, but I was never made privy to the information until I served in the Archangel’s position for a time; so with that position came the revelation of that and other things.

To reveal this, I need to get all of you to reason things out; never – never – never ever accept things without having a solid foundation for what might be revealed. ARE YOU ALL READY?

1 Samuel 1:3 “This man would go up from his town every year to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of Hosts at Shiloh, where Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were the LORD’s priests.”

Now think about it kids – WHAT DOES “LORD of Hosts” bring to mind? Does it make you think of angels and holy ghost spirits? That’s what I used to think  But I was wrong kids, because that would be limiting our Mother and Michael’s creations; the TRUTH is this: Mother is the host – THE BODY that houses more life-forms (including animals, insects. etc.) than you could ever imagine; some people believe that the Word only pertains to the Earth, but that just isn’t so; there are literally thousands upon thousands of worlds still inhabited throughout the great expanse by both animal and higher intelligence; just because they are not a community made up of mankind, they are no less part of the family of Yahweh and Michael; but because those that remain in existence are in unity with Mother’s Sovereign Rule, they have not been dragged into this spiritual war; this is mainly because they are second cousins. By that I mean they are not of the immediate family in the spirit realm, because they exist on the physical plane, just like Mankind; but they are observers, and not active participants in this war that’s being played out.


host1 >noun 1 a person who receives or entertains guests. 2 the presenter of a television or radio program. 3 a person, place, or organization that holds and organizes an event to which others are invited. 4 often humorous the landlord or landlady of a pub: mine host raised his glass. 5 Biology an animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives. 6 the recipient of transplanted tissue or a transplanted organ. >verb act as host at (an event) or for (a television or radio program).

-ORIGIN Old French hoste, from Latin hospes ‘host, guest’.

So kids, guess how those other races throughout the wide vast expanse get to observe things? “presenter of a television or radio program.” Yahweh has Alpha transmit a televised presentation of this war that is all taking place on this one planet; that’s another reason the Scriptures have more than one meaning; it’s also considered a conservation of space by multiple meanings; and what is a “host?” “a person who receives or entertains guests. “ That is within Yahweh’s body. So whe n the Word says Yahweh is:

1 Samuel 15:2 “This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt.”

Mother Yahweh notes that She WITNESSED something that was happening in this war, so:


“witness >noun 1 a person who sees an event take place. 2 a person giving sworn testimony to a court of law or the police. 3 a person who is present at the signing of a document and signs it themselves to confirm this. 4 (witness to) evidence or proof of. 5 open profession of one’s religious faith through words or actions. >verb 1 be a witness to. 2 be the place, period, etc. in which (an event) takes place.

-ORIGIN Old English, from wit.” So we see that witnesses serve to observe and give proof to evidence of what they see happening; therefore, while this war rages on, all of the creation-community that exists in the visible realm, they are all active observers of this conflict. But why so if they have not acted wickedly and therefore have no sin? Why don’t they all get dragged into this as more than observers? By “observer” I’m not talking about the duty of Holy Ghosts that perform that as a service to the war effort. So what do I mean?

You can be a witness of what is taking place, to see what occurs with the introduction of sin, and still not be apart of what is going on; but what if you also learned through observance that sin was ever crouching your way? That someday it could reach you out in the orderly expanse that you have your home at? Let’s reverse it. What if Mankind was the observers watching Mars carry on an internal war? Internal – because the war was being contained there by force; and while we were watching, we saw the Martians launching their crafts into space; that would tell us what?

The Earth is a mound of what? DIRT. And what would mankind do in its present degraded condition if it left beyond this mound and reached another planet that was inhabited by good creations?

Genesis 31:52 “This mound is a witness and the marker is a witness that I will not pass beyond this mound to you, and you will not pass beyond this mound and this marker to do me harm.”

So the earth and what is going on is a witness, and the Azmon Barrier is the marker of what? That Dawn and his angels cannot pass beyond the earth to drag other good creations into a war that they did not birth sin upon their own heads to become involved in. They can watch this nightmare from the safety of the heavens; so Mother said what about Dawn and his angel’s expulsion from there?

Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil has come down to you with great fury, because he knows he has a short time.”

“Heavens’ not Heaven proper, although it would seem that it would be included, but is not because of what? It is because the war is directed from Heaven out of the city of Zion at Alpha headquarters proper; therefore, the war is contained on the earth, but reaches to Heaven because of the war effort that’s being exerted from there by holy angels and holy ghosts that extends to the earth by occupation by Cherubs and encasement by a combined force of many of the other holy angelic Orders; so it is good for those in the far reaches of the heavens seeing the televised effects of this war as it progresses towards its climax, but not so good for Heaven itself, because Jesus said:

Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force.”

Each time rebellion occurs there. And when holy members of Mother’s family are killed in battles, Heaven is affected.

Why was Satan not permitted to test the other worlds? Mainly because they are not part of two divisions that fell from Yahweh’s Sovereignty; the first being the angelic class of Her immediate family, and the second being Mankind; but if permitted to expand outward in the expanse, this could happen:

Exodus 1:10 Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply [further], and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.”

Mankind (and Dawn) could cause war to beak out on other worlds, and then they would follow suit and leave their homes (or habitations more aptly like was spoken of about the angels that deserted their duties in Heaven that corresponded to the heavens.) spread the rebellion. So, what does Proverbs 8 say about being “shrewd?” Just as Yahweh spoke to Michael in the Sacred Garden about man becoming like them in knowing good and evil, Yahweh also spoke these same words to Michael about the other intelligent creations on other worlds about what would happen if sin spread like an infection; by televising the nightmare of this war, they see the effects of sinful conduct.

And could mankind reach the other planets if given the opportunity to progress that far? Read Genesis 11 The Tower of Babylon and you will see that unless Yahweh halted their efforts, nothing is beyond their abilities.

1 Chronicles 26:13 “They cast lots according to their ancestral houses, young and old alike, for each gate.”

In Proverbs 8 Mother is standing next to what – calling out? But there are many “gates” that represent the homes of other creations because the gates are always at the fenced-in areas of each home (like the earth as an example; it is mankind’s present home.. Mother’s house is Heaven proper. Then there are the “heavens” that make up the vast expanse that have other homes or rooms.

Are there Rules of War? Is this a viable concept that you have been taught about the spiritual war?

Deuteronomy 20:20 “But you may destroy the trees that you know do not produce food. You may cut them down to build siege works against the city that is waging war with you, until it falls.”

This also corresponds with ancient worlds that no longer produced wholesome fruit in Yahweh’s extended family. This was a Mandate to the Joint Command in ancient times to act as destroyers against Mother’s enemies.

Deuteronomy 20:1 “[ Rules for War ] “When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and an army larger than yours, do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you.”

Yahweh is the Creator of the War Rules in all wars faced by Her military forces; She is our backer and benefactor.

Matthew 11:11 ” I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

The “kingdom” encompassed both realms of existence, and the least of the other world’s inhabitants that have known no sinful conduct are greater than John the Baptist who did know sin.

Matthew 13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it.”

The woman is Yahweh. Yeast expands. The great expanse is part of the flour that was baked into new intelligent creations to inhabit other homes of the One that is the Host of all in existence.

Matthew 19:14 Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.”

The expanse is part of the kingdom, and the children are the other intelligent creations that are faithful in conduct to Yahweh. Note that he said “people.”

Why has this all been kept secret until now? We’re on a “need to know basis”until the seals are broken for revelation to the public for consumption. That’s enough to ponder kids.

Ephesians 3:8-11 “This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints!—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens. This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord, “

This was also a mystery, until now. It has been reveled to the holy ghosts and all holy angels that did not yet know, and to this Ministry that will pass this on to their readership. The church is made up of the faithful, and the faithful are making the truth of loyalty and the effects of sinful conduct known to the rulers and authorities of the other yet to be blemished creations. It’s all being done in accordance with Mother Yahweh’s purpose to bring sin to a complete halt for – hopefully eternity

Ephesians 6:12 “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

Speaking of the remnant, but we have taken the battle to the evil in the heavens and defeated them on their own ground – the JAC.

Colossians 1:16 “because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

The thrones and dominions, the rulers. they extend to those that also make up the good creations on other planets.


dominion >noun 1 sovereignty; control. 2 the territory of a sovereign or government. 3 (Dominion) historical a self-governing territory of the British Commonwealth.

-ORIGIN Latin dominium, from dominus ‘lord, master’.

The above means they have a house of their own, and are permitted to have an extension of ruler-ship through our God and Christ.

John 14:2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.”

You see Cordelia, it all comes together; not all dwelling in Heaven proper, but instead are spread out throughout the expanse, like Mother intended for mankind. They like to bunch up and build towers to the heavens and live bunched up in rat infested cities, but all of creation was made to be free in the true worship that Mother gives each of those whom are loyal to Her. She is the prototype, because out in eternity, She has lots of room where She resides proper.

Spiritual War News
The Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness

Archangel Michael and Christ Jesus – Part Two

Cordelia: What great mysteries of Yahweh! Seraiah, the more you reveal, the more Mother and Michael/Christ Jesus are glorified – very piece of truth taught by you and others from this Ministry testify to Her essence of being The Self-Existing One.

Psalm 83:18

18 May they know that You alone—

whose name is Yahweh—

are the Most High over all the earth.

If it’s sometimes frustrating for the ministers, it must not be easy either for you to listen to those critics knowing that you’ve served Mother in such an unbelievable capacity – you literally walk and talk with the Great I Am!!

Even though I need more time to understand these Truths, you’ve presented the key points nicely – I deeply appreciate the teachings from the Ministry. I’m SO grateful that I am no longer spiritually blind and following religious traditions – now I worship Yahweh in spirit and in Truth.

Seraiah: You’re welcome Cordelia. You’re right, but the critics don’t bother me at all, because I know they will eat their words. By the way, if ever challenged on his energy split, just ask them this: How can Christ be required to sit next to Mother’s Powerful Right Arm until She makes his enemies a footstool, if he is supposed to be the one that comes to deliver Her Wrath and attain Vindication for Her Great Name? That in itself proves that the King of Kings delivering the Wrath is split off of Christ in full circle back to Michael. And now, I want to put on here what I put on FaceBook; don’t let the two H/A’s unnerve any of you. They were still cast as the enemy because they came back to report in to me of news on the war front where they have been undercover in casting as demon warriors; I just happened to catch them in the camera frame when I snapped a few shots. Oh yeah, you ready to join the Ministers in the Newsletter? You’re a good writer, and there are lots of things to cover on Biblical and World event. I’m not pressuring you; it’s whatever you want to do.

You can visit the FaceBook page as a friend if you want to. I’ll approve your request.

Here’s the site Sasa gave that I shot the frames of:

Cordelia: Do I want to help out with the wonderful Newsletter that is read by Mother Herself, the Holy Angels, Holy Ghosts, some Fallen angels and maybe the enlightened worlds spread out in the great expanse?

YES please! THANK YOU for the offer!!

p/s: I’ll follow up with Deborah/Regina. I’ll also help to introduce the Newsletter to groups that are on the right track already (rejecting the trinity falsehood, preaching the wrath etc).

Seraiah: Ok. Mother Yahweh and Christ Jesus both welcome you to Her Ministry as part of the publishing and witnessing of the Truth. That forges you as part of the inner circle or ring formed 6 years ago. You’ll do fine.

Now you just need to recruit 999,999,9999 more and the quota will be filled  I’m kiddin’. Noah worked his calling with a small family, and so will all of you; but getting out the Word is the main goal, and Yahweh and Christ will take care of the rest. You’re all doing a good job. The internet gives all of you the world’s reach with all of the media available out here.

Isaiah 43:10 “You are My witnesses” — the LORD’s declaration— “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. No god was formed before Me, and there will be none after Me.”

Isaiah 44:8 “Do not be startled or afraid. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? You are my witnesses! Is there any God but Me? There is no [other] Rock; I do not know any.”

Here’s a revelation for you; Jesus Christ is the Rock or foundation stone of the church an is upon the Rock of Yahweh where he was originally placed. . But Yahweh is the Rock of what? She is the FOUNDATION ROCK that all else, including Christ rests upon. Christ is prototyped as the Great Pyramid, and his foundation rests on how many balls and sockets per corner (that’s important) beneath the Pyramid? Yahweh is what is beneath; no other pyramid has balls and sockets at the corners. Being 4 sides that the Pyramid rises up with, that equals 4 squared for a Just and Righteous Creation. When wickedness rises its head in creation, the balls of Yahweh’s sockets tilt out of balance; therefore, to get the Pyramid – the Creation – back into balance, it requires that Justice be 4 Squared for that to happen. This is to better help all of you to understand the concept behind “4 Squared for Justice.” Go here and read about the Great Pyramid in Scripture. It has withstood the elements of time for a purpose. It stands as a SIGN at the border

Isaiah 19:19 On that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD near her border.”

The Great Pyramid sits dead center of the earth’s land mass. The math is so high tech, it reveals the Author could only be Yahweh as the Great Mathematician. The Cap Stone’s rejection, revealed the rejection by mankind of Jesus as the Messiah whom caps off creation from the bottom up to the peak or apex. All rests on him, through him, and all was created for him. The rejection (that rejection by the fleshly Jews, Yahweh’s original possession or people in ancient times when Christ was in human form) symbolized the rejection of the Great Pyramid’s cap stone.

Please study this site for further enlightenment on the Great Pyramid::

This is unrelated to the Great Pyramid, but is for your learning process:

What other things does Dawn copy that Mother has used in the past?

Deuteronomy 6:8 “Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead.”

Dawn uses the mark of the beast – 666.

Another example:

Deuteronomy 11:18 “Impress these words of Mine on your hearts and souls, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads.”

Also ponder this:

1 Corinthians 14:22 “It follows that speaking in other languages is intended as a sign, not to believers but to unbelievers. But prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.”

If Yahweh utilizes evil for Her purpose from within the holy family, does that make that evil which serves Her, less than a family member?

“1 Corinthians 12:15, 16. “If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,”

in spite of this it still belongs to the body.” Different things exist for different purposes, but all things serve the body – and Yahweh is the Body that houses the holy family. This might help all of you to better understand the good use of evil verses being evil for the sake of evilness. 4 Squared Justice follows good evil and by its use, destroys self-serving (Like Eve, Adam, and Dawn as examples – they brought out the necessary use of good evil as a balance for creation that Yahweh has utilized since the first creations went askew or off the path of Her Way.) verses evil that is detrimental. Understanding “Good and Evil” gives you comprehension for the latter’s need in existence as a reserve. It’s not a clear cut deal of simply being good or evil. It involves adherence to LAW, or EVIL follows those that end up in the MIDDLE of the wide spacious area, and closes in on 4 SIDES to diminish that which is caught in the middle. Stay on the narrow path and you avoid straying off to the MIDDLE AREA . You know the old saying, “Never get caught in the middle.”

Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos

Regina: Here’s a Satellite image of the storm that swept across the US in the past day.


It makes me think of the Southern Storm, sweeping across with a vengeance – and there’s 2 Lions, one larger, one smaller at the larger one’s side.

Joseph: Looks like the forces of light and those of darkness are engaged in conflict. Lots and lots of spirits in that pic child.

Regina: I think what a lot of people fail to recognize, over and above any loss of life as Mary mentioned, is the financial toll that any storm has on the economy. Millions, even Billions when flights are canceled and people can’t get to work. The US can hardly afford to be hit with the financial stresses that storms like this one produce.

Joseph: in that last you marked, the spirit is pointing to the head of a large vulture in flight. I’ll have to come back on this one. The amount of casts is overwhelming. You are all right. The cost of lost revenue, and the death toll will be staggering. Jake informed me that the demons are battling the winds of this mega storm. The winds are the holy angels – LOZ members riding the jet stream and pushing this massive storm across the continent.

Jake pointed out a goat ramming an LOZ member where you marked the cross in lower left. The LOZ is the big gorilla. Satan’s forces are fighting tooth and nail to try and fizzle out this storm. I told Jake I have to give them a mention for the effort they are expending. The LOZ is behind the speed and ferocity of the storm, so they would have to defeat them to break the storm. Jake said it will be a lot worse when the storm reaches the northeast.

Regina: I spoke with my parents yesterday and they said the snow build up is incredible. There’s been no chance for the old snow from past storms to melt and the county is hi…ring dump trucks just to cart the snow away.

The Lions must have stood for the LOZ as well as an indication of ferocity.

Joseph: Yes, I believe that was to identify them and that they would bring great devastation. The vulture is a sign that death is coming on the wings of the storm.

Regina, the white horse is a knight horse chess piece. Where I marked the “Y” it spells from left to right towards that Y, “KORY”.

Deborah: Can you explain what my name means in association with those casts? I don’t want to misinterpret the message.

Joseph: Of course child. Your name spelled out in its human given form is meant for you. It clearly reveals that Mother Chose you and personally sent you a message that the one that rides the white horse recognizes your position, and aside from being written in the clouds of the physical realm where you presently reside, your heavenly name is written in the Book of Life. Other than what I’ve already related, and associated with the chess pieces, it reveals that you are an important pawn on Mother’s side of the Chess War Board. You and the ministry are backed by the Most High Power in creation.

Deep revelation of you ministers past work:

Regina: What comes to mind for me is a knight horse chess piece that appeared in a smoke picture I took a while back – it was an amazing shot. (below) *Hugs* to Kory…and Joe, thank you for helping us to receive the message.

Signs From Above

“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27

Imminent UFO disclosure by Obama?

Fast UFO filmed by Al Jazeera TV over Cairo, Egypt 30-Jan-2011

Did NASA censor UFO from recent STEREO image of the sun?

Five Passenger’s Pilots Confirm UFO Sighting in India

UFO/Orb Caught on Tape above Temple Mount Dome of Rock Jerusalem

Signs Down Below

But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Chaos, Violence Intensifies at Central Cairo Square

World food prices hit record high: UN agency

Oil breaks through $103 on Egyptian crisis

Pentagon Reports Billions of Dollars in Contractor Fraud

Egypt Gas Pipeline Attacked

Signs in Humanity

Canadian Who Ran Child Sex Ring Gets 25 Years

Bakery member sentenced in CA kidnap, torture case

Man convicted of molestation pulls gun in ND court

8 Fla. nurses sentenced for Medicare fraud

Son of Las Vegas Judge Arrested in $1.5 Million Robbery at Bellagio Casino


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Signs in Natural Disasters

“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7

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CHINA – Authorities have evacuated 64,500 people from their homes in a remote region of the country’s southwest following a quake that damaged hundreds of houses. The 4.8-magnitude quake rattled a border area of Yunnan province shortly after 3:00 pm (6pm AEDT) on Tuesday. A total of 678 homes were damaged, but only one collapsed. No casualties have been reported in the quake which occurred in Dehong prefecture, a rugged region along China’s border with Myanmar. The quake struck as families across the huge nation of 1.3 billion people gathered at their homes to celebrate the Lunar New Year, China’s most important holiday.

Rising risk of major quake in Chile – Central Chile faces increased risk of a very large earthquake close to the site of last February’s 8.8-magnitude temblor that killed 520 people and cost 30 billion dollars, scientists said on Sunday. The February 27, 2010 quake, which occurred just off the coast 115 kilometres (70 miles) north of Concepcion, unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire villages.

Seismologists looked at a notorious fault which has produced six quakes since 1835, including a world-record 9.5 event in 1960. Pressure along the fault was not eased by last year’s quake in the Maule region and in fact has probably increased in a patch located inland to the east and north of the city of Concepcion. “We can conclude that increased stress on the unbroken patch may in turn have increased the probability of another major to great earthquake there in the near future.” The quake, if it happens, could have a magnitude of “seven to eight.” The study did not attempt to forecast when the quake would occur, a question that is always elusive in seismology.


JAPAN – Shinmoedake volcano forms lava dome; danger of superheated gas rises. The Shinmoedake volcano has formed a lava dome within its main crater, researchers have discovered. Shinmoedake has been erupting since Jan. 19, raining volcanic ash and stones on nearby communities and prompting school closings and evacuations. A second explosion was observed at 12:47 p.m. on Jan. 28. Ash from the volcano has reached over 17 cities and towns within Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. The lava dome, a build-up of high-viscosity magma, was confirmed by aerial observations of the volcano. The dome is some tens of meters in diameter and parts of it are glowing red hot. A lake that had occupied the bottom of the crater before the eruption has vanished. At present it is unlikely the magma will overflow the crater, which measures 700-800 meters in diameter and a few hundred meters deep. However, “if the supply of magma continues to flow, it could leak out of the crater.”

Furthermore, in the southwest corner of the crater, traces of a 500-600 meter long pyroclastic flow were also found. A pyroclastic flow is a phenomenon where volcanic ash and clumps of rock released in an eruption combine with hot gas and flow down the mountainside at high speed. There are different types of pyroclastic flow. In one type, rock fragments released in an eruption can be carried up by heat, forming a pillar of volcanic ash and gas called an eruption column that then falls over the surrounding area. In the second type — often seen on Mt. Merapi in Indonesia — a lava dome collapses and sends down a pyroclastic flow concentrated in a single direction, as occurred during an eruption of Unzendake volcano in Nagasaki Prefecture on June 3, 1991 leaving 43 people dead or missing.

Japan’s Shinmoedake volcano, known by James Bond aficionados as the lair of one of 007’s enemies, scattered thick ash over a wide area, toppled trees, and shattered windows in buildings and cars five miles away on Tuesday. Authorities in southern Japan increased alert levels after the volcano produced its most powerful eruption since it exploded back to life almost a week ago. Concern is mounting that the activity could be a prelude to far more destructive eruptions.

.Shinmoedake, part of the Mount Kirishima cluster of volcanoes on the island of Kyushu, scattered thick ash over a wide area, toppled trees, and shattered windows in buildings and cars five miles away. Boulders had landed on roads some distance from the peak, while one woman was reportedly cut by broken glass. No serious injuries have been reported since the volcano erupted last Wednesday, its fist major activity for 52 years. More than 1,000 residents in high-risk areas were advised to seek refuge in evacuation centers, although so far only about 600 have done so. Those who opted to stay at home are protecting themselves from the ash with facemasks and sunglasses. The initial activity forced the cancellation of dozens of flights and disrupted train services. Many local schools were closed and farmers reported ash damage to crops. Yesterday, officials widened the no-access zone to 2-1/2 miles from the peak, amid warnings from the meteorological agency that the area could be engulfed with hot gas and ash. The general alert level was raised from 2 to 3, on a scale of 1 to 5. The latest eruption was five times bigger than the first one recorded last week.

Pressure from below ground has caused a build-up of lava in the crater that has risen dramatically in the past five days. It is not clear whether the ongoing volcanic activity will produce enough lava – which is formed when liquid magma cools – to breach the crater rim and set off large flows down the sides of the mountain. Volcanologists warned that similarities existed between the fresh activity and that produced by Shinmoedake 300 years ago. Those eruptions were 10 times bigger than the recent ones and lasted for about 18 months, killing six people. Satellite images showed that the lava dome had widened from 100 meters across to 500 meters between last Thursday and the weekend.

Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji, is considered at low risk of erupting: its last recorded eruption came in December 1707 and lasted two weeks.

PHILIPPINES – Taal Volcano in Batangas showed heightened activity anew after at least 10 volcanic quakes around it were recorded in the last 24 hours.

JAPAN – Japan’s Mount Shinmoe erupted again on Wednesday, spewing more lava, smoke and ash through the area. The volcano erupted twice on Wednesday, at 5:25 a.m. and 10:47 a.m. Since January 26 when it broke its decades-long slumber, the volcano has erupted seven times. In the nearby town of Takaharu, ash blanketed cars, houses and streets, where 1158 residents have been advised to evacuate. Town officials said 614 people so far have fled their homes. On Tuesday, Mount Shinmoe erupted with an infrasonic wave that shattered windows in houses in the town of Takaharu. Local television reports showed hundreds of people spending the night in gymnasiums, waiting for word that it was safe to sleep at home. Exactly when that order will come is unclear, meteorologists said. The ash has forced numerous flight cancellations. The volcano may cease activity soon, continue small explosions which will release all the magma energy, or this could be the prelude to a very large volcanic eruption.


Tsunami-generating quake possible off Indonesia – A huge wave-generating quake capable of killing as many people as in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami could strike off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the city of Padang is in the firing line, a team of seismologists said in January of 2010. The group is led by a prominent scientist who predicted a 2005 Sumatran quake with uncanny accuracy. The peril comes from a relentless buildup of pressure over the last two centuries on a section of the Sunda Trench, one of the world’s most notorious earthquake zones, which runs parallel to the western Sumatra coast. This section, named after the Mentawai islands, “is near failure.”

“The threat of a great tsunamigenic earthquake with a magnitude of more than 8.5 on the Mentawai patch is unabated. (…) There is potential for loss of life on the scale of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.” They gave no timeframe for this event but warned starkly of the danger for Padang, a city of 850,000 people that lies broadside to the risky segment. “The threat from such an event is clear and the need for urgent mitigating action remains extremely high.”

More than 220,000 people lost their lives in the killer wave of December 26 , 2004 when a 9.3-magnitude earthquake, occurring farther north on the Sunda Trench, ruptured the boundary where the Australian plate of Earth’s crust plunges beneath the Eurasian plate. Under Siberut, the largest of the Mentawai islands, “the megathrust strain-energy budget remains substantially unchanged” after a massive 2009 quake. “It is imperative that the Indonesian authorities, with the assistance of the international community and non-governmental organisations, ensure that they complete the relief effort and earthquake-resistant reconstruction following this earthquake, and work with the people in Padang to help prepare them for the next one.”


Tropical storm Eleven is forecast to strike Australia as an intense tropical cyclone at about 03:00 GMT on 3 February.

Cyclone Anthony has re-formed and could hit Queensland’s tropical coast by Monday, and there could be more bad news for the flood-weary state, with the weather bureau keeping an eye on a low off Vanuatu. Anthony intensified into a category one cyclone about 10am Friday. It was sitting about 1000km east of Cairns in the Coral Sea. It’s expected to intensify over the weekend and forecasters have predicted it could cross the coast on Monday morning, possibly as a high Category 2. The effects of the cyclone will be felt from late Sunday, with heavy rain and windy conditions developing. Forecasters say it is too early to predict where the cyclone will cross.

Meanwhile, there’s also a chance a tropical low hovering about 1500km northeast of Vanuatu could also turn into a cyclone and hit Queensland. “There is a moderate potential for it to turn into a tropical cyclone during the next 24 to 48 hours … and move westwards over the Coral Sea area.”

The Cyclone Bianca warning off the West Australian coast has been cancelled but storms and high tides are still forecast for the region.

Tropical cyclone Wilma has blown out of New Zealand after saturating much of the North Island and leaving a trail of destruction. Civil Defence is continuing to receive calls from people affected by the storm, which saw TWO MONTHS OF RAIN FALLING IN 12 HOURS and rivers bursting their banks in Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. More than 500 people remain stranded in the Coromandel settlements of Tapu and Temata, about 20km northwest of Thames, as slips have blocked all access to the area. In Northland, farms in the low-lying Hikurangi swamp area remain submerged after flood waters breached stopbanks along the Mangakahia River. The water could remain for several weeks until the river levels recede and the area can be pumped.

In the Waikato, river levels were expected to recede today or tomorrow after the HIGHEST FLOWS THERE SINCE 1998. “This one didn’t pack as much of a punch as previous cyclones but there have been some pockets that have been quite severely effected.” In the Auckland region there are still areas of significant flooding.

Ex-tropical cyclone Wilma is now well clear of the North Island as she quickly heads out into the Pacific Ocean towards the Chatham Islands.Wilma will now start a rapid deepening process that will help push a strong south westerly across the entire country and churn up large seas along the east coast. The storm, formerly Tropical Cyclone Wilma, still has a central air pressure of 978hPa and will start to deepen again as she clears New Zealand. Apart from the Chatham Islands the system no longer poses a threat to the country.
But strong winds in her wake are now pushing across the nation. Gale or near gale winds are affecting exposed parts of the Far North, Auckland, Taupo, East Cape, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu.

In the South Island, between a high to the west and Wilma to the north east, near gale winds are also pushing into exposed parts of Canterbury, the West Coast and Southland.

Cyclone YASI was 446 nmi ENE of Cairns, Australia. Yasi has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm as thousands were ordered from homes in Queensland. North Queenslanders at risk of tidal storm surges have very limited time to evacuate as Cyclone Yasi nears the coast. Yasi could take at least 24 hours to weaken after it makes landfall. “There’s still potential for it to become stronger … as a strong category five we could see wind gusts in excess of 320 kilometres an hour, which is just horrific…We are as ready as we can be but it is frightening, I can tell you.”

Cyclone Yasi is building as a storm of UNPRECEDENTED FEROCITY – the likes of which HASN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE 1918, and rivalling the strength of Hurricane Katrina. Yasi is on track to make landfall between Innisfail and Cardwell about 10pm (AEST) , with authorities confident they have the site within a 30km range of accuracy. At its core, the cyclone already has winds of 295km/h that have knocked out weather monitoring equipment on Willis Island, off Cairns, and was bringing down trees at Ayr, near Townsville, this morning. Yasi will cross the coast on the high tide, meaning a storm surge that will accompany it will be devastating for low-lying areas. At Cardwell it could build to seven metres, and at Townsville up to three metres.

Yasi’s size also means there will be effects a long way inland, with the storm to maintain category three force as it passes over Georgetown – some 300km inland – at 9am (AEST) tomorrow. “This impact is likely to be more life threatening than any experienced during recent generations. This is an event that we have no recent experience of.” There has been a last-minute rush at evacuation centres from Cairns to Townsville. Evacuation centres in and around Cairns are full, and the council is telling people they must take shelter in homes and accommodation in safe areas. Authorities are assuring Queenslanders the flood-weary state is ready for the disaster, with hundreds of emergency services and defence personnel laying in wait. Authorities have even planned for the possibility they will need offshore bases, with the navy prepared to bring ships to the coast if necessary, as they did during the response to the 2004 Asian tsunami. The Bureau of Meteorology warning could hardly be stronger, with the service reinforcing the cyclone’s lethal force. “Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi is a large and very powerful tropical cyclone…This impact is likely to be more life threatening than any experienced in recent generations.”

Yasi struck Vanuatu as a tropical storm at about 12:00 GMT on 30 January.

Tropical Cyclone Anthony made landfall over the coast of the Australian State of Queensland on Sunday, close to the town of Bowen, and approximately 275 miles (440 kms) southeast of Cairns. The storm was the equivalent of a Category 1 cyclone on the Australian Region Tropical Cyclone Intensity Scale, and a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. No major damage has been reported from the region, though the cyclone did bring heavy rain, and is reported to have caused localized flooding. “The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has reported rainfall accumulations over 100 mm [3.937 inches] in the past 24 hours, south of where Anthony made landfall, particularly in areas around Mackay. The remnants of Anthony are expected to affect the region through Tuesday, February 1, with a large band of rain stretching around 300 miles [480 kms] inland, which could produce up to 50mm [7.9685 inches] of rainfall. As of Monday, there are no flood warnings in effect for this area of the state.

“According to the Queensland Resources Council, two major coal export terminals in Bowen were closed because of Anthony — further disrupting the mining industry that was significantly affected by the flooding over the past two months.”
On the opposite side of the continent, “Tropical Cyclone Bianca weakened rapidly over the weekend while transitioning to an extra-tropical storm, and before crossing the coast near Perth on Sunday, January 30 as an extra-tropical low pressure system. As of Monday, the system has dissipated. Bianca brought little rain to the southwestern region of Western Australia, which has experienced severe rainfall deficiencies over the past 12 months. Extra-tropical events in this part of the country are known to trigger bushfires due to the strong, dry winds on the left hand side of the storm track, despite the increased fire risk, there are no reports of bushfires igniting as a result of Bianca.”

“On Saturday, a series of severe thunderstorms, most likely unrelated to the cyclone, affected Perth and the surrounding regions as Bianca approached the region offshore. These storms caused torn roofs, downed trees and power lines, as well as localized flooding. Damage was reported in Perth and regional towns to the east, and power was cut to around 55,000 homes.”

While all eyes were focused on Cyclone Bianca, it was a vanguard of damaging thunderstorms that wreaked havoc across the state over the weekend, with a teenager and an elderly lady losing their lives in the severe weather. Damaging storms swept through parts of the metropolitan area and regional towns of Geraldton, Toodyay, Northam, York and Wongan Hills on Saturday afternoon, causing widespread damage to houses, fences and power lines as Bianca hovered off the south-west coast. The destructive thunderstorms in Geraldton brought winds of 104km/h. At the height of the impact, 12,500 properties in the Wheatbelt region were left without power by the storm. In the metropolitan area, power was cut to 22,000 homes on Saturday afternoon after lightning struck the Yokine substation, causing extensive fire damage.

The system dropped below cyclone intensity yesterday morning after weakening steadily on its path towards WA’s South-West. Perth was spared the full brunt of Bianca, after the storm system was downgraded before crossing the south-west coast overnight. The ex-tropical cyclone, which was reclassified as a low pressure system, still caused a severe fire danger to be issued in the Perth Hills and the central Wheatbelt, reaching extreme across inland areas south of a line from Geraldton to Leonora to Israelite Bay.

A severe weather warning for ABNORMALLY high tides was also issued for people in the coastal areas from Jurien Bay to Dunsborough, which included the Perth metropolitan area and also Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton. This was cancelled at 1am after the weakened system had passed through. Perth and the South-West had somewhat dodged a bullet as Bianca’s impact could have been a lot worse. “A day ago it was a category three cyclone and at the core of that we would have had wind speeds at over 200km/h. It is VERY UNUSUAL to have a tropical cyclone this far south, west of Perth at that time of the year.”

AUSTRALIA – Storm surge threatens north Queensland. Cairns residents in far north Queensland have been warned the danger from Tropical Cyclone Yasi has not passed yet, with a storm surge posing a “significant threat” to life and property. Overnight Cairns was ready for a battering as fierce winds from category five Yasi buffeted the city for hours, but the damage this morning appears minimal. However, there is more risk from the storm surge today, than when the cyclone crossed the coast. “We have very heavy waves that are crashing onto our waterfronts, onto our foreshores, across the rock walls and walkways. We urge people to stay in their homes, continue with their cleaning up and not go near the waterfront. There are no reports of significant damage in the city from the cyclone crossing.

Further south, the storm surge is also currently affecting Townsville, with water entering parts of the city on the high tide. Torrential rain and gusting winds of around 100 kilometres an hour battered Townsville earlier this morning. Falls of more than 200 millimetres were recorded around Townsville since 9:00am (AEST) yesterday, but winds have dropped in the city. All over the city this morning, large trees have been uprooted, blocking streets. Some houses have been damaged and heavy rain is already causing localised flooding. Sugarcane crops in the northern tropical Australia state of Queensland have been damaged by Cyclone Yasi although the extent of the destruction is still being assessed.

Emergency crews are cutting their way into storm-shattered communities in north Queensland to assess the extent of the damage after category five Cyclone Yasi roared ashore overnight. The towns of Tully, Mission Beach, Cardwell, Silkwood and Innisfail bore the brunt of the monster storm’s 285kph winds but there are no reports of deaths or serious injuries. Buildings were destroyed, roofs were ripped off houses, and trees were shredded as the monster storm slammed ashore at about midnight.

This morning the cyclone was heading inland towards Georgetown and Charters Towers and had been downgraded from a category five to a category two system, but higher-than-normal tides and large waves continued to threaten coastal areas between Port Douglas and Ayr. Emergency crews who have just entered the coastal town of Cardwell have reported widespread damage, with older buildings the worst hit. Early estimates from Tully are that one in three homes have suffered storm damage and 70 per cent of businesses were affected. Some towns appear to have escaped major damage. “In some places we’ve got some early assessments of damage and some places we’re yet to get people into.” Suburbs to the north of Townsville and areas in the upper Burdekin area are also bracing for heavy flooding. Police officers at Mission Beach say they thought they were going to die. Most of the town’s 6,000 residents left days ago to avoid the monster storm, but about 1,000 people stayed behind. “The whole building really started to have a bit of shake to it, certainly the roaring of the wind was astronomical. Hearing things breaking outside was really something that you just couldn’t imagine in our township.” The cyclone has wrought havoc in the marina at Port Hinchinbrook, south of Cardwell.

“What I’m seeing at the moment is the mass destruction of all the million-dollar yachts and cruisers and everything that’s been moored in this marina over the last few months. They’re all sitting up in everybody’s yards just smashed to pieces.”

If you’re struggling to grasp the magnitude of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, consider this: it is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe. Most of the coverage about the scale of Yasi has tried to compare it with storms of the past – it’s bigger than Larry, more powerful than Tracy. Hours after landfall, it was still a category three and had been forecast to still be a category one even when it reached Mt Isa, more han 700km away. But this storm is continental in size. The pre-landfall core was over 500km wide and its associated activity stretched well over 2000km.

The storm’s scale of destruction is as shocking as it is inevitable. Placed on a U.S. map, the United States from Pennsylvania in the east to Nevada in the west, from Georgia in the south to Canada in the north and well into Mexico would be battered, with 300km/h winds and up to one metre of rain in the worst-hit areas. The economic impact would be felt around the world.

Placed over India, again, the scale is unthinkable – taking in an area from Japan, the Koreas and China all the way through southeast Asia, around through India and the Himalayas and threatening large parts of central Asia. This would have billions of people directly in the path of the category 5 storm, creating a human tide of displaced cyclone “refugees”. Even the eye of Yasi is as big as a city. The eye itself, 35km across at landfall, would stretch over all of the Katrina-ravaged New Orleans city centre.

AUSTRALIA – Queensland left reeling in wake of tropical cyclone Yasi, which has left thousands homeless, destroyed crops and disrupted mining in Queensland as it swept across Australia bound for the Northern Territory. Those in the path of the cyclone, ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT STORMS TO STRIKE THE MAINLAND IN A CENTURY, spent a terrifying night on Wednesday sheltering from its effects. The winds approached 300km/h and it dumped more than 500mm (20in) of rain. Houses were demolished, trees toppled, power was cut to 180,000 homes and debris was strewn across a wide stretch of Queensland’s coastline near Mission Beach, which bore the brunt of Yasi when it made landfall overnight. The marina at Port Hinchinbrook resembled a junk yard with dozens of yachts and boats piled on top of one another. Initial assessments were that more than 280 houses were damaged in the three hardest-hit towns, and crews were unable to reach at least four others, so the tally would rise.

Officials had issued days of increasingly dire warnings, and said lives were spared because people followed instructions to flee to evacuation centres or bunker themselves at home in dozens of cities and towns in Cyclone Yasi’s path. The destruction from the cyclone was severe but not catastrophic. No deaths or serious injuries have been recorded, but two men remain missing. As the extremely high rainfall across large parts of northeast Queensland continues, with a further 200mm expected in some centres in the next 24 hours, additional pressure will be placed on the state’s bloated river systems.

Yasi comes on the heels of months of devastating floods in the nation’s eastern states, particularly Queensland, that killed at least 35 people, ruined crops and shut down the mining industry. The bulk of the banana crop in Innisfail and Tully, accounting for close to 85 per cent of the state’s Aus$400 million industry, has been wiped out.

Ahead of the cyclone hitting land, concerns about the storm had helped push sugar prices to a 30-year high in New York. Australia is the world’s third-largest sugar exporter and the majority of this comes from Queensland.

The regional capital of Cairns, gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, escaped the worst of the storm and suffered little damage. The hardest hit communities were centred on Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell. In Tully, an estimated one-in-three houses lost their roofs or were destroyed. Yasi has been downgraded from a most severe category five storm to a category one.

AUSTRALIA – Much of Victoria has been put on alert for possible flooding as Queensland’s cyclones begin to impact on the state’s weather. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting widespread rain in Victoria over the weekend, including a flood watch for the greater Melbourne catchments.

Isolated rainfall totals of 40mm are possible today and widespread rain totals of up to 50mm have been forecast for tomorrow in Melbourne. The BoM has also issued flood warnings for the Loddon and Avoca rivers which have already been impacted by floods in recent weeks. The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Anthony moved over northern Victorian and southern NSW yesterday. Moisture from Cyclone Yasi was likely to impact Victoria late today, resulting in rain becoming more widespread tonight and tomorrow.

Animals have shown resilience in the floods. “The good news is most Victorian wildlife is well adapted to dealing with floods and will bounce back fast as the floodwaters recede. Because most floodwaters in the last few weeks did not rise rapidly, most animals were able to avoid the floods by moving to higher ground or climb higher up into trees in the case of possums.”

Food and other shortages are looming in north Queensland, with the Premier on her way back to Brisbane to tackle the critical issue. “We have major cuts to the Bruce Highway, so we’re working with retailers to get supplies, particularly north of Townsville. Many people in Cairns, alongside many people in north Queensland and the far north, will be seeing a lot of empty shelves. Resupply of groceries and other supplies is very critical at the moment.” A ship carrying 2750 tonnes of essential supplies was due in Townsville today. “That’s the equivalent of 110 trucks of food and equipment and supplies.”


AUSTRALIA – The storms raged through several towns, including Northam, York, Beverley, Wongan Hills, Goomalling, Cunderdin and Toodyay on Saturday, but were not related to weakening Cyclone Bianca hovering off the WA coast. Thousands of homes battered by severe storms in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region could be without power for days. Even as residents began assessing the damage, they were preparing for further storms on Sunday. Damage had mainly been to roofs and sheds with trees and power lines also torn down. “The storm literally arrived like an unexpected and uninvited guest.” Due to the number of lines and poles that were brought down by lightning and strong winds, some homes in the Northam area may remain without power for several days.

More bad weather for Sri Lanka, experts warn. Weather experts in Sri Lanka warn of more heavy rains and possible flooding in the country’s eastern and northern regions. Strong winds were being predicted for the end of February. “Weather experts warn of the possibility of extreme weather again,” predicting that the flood-affected areas might suffer a second onslaught. Heavy rains and floods since November 2010 affected 24 of the island’s 25 districts. About 1.2 million people were affected by the floods and more than 300,000 people were still displaced. The eastern and northern districts bore the brunt of the recent floods, with 94 percent of the affected population living in the three eastern districts of Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee. Flooding caused shortages of rice and several crops such as chilies and onions. The new warning may likely increase the possibility of food shortages.


Authoritarian governments across the world are aggressively stockpiling food as a buffer against soaring food costs which they fear may stoke popular discontent. Commodities traders have warned they are seeing the first signs of panic buying from states concerned about the political implications of rising prices for staple crops. However, the tactic risks simply further pushing up prices, analysts have warned, pushing a spiral of food inflation.

Governments in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have recently made large food purchases on the open market in the wake of unrest in Tunisia which deposed its president. Resentment at food shortages and high prices, as well as repression and corruption, drove the popular uprising which swept away his government. High prices are “leading to riots, demonstrations and political instability.” “It’s really something that can topple regimes, as we have seen in the Middle East.” Algeria purchased 800,000 tonnes of milling wheat on Wednesday and Saudi Arabia has said it will purchase enough wheat for a 12 month reserve. Egypt, which has seen several days of unrest in part provoked by high food prices, is expected to follow. Bangladesh has tripled its rice import target and Indonesia this week bought 820,000 tonnes of Thai rice. “You artificially stimulate much higher demand when nations start to increase stockpiles.”

“This is only the start of the panic buying. I expect we’ll have more countries coming in and buying grain.” Prices have not hit the peaks seen in 2008 when inflation caused a food price crisis, but economists have warned they still have the power to topple regimes. Protest will not stop in North Africa. “It will spread in many countries because of high unemployment and increasing food prices.”

Instability in the Middle East and North Africa could disrupt supplies of phosphate rock and threaten global food security. Phosphorus is an important component of fertiliser. A high proportion of phosphate rock reserves are in the Middle East and Africa. “Morocco alone controls the vast majority of the world’s remaining high-quality phosphate rock. Even a temporary disruption to the supply of phosphate on the world market can have serious ramifications for nations’ food security.” Even before the peak in phosphorus production, there is a prospect of significant rises in prices and a consequent impact upon farmers and global crop yields. No government has a plan for securing sufficient access to phosphorus for producing food in the long term.

China Faces More Difficulty Meeting Food Demand. China will have more difficulty feeding itself in the coming years as expanding demand, spurred by increased urbanization, a worsening natural environment and more extreme weather, strains resources. As more people move into cities and towns, the supply of farm products is limited by declining productivity of rural labor, a worsening natural environment and more extreme weather. During 2011-2015, more than half of the country’s population will be living in cities or towns. This migration creates additional demand of 4 million metric tons of grain, 800,000 tons of vegetable oil, and 1 million tons of meat every year.

The global consumption of fish has hit a RECORD HIGH, reaching an average of 17kg per person. Fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 145m tonnes in 2009, providing about 16% of the population’s animal protein intake. About 32% of global fish stocks are overexploited, depleted or recovering. “That there has been no improvement in the status of stocks is a matter of great concern. The percentage of overexploitation needs to go down, although at least we seem to reaching a plateau.” The authors forecast the status of tuna stocks will deteriorate further unless management improves. China remains the largest fish-producing nation, producing 47.5m tonnes in 2008 (32.7m tonnes from aquaculture and 14.8m tonnes from capture fisheries).

Most stocks of the top 10 commercial species, which account for almost a third of global catches, are fully exploited. “In the long-term, because of the substantial demand for tuna and the significant overcapacity of tuna fishing fleets, the status of tuna stocks may deteriorate further if there is no improvement in their management.”

Another threat to the long-term sustainability of fish stock was illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. Another problem facing the world’s fisheries: “high levels of unwanted and often unreported bycatch and discards… including the capture of ecologically important species. The latest estimate of global discards from fishing is about seven million tonnes per year.”

In Australia, bananas wiped out, Cyclone Yasi to blame.

Australian sugar industry devastated – Many sugarcane crops have been totally destroyed by Cyclone Yasi, as the industry fears losses of up to $500 million.

World food prices rose to A RECORD HIGH in January – The FAO Food Price Index, which measures the wholesale price of basic foods within a basket, averaged 231 points last month – its highest level since records began in 1990. It was up 3.4% from December, the seventh monthly rise for the index. “These high prices are likely to persist in the months to come.” The index is now higher than June 2008 when the cost of food sparked violent protests in countries including Cameroon, Haiti and Egypt. The individual group components of the index, apart from meat, all registered rises in January.

The Cereal Price Index averaged 245 points in January reflecting rises in the price of wheat and grain. This was driven higher by flooding in Australia, which is a major wheat exporter. Rice prices fell slightly as the data coincided with harvests in many countries.

Rises were particularly high for dairy products, up 6.2% from December. Prices were driven higher by a combination of lower supply and increasing demand in emerging economies such as China and India. The Meat Price Index held steady at 166 points despite falling prices in Europe where a large amount of animal feed was found to have been contaminated with dioxin. This was offset by a small increase in meat prices in Brazil and the United States. Sugar prices also remained high due to tight supplies. Recently, white sugar futures hit a record high because of concerns about the damage Cyclone Yasi could cause to the Australian cane crop.

The high price of food is thought to have been a factor in recent political unrest in both Algeria and Tunisia in the form of anti-government demonstrations, protests which have spread to neighbouring Egypt and Jordan. The World Bank President has asked global leaders to “put food first” and tackle the problem of price volatility. “We are going to be facing a broader trend of increasing commodity prices, including food commodity prices.” Commodities prices have been on the rise generally with copper hitting a record high of $10,000 a tonne. Oil was also up on Thursday with Brent crude rising to $103.37 a barrel.

Subzero temperatures threaten drought-stressed winter wheat crop in western Kansas. An arctic blast that brought subzero temperatures and punishing winds across the Kansas plains has raised new fears for the already drought-stressed crop.

Kenya Drought Cuts Coffee, Tea Output.

As drought threatens Somalia once more, humanitarians are becoming increasingly concerned about how they will reach food insecure communities living in areas controlled by armed groups. An estimated 2.4 million Somalis require emergency humanitarian assistance as a result of civil unrest and food insecurity. The failure of the short rains (October-December 2010) means over the coming months that that number could increase. “Somalia is teetering on the brink of a much larger crisis if the next rains, due in April, fail.”

Somalia has now been without a functional government for 20 years; several parts of the south are controlled by armed groups, piracy and inter-clan violence have also hampered the delivery of aid. In 2005 and 2007, ships carrying WFP food aid were hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast, forcing the organization to use costly naval escorts for its food shipments. Another drought is also likely to increase the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), something aid agencies are keen to avoid; Somalia already has an estimated 1.4 million IDPs.

China’s drought could have serious global impact – Wide swathes of northern China are suffering through their WORST DROUGHT IN 60 YEARS – a dry spell that could have a serious economic impact.

Australia Wheat Suffers From Drought – As Australia’s worst floods caused as much as $20 billion of damage to eastern states, 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) to the west a farmer is battling a Chinese mining company for water after a decades-long drought. “It’s ironic that they’re underwater and we can’t get enough of it. It’s noticeably getting worse. I’m worried this new mine is going to take the water that’s left.”

The A$1.8 billion ($1.8 billion) iron-ore project has applied to use water from the same underground supply that irrigates his 4,000-hectare wheat and sheep farm. At stake is the output of the country’s biggest wheat- growing state at a time when global food shortages have pushed prices to records. The mine is the first of at least eight magnetite iron ore projects planned for the state’s Mid West grain belt in the next decade. Mines need water to help dig out and process the ore, remove waste rock and to suppress dust to meet air quality rules. Competing with the state’s farmers are about A$170 billion of mining projects in the pipeline over the next five years.

“Western Australia is a very hot, hard and flat county on which it’s hard to store water. Processing these magnetite ores is going to be pretty greedy for water.” Figures from the government-run Bureau of Meteorology show a significant decrease in rainfall since the mid-1970s. Dams servicing the Perth area are less than 30 percent full. “The winter rains have become more unreliable and that seems to be a trend that will continue. Some areas where agricultural crops are marginal might soon tip over so they’re unsustainable.” In Perth, homeowners are allowed to water their gardens with automated irrigation systems for 20 minutes a week. “We’ve had OUR DRIEST YEAR EVER, so that’s created an acute problem.” “I’m worried that this is just the start and other projects that are planned in the area will take all the groundwater.”


AUSTRALIA – A FIERCE heatwave continued for a third day in New South Wales with temperatures over 40, dozens of people in hospital and bushfires erupting.

BRAZIL – Amazon drought ‘severe’ in 2010, raising warming fears. Last year’s drought in the Amazon raises concerns about the region’s capacity to continue absorbing carbon dioxide. The 2010 drought was more widespead than in 2005 – the last big one – with more trees probably lost. The 2005 drought had been termed a “one in a century” event. In drought years, the Amazon region changes from being a net absorber of carbon dioxide into a net emitter. The scientists suggest this is further evidence of the Amazon’s vulnerability to rising global temperatures. They also suggest the days of the Amazon forest curbing the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions may be coming to an end. The 2010 drought saw the Amazon River at its lowest levels for half a century, with several tributaries completely dry and more than 20 municipalities declaring a state of emergency. “It’s difficult to detect patterns from just two observed droughts, but to have them close together is concerning.”

Both droughts were associated with UNUSUALLY warm seas in the Atlantic Ocean off the Brazilian coast. “If that turns out to be driven by escalating greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, it could imply that we’ll see more drought years in the near future. If events like this do happen more often, the Amazon rainforest would reach a point where it shifts from being a valuable carbon sink slowing climate change to a major source of greenhouse gases.” Whereas the 2005 drought covered an area of nearly two million sq km, in 2010 it stretched for three million sq km. Some Amazon rivers saw their lowest level for decades in 2010.


U.S. – Severe weather from Chicago to Boston as monster storm arrives Snow is headed for St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, and Milwaukee. The monster storm could dump up to two-feet of snow and drifts piled up to 10 feet. The storm took aim at one-third of the nation Monday, threatening to lay a potentially deadly path of heavy snow and ice from the Rockies to New England, followed by a wave of bitter, bone-rattling cold that could affect tens of millions of people. Warmer areas were not safe, either. The system could spawn tornadoes in parts of the South. While record snowfalls have pounded the Northeast in one of that region’s most brutal winters, the Midwest has been comparatively unscathed, until now.

In St. Louis and much of Missouri, residents braced for a particularly hazardous mix: up to an inch of ice, followed by 3 to 4 inches of sleet, then perhaps a half-foot of snow or more. To the west in Columbia, Missouri, forecasters predicted between 12 inches and 16 inches of snow. In Chicago, forecasters predicted 20 inches of snow. If that holds true, it would be the city’s third-biggest snowstorm, overshadowed only by the 21.6 inches in 1999 and the mother of all Chicago snowstorms, the 23 inches of snow that fell in 1967.

Bitterly cold temperatures were forecast in the wake of the storm, with wind chills as cold as 40 degrees below zero possible in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota and other areas. In Arkansas, most communities expected lesser amounts of snow, but the weather service warned of severe thunderstorms that could generate freezing rain, hail and isolated tornadoes. After burying the Midwest, the storm was expected to sweep today into the Northeast, parts of which already are on track for record snowfall this winter.

The monster winter storm stretching from New Mexico to Maine laid down a sheet of ice on the Plains and lower Midwest on Tuesday, turning to snow as it crept north, and forecasters said the worst was yet to come. Airlines canceled more than 6000 flights across the US on Tuesday.

US buckles under massive snow storms – A MASSIVE storm billed as THE WORST IN DECADES has barrelled northeast thorough US states, leaving vast swaths from Chicago to New York paralysed by snow and ice. Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight, and airports and schools were forced to close. Chicago had 49.53 centimetres of snow, ranking the storm the third-largest on record to hit the city – and still more snow was possible. As much as 46 centimetres fell in Missouri, more than 30 centimetres dropped on northern Indiana and southeast Kansas, and Oklahoma saw up to a foot. Forecasters warned ice accumulations could knock down some tree limbs and power lines across the storm’s more than 3,220-kilometre path. Ice also could affect transit service.

In Chicago, the city closed public schools FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS and shut down Lake Shore Drive, where hundreds of motorists were stranded for 12 hours after multiple car accidents on the iconic roadway. Bulldozers moved snow away from an estimated hundreds of cars that remained buried up to their roofs on Wednesday morning, after drivers had been rescued. Only then could tow trucks move in. Motorist rescue efforts had been “severely hampered” by snow drifts, high winds and white-out conditions. Not only was driving dicey, but flying in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – a major US hub – won’t be possible until today. More than 5300 flights were cancelled nationwide. That came a day after airlines grounded 12,630 flights due to the storm. The storm’s powerful punch came from cold air that swept down from Canada, clashing with warm, moist air coming up from the south.

The bitter winter storm that stretched 2,000 miles (3,200km) across swathes of the US and Canada is blamed for at least 10 deaths.

The winter storm has crippled two-thirds of US.

US and Canada dig out from deadly snow storm. Americans and Canadians are recovering from the monster winter storm that crippled air and road transport, closed schools and destroyed buildings. Authorities warned over conditions across the mid-west, where temperatures were set to fall below -34C. The storm, which passed over Canada’s Maritime provinces early on Thursday, was blamed for at least 12 deaths. It dumped nearly 2ft (0.6m) of snow on Chicago, bringing the typically bustling city to a frozen halt. Chicago had to dig out from near record snow, even as temperatures hovered around -11C. In eastern Canada, schools and business were closed on Thursday morning after the storm, which originated in the US state of Texas 3,300km away, dumped some 40cm of snow in parts of Nova Scotia and brought 50km/h (31.1mph) winds to some areas. In the hard-hit US state of Oklahoma, three people were killed on Thursday when their vehicle ran off a snowy bridge into a river.

US air traffic remained hampered on Thursday as airports struggled to clear snow from runways and recover from widespread cancellations during Wednesday’s storm. Across the north-east, buildings that collapsed under the weight of snow and ice piled on roofs included a school building in Connecticut, an aeroplane hanger near Boston and a gas station canopy on Long Island. In Massachusetts, at least 44 buildings collapsed, mostly flat-roofed commercial buildings. In upstate New York, a barn roof fell in, trapping cows inside.

ARIZONA – RECORD-BREAKING COLD left two Tucson residents dead and thousands without gas or water across Southern Arizona. Temperatures in Tucson fell to 18 degrees and dipped even lower in surrounding areas. The UNPRECEDENTED lows — with wind chills that made the temperatures feel more like 3 or 4 degrees — triggered a number of utility outages affecting thousands of residents across Southern Arizona. Increased demand left 14,000 Southwest Gas customers without gas and heat. Additionally, 2,000 Tucson Water customers are without water. The extreme cold caused electronic controls at various reservoir and booster sites to malfunction, automatically shutting down pumps.

TEXAS – Regulators will investigate why more than 50 power generating units in Texas failed due cold weather on Wednesday, forcing the state’s grid operator to impose rolling blackouts as demand exceeded available supplies. “We understand that the RECORD-BREAKING WEATHER CONDITIONS exceeded the normal planning conditions but will look to determine what can be done better in the future to prevent unexpected unavailability of generation under such conditions.” The plants in the northern parts of the United States are more weatherized than those in the South. In the North, plants have heaters and monitors on water pipes and other equipment outside in the cold that in the past may not have been needed on plants in the South. But in the South, where temperatures can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) for several days in a row, plants are designed to take the heat much better than units in the North.
High temperatures in Houston, the biggest city in Texas, plummeted from 70 degrees F (21.1 Celsius) Tuesday to 39 degrees Wednesday. In Dallas, which recorded a high of 18 degrees on Wednesday, the average temperature was 30 degrees below the normal. “The cold lasted longer and was more extreme than we are used to.”

Signs in Plagues & Pestilence

Numbers 16:46 Then Moses told Aaron, “Take your firepan, place fire from the altar in it, and add incense. Go quickly to the community and make atonement for them, because wrath has come from the Lord; the plague has begun.

Colorado 1/30/11

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More than 250 dead fish were found on a 150 feet stretch of of shoreline near an irrigation ditch just north of Willox Street in Fort Collins Saturday. The fish, which were mostly sucker fish with some brown trout, were discovered by Fort Collins resident Bob Jackson. Jackson immediately informed local authorities, who sent out representatives from the department of wildlife. “I walked the shoreline on the north side of Willox and took some samples that I turned into the health lab,” said Shane Craig, district wildlife manager and game warden for Fort Collins. Craig said the fish most likely swam into the irrigation ditch as the temperatures turned mild and became trapped in the canal after being released from the Horsetooth Reservoir. When the water levels in the canal dropped, so presumably did the oxygen levels, Craig said. “we’re pretty confident (the cause) is just low oxygen levels,” Craig said.

India 1/30/11

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Indian health agencies are closely watching a village where an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever has killed three people in recent weeks. A woman died of the insect-borne illness three weeks ago in western Gujarat state, and a doctor and nurse who treated her also contracted the illness and died, state Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas said. India’s National Institute of Virology confirmed the three died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, an Ebola-like disease from which patients can bleed to death if not treated quickly. The virus mainly affects animals, but ticks on sheep and cattle can pass it to people, who can transmit it through blood or saliva. The government appointed 38 medical teams to screen all 16,000 residents in the area. The woman’s husband and brother-in-law also were critically ill with the fever and were being treated. Anybody with jet lag knows about the body’s internal clock, which is driven by a cluster of brain cells. But even the cells throughout our body have their own 24-hour clocks to coordinate activities at the cellular level. Now, new research suggests that these internal timepieces may be more complicated than scientists thought. For years, scientists said the clock is basically the activity of certain genes. But in a new study, scientists looked at human cells that don’t even have genes. And in these red blood cells, they found an enzyme flip-flopping between two forms on a regular 24-hour cycle. Is that a clock? Or is it just responding to another clock? Nobody knows yet, says Akhilesh Reddy of Cambridge University. But it seems connected to the genetic mechanism found in other cells, he said. Reddy co-authored two studies on the subject, published in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. Scientists have identified a rogue gene that attacks and breaks down a protein that naturally occurs in the body and normally prevents cancer cells from spreading. Blocking the gene, known as WWP2, results in higher levels of the protein, which in turn renders cancer cells dormant, researchers at England’s University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences, wrote in a paper published recently in the journal Oncogene. The discovery may, within the next decade, lead to a new generation of drugs to stop the most aggressive forms of cancer, researchers said. That would mean that existing drugs and surgery could be used on primary tumors, with no risk of the disease spreading elsewhere, the authors said.

‘Current outbreak of H1N1 not over yet’


The current outbreak of H1N1 influenza is not over yet, according to a health official. This flu strand will most likely continue until April, Bassam Hijjawi, director of the health ministry’s disease control department, told The Jordan Times over the phone on Saturday, noting that H1N1 “will continue to spread”. According to the ministry’s website, the total number of H1N1 cases reached 203 as of Wednesday, while 12 swine flu-related deaths have been recorded since the strand re-emerged on December 11.

Cholera Continues Rapid Spread Through Venezuela


Washington (SmartAboutHealth) – There continues to be a rapid spread of cholera through the country of Venezuela as there are now over 100 confirmed cases. The government of Venezuela has confirmed 111 cases of the disease thus far and the fear is that this could spread far wider than it already has. This outbreak of cholera is believed to have originated from the Dominican Republic. There have been 450 people who were exposed in total and are likely to be carrying bacteria related to the disease.

Dengue reaps its grim toll again


The threat of another outbreak of dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DF/DHF) which had temporarily subsided has re-surfaced. Data from the Government Epidemiology Unit (EPU) up to January 28 has revealed that the cumulative number of DF/DHF cases for January alone was 559 cases, while the cumulative number of deaths from the twin diseases was eight. In the first week of the month the cumulative number of cases was 182 with two deaths. In the second week there were 210 cases with three deaths while in the third week of the month there were 167 cases with three deaths.

New avian flu threat


Avian influenza is spreading in Japan. Apparently wild birds that migrated to this country have triggered the spread of the flu. In December, avian flu was confirmed in a poultry farm in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture. Then it was found in swans in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, and Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, and in hooded cranes in Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is very likely that more wild birds are infected with avian flu.

Liverpool region hospitals visitor ban after novovirus outbreak


Two Liverpool region hospitals suspended visiting hours following an outbreak of norovirus – known as the winter vomiting bug. Health officials imposed the ban at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge until at least 5pm on Monday. Visiting at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology and Springview was unaffected. Tina Long, director of nursing and midwifery, said: “Norovirus is highly infectious and so it is important that we protect patients by doing everything possible to prevent the spread of infection.

Thousands of fish turn up dead in area waters


Thousands of dead gizzard shad are showing up in Lakes St. Clair and Erie and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers. The fish are victims of a double whammy: cold temperatures and possibly the dreaded fish-killing disease viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo took samples of dead shad Thursday and Friday that showed signs of VHS, which kills fish by causing internal hemorrhaging.

Scientists discover invasive mussel killing bacteria

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LAKE TAHOE — The recent discovery of a bacteria that can kill zebra and quagga mussels has raised hopes for private and public organizations fighting to control the environmentally hazardous species. New York State Museum researchers Daniel Molloy and Denise Mayer discovered a bacteria strain — Pseudomonas fluorescens — that can kill zebra and quagga mussels without killing other native species in the ecosystem. “The eureka moment did not come, interestingly enough, when we discovered the bacteria could kill zebra and quagga mussels, but came when we discovered the lack of sensitivity among non-target species,” Mayer said in a phone interview.

17 peacocks found dead in Wankaner


WANKANER: Seventeen peacocks have been found dead in the last four days from Vidi area near Gadhiya Dungar in Wankaner. While carcasses of 13 peacocks were recovered on January 25 and 26, four more dead birds were found on January 28. Though preliminary investigations by the forest department indicate food poisoning as the cause of death, viral infection is not ruled out. “The carcasses were detected by Kana Rajgor, who alerted the forest department on January 25. Upon inspection, we found five dead peacocks and more dead birds were found strewn across the area on January 26. It may be noted that bird lovers of Wankaner come to Vidi area to feed birds,” round forest officer M S Makadiya told mediapersons.

New FMD outbreak in Bulgaria


Bulgaria is still under threat from a potential wider outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD), as the authorities have found another village which has infected animals. Once again, the affected area is in southeastern Bulgaria. Following a veterinary probe, one cow and 13 other animals were confirmed to be infected in the village of Gramatikovo, municipality of Malko Turnovo, the private television channel bTV reported on January 31 2011. More than 1100 animals were investigated in the region during the 20 -ay incubation period, of which only 14 tested positive for infection, the report said. The village itself is close to the two other villages where FMD was first detected in Bulgaria, Kosti and Rezovo.

Royal Berkshire Hospital uses flu emergency plan


The Royal Berkshire Hospital has revealed it was forced to implement its emergency pandemic plan earlier this month due to the flu outbreak. The hospital said a 27% rise in admissions was mainly due to the virus, which has claimed more than 100 lives in the UK since October. As part of the contingency plan, an extra ward was opened and the number of intensive care beds rose from 11 to 14.

Eight more people die with flu


A deadly flu outbreak has claimed another eight lives across Ireland while dozens more patients remain critically ill, health chiefs have said. But the number of new cases has now peaked and is beginning to decline, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Five of the latest deaths in the Republic were from swine flu while one other was from influenza B. In the North, two people died of swine flu last week. This brings to 35 the total number of flu-related deaths so far on both sides of the border this winter. Ten victims died from swine flu and two from influenza B in the Republic while 23 deaths in the North were from swine flu.

Australia 1/30/11

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Two people have been diagnosed with dengue fever at Innisfail, south of Cairns, in far north Queensland. Queensland Health says others are also being tested, with results to be known later today. Senior medical entomologist Joe Davis says people who believe they may have symptoms of dengue fever should see a doctor immediately. “It’s so important for people if they are unwell because if they don’t go and see a physician and they don’t pop up on our dengue radar,” he said. “If they’re not on our dengue radar, we don’t know they’re there and that’s how outbreaks happen, that’s how outbreaks continue. “If we don’t get to their areas to treat, the mosquitos keep breeding, keep biting people.” Cassowary Coast Regional Shire Council Mayor Bill Shannon says residents should take steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes. “The official statement from the Queensland Government says that people should go round once a week and check for where places are capable of holding water,” he said. “But I’d suggest that when the mosquitos are around, when the outbreaks are occurring, I think they should go round very frequently after every rainfall event.”

Thousands of dead fish found in Erie, St. Clair


DETROIT — Officials say cold weather and a fish virus likely are to blame for thousands of dead gizzard shad found recently in Lakes Erie and St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report that the weather and viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, are suspected in the fish deaths. Researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo took samples of dead shad Thursday and Friday that showed signs of the fish virus.

Thousands of fishes, turtles die in Etawah pond


KANPUR: Thousands of fishes and about a dozen turtles were found dead during the past few days in Pakka Talab in Etawah. The fishes and turtles have been dying since last week and the number is increasing gradually. NGOs suspect poisoning as the reason while residents blame the local body for poor upkeep of the water body over the years which has led to the death. On January 20, residents at Pakka Talab gathered near the water body after they came across thousands of dead fishes and about a dozen turtles floating on the water surface. “Again on Friday morning, we found thousands of fish lying motionless on the surface. But, we had no idea that so many fish would die,” said Animesh, a local.

Australia 2/1/11

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Hypnotising and ethereal, staring at the jellyfish in the water around Nightcliff is a mesmerising experience, just be careful not to fall in. Chironex fleckeri or the Box jellyfish, has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated 80 people in Australia in the past 100 years as well as causing painful stings and scarring to many. A constant threat in NT waters, it’s something Jess Abrahams from the Australian Marine Conservation Society found out when he recently moved here from Alice Springs. “I went out paddle boarding and I came off and had an incredibly painful sting around my wrist and wrapped around it was a tentacle of what was I presume, Box jellyfish.” He told 105.7 ABC Darwin’s Julia Christensen. “Thankfully I had vinegar and ice on the shore but I’ve still got a bit of a scar and bit of swelling. It was a bit of a serious induction into NT waters.” Dr Lisa Gershwin, Director of Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and also known as the Jellyfish Goddess, said that she had never seen such a large swarm. “They don’t usually swarm in that number in such a small area so close together. “They respond to the same sort of cues so maybe the water smelt right or they were mating. There would’ve been some reason they were all there at the same time.” With so many in the water Dr Gershwin was quick to point out the danger. “If you fell in there you would have zero chance of survival.” “Each jellyfish when it’s mature has 60 tentacles with stingers on each tentacle. Any jellyfish over 12cm will have a full compliment. “It takes one to two metres of a tentacle to kill a child in two minutes and it takes three to five metres to kill an adult.” A child running into the water from the beach or an adult in the shallows while walking their dog could be easily caught by one stray tentacle.

Arkansas 2/1/11

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A state Game and Fish Commission official says more dead drum fish – but far fewer than the number reported in a previous fish kill – have been found in the Arkansas River near the lock and dam at Ozark, in the same area where thousands of dead fish were found a month earlier. A news release Monday from the wildlife agency said a fish kill spotted Friday involved only about 500 fish, compared with 83,000 in a fish kill reported Dec. 29. G&FC assistant fisheries chief Chris Racey said that, as with the previous fish kill, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will test sample fish. Testing on fish from the Dec. 29 kill did not determine a cause, but ruled out parasites, disease or toxic chemicals.

India 2/1/11

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Even as the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) scare shows no signs of abating, another mysterious illness has raised its ugly head. This disease has claimed the lives of 50 peafowls in various parts of the state. Forest officials have sent two samples to the National Institute of Virology in Pune to ascertain the cause of bird deaths. Earlier, forest department thought the cause of death was food poisoning. However, when reports of deaths started trickling in from separate regions of the state, foresters got worried. The first case was reported from Wankaner on January 26. Thirteen peacocks were found dead at one spot. The forest department sent a team led by the deputy forest officer to investigate the cause of death. The foresters believed the birds were killed by pesticide poisoning from eating seeds or crops in fields nearby. Soon, four peacock deaths were reported from Gir and six peacocks reportedly died in Vadodara. One peacock died and two others fell ill at the ministers’ enclave in Gandhinagar on Saturday. The dead peacock was found at bungalow number 36, the official residence of Jaswantsinh Bhabhor. On collating the data, forest officials realised the gravity of the situation. They sent samples from Wankaner and Vadodara to a laboratory at a Vadodara college. However, the lab was unable to produce a report. Following a meeting on Monday, the foresters sent two samples to NIV in Pune. One of the samples is from Gandhinagar, the other is from Wankaner. Principal secretary (Forest and Environment) S K Nanda said, “We are more alert as the peacock is our national bird.” Gir has 2,000 peacocks, Gandhinagar has 400 while Ahmedabad has 1,000 peacocks. Since Gir sanctuary is spread over a vast area, there is a possibility that more peacocks have died but their bodies have not been found. Nanda added, “Till date, 50 peacocks and peahens have died in the state. Wankaner, Vadodara and Gir are just some of the spots were bird deaths were registered. On looking at individual cases, the foresters earlier thought the birds died due after eating contaminated food. However, as the figure grew, we decided to send the samples to NIV.” The report is expected in the next three-four days.

India (2) 2/1/11

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Indian health agencies are closely watching a village where an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever has killed three people in recent weeks. A woman died of the insect-borne illness three weeks ago in western Gujarat state, and a doctor and nurse who treated her also contracted the illness and died, state Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas said. India’s National Institute of Virology confirmed the three died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, an Ebola-like disease from which patients can bleed to death if not treated quickly. The virus mainly affects animals, but ticks on sheep and cattle can pass it to people, who can transmit it through blood or saliva. The government appointed 38 medical teams to screen all 16,000 residents in the area. The woman’s husband and brother-in-law also were critically ill with the fever and were being treated. Anybody with jet lag knows about the body’s internal clock, which is driven by a cluster of brain cells. But even the cells throughout our body have their own 24-hour clocks to coordinate activities at the cellular level. Now, new research suggests that these internal timepieces may be more complicated than scientists thought. For years, scientists said the clock is basically the activity of certain genes. But in a new study, scientists looked at human cells that don’t even have genes. And in these red blood cells, they found an enzyme flip-flopping between two forms on a regular 24-hour cycle. Is that a clock? Or is it just responding to another clock? Nobody knows yet, says Akhilesh Reddy of Cambridge University. But it seems connected to the genetic mechanism found in other cells, he said. Reddy co-authored two studies on the subject, published in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. Scientists have identified a rogue gene that attacks and breaks down a protein that naturally occurs in the body and normally prevents cancer cells from spreading. Blocking the gene, known as WWP2, results in higher levels of the protein, which in turn renders cancer cells dormant, researchers at England’s University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences, wrote in a paper published recently in the journal Oncogene. The discovery may, within the next decade, lead to a new generation of drugs to stop the most aggressive forms of cancer, researchers said. That would mean that existing drugs and surgery could be used on primary tumors, with no risk of the disease spreading elsewhere, the authors said.

Three Asian countries battle H5N1 outbreaks


Jan 31, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Japan, South Korea, and Myanmar reported fresh outbreaks of the H5N1 avian influenza in poultry, according to media reports and reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus hit two more farms in Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture, pushing the number of recent poultry farm outbreaks in the prefecture to five, Kyodo News reported yesterday. Miyazaki ‘s latest outbreaks occurred near the towns of Kawaminami and Nobeoka and prompted the culling of 96,600 chickens. In response to the recent outbreaks in wild birds and poultry, the first since April 2009, Japan’s agriculture ministry on Jan 29 held an emergency meeting for prefectural officials, according to the Kyodo report. Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano told officials that the virus is a threat to local economies, and he urged them to do more to make sure farms are complying with biosecurity rules. The H5N1 outbreaks have recently led to cancellations of bird-related events at least 28 facilities such as zoos and aquariums in Japan, the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported today. Authorities cancelled a marathon that was scheduled to be run through a wintering area for migratory cranes and in some instances have banned the feeding of swans and other birds.

South Australia Suffering From Ross River Virus


A sudden spur in the cases of those infected with either of the Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) in South Australia created panic among the general public and the government. The alarming rise in the infected cases is credited to the ascended levels of water in the River Murray. The stagnated water has given rise to many water-borne diseases, thereby promoting the breeding of mosquitoes.

St. Joe’s records 14th death in C. diff outbreak


The wife of a once prominent city politician and union leader has become the latest person infected with C. difficile to die at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Elizabeth (Betty) Foley died at the hospital Monday morning. She is the 14th person with C. diff to die since an outbreak was declared by the public health unit at the beginning of November. There have been 103 cases to date, 64 hospital-related and 39 contracted from outside the Charlton Avenue East facility.

Corruption Threatens Swine Flu Spread in Kenya


With the flu season already here, Kenya’s porous borders are at a great risk of an outbreak of Swine Flu. Poor monitoring systems and rampant corruption of immigration officials remains an obstacle, medics worry. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the disease has so far infected over 60,000 people worldwide with 300 people killed. The first confirmed Swine Flu outbreak in Kenya was in June 2009. “There is a worry considering that Kenya’s borders along our airports are porous. Corrupt immigration officials can easily be bribed to give medical certificates without even vaccinating or testing people,” said Evan Abwao, a Nairobi based medical practitioner.



In a recent televised interview, Libya’s leading HIV/AIDS prevention official said the number of Libyans infected with HIV could be as high as 70,000 individuals, representing some 1.13 percent of the total population. Previous estimates had put the number at .6 percent (about 37,000 people) to one percent (about 61,000 people). Intravenous drug use and risky sexual behavior constitute the most prevalent disease vectors. Given the difficulty of obtaining reliable statistics in Libya, the estimate of 70,000 cases of HIV-positive cases is useful, although the presence of a large migrant population from sub-Saharan Africa and lack of clarity about the extent of intravenous drug use and risky sexual behavior suggest that the real figure of HIV-positive cases could be still higher.

ANALYSIS-S.Korea to take 1-2 yrs to recover from foot-and-mouth


South Korea’s swine industry could take one or two years to recover from a foot-and-mouth epidemic that has boosted meat purchases by one of the world’s top pork importers. A long-term boost to the country’s pork imports, mainly from the United States, could support U.S. hog futures <0#2LH:> already at record highs partly on the back of potential Korean demand. Pork shipments into Asia’s No.4 economy may rise by 20 to 30 percent from last year’s 290,000 tonnes after nearly a third of the pig herd was culled, and the country lowered tariffs on meat imports in an effort to contain food inflation. “When one removes that many animals from their domestic herd, it would suggest that it’s going to take, in the case of swine, a couple of years to come back,” said Martin Rice, executive director of Canadian Pork Council.

Geneva pigeons falling from the sky


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A deadly virus is killing what may be hundreds of pigeons and turtledoves around Geneva, particularly in the commune of Carouge. Health authorities advised people in an alert published 31 January not to touch any dead birds to avoid spreading the disease to other ones. The virus is not dangerous to humans or other animals, and the scale of the problem is not a health nuisance, nor have the birds been poisoned, authorities were quick to reassure.

22 peacocks found dead in Rajkot district


As many as 22 peacocks have beenfound dead in Wankaner Vidi area in the district in the lastfew days and forest department has initiated an inquiry inthis regard, officials said. Buzz up! “We have set up nine teams to search every corner of thearea to find out the exact cause of the bird deaths,” forestdepartment official Lalitbhai Parmar said. The carcasses of the birds, found in the last five days,have been sent to Junagadh and Anand veterinary laboratories,the senior official said.

Mystery illness claims lives of 50 peacocks


Even as the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) scare shows no signs of abating, another mysterious illness has raised its ugly head. This disease has claimed the lives of 50 peafowls in various parts of the state. Forest officials have sent two samples to the National Institute of Virology in Pune to ascertain the cause of bird deaths. Earlier, forest department thought the cause of death was food poisoning. However, when reports of deaths started trickling in from separate regions of the state, foresters got worried. The first case was reported from Wankaner on January 26. Thirteen peacocks were found dead at one spot. The forest department sent a team led by the deputy forest officer to investigate the cause of death.

More dead fish found in Arkansas River, but fewer


OZARK, Ark. (AP) – A state Game and Fish Commission official says more dead drum fish – but far fewer than the number reported in a previous fish kill – have been found in the Arkansas River near the lock and dam at Ozark, in the same area where thousands of dead fish were found a month earlier. A news release Monday from the wildlife agency said a fish kill spotted Friday involved only about 500 fish, compared with 83,000 in a fish kill reported Dec. 29.

Freezing temperatures cause fish kill at Franklin Island


Boonville — A sudden drop in temperature earlier this month led to, a state official said, what appears to be around 1,000 fish dying in Franklin Island Conservation Area. A mid-Missouri resident found the fish and took photos on Jan. 9. Because of the snow, the Boonville Daily News was unable to confirm the dead fish until last week.

Tropical fish dying in frigid Wakayama


TANABE, Wakayama Pref. (Kyodo) The unusually severe winter is taking a toll in unexpected parts of this warm Pacific coast region, with tropical fish from the south hitching a ride on the north-bound Black Current only to die here in the cold. According to a recent study by Kyoto University associate professor Shin Kubota, species such as Moorish idol and blowfish have been washing ashore since mid-January.

India 2/2/11

Source: RSOE

About 200 people took ill and 62 of them had to be hospitalised for symptoms for food poisoning in Madikeri and Somwarpet after they had feast at a marriage, police said. Doctors said that the people fell sick after having food at a wedding in Somwarpet on the night of January 30. While eight people, including the bride were hospitalised in Madikeri, 54 others were admitted to a hospital in Somwarpet, sources said. Doctors at the hospitals said that the condition of those hospitalised is stated to be out of danger.

More bird flu feared in Miyazaki


MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) The Miyazaki Prefectural Government said Tuesday that 191 chickens died at a poultry farm in the city of Miyazaki and that six of the seven dead birds tested positive for avian influenza in a preliminary exam. Officials decided to launch more detailed examinations on the six dead birds to confirm whether they were infected with bird flu. It would be the prefecture’s seventh outbreak.

Avian flu reappears in South Sumatra


Avian flu outbreaks in Prabumulih and Palembang in South Sumatra have prompted the municipalities’ governments to call for a mass culling of animals infected or suspected to have been infected by the H5N1 virus. The Prabumulih administration issued an alert after avian flu cases were recorded in eight subdistricts of the municipality. The outbreak came as a shock after many thought the disease had been successfully curbed over the last several years.

Montreal hospital recently treated woman for cholera


MONTREAL — A Montreal hospital says it recently treated a woman for cholera after she spent time in Haiti. Lucie Dufresne, a spokeswoman for Universite de Montreal hospital centre, says the woman checked in on New Year’s Day and was allowed to return home two days later. Haiti was hit with a deadly cholera outbreak last fall. Dufresne says lab tests determined the woman was suffering from cholera.

Bird flu outbreak hits Indonesia’s Jambi


JAKARTA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — Bird flu (H5N1) outbreak has attacked Indonesia’s Jambi province, triggering death of thousands of chicken in Kerinci regency, online news reported on Wednesday. Secretary of Animal Husbandry Division of Kerinci regency, Igor, said that at least 4,164 chickens were killed due to the disease.

Flu outbreak at St. Joe’s hospital unit


An influenza outbreak has been declared on one unit at St. Joseph’s, which has been battling a hospital-wide outbreak of the superbug C. difficile since October. Only three cases of the flu have been diagnosed in the complex continuing care unit, on the fifth floor of the Charlton campus where 31 patients are housed. But confirmation of the virus two days ago in patients on a single ward who acquired the flu in the hospital triggered public health’s decision. “The circumstances fulfil public health’s definition of an outbreak,” said hospital president Dr. David Higgins.

Vomiting bug hits North East hospital


AN OUTBREAK of a winter vomiting bug has hit scores of hospital patients and forced the cancellation of operations. Twelve wards have been affected at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, where several bays have been isolated to contain the virus. Up to 40 patients have contracted the norovirus over the last two to three weeks but hospital bosses today said the bug was “well contained” and no new cases had emerged since Thursday.

Nigeria: 30 Cholera Cases Recorded in Kano Hospital


Kano — Cholera outbreak has hit Kano as 30 cases have been recorded at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) alone, Kano State Commissioner for Health Hajia A’ishatu Isyaku Kiru said yesterday. Daily Trust gathered that the cases were also recorded in many other hospitals across the state, and according to a source at the Murtala Mohammed General Hospital, Kano Municipal Local Government is the worst hit.

Another fruit fly outbreak


There has been another fruit fly outbreak in the North of the state. As the harvest season for wine grapes is kicking off, and with table grapes not far away, it couldn’t come at a worse time for growers.

Four wards closed in virus outbreak


Three wards remain closed at Treliske Hospital, Truro and three are partially closed following an outbreak of the Norovirus. One ward at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance remains closed. The Royal Cornwall HospitalsTrust has also stopped visits to patients, except those who are critically ill. Planned surgery and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual. Non-urgent surgery is being reviewed on a day-to-day basis. The trust is advising people to contact the hospital before leaving the house. Trust spokeswoman Laura Mason, from the trust said: “The outbreak is still continuing, however we are seeing fewer numbers.”

Diarrhea outbreak hits Cebu villages


CEBU CITY – Ninety persons, many of them children and the elderly, asked for help at a Danao City district hospital in the last four days because of diarrhea. A one-year-old Danao child with the same symptoms died Friday, reportedly on a ship bound for Siquijor province. The patients in the 25-bed Danao hospital come from seven of the city’s 42 barangays, but at least 44 are from Barangay Taboc, nurse-on-duty Liza Bataluna said Saturday.

Brazil – Thousands of dead fish in the Pantanal


MATO GROSSO DO SUL/AMAZON Region – At Aquidauana, pantanal region of the Mato Grosso do Sul state, shoals of painteds, pacus, golden fishes, cacharas – and even stingrays, are floating dead in Rio Negro, one of the largest in the Amazon River basin. The estimated Environmental Policy is of that several tons of fishes died, adding that the authorities and experts, they still do not have the scale of the ecological disaster. Biologist of the State Institute of the Environment, Robert Gill Machado, noted the phenomenon, considered of great proportion, after flying over the region of sub-basin of Rio Negro. At this place fishing is banned. The area is considered one of the nurseries of fish breeding of the Pantanal. According to the technicians of the Institute the symptoms that occur in this case are the same symptoms of other instances of the genre. The fish are dying putting their heads out of water trying to obtain air, due to lack of oxygen in the water. This deficiency is due to the large volume of ash produced by burned, which is carried by runoff along riverbeds of the wetland.

Hundreds More Fish Found Dead In River

LITTLE ROCK – Nearly 500 fish were found dead in the Arkansas River near Ozark late last week, about a month after 83,000 fish were found dead or dying in same area, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials said Monday. The latest find occurred Friday in the river near the Ozark Lock and Dam, said Chris Racey, assistant chief of fisheries with the commission. More than 83,000 dead or dying fish were found in the same area on Dec. 29. In both cases the majority of the fish discovered were freshwater drum. Racey said officials are working to try to determine a cause of death in both instances. “We are again asking the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to perform additional testing on the fish we were able to capture,” said Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Assistant Chief of Fisheries Chris Racey.

Bangladesh 2/3/11

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The death of seven people from ‘mystery’ fever in a northern border district has the experts scrambling to find out whether it was caused by a fresh outbreak of highly fatal ‘nipah virus’. The virus is highly infectious as it has killed 113 people out of 152 who had the fever since its first outbreak in 2001 when it was unknown to all. The disease has become a cause of anxiety among Bangladesh’s health authorities as it unfailingly strikes every year and there is little the doctors can do except circulating awareness message ‘not to drink raw palm juice’. The juice, scientists say, is thought to be responsible for causing the infection. “The government has taken the fatalities in Hatiabandha upazila of Lalmonirhat district seriously,” said Prof Mahmurdur Rahman, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). A 10-member team, comprising IEDCR and ICDDR,B scientists, left Dhaka for Hatiabandha on Wednesday to investigate into the mystery fever that left a few people critically ill in the last 36 hours. Doctors at the Rangpur Medical College Hospital where some victims were transferred have not been able to pin-point the origin of the disease or how it spreads. It reportedly begins with high fever followed by seizure and death. “We suspect it is encephalitis, a serious brain infection, usually triggered by a virus either nipah or Japanese Encephalitis,” Prof Rahman said, adding that only lab test can confirm the virus. They (the team) will collect blood samples for lab test in the IEDCR, the lone nipah virus identification laboratory in the South-East Asia A ICDDR,B scientist requesting anonymity, however, said they were suspecting nipah to be the cause of the latest outbreak as the symptoms of the patients who died were similar to those infected with nipah virus. Last month, they also got a nipah case from that region. According to experts nipah virus spread during December to April when fruit bats perch on the jars used for collecting palm juice. They usually leave saliva and droppings into it while sipping the juice. When people drink raw juice, the virus gets into them and passes from person to person. It is so infectious that in 2004 four members of a family in Faridpur died after one of them got infected. A rickshaw-puller who carried a patient to the hospital also got infected and died. “Pteropus bats carry the virus in Bangladesh,” said Dr Salahuddin Khan, an ICDDR,B scientist, adding that their research showed using bamboo or stick shade or covering the pitcher with polythene can prevent the juice contamination. “But people should avoid drinking raw juice,” Prof Rahman said, adding they have been circulating such messages and carrying out their surveillance at six health facilities including medical colleges. Besides, IEDCR also collects information from local health authorities elsewhere. He suggested ‘one health’ approach that means concerted effort of physicians, animal scientists and anthropologists to contain the spread of the virus. Prof Rahman said once people believed that it was ‘evil spirit’ that kill people, but now they have started to understand the fact. “When people can understand the fact, they can prevent it.” Nipah was first detected in Malaysia in 1998, but at present Bangladesh, a hotspot for emerging diseases, is the only country in the world that reports nipah. No one can say why. Meherpur, Naogoan, Rajbari, Faridpur, Tangail, Thakurgoan, Kushtia, Manikganj, and Rangpur are the districts where the disease was detected. “We should heighten our surveillance but we cannot do due to budget constraints,” Prof Rahman said.

California 2/3/11

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Public Health officials have confirmed the first case of meningitis to hit Shasta County in 2011. Kate Pasley, a supervising public health nurse says a child in the northern part of Shasta County was diagnosed with the disease Monday February 1st. The child is being treated and doing better and the people closest to the child, who may have been exposed, are being treated with antibiotics by their doctors she said. Pasley reports that Shasta County sees between one and ten cases of meningitis per year. She describes the disease as very serious, though not highly contagious and says it can come on in a matter of hours. Symptoms include a high temperature of 102 or more, stiff neck, headache, nausea and vomiting. Pasley says the best way to avoid contracting the disease is to never share drinks or eating utensils, don’t share lip gloss or cosmetics, get plenty of exercise and sleep and maintain a healthy diet.

Bangladesh 2/3/11

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Some 8,000 chickens of a poultry farm, infected with the H5N1 virus, in Kishoreganj have been culled. The culled chickens, from Mozammel Haque’s poultry farm at Bagadia village of Sadar Upazila, were buried on Thursday noon under the supervision of the district livestock department. District livestock officer A S M Naushad Hossain told that they took the step to check the spread of the disease, which was a subtype of the Influenza A virus and could cause illness in humans and many other animals. The bird flu infection was confirmed when the livestock department sent a sample of the tissue to the Central Diseases Investigation Laboratory in Dhaka on Wednesday after some of the chickens of the farm had died. Later, the local administration took the initiative to have the chickens culled. Hossain said the affected farm owner would be given financial assistance, as per the government policy. The farm owner said the culling caused him a loss of around Tk 1.4 million. “However, the government has assured me of providing Tk 150 for each chicken, which will help me recover my losses a little bit.”

100,000 sharks mass off Florida’s beaches


Pilot Steve Irwin was astonished after spotting a mass of more than 100,000 sharks swimming just 100 yards off Florida’s sandy beaches. The long-time fisherman and marine technology expert was cruising 300ft above the clear waters in his helicopter on Sunday when he came across the astonishing scene. The 50-year-old – who shares his name with the late Australian ‘Crocodile Hunter’ – whipped out his smartphone to capture the masses of deadly predators, which spanned a 20-mile stretch of water. The sharks – believed to be Spinners, between 3ft and 7ft long – were heading north and swimming parallel to the east coast’s idyllic white beaches between Fort Lauderdale and exclusive Jupiter Island.

Oysters disappearing worldwide: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting. Most of the remaining wild oysters in the world, or about 75 percent, can be found in five locations in North America, said the study published in BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. An international team of researchers led by Michael Beck of the Nature Conservancy and the University of California, Santa Cruz, examined the condition of native oyster reefs in 40 ecoregions, including 144 bays. “Oyster reefs are at less than 10 percent of their prior abundance in most bays (70 percent) and ecoregions (63 percent),” said the study. “They are functionally extinct — in that they lack any significant ecosystem role and remain at less than one percent of prior abundances in many bays (37 percent) and ecoregions (28 percent) — particularly in North America, Australia and Europe.”

New Zealand 2/4/11

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Ten pilot whales died when about 82 of the mammals beached at the top of New Zealand’s South Island on Friday, officials said, warning that the others could not be refloated immediately. ‘It is an ordeal for them to be exposed stranded like that and be exposed in the sun,’ Conservation Department spokeswoman Trish Grant said. ‘Unfortunately some just do die.’ ‘We’d be optimistic that there are surviving whales tomorrow that we can refloat.’ The stranding occurred at Farewell Spit on Golden Bay, about 150 kilometres west of the tourist city of Nelson. Local residents initially reported about 30 whales were stranded and the number grew through the afternoon. About 100 department of conservation staff were working to keep the whales cool and hydrated in the afternoon sun, Grant said. The next high tide is due around midnight but it would be too dangerous to refloat the whales then and staff have wait until the morning again to carry out the rescue attempt. Grant said: ‘It’s something that has occurred reasonably often in Golden Bay with pilot whales, and just even the shape of the bay could mean they kind of get a bit caught with the spit coming round, so it could just be navigational error.’ Pilot whales up to six metres long are the most common species of whale seen in New Zealand waters.

Flu-like outbreak at West Marin outdoor school sickens 50 children, adults


An outdoor education school in West Marin was shut down Thursday while authorities investigated an outbreak of a flu-like illness, suspected to be norovirus, among some 50 fifth-graders and adults. The students were participating in a weeklong science and environmental program at Walker Creek Ranch, a 1,741-acre school and conference center about five miles east of Marshall. Students and adults became ill with symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea beginning late Wednesday, said officials at the Marin County Office of Education, which operates the ranch. Ranch employees reported the outbreak to the Marin County Fire Department at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire Capt. Chris Martinelli said.

Bacterial outbreak at Chatham, Ont., hospital; seven MRSA cases identified


CHATHAM, Ont. – The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has put new admissions on hold in its complex continuing care unit in Chatham, Ont. The hospital says it have been dealing with an outbreak of an antibiotic resistant bacterial infection since Jan. 17. Seven cases of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) have been identified on the complex continuing care unit. The hospital says the bacteria is not making people sick, but has the potential to cause serious illness. Infection prevention co-ordinator Carol Turner says MRSA can be spread very easily by hands. Turner says the results of testing to be done next week will determine when the unit can be re-opened to new admissions.

Killer virus is Nipah: IEDCR


Dhaka, Feb 4 ( — The virus that killed 14 people at Hatibandha Upazila in Lalmonirhat in the last four days has been identified as Nipah. Director of the Institute of Epidemiology Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR) Mahmudur Rahman told reporters on Friday afternoon that they have been able to identify the virus through tests. The outbreak of the virus was first marked a week back in the area. A team of IEDCR started working to identify the cause on Wednesday following a number of deaths. The director also said 22 cases of infections have been recorded so far and 14 of them have died. The death toll was also confirmed by Hatibandha Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman. However, locals claimed that at least 19 have died as of Friday, while Hatibandha Upazila Health Complex physician Bimol Kumar Roy put the number of infected people at 50. The civil surgeon of Lalmonirhat said an expert team from Dhaka, along with local fieldworkers, was working to contain the outbreak.

Polio returns to cripple Angola and its neighbours

Source: AP

LUANDA — Linda Afonso’s right leg is stiff and atrophied but she does not know the name of the disease that made it that way. The 13-year-old lives in Cacuaco, a sprawling slum in the northern suburbs of the Angolan capital, Luanda. When she was a small child, her leg became partially paralysed. “My parents took me to the hospital, but they couldn’t do anything,” she said. Afonso doesn’t know the name of her disease because polio, the acute viral infection that can cause irreversible paralysis or death, was eradicated in Angola in 2002, shortly after she caught it. Despite Angola’s crumbling health infrastructure and poor sanitation in the slums of Luanda — where thousands of refugees fled during the country’s 27-year civil war — health workers managed to eliminate new polio infections from 2002 to 2005. But just as anti-polio campaigners chalked up another victory in the international fight against the disease, a strain of the virus reappeared, thought to have been carried by Indian workers employed on post-war rebuilding projects. In 2010, Angola registered 32 new cases of polio in the Luanda area, in the east of the country and in the exclave province of Cabinda. The virus also spread to two neighbouring countries where it had been considered eradicated — 93 cases were reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and 50 in Congo.

SCDHEC: Flu Virus Now Considered Widespread


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released new information on Wednesday regarding the spread of the flu in the state and say that South Carolina’s influenza activity level is now considered widespread. On Wednesday, Greenwood School District 52 Superintendent Dr. Mark Petersen spent the day spreading the word to teachers, students and parents and urging those who are sick to stay home. In a telephone message to parents on Wednesday Petersen reminded parents and students of the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu and ways to help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Deadly frog virus found on Nantucket


Frogs beware: Chytrid – a deadly fungus that causes a disease called chytridiomycosis that has been linked to a devastating amphibian population decline all over the world – has been detected on Nantucket.

Nine Influenza Deaths In Hungary So Far


“Nine people had died of influenza in Hungary by Monday, the National Epidemiology Institute said Wednesday, citing data from the State Medical Office. One of the dead was a child under five years old, five others were aged 35-59, and the remaining three were over 60 years of age. None of the victims had been inoculated against the virus.

UK findings hint at spread of resistant H1N1 strain


Feb 3, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – British researchers say 3 of 27 cases of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant 2009 H1N1 influenza detected in Britain so far this season were in outpatients who had no known exposure to the drug, suggesting that resistant strains may be spreading at a low level in the community. Writing in Eurosurveillance today, the authors say the finding “suggests possible onward transmission of resistant strains and could be an indication of a possibility of changing epidemiology of oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) virus.” However, no transmission has been confirmed so far, they report. Scattered cases of oseltamivir-resistant 2009 H1N1have been detected since early in the 2009 pandemic, most of them in immunosuppressed patients or in hospital patients who had been treated with the drug. A Jan 14 report from the World Health Organization put the global total at 319 cases out of 20,000 samples tested, the British researchers note. The researchers, from the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency and laboratories in Wales and Scotland, say the 27 resistant cases they found are the UK total for the season through the third week of January. The rate of resistance detection last season (2009-10) was similar, but all cases last year were in hospital patients, they report. The 3 resistant cases in outpatients were among 364 outpatient samples tested, for a detection rate of 0.8%. The other 24 resistant cases were out of 2,500 hospital patient samples tested, a rate of 1.0%. The report offered no information on the patients’ disease severity or outcomes.

More cases of sick bug at Southern General Hospital


More cases of a diarrhoea and vomiting bug have been reported at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Officials from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said 27 patients and nine staff were now showing symptoms of Norovirus. Four medical wards and one for rehabilitation and assessment were closed earlier in the week.

Dead crows found in downtown Amsterdam


AMSTERDAM — A city alderman says he has called the State Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate a group of dead crows found near the mall downtown Thursday. Alderman Joe Isabel said the discovery of dead crows isn’t unusual in the area, but this was the first time that many — 20 to 30 — has been found. A DEC representative picked up 5 to 10 birds as samples to be tested, says Isabel. Results are pending.

Fish kill reported along coast


A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department official said there were reports of floating fish as a cold snap hit South Texas Thursday. A day earlier, the department had announced the temporary closure of saltwater fishing spots along the coast, including Brazos Santiago Pass near Brownsville. On Thursday, Mark Lingo, the Lower Laguna Madre Ecosystem leader, said floating fish were reported near the pass. “We’re on standby right now,” Lingo said. “We’re watching the weather and water temperatures. … We’re probably looking at a fish kill, but we don’t know how substantial it will be at this point.”

More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes


State officials spotted 251 dead fish off Oregon Inlet and on the beach at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Thursday as the commercial season for striped bass reopened for two days under new rules meant to reduce losses. More fish might be found in the surf and along beaches Friday morning, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Marine Fisheries said.

Rare dolphins in Pak found dead


KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 3, (AP): Wildlife authorities say they have found the carcasses of six endangered river dolphins in Pakistan over the last month. Sindh Wildlife Department deputy head Ghulam Mohammad accused on Monday local fisherman, saying their poison and nets were to blame for the deaths of the Indus River Dolphin. The blind mammal is found only in the Indus River. A 2006 survey put the numbers left in the river at 1,300.

Seal death toll rises to more than 200


A charter plane full of frozen dead harp seals may not sound all that exciting, but for scientists in St. Johns, N.L. its arrival was hotly anticipated. The twin otter travelled up to Baffin Island and back down along the Labrador coast picking up the frozen passengers that had washed ashore over the past fortnight. Its final stop was St. Anthony airport where five seals found at Eddies Cove East were loaded and flown to the province capital to hopefully allow Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ scientists to unravel the mystery behind their deaths. DFO seal expert Garry Stenson said more than 200 harp seals had washed ashore in a over the past two weeks with no clear reason as to why.

Danville student remains hospitalized following mystery outbreak


Two days after a mysterious outbreak of illness at a Marin County science camp, one Danville student remains hospitalized. Contrary to earlier reports by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services that none of those who fell ill at Walker Creek Ranch on Wednesday had to be hospitalized, sources in Contra Costa County confirmed Friday that at least one student from Danville was in the hospital undergoing treatment. Also Friday, public health officials ruled out contaminated water as a possible cause of the illness that sickened dozens of children and adults, including some from Danville and Oakland, during a five-day science camp at the ranch.

Outbreak of Cholera


The disclosure that more than 240 cases of cholera have been reported in Accra by the Country Office of the World Health Organisation is indeed worrying. It is outrageous that almost every year there is an outbreak of the cholera disease in no other places than Chorkor, Agbogbloshie, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi, Agege, Maamobi, Nima, Banana Inn, Zambrama Line, Sukura, Russia and Mallam all suburbs of Accra. It is equally difficult to understand why the AMA Public Health Department and the Accra Directorate of the Ghana Health Service are unable to plan strategically to at least minimise or stop the disease from breaking out.

Peru on red alert after dengue outbreak


Please respect’s ts&cs and copyright policy which allow you to: share links; copy content for personal use; & redistribute limited extracts. Peru has declared a red alert in its northern Amazon amid a dengue outbreak that has claimed 12 lives and infected 10,517 people. Oscar Ugarte, health minister, said the outbreak of an Asian American strain new to Peru was “aggressive and quick to evolve”. “Our specialists have never seen such a strong attack with so many serious cases,” he told reporters. The strain, which appears to have crossed the border from Brazil into the jungle state of Loreto, does not produce high fevers like haemorrhagic dengue, but it causes abdominal pains that can bring on shock.

Superbug outbreak shuts Sir Charles Gairdner ward


A WARD at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital was evacuated on Friday after an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria put vulnerable patients at risk. Two employees said a number of rooms on more than three wards were affected by the outbreak, but the hospital said only one patient was infected with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

Outbreak of measles in Oslo


During the last week, 5 children from immigrant communities living in Gamle Oslo have been diagnosed with measles. Several of the youngest children have been admitted to hospital. Measles rashThe first child who became ill was infected by visitors from abroad. For various reasons, the children who have contracted measles were not vaccinated against the disease (MMR vaccine).

Maine oysters suffer MSX outbreak


A deadly pathogen spurred an outbreak of disease in Maine oyster farms for the first time last year. The spore-forming protozoan Haplosporidium nelson, or MSX, is jeopardising the USD 3 million-industry in the northeast states. MSX is harmless to humans and can exist in small numbers without damaging oysters. The protozoan impairs oysters’ feeding and reproduction, weakening and eventually killing the mollusc.

Hospital vomiting bug outbreak intensifies


Nearly 50 patients and staff have now been affected by an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea that has closed five wards in a Glasgow hospital. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said 36 patients and 11 staff at the Southern General Hospital were showing symptoms of norovirus infection. Visiting has been limited to essential visits and visitors who develop symptoms of the disease have been urged to stay away from the hospital.

Flu closes Markdale hospital unit


Grey Bruce Health Services has closed the medical surgical unit to new admissions and put restrictions on visits at the Markdale hospital due to an outbreak of influenza A. The inpatient nursing unit was closed Friday afternoon, the hospital corporation announced in a news release Friday night. There were three confirmed cases of influenza A in the unit, which had 11 patients. “The move to close the unit to new admissions is a precautionary measure and a means of preventing further transmission of the illness and was recommended by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit. The unit will remain closed until the outbreak can be declared over,” hospital officials said in the release.

Additional FMD cases reported in S. Korea


South Korea has confirmed three additional cases of foot-and-mouth disease in the country’s central region, after initial vaccination of all livestock in the country has been completed, the government said Saturday. The additional cases bring the total number of officially confirmed FMD outbreaks to 144, after animals started showing symptoms in late November, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. The latest outbreak comes after no confirmed case was tallied by the central government during the Lunar New Year’s holiday that started on Wednesday. The disease has forced Seoul to cull and bury 3 million heads of cattle, pigs, goats and deer with damage estimated at more than 2 trillion won ($1.8 billion).

Florida 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

Thousands of dead fish were found washed up on the shore of a Florida state park. The animals were found along the beach of Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach, FL, on Friday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials believe the fish died because of the lack of oxygen. “Just because there’s such a large school of them, they use up the oxygen really quickly, and because they are coming closer to shore, there’s not as high of a water turnover rate and sometimes when you’re in an area with not as much tidal flow,” said Kelli O’Donnell, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. If the oxygen continues to run out, officials believe more fish may die.

India 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

Health officials in Vadodara and Dahod swung into action on Friday following a suspected case of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Dhanpur village of Dahod district. The patient from Dhanpur, is undergoing treatment at the Metro Hospital in Varni for the last two days while his samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for tests. Dahod District Epidemic Medical Officer D N Patel told The Indian Express: “He (Khabad) was admitted to a private hospital in Dahod where the physician Amit Shukla noticed symptoms similar to CCHF and shifted him to a private hospital in Vadodara. As soon as we got this information, we took preventive measures. We have prepared a list of people who have been in touch with the patient in the last 15 days and they are all under surveillance. We have also informed the concerned officials to spray the prescribed medicine to kill the ticks spreading this disease.”

Canada 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

A mystery virus has troubled health care facilities on P.E.I. for the last week, with a total of 128 reported cases of an unknown gastro-intestinal illness. The Department of Health confirmed seven more cases on Friday. One person has been hospitalized. Most of the cases are at Atlantic Baptist Nursing Home in Charlottetown. Health officials do not know what the illness is, but it is similar to the Norwalk virus and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. It typically lasts no more than one day. Deputy Chief Health Officer Mitch Zelman said tests have come back negative for Norwalk. “So far, all the tests are negative, but viruses can be very difficult to isolate and to find, to prove it. But it’s certainly acting very much like Norwalk,” said Zelman. “Most of the cases have diarrhea or nausea and some vomiting, and it’s lasting about 16 hours or so which is very much a Norwalk-like virus.” Zelman said the hospitalized patient is doing fine now. He said the outbreak appears to be in decline. Staff who have been ill have been advised to stay away from the facility for at least 48 hours. In addition, Atlantic Baptist Home officials are requesting that visiting be restricted to immediate family at this time. The nursing home has been thoroughly cleaned to prevent the virus from spreading outside its walls. Meanwhile, health officials still are hoping to identify the virus. Tests have been sent to a lab in Ottawa in the hopes that better technology will help identify the illness.

Paraguay 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

Paraguay has declared a health emergency in its second-largest city after a fifth person died from dengue fever this year. The dengue epidemic has hospitalized 123 people and may have infected more than 150 others in Ciudad del Este, on Paraguay’s so-called Triple Frontier with Brazil and Argentina. Fifteen people died from it last year in Paraguay. The city said Friday it is fumigating and warning people to empty standing water where the bugs breed. Hemorrhagic dengue fever can be very painful and deadly, especially without proper treatment.

Quarantine after man dies at clinic


Bold yellow tape inscribed with “Do not enter” cordoned off a ward of Section 8 at Netcare’s Olivedale Clinic. The mini-quarantine, which set off alarm bells among patients in the section, was part of precautions taken by the hospital when a man was brought in with an extremely high fever. The man, only known by the surname Dlamini, died at about 4am on Thursday, with hospital staff worried that he may have been suffering from a contagious viral haemorrhagic fever. Several patients, anxious at seeing men allegedly wearing hazardous-material suits remove the body, contacted The Star on Thursday to report the possibility of a viral outbreak.

Nipah turns nightmare


Dhaka, Feb 5 ( — Nipah has become a nightmare in border district Lalmonirhat of northern Bangladesh as experts grapple to arrest its spread. Death toll of the fatal virus climed to 16 on Saturday from 14, although no new cases have been reported till evening. People are still deserting their homes in panic while the local authorities shut down all primary schools at Hatiabandha upazila, which has witnessed the recent outbreak. “Even ambulance drivers fled the village. We are trying to convince people aking them not to panic and stop drinking raw palm or date sap,” said Dr Farhana Haque, an investigator of the government’s team despatched to the upazila on February 2 soon after the outbreak. The government sent more scientists to the affected area soon after the cause behind what was being called ‘mystery fever’ was ascertained by the Institute of Epidemiology and Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Researchers find virus plaguing soft crabs


BALTIMORE (MCT) — Not long after Lee Carrion and her partner launched Coveside Crabs in Dundalk, Md., five years ago, they realized their seafood business had a serious problem. Up to half of the molting crabs they were holding in dockside tanks to sell as soft crabs died before they could be sold to customers. “I was horrified. I couldn’t believe they were dying like that,” said Carrion, 50, a former teacher who’d left the classroom to join 54-year-old waterman Richard Young in the crab business. Alarmed by the losses, they methodically tweaked their operations and equipment, and managed to reduce the crab mortality, but couldn’t eliminate it. Carrion began to look for help. Her search led to the Columbus Center in the Inner Harbor. There, as it turned out, scientists with the University of Maryland’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology were looking for a soft-crab business in the Baltimore area willing to provide some crabs to study. Working together, they have found a virus in Chesapeake Bay blue crabs that they believe routinely kills a quarter or more of all soft crabs produced baywide before the premium seafood can get to market. They hope the discovery will lead to a way to spot and screen out infected animals, making soft-crab businesses more profitable while easing harvest pressure on the bay’s iconic crustacean.

Mystery as dead birds pile up on city street


What killed hundreds of dead birds found on a Rotorua central city street? Nobody seems to know. Rotorua mother Glyssa Bosworth was walking down Amohau St this week when her 1-year-old daughter pointed out a bird on the ground. Then she saw a few more. “I could smell something absolutely horrific,” Miss Bosworth told The Daily Post. She turned around and saw “hundreds” of them on the ground around the base of a tall tree in the reserve near the entrance to the Central Mall. She said she had never seen that many dead birds before. “There was a humongous pile of them. It was gross.”

Dead Fish Wash Ashore From Winter Blast


It’s not just people dying in the winter blast, fish are dead too. The bay, turned into a watery grave, for a variety of species of fish. It’s a fear come true in spots like Boca Chica Beach and by the Swing Bridge at Port Isabel. “I’ve been here for 15 years…and this is the worst I’ve seen it yet,” Sgt. James Dunk with Texas Parks and Wildlife said. Just before the Valley’s first of two nights of hard freeze, Sgt. Dunks predicted fish would be left paralyzed by the plunging temperatures. “Dead trout… rough fish… Grouper,” he said. The total impact on fish by the winter blast remains a mystery.

Biologists investigating sudden deaths of hundreds of trout at Cleveland Metroparks’ Shadow Lake


SOLON, Ohio — The sudden deaths of hundreds of stocked trout in the Cleveland Metroparks’ Shadow Lake in the South Chagrin Reservation have anglers puzzled and biologists investigating what might have gone wrong under the ice. Metroparks Fisheries Biologist Mike Durkalec said Friday that “it’s very likely all the rainbow trout are dead” in the three-acre lake, which sits south of Solon Road and east of Richmond Road in Solon. He said he also saw several dead sunfish this week near the edge of the lake. “This is unprecedented for this lake, which is why we’re investigating it so actively,” Durkalec said. “The red flags went up because this is not a reedy lake where oxygen levels have dropped off in the past.”

Florida (Update) 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

Portuguese man-of-war piled up on the beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties Saturday in what one veteran lifeguard called the worst influx he’s seen in decades. In Fort Lauderdale alone, 212 beachgoers were stung on Friday and 261 on Saturday. “It would have been far, far worse, but we were all up and down the beach keeping people out of the water,” said Lt. Jim McCrady of Fort Lauderdale’s Ocean Rescue. “I’ve never seen this many ever. I’ve been out here for 24 years.” Most beachside cities, including Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, reported the presence of man-of-war in recent days. If southeasterly winds stay at a steady 5 mph to 10 mph, the pesky sea creatures will linger. With neon purple and blue balloon-like floats and dangling tentacles, man-of-war deliver powerful stings that can sometimes cause swelling and shortness of breath. Lifeguards usually keep gels and solutions on hand to treat any stings. Before hitting the beach, residents should check their cities’ ocean rescue websites for the latest conditions. “We still want everyone to go out to the beach and enjoy the sand and sun, but definitely consult your lifeguard before you go in the water,” McCrady said.

New York 2/5/11

Source: RSOE

The first known cases of cholera in New York since the outbreak of the disease in Haiti last year were confirmed on Saturday by city officials. A commercial laboratory notified health officials on Friday that three New Yorkers had developed diarrhea and dehydration, classic symptoms of the disease, after returning from a wedding on Jan. 22 and 23 in the Dominican Republic, where the government has been trying to prevent the disease from spreading from neighboring Haiti. The three who contracted cholera were adults who returned to the city within days of the wedding. None were hospitalized. Dr. Sharon Balter, a medical epidemiologist for the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said on Saturday that the victims had all recovered. Officials declined to release the names of the patients or where they lived. City health officials are now working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to determine what the New York victims ate and to see if the strain of the disease they contracted is linked to the cholera epidemic that has ravaged Haiti, killing thousands since October and infecting many more. “We’re providing support to the state, with lab testing, in determining which strain” is at issue, said Candice Burns Hoffmann, a spokeswoman for the C.D.C. “And I know there is an investigation in the Dominican Republic, as well, for that wedding, and the C.D.C. is there to support the state health department and also international organizations.” Officials at the C.D.C. have noted a few cases of cholera in the past three or four months from travelers who arrived in the United States from Haiti or the Dominican Republic, Ms. Hoffmann added. While cholera can spread swiftly where sanitation is poor and clean drinking water is unavailable, the possibility of transmitting the disease in New York is considered low. The likelihood of person-to-person transmission is also low, as one would have to drink large amounts of water contaminated with Vibrio cholerae, the cholera-causing bacteria, to get sick. “People get cholera by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with cholera,” said Erin Hughes, a spokeswoman for the city’s health department. Those with cholera can recover rapidly, particularly if they rehydrate by drinking water with salt or sugar. In some cases, intravenous treatment and antibiotics might be required. In New York, the occasional cholera case is not unusual. Officials see an average of one a year, particularly among those traveling to regions where the disease is common, Dr. Balter said. But, until now, no cases have emerged since the outbreak in Haiti, she said. Federal health officials had put city health authorities on notice before the confirmation of the three cases on Friday. But city health officials had already been watching for cases to emerge and had sent alerts to doctors, Dr. Balter said. “We work closely with the C.D.C. on these cases, so we know about the outbreaks and we expected cases,” Dr. Balter said. “We may see more cases. We probably will see more cases. And we always see cases related to travel.” Dr. Balter stressed the importance of learning about the risk of cholera in the parts of the world where it is most prevalent and taking steps to prevent contracting the disease if traveling abroad. She also urged speaking with a physician before traveling and drinking bottled water once at a destination. Ms. Hoffmann said that travelers could also reduce their risk by “eating only food that has been cooked and served hot, paying vigorous attention to hand washing with soap and avoiding swimming or bathing in rivers.”

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion

“For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.” 2 Timothy 3:6-9

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Faith Under Fire

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.”  Matthew 10:22

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