Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

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Photo taken from YourErie.com – Posted February 28, 2019

https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/cwd-disease-management-area-to-expand-into-elk-range/1812569181

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is in a small family of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Prion illnesses.  Prions are cellular proteins and their function are not completely understood.

These diseases are characterised by long incubation periods followed by degenerative brain changes. In other words, it can take several years for the illness to manifest and is always fatal. No treatments are available.

Basic definition of what is a Prion

A prion is a protein with a specific sequence of amino acids. Not a virus or any other previously known infectious agent, but rather an unconventional agent. Prions are thought to transform normal, benign protein molecules into deadly ones by the “folding” of these sequences into a pathogenic agent. 

A Little history of some of the best known Prion Diseases

While most of the 11 known variants are fairly recent developments (as far as is known) one, SCARPIE, has been around for at least 3 centuries. 2 types of SCARPIE (Classical and Atypical) generally infect sheep and goats with some thoughts it could present in animals closely related to sheep and goats. 

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is better known as “Mad Cow Disease” Most of us older adults will remember the PANIC this cause around the world several decades ago and how it is still feared.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – a HUMAN Prion Disease – might be remembered from the reports concerning the ZIKA epidemic which is still going on.

I’ve been seeing reports on CWD for several years now but over the past year – year and a half there seems to have been an explosion in cases in numbers and affected areas.  We might be looking at  an almost extinction level event for a number of hoofed mammals in this country. Remember – it can take several years for symptom manifestation and it is NOT treatable.

 

 

 

 

Kawasaki Disease Cases Increasing in the County | News | San Diego County News Center

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Image Credit: Shutterstock.com

https://www.countynewscenter.com/kawasaki-disease-cases-increase-in-the-county/

About Kawasaki Disease | Kawasaki Disease | CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/kawasaki/about.html

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This is one that I have never heard of before. It is amazing the sheer number of diseases out there and the distribution of them.  Some are located  here, some are located there and we never hear of those “over there” unless they happen to make their way “over here” – which is happening more and more frequently.  

A prime example of this is Dengue Fever.  Once thought of as usually only found in the South Pacific, Dengue is making it’s way around the World.  This year will probably find it hitting here in the U.S. and growing over the upcoming years.

A couple of other ones making the jump from the Caribbean and South America are:

MAYARO Virus, symptons similar to those of Dengue and Chikungunya,  hails from the Carribean area.

Madariaga virus crosses from South and Central America into Haiti – Homeland Preparedness News

https://homelandprepnews.com/stories/32080-madariaga-virus-crosses-from-south-and-central-america-into-haiti/

MADARIAGE Virus (or South American Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus) has been found primarly in animals but has nade the jump to humans in Panama. Now it has been found in Haiti so it is starting to circulate outside of it’s orignial areas,

Mayaro virus: Penn State researchers suggest spread into other areas of the world – Outbreak News Today

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/mayaro-virus-penn-state-researchers-suggest-spread-areas-world-96112/

I have a feeling there will be even more showing up on our doorsteps soon

Los Angeles City Council’s president suggests to deploy ‘army of cats’ to deal with rat situation | Fox News

Los Angeles Times

Deploy an ‘army of cats’ to catch L.A. City Hall’s rats? Not so fast

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Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson shows where carpet has been removed from his office due to vermin infestation at City Hall. (Reed Saxon / AP)

This story is also located at:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/los-angeles-city-councils-president-suggests-to-deploy-army-of-cats-to-deal-with-rat-situation

Sometimes I look at stories like this one and wonder how have we survived as long as we have? I’ve been watching the Typhus problem in Southern California since it first popped up in San Diego in June of 2018.

San Diego: Typhus reported in North Park woman, prompts health warning – Outbreak News Today

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/san-diego-typhus-reported-north-park-woman-prompts-health-warning-88870/

Typhus hospitalization prompts flea warning in San Diego County – The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/sd-no-typhus-warning-20180601-story.html

Now, Typhus is somewhat endemic to the area so this was not surprising, but then it spread to the L.A. area – 

LA’s Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood Ideals to the Test | Hollywood Reporter – posted 2/8/19

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/las-homeless-surge-puts-hollywoods-progressive-ideals-test-1174599

Flea-Borne Typhus Outbreak Among Homeless in Downtown LA | NBC Southern California 

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Public-Health-Reports-Several-Cases-of-Typhus-495197621.html

Meet the Entertainment Workers Living in Their Cars Amid Housing Crisis | Hollywood Reporter 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/meet-entertainment-workers-living-cars-housing-crisis-1169781

Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles | NBC Southern California 

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Typhus-Epidemic-Worsens-in-Los-Angeles-505166301.html

And fiinally a Deputy City Attorney contracts Typhus in IN L.A. City Hall comes down with Typhus – 

Flea-borne typhus in Los Angeles County: 107 cases since last year – Outbreak News Today 

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/flea-borne-typhus-los-angeles-county-107-cases-since-last-year-74326/

Rats and fleas have infested LA’s City Hall | Daily Mail Online 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6680695/LA-City-Hall-considers-removing-rugs-rat-fleas.html?ito=social-facebook

And then the L.A. City Council President says the City should deploy an –

‘army of cats’ 

to remedy the situation? 

Who advises politicians like this one?  Better yet, who elects politicians such as this one?