In Public Health, Trust No Politician

I started this blog because I felt that Public Health Issues were being overlooked or, even worse, being used as a  Political Weapon by many Politicians to score points against other Politicians.  Also, most PEOPLE today care little about Public Health Issues unless it directly affected them – there is little “For the Greater Good” out there – only “What’s in it for ME”. Little did I know that it is even worse than I first believed.

I was a Baltimore Police Officer in the 1980’s and became hardened to the daily life of trash-filled alleys, homelessness, drug usage, filthy housing and rampant disease. In the 2000’s, I was the DIrector of Field Operations (Safety and Sanitation) Charles Village Community Benefits District and found that it was even worse than it was before – especially in trash piles, rodents, homelessness and filthy housing. Baltimore’s nickname was the “Syphilis Capital” of the Country and AIDs/HIV hit the City big time.

Baltimore was, and still is, a One Political Party Town and the “Old Guard” political types run the town.  Graft, Corruption and the “My way or the Highway” are the prevalent methods of Government. Add a “Press” that is also a One Party Entity to the mix and nothing will ever change.

So, I moved to a smaller town away from Baltimore and found that it is not much different than Baltimore. One Party Political Rule, Services and the like used as personal toys of the politicians and a “Press” that does what the Politicians tell them to do. Can’t get away from it.

Background explained and now Politicians and Public Health in the extreme:

This is about California and the rest of the West  Coast States (Oregon and Washington). Personally, I feel that those 3 states are THE classic examples of One Party Politics and the death of Public Health. One Party politics that try to control the entire narrative of what EVERYONE in those states is suppose to think and keep trying to export failed policies to the rest of the Country. The problems are many:

         ‘If Not Us, Who?’: Dr. Drew Urges Clinicians to Speak Up on West Coast                             Infectious Disease Crisis – posted 6/19/19


         Overall infectious disease articles:

         Homeless Camps Are Infectious Disease Time Bombs | American Council on                Science and Health – posted 4/24/19


          Rotting Trash Piles Sky-High in LA, Attracting Rats and Raising Concerns of a               New Epidemic | NBC Southern California – posted 5/21/19


There are just to many issues to discuss in detail about what is going on in the Cities – especially those on the West Coast. What it breaks down to is that NO politician wants to address the problems because of the political cost. I’ve heard about bits and pieces of last night’s first Democratic debates and I don’t  think it was even mentioned – I refuse to watch ANYTHING political, so I can’t say for sure, but this articles did appear within the past week:

Homelessness is a crisis in some parts of the country. Why are 2020 candidates mostly ignoring it? | The Seattle Times – posted 6/13/19

The Seattle Times is not a “Conservative” Newspaper in any stretch of the imagination.

Overall, all Politicians blame other Politicians for the problems. In fact, the other day, I heard the Governor of California blame the State of Texas for California’s homeless problem. Scratching my head bout that one. All politicians want to be re-elected because it is a cushy job with lots of status, benefits and so on.  It’s not about “US” it’s about “THEM” – just remember that.

See my page at:  Public Health Issues – U.S. Cities, States and Areas  for more information

Iran shoots down US drone in ‘clear message’| Fox News – posted 6/20/19


In this undated file photo an RQ-4 Global Hawk conducts tests over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a Global Hawk drone Thursday, June 20, 2019. The U.S. said the attack occurred over international airspace, while Iran said it happened over their territory.


There’s a lot speculation in the media on if this was an “accident” or a “non-authorized strike by a rogue element in Iran.” President Trump (in a news conference) has even stated it might be the case. He has given Iran and “OUT” if they are intelligent enough to take it.

I would say, after hearing that the White House is going to brief Congress TODAY at 3:00pm on the Iranian situation, that Iran has about 24 hours to make amends or something is going to happened in the Middle East.

Besides the cost of the Drone, the World Markets will react to the possibility of as U.S. Counter-Strike. This is what I’ve seen all ready:

Oil Spikes On Soaring U.S., Iran Tensions | – posted 6/20/19

I’m sure there will be a lot happing in the Financial Markets in the next couple of days – none of it good.

Sometimes the timing of articles in the Press is remarkable. This appeared today AFTER the news of the Drone Shoot down. Not intentional I’m sure, but given Iran’s history and use of terrorism as a weapon of diplomacy it makes me think and hope that people are ready

Is the US Ready for Near-Simultaneous Terrorist Attacks? – posted 6/20/19

And, given my post of yesterday:

A Spreading Plague: Lessons and Recommendations for Responding to a Deliberate Biological Event | Analysis | NTI – posted 6/17/19


it makes me a little worried about the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological side of the equation.

All we can do is watch and see what is going to Happen.

Most recent (before today) articles I’ve posted.

Tankers burn in Gulf of Oman; DoD ranks climate-threatened bases; Trump: I’d take 2020 help from Russia; Shanahan’s formal nomination, MIA; And a bit more. – Defense One – posted 6/13/19

U.S. Military Releases Video It Says Implicates Iran In Oil Tanker Attack – posted 6/14/19

Iran tried to shoot down US Reaper drone that arrived on scene of oil tanker attacks: officials | Fox News – posted 6/15/19

Saudi crown prince blames Iran for Gulf tanker attack, local media reports – Middle East News – – posted 6/15/19


For more, go to my page: WAR – Is It Coming?

A Spreading Plague: Lessons and Recommendations for Responding to a Deliberate Biological Event | Analysis | NTI – posted 6/17/19


The Actual Report (PDF)

Report – A Spreading Plague: Lessons and Recommendations for Responding to a Deliberate Biological Event | Analysis | NTI

I’m not saying that I expect something to happen in the immediate future, but enough research is going on that I can forsee the “possiblity” of something occurring, at some point, because of the ongoing hatreds and conflicts occurring as we speak.

Some of the more recent articles along this line:

National Biodefense Strategy 2018 – posted 2/9/19

National Health Security Strategy 2019-2022 – posted 2/15/19

Department of Health and Human Services – ASPR

Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 2019 – tfah – posted 3/3/29

New research examines preparedness for smallpox attack – Homeland Preparedness News – posted 6/15/19

For further information, look at these links to my pages:

A Study Of History

Research Papers and Documents

WAR – Is It Coming?







RABIES – Still Around and Still Killing

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report _Early Release / Vol. 68 June 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vital Signs: Trends in Human Rabies Deaths and Exposures

United States, 1938–2018


The MMRW Report on “Vital Signs: Trends in Human Rabies Deaths and Exposures” has made me think long and hard about Rabies in today’s world. I’ve read accounts of rabid wild dog PACKs attacking villages in 3rd world countries as well as numerous cases here in the United States over the years – although not PACK attacks. These PACK attacks made me think of Stephen King’s “CUJO” (book and movie) which brought the horror of rabies into the public mind for a short time, but then died out.


I grew up in a small town and several times went out with friends and neighbors hunting possible rabies infected animals who had bitten someone.  We all carried clubs and, thankfully, I never found one of the animals. I don’t think a club would have been much use against a rabid dog or raccoon.  The thought of “13 shots in the belly” made me cringe. thankfully it’s not quite that bad anymore.

As a Hospital Corpsman and a Police Officer I was well aware of the dangers of Rabies and was involved in several investigations into animal bites.  Luckily, Rabies was not a factor in these investigations.

I have seen and reported a number of “sick” animals to the local Animal Control or Health Agencies, but I believe these animals were affected by Distemper and not Rabies


Rabid Raccoon Left At Baltimore Co. Animal Services By Unidentified Woman – CBS Baltimore – posted 5/5/19

Colorado: Rabies in a Larimer County steer – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/8/19

Norway reports human rabies death, individual spent 2 months in Asia – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/9/19

Boy bitten by rabid raccoon in Chautauqua County – posted 5/9/19

Rabid Raccoon Found In Parkville Area – CBS Baltimore – posted 5/10/19

Polk County: 5th rabies case of 2019 – Tampa Dispatch – posted 5/15/19

Stray cat with rabies attacks 2 in Escambia County, leads to warning – posted 5/26/19

Rabies: Additional human case reported in Sarawak, Malaysia – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/30/19

South Hampton man bit by bat hiding in his iPad case – posted 5/29/19

Another rabid raccoon found in Monongalia County after fight with family’s dog – posted 5/30/19

Svay Rieng man succumbs to rabies after bitten by dog, National, Phnom Penh Post – posted 6/5/19

Seven Amado residents undergoing rabies shots | Local News Stories | – posted 6/13/19

To see 3 months of Rabies articles, go to my page at this Link:


Rabies vaccinations in PETS have even been used by the Anti-Vaxxers to spread falsehoods about vaccines. Vaccines cause autism in pets is one of their false claims. Here are some of the articles:

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous | Time – March 8, 2019posted 6/15/19

Anti-vaxxers are refusing to vaccinate their pet DOGS amid claims it can give them autism | Daily Mail Online – posted 4/15/19

Wouldn’t it be interesting if Rabies was the cause of the so-called ZOMBIE Outbreaks so popular in the SCIFI books and movies? “THE RAGE” in these 2 movies is so similar to what occurred in “CUJO”, (except “THE RAGE” doesn’t kill the host) it’s a little frightening

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Widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A across the United States | CDC



The following groups are at highest risk for acquiring HAV infection or developing serious complications from HAV infection in these outbreaks and should be offered the hepatitis A vaccine in order to prevent or control an outbreak:

  • People who use drugs (injection or non-injection)
  • People experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • People who are currently or were recently incarcerated
  • People with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
State-Reported Hepatitis A Cases and Clinical Outcomes
State Case Total Hospitalizations
n (%)
Deaths Outbreak
Start Date
Data Current
Total 19723 11331 (57%) 189
States with an ongoing outbreak
Alabamaexternal icon 65 32 (49%) NR 9/1/2018 5/30/2019
Arizonaexternal icon 353 282 (80%) 2 11/1/2018 6/6/2019
Arkansasexternal icon 343 NR (NR) NR 2/7/2018 6/7/2019
Coloradoexternal icon 69 42 (61%) 0 10/1/2018 6/5/2019
Floridaexternal icon 1876 1353 (72%) 21 1/1/2018 5/31/2019
Georgiaexternal icon 402 270 (67%) 1 6/1/2018 6/7/2019
Illinois external icon 85 51 (60%) 0 9/1/2018 6/5/2019
Indianaexternal icon 1544 834 (54%) 4 11/1/2017 6/7/2019
Kentuckyexternal icon 4682 2262 (48%) 58 8/1/2017 5/25/2019
Louisiana external icon 243 146 (60%) 1 1/1/2018 6/7/2019
Massachusettsexternal icon 359 296 (82%) 5 4/1/2018 5/31/2019
Michiganexternal icon 914 734 (80%) 28 8/1/2016 6/5/2019
Missouriexternal icon 311 157 (50%) 2 9/1/2017 6/6/2019
New Hampshireexternal icon 125 76 (61%) 1 11/1/2018 6/4/2019
North Carolinaexternal icon 79 56 (71%) 1 1/1/2018 5/31/2019
Ohioexternal icon 2997 1759 (60%) 10 1/1/2018 6/3/2019
South Carolinaexternal icon 121 92 (76%) 1 11/1/2018 5/31/2019
Tennesseeexternal icon 1571 946 (60%) 9 12/1/2017 5/31/2019
Virginiaexternal icon 67 40 (60%) 0 1/1/2019 6/6/2019
West Virginiaexternal icon 2528 1249 (49%) 21 3/19/2018 6/7/2019
States with a declared end to their outbreak
Californiaexternal icon 708 465 (66%) 21 11/1/2016 4/11/2018
Utahexternal icon 281 152 (54%) 3 5/8/2017 2/12/2019

Problem:  Pennsylvania declared a Hepatitis A Outbreak on May 20, 2019 with 171 cases at that point.  Pennsylvania isn”t listed in the above data.

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Pennsylvania – News – – Erie, PA – posted 5/20/19

In a 4 day period of time – June 4 – June 8 –  the below articles have appeared. these articles include at least 18 deaths.

Florida hepatitis A outbreak death toll now 18Outbreak News Today posted 6/4/19

Ohio hepatitis A outbreak nears 3,000 cases – Outbreak News Today – posted 6/4/19

Arizona hepatitis A outbreak tops 350 cases – Outbreak News Today – posted 6/8/19


On my page “Vaccine Preventable Diseases in the News”, over a 3 month period, I’ve listed 39 articles concerning the ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak in this country alone. 

VACCINE Preventable Diseases In The News

My main question is “Why aren’t the “News Networks” reporting on what is obviously a major Public Health problem in this Country?”