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Latest Satellite Sea Surface Temperature for North Atlantic - Loop Current - Gulf Stream ~ link
True Believer Album by Jeff DeVillez (iTunes) ~ link ~ also see this ~ link ~ Also see: Songs from Jeff DeVillez ~ link
War on Iran & Syria: What They Are NOT Telling Us ~ link
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The European Central Bank slowly but surely becoming a twin brother of the Fed ~ link ~ "We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people." − Daniel Webster, speech in the American Senate, 1833
First Confirmed H3N2v Death in Ohio ~ link ~ The 61-year-old female Madison County resident passed away earlier this week.
The individual had direct contact with swine at the Ross County fair before becoming ill.
The above comments from the Ohio Department of Health press release describe the first confirmed H3N2v fatality. Details, including disease onset date and underlying conditions, were withheld.
Human Clonal Expansion of July/August 2012 H3N2v ~ link ~ Today, 52 additional cases of H3N2v are being reported, bringing the total number of such infections since July 2012 in the United States to 276 across 10 states. Investigations into H3N2v cases indicate that the main risk factor for infection is exposure to pigs, mostly in fair settings; however, CDC also is reporting three instances of likely human-to-human spread of this virus during the current outbreaks.
According to CDC’s Dr. Joseph Bresee “limited human-to-human spread of this virus has been seen in the past, but the H3N2v virus has not previously -- and is not now -- spreading easily from person-to-person.” According to Bresee, “Most cases are occurring in children who are exhibiting pigs, or helping to exhibit pigs and have occurred after a lot of very close contact with pigs over a relatively long period of time.”
The above comments from the August 24, 2012 CDC update on H3N2v is not supported by the data. The Gallia Junior County Fair outbreak involved hundreds of attendees with influenza like illness (ILI) and 20% of the cases were adults. A rapid test on 200 of the ILI cases yielded 69 influenza A positives, indicating virtually all were infected with influenza, and further testing of a subset confirmed H3N2v in 11 of the initial cases, indicating the H3N2v is spreading easily from person-to-person.
Seven H3N2v Cases in Manitowoc County Wisconsin ~ link
New 'Heartland' Virus discovered in sick Missouri farmers - Deer deaths in Indiana ~ link