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Cases in 2019 are adding up at a rate much higher than in previous years
I think they released GMO microbes (not synthetics) during the clean up, a 'previously unknownd species' and thus a completely 'new form of microbiology'. There's your possible connection to this recent hydrocarbon eating bacteria situation, which is precisely what some people from that area believe to be the case.
...necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating disease that acts/kills very quickly.
Symptoms of Necrotizing Fasciitis
One tricky thing about necrotizing fasciitis is the way it may seem like just any other injury or illness. Soreness will generally spread (some describe it as the feeling of a pulled muscle around the injury site) and is followed by flu-like symptoms. Signs to look for include:
Soreness around a wound: This will generally be far more painful than the severity of the wound would usually induce.
Red or purple swelling: If you experience this symptom, it’s likely to spread quickly. Some people suggest making a mark at the edge of the swelling and then looking at it an hour later. If the swelling has extended a quarter inch or more, get to the hospital right away. Swelling, also known as erythema, is extremely common, especially accompanied by flu symptoms.
Ulcers: Not all people experience this, but some sufferers of flesh-eating bacteria get ulcers, black spots or blisters on their skin.
Tenderness: Tender skin around the affected area, especially if it seems out of proportion to the wound, might also signal a serious problem.
Bullae: A bulla is a specific type of blister. Patients with necrotizing fasciitis sometimes have bullae filled with serous (transparent or pale yellow) fluid. A hemorrhaging bulla is one late sign of necrotizing fasciitis that should cause major concern.
Flu-like symptoms: Fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting are all common and usually pop up within a few hours of infection.
Skin necrosis: The death of patches of skin is a late sign of necrotizing fasciitis.
Fluctuance: This odd symptom is seen in end-stage necrotizing fasciitis. Fluctuance is a “wave-like feeling” that occurs when an infected wound is touched.
Sensory and motor deficits: Another final symptom usually experienced by patients already under hospitalization, sensory and motor problems may occur as the infection spreads.
Research by the Berkeley Lab and others determined that indigenous microbes, including a previously unknown species, degraded the oil plume to virtually undetectable levels within a few weeks after the damaged wellhead was sealed. Another study showed that the methane and other gaseous compounds in the water column were also almost completely degraded within three months.
The full impact of the surface oil on shorelines, however, has not yet been determined. In their paper, Hazen and Atlas say that “up to 40-percent of the oil was lost in the water column between the wellhead and the surface, largely due to dissolution and mixing as the oil moved to the surface and evaporation as soon as it reached the surface.” This lowered the hydrocarbon concentrations and changed the composition of the oil that did reach the shore. But they also say that it is too early to tell the impact of the BP oil spill on the delicate marsh environments and beach communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
This study of acute and long-term health effects to the general public is a companion to NIEHS’s Gulf Long-term Follow-up (GuLF) Study that focused on on the oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers. The GuLF Study is expected to last up to 10 years and evaluate the health of 55,000 people.
NIH says of the $25.2 million in total funding for the new study, $3.2 million was provided by BP specifically for research on the health of Gulf area communities following the oil spill. BP, however, is not involved in the program or any of the research.
A Virginia woman has been diagnosed with a flesh-eating infection after visiting a local beach, reports said.
According to WTKR, Amanda Edwards and her friends visited Ocean View Beach in Norfolk last week, and the following day she had symptoms that made her suspect flesh-eating disease.
“I noticed this thing that came on my leg,” she told the TV station. “I ignored it for a couple days, and it just started getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore.”
Edwards said doctors diagnosed her with a staph infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria. They drained the swollen area and prescribed antibiotics.