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The strain, W135, makes up only about 3 percent of cases worldwide. It's unusual to have so many in one grouping here, said Dr. Vincent Conte, senior physician at the Miami-Dade Health Department.
''There doesn't seem to be any pattern,'' he said. ``We have cases in North Dade, South Dade, East Dade and West Dade. There's no real cluster. It's everywhere.''
The strain is surprising, Conte said. ``There have been scattered outbreaks around the world over the past few years, but so far in the U.S. we're the first location where there has been a cluster.''
Originally posted by LiquidCrystalz
This is scary!
My husband had bacterial Meningitis about 10+ years ago.
He was in ICU for 15 days. And quarantined. The doctor said the type that he had was usually fatal. My husband was a very sick man. I didn't think he would pull through it. It was a horrible and scary situation. He screamed for days until I finally asked the doctor if they could give him something to put him out so he wouldn't suffer so bad. I hope they can get a handle on this. I don't ever want to go through that again..!!
Originally posted by Digital_Reality
If you live in Florida you know how bad the mosquito's get in the summer. If it can be transmitted by a mosquito thats bad news. This sucks!
Originally posted by oneinthesame
Just 2 thoughts, if the missing pathogens were going to be used for testing in the real world, why would the MSM report it in the first place? Wouldn't that be self defeating? And also how do you go about getting a scrip for anti-biotics for a survival kit, just ask a doctor?
Originally posted by sedona
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
How are several of you obtaining antibiotics for these emergencies? I notice a lot of people seem to have easy access. How can I obtain some to put away for emergencies?
The Miami-Dade Health Department would not release the names of those infected by the W135 strain of meningitis since December for privacy reasons. But it released general information about them.
These patients died:
Female, 26 (verified to be British tourist Jade Thomas)
Female, 58 (Broward County)
These patients survived:
Female, 79 (Palm Beach County)
''We're stumped,'' Dr. Vincent Conte, senior physician at the Miami-Dade Health Department, said Thursday. ``There doesn't seem to be any pattern. We have cases in North Dade, South Dade, East Dade and West Dade. There's no cluster. It's everywhere.''
''We've never had a transmission like this in the United States,'' said Amanda Cohn, an Atlanta physician with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who specializes in meningitis.
People in South Florida kept their cool despite news that the W135 strain of meningitis can have a mortality rate as high as 20 percent. Local family doctors reported only a trickle of calls from families, mostly asking if their vaccinations were up to date.
''We had a couple of phone calls,'' said Dr. Norman Goldberg, a Baptist Hospital pediatrician. ``I don't think the news has fully resonated yet.''
The CDC has seen individual cases in the United States of the deadly, fast-moving strain, and there have been outbreaks in other parts of the world, including one that hit Muslims on the pilgrimage to Mecca and in the African country of Burkina Faso, Cohn said. But the CDC has never seen a case in which 12 people have been infected in six months in one area, as happened in South Florida.
The strain can kill within hours of symptoms, and anyone experiencing severe headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck should see a doctor immediately, health officials warned.
''It's a very scary disease,'' Cohn said, ``but it's not incredibly infectious. You're not going to see hundreds and hundreds of cases.''
Dr. Kimberley Shoaf, associate director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, called the W135 strain ``incredibly rare.''