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Veratect reported local health officials declared a health alert due to a respiratory disease outbreak in La Gloria, Perote Municipality, Veracruz State, Mexico. Sources characterized the event as a "strange" outbreak of acute respiratory infection, which led to bronchial pneumonia in some pediatric cases. According to a local resident, symptoms included fever, severe cough, and large amounts of phlegm. Health officials recorded 400 cases that sought medical treatment in the last week in La Gloria, which has a population of 3,000; officials indicated that 60% of the town’s population (approximately 1,800 cases) has been affected. No precise timeframe was provided, but sources reported that a local official had been seeking health assistance for the town since February.
Residents claimed that three pediatric cases, all under two years of age, died from the outbreak. However, health officials stated that there was no direct link between the pediatric deaths and the outbreak; they stated the three fatal cases were "isolated" and "not related" to each other.
Residents believed the outbreak had been caused by contamination from pig breeding farms located in the area. They believed that the farms, operated by Granjas Carroll, polluted the atmosphere and local water bodies, which in turn led to the disease outbreak. According to residents, the company denied responsibility for the outbreak and attributed the cases to "flu." However, a municipal health official stated that preliminary investigations indicated that the disease vector was a type of fly that reproduces in pig waste and that the outbreak was linked to the pig farms. It was unclear whether health officials had identified a suspected pathogen responsible for this outbreak.
Local health officials had implemented several control measures in response to the outbreak. A health cordon was established around La Gloria. Officials launched a spraying and cleaning operation that targeted the fly suspected to be the disease vector. State health officials also implemented a vaccination campaign against influenza, although sources noted physicians ruled out influenza as the cause of the outbreak. Finally, officials announced an epidemiological investigation that focused on any cases exhibiting symptoms since 10 March.
Originally posted by thefreepatriotI agree... it has happened before, however for it to happen in industrialized areas where contact with pigs are low is very improbable, Notice alll cases have happened nearly at the same time? and if in fact it was transported there would be a lag time between cases due to incubation period.... I say its more likely the people where infected from there region... and in order for that to happen in NYC chances are none it was from direct pig to human contact.......so that leaves us with an alternative transmission method... and the best one I think that fits the bill are mosquitos as we are now officially in mosquito season... and the missing vials contain a virus that not only affects swine, horses and humans.... but is spread via Mosquitoes............... the only way for sure is to get our hands on a sample and test it..
The horses were part of the Venezuela-based Lechuza Caracas team and were being kept at the team's trailers on the grounds of the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Fifteen horses that seemed disoriented died before Sunday's match, said McElroy, and their bodies were sent to the state-run Kissimmee Diagnostic Laboratories near Orlando, Florida.
Luis Escobar, a player on the opposing Team Blackwatch, was on the grounds when the horses began to fall ill.
"I thought it was something temporary, and I saw a veterinarian and thought maybe it was one or two horses, and the vet was going to give something to help them out, and it was going to be done," he said. "But it wasn't."
Two horses initially collapsed, and as veterinarians and team officials scrambled to revive them, five others became dizzy, Tim O'Connor, spokesman for the polo club, said Sunday.
Originally posted by thefreepatriot
If you notice from the above news release the missing vials are
Venezuelan equine encephalitis,which have been missing since LAST YEAR.. Characteristics of Venezuelan equine encephalitis are flu like symptoms and HEADACHES..Also notice that it also infects SWINE and the primary transmission method are mosquitoes which infects all equine animals...It is now spring and the mosquito population is now growing in full swing...... April and May is the official beginning of Mosquito season... So watch out!!! stay indoors, and avoid eating pork or cattle .Also if you must go out stay away from indoor populated areas. Mosquito season officially starts this month and May in New york according to NYC health department, www.nyc.gov... Is this another Coincidence? with the now new outbreak in Queens????????? I strongly believe the primary transmission method is mosquito bites,nonetheless I would eliminate pork and beef from diet until the situation is back under control!