Yesterday – Typhoid, Today – Rabies, Tomorrow – Ebola
SALT LAKE CITY — November 9, 2018
A Utah man has died from rabies.
Gary Giles, 55, died Sunday after struggling for weeks with a slowly progressing disease that doctors couldn't stop from infecting his brain and other organs, ultimately leading to his death.
Giles first had neck and back pain and went to the local emergency room on Oct. 19, being sent home with steroids and other pain management treatment for a potential pulled muscle; but that turned into numbness and tingling, and, eventually, wheezing. His wife called 911 and he was taken by ambulance to another local emergency room.
He was again transported to Utah Valley Hospital, and then put in the intensive care unit at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, where he died.
Is there anything noteworthy in his death? Nothing, except that it’s the first death of its kind in Utah since 1944.
There’s an increase in rabies throughout the world at present—mainly in economically disadvantaged countries. Is the United States slowly but surely moving into this category of countries?
"No, it's impossible! This is an isolated case. We are a developed country with a developed economy and a developed health care system," the patriotic reader will exclaim. "We have one of the highest living standards in the world. We spend a lot on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare.” It's kind of like that, but look around. Look at the big cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco or New York. Wholesale fish distributors, produce warehouses, and homeless encampments line Ceres Avenue downtown, creating perfect conditions for rats.
Uneaten food is dumped on the street — a salad platter was recently splattered on the asphalt — and discarded clothing piles up only to be swirled into rats' nests.
Those rats, experts say, are likely contributing to the growing number of typhus infections cropping up on skid row and other parts of the region. The disease is spread by fleas, which are carried by rats, opossums and pets.
No wonder there was a typhoid outbreak in Los Angeles this summer that has expanded to as many as 92 cases, including 20 in Pasadena and a possible 18 in Long Beach.
City officials declared downtown's skid row — roughly 54 square blocks where more than 4,000 homeless congregate — a "typhus zone."
Remember recent posts from San Francisco where one investigation found 300 piles of human feces on the streets of downtown San Francisco. The following comes from NPR…
San Francisco’s streets are so filthy that at least one infectious disease expert has compared the city to some of the dirtiest slums in the world.
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city in February, finding giant mounds of trash and food on the majority of streets. At least 100 discarded needles and more than 300 piles of human feces were also found in downtown San Francisco, according to the report.
Look at the statistics of mortality from Hepatitis A, AIDS, and other particularly dangerous diseases, which is more like a summary of losses in the fighting.
Think of the Minnesota outbreak of Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM. I'm not talking about a new outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Manhattan in October.
Remember the cases of the detection of the Ebola virus in Denver. Everything ended relatively okay then. The patient died in the hospital and two nurses who had symptoms were isolated.
There was a discussion in the press and the blogosphere then about the US’s vulnerability to biological weaponry attacks. Many experts directly stated that the US is not ready for such attacks. Early detection systems for deadly diseases have been destroyed. The health care system is in decline. Urban infrastructure does not meet the requirements of epidemiological safety. Sanitary conditions in megacities are terrible and will contribute to the spread of diseases.
Do you think there is such a danger today, especially in view of the signals coming from the caravan of illegal migrants moving to our southern borders from the poor countries of Central America, about the presence of carriers of particularly dangerous infections in the caravan? Did the authorities take note of the experts ' conclusions on the US’s vulnerability to biological weapons? What are they doing about it? Are there any forces within the US that would like to use the existing threat for their political purposes? Are they taking any action? Who finances it? What for? What should we do to protect our cities from this threat?
It would seem that these are simple questions, but honest answers to them will allow a more sober look at existing political events.