DEATH COMES TO THE PLAGUE GROUND
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The homeless crisis in Los Angeles, California and in many progressive cities has reached epic proportions. Even after throwing billions of dollars at the problem, the state is unable to solve the epidemic they created.
Portland, Oregon, another progressive city was featured on Fox News with Tucker Carlson as one of the show’s producers traveled to cities on the West Coast, including San Francisco and Seattle too, as the show’s website puts it, investigate “the nation’s homeless crisis and the decay of American cities.”
These cities have allegedly thrown money at the problem but it can be argued that the predicament can be attributed to socialist policies that have been adapted in these cities that are again considered progressive.
There are now nearly 60,000 homeless people living in Los Angeles County, a 12% increase from the previous year, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
According to National Interest, Los Angeles is not the only county suffering under the weight of freedom-trampling socialist regulations that make it difficult for the average person to even get by, let alone afford a roof over their head. Other localities in California also saw substantial increases compared with 2017, when they last conducted a count, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. In San Francisco, the number [of homeless people] rose 17% while Alameda County, which includes Oakland, saw a 43% increase. Homelessness grew 42% in San Jose over the past two years and 31% in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley.
“Even in the good old days, there was a Skid Row. Now the beggars, drug addicts, and lost souls are all over the city,” wrote San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte.
According to Fox News, the situation in the Pacific Northwest is also out of control. With regard to the problem in Portland – the network cited a permissive culture, temperate climate, and generous social services has attracted vagrants and addict from all over the country.
The subject of homelessness in Seattle has also been in the TV spotlight following the March airing of “Seattle Is Dying,” on Seattle’s KOMO-TV. The documentary, reported by Eric Johnson, discussed the frustration felt by citizens and businesses in the city and said that homelessness is less about a lack of affordable housing than it is about addiction and mental illness.
While there is a well of sympathy rising form the people in these areas there is also major fear that if this continues there will be outbreaks of diseases that have not been around since the medieval times.
The entire population is at risk now, and there is a greater chance of Typhoid fever and the plague being contracted and spread this summer.
Dr. Drew Pinski who has been a well-known internist with a specialty is treating drug cases has been appearing on various news shows across the country spreading the word about how Typhus and the plague will break out if nothing is done to curb the problem.
Already a Los Angeles police officer is being treated for typhoid fever and another employee has typhus-like symptoms.
The LAPD reported the illnesses Wednesday involving employees of its Central Division office. There’s no word on how the officer got the bacterial disease, which can spread through contaminated food or drink or contact with a carrier.
Police say a specific diagnosis for the other employee with typhus-like symptoms hasn’t been determined. The LAPD says it’s working to disinfect any work areas that may have been exposed.
The office was also fumigated earlier this year as downtown struggled with an outbreak of typhus, which unlike food-borne typhoid fever can spread from infected fleas. Homeless people who live near City Hall and a deputy city attorney fell ill.
Critics blame squalid homeless camps nearby.
Dr. Drew has said that an outbreak of typhus in Los Angeles, which was carried by rats, transferred by fleas to pets, and from pets to humans.
Bubonic plague, Dr. Drew said, like typhus, is endemic to the region, and can spread to humans from rodents in a similar fashion.
Though commonly recognized as the medieval disease responsible for the Black Death in the fourteenth century, which killed one-third of the population of Europe, the last outbreak of bubonic plague in the U.S. was nearly a century ago, from 1924 to 1925 — also in Los Angeles. Only a “heroic effort” by doctors stopped it, Dr. Drew recalled, warning that conditions were perfect for another outbreak of the plague in the near future.
Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the country, Dr. Drew said, that has no rodent control plan. “And if you look at the pictures of Los Angeles, you will see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.”
Moreover, he said, homeless people were defecating directly into city drains, which flowed to the Pacific Ocean. “We have the sewage of 60,000 people hitting the ocean every day,” he said.
Though there were adequate financial resources, Dr. Drew said, homelessness would not be solved by building more housing because the fundamental problems were mental illness and drug addictions, which created an “attachment to this lifestyle” on the streets.
Appearing on Fox News, Drew made this statement:
“We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now. We have the three prongs of airborne diseases; tuberculosis is exploding, rodent fleas. We are one of the only major cities in the country that does not have a rodent control program. Sanitation has broken down. We had a typhus outbreak last year; we will have typhus this summer. I’m hearing from experts that bubonic plague is likely, it’s already here, and it will get onto the rat fleas. And then now finally we have this oral-fecal route contamination which is typhoid fever. Three cases. One confirmed, probably three. This is unbelievable.
I can’t believe I live in a city where this is not third-world – this is Medieval. Third-world countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on earth tolerates on this. The entire population is at risk. And God forbid is measles. This is a population that’s suboptimally immunized. If measles gets in, I just have an image of myself on my knees in the gutter tending to people.”
Recently, President Donald Trump threatened to intervene in California’s growing homelessness crisis, prompting L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Gavin Newsom to push back — without offering any solutions.
Meanwhile, the situation in Los Angeles is approaching national emergency levels that would require the intervention of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and the National Guard.
Plague, one of the deadliest bacterial infections in human history, caused an estimated 50 million deaths in Europe during the Middle Ages. Symptoms, which usually appear within one to seven days after infection, include painful, swollen lymph nodes, called bubos, as well as fever, chills and coughing.
Plague has made a recent comeback. Having caused close to 50,000 human cases during the last two decades, it is now categorized by the World Health Organization as a re-emerging disease. Worse, the bacterium causing plague, if converted into an aerosolized form, is considered one of the most likely biothreats and is classified as such by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Plague affects humans and other mammals, the CDC reports. Usually, people get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease, or by handling an infected animal. Cats, which become sick themselves, can directly infect humans, while hardier dogs may simply carry the fleas back to their owners. People also can become sick by inhaling droplets from the cough of an infected person or animal.
The bacteria persists because low levels circulate among populations of certain rodents, the CDC says. These infected animals and their fleas serve as long-term reservoirs for the bacteria.
Plague occurs naturally in the western United States, particularly Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico, where an average of seven human plague cases are reported each year to the CDC.
Plague is found on all continents, except Oceania, according to the World Health Organization. Though epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, and South America, most human cases since the 1990s have occurred in Africa. Today, the three most endemic countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Peru.
In Madagascar, bubonic plague cases are reported nearly every year during the epidemic season, between September and April.
Modern antibiotics such as streptomycin are the usual first-line treatment which can prevent complications and death if given promptly after symptoms appear. However, a strain of bubonic plague with high-level resistance to streptomycin was seen recently in Madagascar.
The same treatment is used for the two most common types of plague. Bubonic plague has a case-fatality ratio of 30% to 60%, while pneumonic plague, when left untreated, is always fatal, according to WHO.
Key steps for prevention of plague include eliminating nesting places for rodents around your home, sheds, garages and recreation areas by removing brush, rock piles, trash, and excess firewood. Report sick or dead animals to law enforcement or your local health officials, do not pick up or touch them yourself. If you absolutely must handle a sick or dead animal, wear gloves.
Use insect repellent that contains DEET to prevent flea bites and treat dogs and cats for fleas regularly. Do not sleep with your pets as this increases your risk of getting plague. Finally, your pets should not hunt or roam rodent habitats.
Currently, there is no effective vaccine against plague. While a live attenuated oral vaccine has shown some promise against pneumonic plague, it does not offer protection against bubonic plague, according to one 2015 study.
A recent review of experimental plague vaccines suggests that researchers are exploring a variety of approaches to develop an effective plague inoculation. Since different vaccine designs lead to different mechanisms of immunity, the authors conclude that combinations of different types might overcome the limitations of individual vaccines and effectively prevent the potential plague outbreak.
New and emerging diseases seem to generate some underlying panic brought on by political and economic design. The plagues, pandemics and even the proposed mass inoculations are connected to money-generating operations. These plaques seem to be self-induced: Reported for the fear factor and resolved by the government by creating more laws and more provisions that could eventually take away your freedom of choice.
Think of it. We now have provisions in place that would allow the president to declare martial law if he so chooses in the event of a crisis. However, the local governments in these areas that may be infected are telling the president to back off— this is a case for local governments pulling political cards and putting human lives at risk.
I never thought I would see a Monet in my lifetime where we would need to inform ourselves about health and how health crisis management also can include executive orders, where people could be forced in quarantine or even getting forced to be inoculated.
This like something out of Stephen King’s book “The Stand.”
Antibiotic resistance is an imperative, global health problem. Nearly all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to frequently used antibiotics. When you misuse antibiotics, the resistant microorganisms that you help create can become extensively established, causing mutant almost impossible if not impossible to treat infections. Virologists are concerned that such mutated live viruses can also infect other people, leading to outbreaks of the disease completely unsuspected by health authorities.
Meanwhile, we are seeing a lot of cases of flesh-eating diseases being diagnosed along the East Coast.
For years, flesh-eating bacterial infections were so rare in the U.S. that even a single case would make national headlines. But here in 2019, the news is telling us that we are seeing flesh-eating infections “at a rate much higher than in previous years”, and this outbreak really seems to have escalated dramatically over the last couple of months.
There seems to be a “perfect storm” brewing and we wonder how and why this is happening when quite possibly it is right in front of our faces.
We seem to have entered a time when nature is behaving in some extremely strange ways. It would be great if the experts could explain all of the weird things that we are seeing, but they can’t.
Vibrio vulnificus is an “opportunistic pathogen” responsible for a majority of seafood-related deaths in the U.S., according to an article written by the American Society for Microbiology. The bacteria thrive in warm salty and brackish waters and enter humans either through breaks in the skin or after being consumed with raw seafood. Up to one-third of people with vibrio vulnificus will die from the infection, which can cause a flesh-eating and commonly fatal bacteria known as necrotizing fasciitis.
A woman in Florida died last month after contracting the bacteria when she fell into the water and cut her leg — a wound that measured just three-quarters of an inch, NBC reported. That afternoon she experienced overwhelming pain in her leg. Within days her limb was black and she was put on hospice care, eventually succumbing. She was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis and subsequently suffered from two strokes, kidney failure, and sepsis.
At another Florida beach, a 12-year-old girl similarly complained of pain that started in her leg and traveled through her entire body, wrote her mother in a Facebook post. After an initial visit at a local hospital, doctors told the woman to send her daughter to a hospital in Indianapolis specializing in children’s health where she was admitted to the ICU for an infection behind her knee and septic shock, reports Today. Though her recovery is expected to be a long one, a rush to emergency surgery saved the girl’s life and prevented the amputation of her leg.
“We are not completely better, but we are on the road to recovery. We will have numerous doctors’ visits, physical therapy and blood work to continue, but all that matters is my girl is ALIVE. I wanted to share her story in hopes that it may help save someone else. It is CRITICAL to be aware of the signs and symptoms and getting treatment quickly,” she wrote.
Cases in 2019 are adding up at a rate much higher than in previous years: A young boy contracted vibrio in Maryland last week after swimming at a local beach, reports CBS. The Miami Herald reports the story of a man in Florida who contracted the flesh-eating bacteria and whose quick action similarly saved him from losing muscle tissue in the arm. Surprisingly, the man insisted that he became infected without being in the water.
Necrotizing fasciitis can be caused by a number of different bacteria but is commonly caused by V. vulnificus when people wade into contaminated water with a cut or wound or eat raw shellfish infected by the bacteria. Endemic along the Southeast U.S. coast, the bacteria doesn’t typically extend north of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. However, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that as temperatures rise and make previously cooler regions more hospitable to the warm-water bacteria, infections will also increase in non-endemic areas.
The researchers reported five occurrences of necrotizing fasciitis caused by V. Vulnificus in New Jersey during the summers of 2017 and 2018. By contrast, just one case had been diagnosed in the previous eight years, researchers told Medscape Medical News.
The quick-spreading infection starts with a red or swollen area of skin, severe pain and fever, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Later symptoms can include ulcers, blisters, or black spots on the skin, changes in its coloration, pus or oozing from the infected area, as well as dizziness, fatigue, and diarrhea or nausea. Treatment requires hospital and intravenous antibiotics and surgery to reduce the rapid spread by removing the dead tissue to avoid sepsis, shock, and organ failure, as well as life-long complications for loss of limbs and severe scarring.
The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.
But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.
Like all biological systems, both disease-causing organisms and their victims evolve. Understanding evolution can make a big difference in how we treat disease. The evolution of disease-causing organisms may outpace our ability to invent new treatments, and it may even outpace our ability to ease pain and suffering.
The failures of the past have given way to the most unexpected successes, new problems have arisen. Accidents related to care and medications, in particular, have multiplied and have begun to worry healthcare professionals, and we hear about drug-induced iatrogenic, adverse effects or even adverse drug events.
The question has always been how do we fight this – perhaps it is time to take some responsibility to protect ourselves and our families and demand that local governments find solutions on how to clean up the homeless camps and perhaps even eliminate them entirely. There needs to be an effective way to not only help those in need but to monitor the health and cleanliness of the camps.
I would hate to think that the Red Cross would have to step in and inoculate the homeless in the same way they inoculate the Third World countries.
In the 21st century, it is absolutely terrifying to hear that in one of the healthiest countries in the world we will be seeing emerging plagues that we thought were eradicated decades before.