A lot of injections.

Brazil’s health ministry has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine amid the largest outbreak of the disease in the country since 2000.

Seventy cases – including 40 deaths – are confirmed, mostly in rural areas of the state of Minas Gerais. More than 300 cases are under investigation.

Spread by mosquitoes, it can get ‘nasty’.
It can’t get transferred by casual contact BUT if you are a needle sharer, it passes by blood.
There are three stages of infection.

  1. Typically the UK’s health service play down the effects of yellow fever by saying:-
    There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, but the symptoms can be treated while your body fights off the virus. Headache, high temperature and muscle pain can be treated using painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You should also drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  2. This is the remission stage. Most people get better.
  3. Unfortunately, a third, more toxic phase of infection occurs for up to 25% of infected. Viral hemorrhagic fever can develop. That’s internal bleeding, high fever, damage to the liver, kidneys, and circulatory system. 50% fatality.

What to do about this?
In the UK, it’s unlikely to go mad (outside of the druggies world).
But it is always worth flagging up.

A footnote.
Eradicating mosquitoes round the world would save about a million people a year BUT from under stones fools come scrambling out.

“One argument against is that it would be morally wrong to remove an entire species,” says Jonathan Pugh, from Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

One million families per year might be a bit upset with this reasoning fool!
Still he is an academic.

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6 Responses to A lot of injections.

  1. There are things you can do to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses–like not choosing to living in a low area where water collects and stagnates, picking up your garbage so water can’t collect in it, overturning containers so they don’t collect water, emptying and refreshing the water in birdbaths and animal waterers every couple of days, cutting the brush back from around your house, adding floats to fountains and ponds, putting up bat houses (don’t laugh, it actually works!), building your house on a hill where the wind blows, avoiding being outside at dusk, adding a screen room to your home or a screen tent in the yard to hangout in (every little vacation shack on the Mississippi River has one) and putting screens in your windows (I hear, but have a hard time believing, that in parts of Europe they don’t have screens in their windows because they don’t have bugs–is that possible Paul?). Nothing really beats mosquitoes. We have tons of the bugs here in Wisconsin, and they can carry West Nile disease. I take them pretty seriously. Unfortunately, a lot of creatures we like to eat depend on the larvae or the winged adults somewhere in their food chain, so eradicating them completely would be a mistake–in my humble opinion. Of course, when I am trying to garden in the cool of the evening and am getting eaten alive, I often have another opinion–closer to your view! Begonia

    • I come from the time of DDT and DEET. Brought up to the sound of the sprayers and foggers in Singapore. For the most part it worked but then there was a no nonsense approach to the problem. In some places the mosquito was licked.

      Then all this “protect the planet’s bio diversity” and “hug a bug” nonsense came about. Soon after DDT and DEET was pronounced bad for the environment.

      After that more and more people died and the battle to save millions was lost.

      Wanna know the problem with pest control? Man. his stupid notions, and his moral B.S. about ‘species’.

      Why am I so angry?
      A young mother of two I knew died of cerebal malaria. Just 3 months after spraying was stopped by order. The mosquito had mutated and Paludrine no longer worked.

      Yet they were so close to clearing the whole district using DDT and DEET.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Begonia

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