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Re: [Microscope] Off Topic: A Northen Microbiological hazard

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  • Gordon Couger
    DR. Williams, I hope your wife s friend responds well to treatment. It is a serous disease. If caught early it usually responds to treatment. It is spreading
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2004
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      DR. Williams,

      I hope your wife's friend responds well to treatment. It is a serous
      disease. If caught early it usually responds to treatment. It is
      spreading world wide as wild live are more numerous and live in
      closer proximity to humans. The first hard freeze will kill most of
      the wile carriers.There are vaccines in development but the risk of
      the diseases is very small and the risk from the vaccine may be
      greater unless you are in a high risk group like researches or
      residents of Martha's Vineyard or other areas that it is present in
      high numbers.

      If wild life is exploding every where like it is in Texas and
      Oklahoma over ten year even though in western Oklahoma the rainfall
      dropped 30 % diseases with animal vectors are going to be a ever
      increasing problem if everyone does tier best. If evil forces take a
      hand it could be catastrophic if and airborne highly lethal
      homoerotic fever broke out world wide that didn't quickly die out
      as it does now. We don't need terrorist to do this mother nature
      will do the job.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Dr E D F Williams" <don.williams@...>
      To: <Microscope@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 1:10 AM
      Subject: [Microscope] Off Topic: A Northen Microbiological hazard

      : Hi all,
      : An acquaintance of my wife has just been diagnosed with glandular
      : Tularaemia. Yes, its caused by Pasteurella tularensis, the
      organism both the
      : Soviet Union and the USA turned into a weapon in the 1960s. The
      : announced they'd destroyed their stock in 1973. P tularensis is a
      : negative bacterium that looks a little like Haemophilus and the
      carriers are
      : small mammals, especially rabbits. That's why its commonly called
      : plague or rabbit fever. The disease takes several forms, depending
      on how
      : infection occurs. In this case it was a mosquito bite. Ticks are
      : potential vectors. The disease is endemic to Scandinavia, Finland,
      : and parts of Europe. It also occurs in the USA -- Texas, Vermont
      and other
      : states. So its a very good idea not to be bitten by ticks, deer
      : (hirvikärpäsen in Finland) and mosquitoes. Direct contact with an
      : rabbit is a common way to become infected. Its a disease I knew
      only from
      : textbooks in SA and this is the first time I've come across a
      case. I'm
      : going to be extra generous with the DEET applications; I have a
      huge pile of
      : logs to split before winter. In the meantime don't skin your
      rabbits without
      : gloves.
      : Don W
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