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Mysterious bacterial outbreak spreading through Wisconsin, US

 

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A mysterious bacterial outbreak has killed 17 people and sickened at least 54 in Wisconsin, US since November 2015, officials confirmed on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Experts say this outbreak is unprecedented.

The cause of the sickness is bacteria called Elizabethkingia Anopheles. It is commonly found in the environment, but it rarely infects humans and is not known for making people sick on this scale. If the bacterium makes its way to a person’s bloodstream, it can cause fever, shortness of breath, chills, bacterial infection of the skin, and sepsis, which can be deadly.

Michael Bell, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion said the agency sees a handful of Elizabethkingia infections around the country each year, but the outbreaks rarely involve more than a couple of cases at a time. "To have dozens of cases at once — and more than a third of them possibly fatal - is startling."

"Wisconsin cases are the largest outbreak of Elizabethkingia recorded in published literature," Bell said.

Infections are centered in the heavily populated southeastern quarter of the state, including the Milwaukee area and surrounding suburban counties. Although previous outbreaks of Elizabethkingia in hospitals have been linked to contaminated sinks, water samples in Wisconsin have turned up negative.

A variety of potential sources have been tested, including health care products, water sources and food, but none of these have been found to be a source of the bacteria.

The majority of patients infected are 65 or older with a history of at least one underlying serious illness, according to the state health department. Those who died all tested positive for the infection, but it’s not known if Elizabethkingia caused or contributed to their deaths, according to Washington Post.

Although isolates of Elizabethkingia have been known to be resistant to multiple antibiotics, the strains causing the current outbreak appear to still be susceptible to a number of drugs, making treatments easier.

At this time, it is unknown why and how this outbreak is spreading. Patients are spread across 12 different counties, with a range of living conditions.

Genetic analysis of the bacteria involved suggests that all of the infections are coming from a single source, and somehow infecting people all over the southeastern and southern parts of the state.


A mysterious cluster of killer bacterial infections is sweeping a US state in an outbreak that has experts baffled: Disease is resistant to most antibiotics

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A mysterious cluster of killer bacterial infections is sweeping a US state in an outbreak that has experts baffled.

It's thought the rare bloodstream disease known as elizabethkingia anophelis has killed 18 and infected 48 people in Wisconsin since November.
Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, chills and cellulitis (an infection of the skin and tissues under the skin, most commonly on the lower legs.)

The disease is resistant to some antibiotics, but no one is sure how it's infecting so many people - or why it's proving so deadly.
The Wisconsin department of health is investigating and has alerted healthcare providers, infection experts and laboratories statewide.
"At this time, the source of these infections is unknown and the department is working diligently to contain this outbreak," it said in a statement.
Most of those killed by the disease are over 65, and all patients have a history of at least one serious illness.

Elizabethkingia anophelis was discovered in mosquitoes in 2011 and is associated with meningitis in infants and diseases originating in hospitals, although its transmission route is unclear.

The infection is not spread from person to person, but could potentially come from a food supply or medication system.
Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told abcnews.go.com:
"Outbreaks of elizabethkingia have been associated with contaminated ventilators or contaminated [injectable] medication or tube feeding, or something like that, and then it gets into the bloodstream." He said the bacteria can be particularly deadly in premature infants, who do not have fully developed immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent eight "disease detectives" to Wisconsin to help pinpoint the source of the outbreak, and says its research suggests the infections all stem from one source.
"Our main priority here is to try and find out where this is coming from so that we can prevent additional cases," the CDC's Dr Michael Bell told FOX 6 News.

"Not only is it all elizabethkingia anophelis but it is anophelis species that has the exact genetic fingerprint across several dozen cases, and that's very unusual."

He said elizabethkingia is an environmental organism that is naturally found in dirt and water across the world.

The bacteria was named after the CDC's Elizabeth King, who studied meningitis in infants.

A report released by the CDC last year looked at three cases of the disease in Hong Kong, all at the same hospital.

The first was a 21-day-old baby boy, who was admitted to hospital with a fever in July 2012.

His mother came in a day later with post-partum fever, chills, rigour and abdominal pain.

In November 2012, a 33-year-old pregnant woman stayed in the same cubicle as the mother of that baby, and developed a fever within three days and had to have an emergency caesarean.

Her little girl was "pale and flaccid" at birth and had to have CPR, before developing jaundice and an intestinal disease that is a common cause of mortality in premature babies.

It may provide some clues to what's happening in Wisconsin, where the race is on to find the answer to this deadly riddle.


Vaccines, cancer and autism: Could a massive Big Pharma cover-up be behind mysterious deaths of holistic doctors?

(NaturalNews) Today, the United States has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the entire world. No less than 1 in 45 children are suffering from autism, while cancer is said to affect 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men. In fact, cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, but it is also a 124-billion-dollar industry. What would happen if, say, a natural cure were discovered?

The 12 doctor deaths recorded within only three months last summer suggest a sinister answer. Could it be that we already have the cure for cancer, but are denied access to this knowledge?

It’s been happening right in front of our eyes

In the summer of 2015, 12 non-conventional doctors died within three months of each other and were all found under mysterious circumstances. Three of these holistic doctors were found randomly in the woods outside and it was quickly presumed that they had committed suicide. Four cases were established as murders, but the guilty party was nowhere to be found. Several others died suddenly, for no apparent reason.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzales, for instance, had helped many patients suffering from late-stage cancer to survive their disease. When he died, it was initially reported that he had been killed by a heart attack. However, the autopsy that followed his death failed to confirm any sort of heart disease. To this day, we still don’t know why Dr. Gonzales died. Dr. James Bradstreet was actually the first reported death of the 12. In July, the FDA raided the doctor’s medical center, making few of the details were made public. One week later, he was found shot, in a river.

The investigations that followed the suspicious deaths were nothing but a mess and, quite frankly, a joke.

Why these doctors?

If 12 deaths within 90 days among holistic doctors weren’t suspicious enough, the connection established between their individual research efforts is more than clear. They were all studying the effects of GcMAF and nagalase on cancer, as well as their link to autism in children. Haven’t heard about GcMAF as a viable cure against cancer? That’s because none of their studies became widely known until the doctors themselves started dying.

Here’s what some of the doctors discovered. When combined with vitamin D, the Gc (Group-specific component) protein in our bodies is transformed into GcMAF, the single most effective means in our immune systems to kill cancer cells. Working with GcMAF, doctors came to the conclusion that it can reverse not only cancer, but also autism.

However, when the body is deprived of GcMAF, the opposite takes place and the immune system is vulnerable to all kinds of diseases. Almost all of the 12 holistic doctors that were found dead believed that a GcMAF inhibitor called nagalase was being injected into the American population by means of vaccines.

The theory on vaccines and population control

Nagalase is an enzyme excreted by cancer cells, as well as a component of the HIV and influenza viruses that is known to inhibit the body’s production of GcMAF. We already know that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism, thanks to a CDC whistleblower who came exposed CDC fraud in 2014. So the holistic doctors had a hunch. What if the link between vaccinations and autism was related to GcMAF? What if nagalase was purposefully added to vaccines throughout the U.S.?

That’s right. It’s not just that we are not given access to a much more effective and less damaging cancer treatment, while millions die every year from the disease. It’s quite possible that, for the sake of population control, our immune system is being destroyed by the very thing we are promised will protect it – the vaccine.

Of course, it would be much easier to settle all of this if we got to talk to the doctors that came up with the theory in the first place. But they are all dead.