Sunday, March 6, 2016

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Health Ministry Issues Warning As Jamaica Records Fourth Swine Flu-Related Death - The Number Of Confirmed Cases Now Up To 28!


March 6, 2016 - JAMAICA - The Ministry of Health is appealing to persons who fall within the high-risk groups for severe complications to seek treatment early if they experience symptoms of Influenza infection.

This comes as the country recorded its fourth Influenza A(H1N1) associated death. The latest patient is a pregnant woman who had other illnesses, including lung related complications.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Winston De La Haye advises that persons with other illnesses usually experience more severe symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1) which can lead to a worsening of their pre-existing condition.

To date, four persons have died, all of whom had severe complications including heart and lung related illnesses.

The patient, a 29-year-old woman was pregnant with twins. She died at the University Hospital of the West Indies. In the meantime,
a hospital official says there have now been 28 cases of adults and seven children with the swine flu.



“Patients in the high risk groups usually have other illnesses made worse by the infection or a compromised immune system. We generally see the greatest effects in persons with non-communicable diseases such as heart and lung related illnesses and respiratory diseases such as asthma,” De La Haye said.

He says it is important that treatment for these persons is initiated early so that there is a greater chance of recovery.

“I am appealing to persons in the high risk group including pregnant women, young children, the elderly, those with non-communicable diseases and any illness or undergoing treatment that weakens the immune system to seek medical help as soon as they begin to notice symptoms,” he said.

Influenza presents with symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache and body aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be experienced.



  Since January, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 28 cases of Influenza A(H1N1). The death of any person who had any of the associated conditions of the flu is recorded as an H1N1 death.

The Centre for Disease Control’s National Centre for Health Statistics estimates that 56,979 persons die each year from influenza and pneumonia associated complications.

Individuals who wish to obtain more information may call the Ministry of Health or the nearest health centre.

Persons may also visit the ministry's website at moh.gov.jm and like and follow us on www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; https://twitter.com/themohgovjm; https://instagram.com/themohgovjm.

- Jamaica Gleaner.




OMEN: Lagoon Turns BLOOD RED In Huatalco, Mexico - Several Days After Giant Fissure Opened Up And Swallowed A River In Veracruz?!

Red lagoon in Mexico.

March 6, 2016 - MEXICO - This lagoon situated in Huatalco, Mexico has turned blood red within the last 10 days.

The reddish water of 'La Salina' lagoon impacts residents' life and kills wildlife in the area.

After the mysterious overnight disappearance of a river near Veracruz, Mexico, it's now a lagoon that has unexpectedly turned color from green to red.


Scientists believe the color is a result of a red tide, a phenomenon in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column, which changes the color of the surface water.



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The production of natural toxins and depletion of dissolved oxygen could be responsible for wildlife mortalities of marine and coastal species of fish, birds, marine mammals, and other organisms around the lagoon.

Although red tides appear to be natural in some locations, residents believe that this algae blloom is the result of increased nutrient loading from human activities and low precipitation.

Indeed, the 'La Salina' lagoon is known for being highly polluted and the sewage plant is not working properly.And there is the biblical explanation...

Is the apocalypse near? - Strange Sounds.








FIRE IN THE SKY: SETI Institute - Newly Discovered Meteor Shower Points To "POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS COMET"!

This is an artist's illustration of a meteor shower on New Year’s Eve.  Danielle Futselaar/SETI Institute

March 6, 2016 - SPACE - While Earth can breathe easy for now, the SETI Institute and other astronomers are on the lookout for a "potentially hazardous" comet that may in the distant future pose a threat to our planet.

The search comes after a new meteor shower was spotted around New Year's Eve. It has never been seen before or tracked in radar observations. Calculations of the stream show the Earth is safe for the foreseeable future, but astronomers will be on the lookout for the parent body.

"In a way, the shower helped chase bad spirits away," said SETI Institute meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens in a statement. "Now we have an early warning that we should be looking for a potentially hazardous comet in that orbit."


The direction from which the new meteor shower approached. Credit: Peter Jenniskens/SETI Institute

The shower was seen in New Zealand with a network of video surveillance camera. It is called the Volantids after the constellation Volans (flying fish). As is traditional with meteor showers, it is named after the spot in the sky from which the meteors appear to emanate.

Meteor showers are in themselves regular and harmless events, but are being used in a new video surveillance project to find comets that could be dangerous to our planet. The project is a collaboration between Jenniskens and Jack Baggaley, a physics professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

"New Zealand, lying between 35 and 47 degrees southern latitude, has a long tradition of meteor studies," says Baggaley. "While radar observations in the past were efficient at observing sporadic meteors, the video cameras can see the meteor showers really well."


"In a way, the shower helped chase bad spirits away," said SETI Institute meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens in a statement.
"Now we have an early warning that we should be looking for a potentially hazardous comet in that orbit."


The network includes 32 video cameras at two stations on New Zealand's South Island, operated by amateur meteor astronomers Peter Aldous at Geraldine and Ian Crumpton at West Melton. The information is then sent to the SETI Institute, and Jenniskens performs calculations on the meteors' path. The parent body, astronomers added, may be hard to find because its orbit is so highly inclined to the Earth.

A study based on this data was submitted for publication in the Journal of the International Meteor Organization, showing 21 Volantid trajectories on Dec. 31 and two on Jan. 1. - Discovery News.