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'Pale Rider'- will the Spanish Influenza resurface

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Riddickulouse, Jul 3, 2017.

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  1. The problem isn't confined to humans. Any Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) carries its own personal ecosystem of bugs and viruses.
    If a host animal gets into a new environment, its diseases can easily jump across as well, and cripple the native species.
    Red squirrels in the UK have been wiped out by a pox virus native to the Grey, and the British crayfish has been wiped out by a disease carried by the American Signal crayfish. Those are just two of the ones we know about.
    Even plants can be affected. The Elm tree was wiped out by a fungus carried by an invasive beetle.
     
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  2. Good - hate the chirpy looking, nut thieving little rats with their bushy useless tails. And I bet the american versions of crayfish are bigger with more meat on them. Mother nature loves survival of the fittest - somebody needs to ask "what is the point of the panda bear" too. All it does is eat bamboo and we need all of it for crap furniture.
     
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  3. I get this every year
     
  4. Which bit in particular were you referring to.... flu, syphilis or dutch elm disease?
     
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  5. At my age Dutch Elm:D
     
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  6. Except Grey's do a lot more damage to forestry and the American crayfish is a pest species with no natural predators, and that eats everything it can.And digs bloody great holes in river banks, causing them to collapse.
     
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  7. MERS-CoV is the one that keeps me awake at night. That really does feel a case of when not if
    Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus - Wikipedia

    Abx resistance is also a mare and is happening around us as we speak. The more abx used the more we select out the sensitive pathogens, leaving the resistant ones to spread.

    CPE is the big one, but there are loads of others - good article here :Worse than MRSA: Doctors call for urgent action on deadly superbug threat — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    Here is some food for thought about zoonotic disease


    Those who are interested here is a good twitter account to follow, @MicrobesInfect
     
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  8. I make sure I get the flu shot every year now I am on a steroid inhaler and have asthma. It buggers me up for the night I have it but it is better than catching the flu.
     
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  9. Indeed, this broad study indicates the staggering reservoir size of coronaviruses, whilst some have achieved the necessary mutation in order to jump to humans in the recognisable form of SARS or MERS -
    Bats are the major reservoir of coronaviruses worldwide
     
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  10. The Shadow would like you..
     
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  11. Looking at the rate of glacial retreat in some zones, together with changes in river flows and ultimately the environmental impact, the potential of ancient pathogens being released is just one aspect of threat not just to humans but to other ecosystems.
    The Glaciers are Going: Why This Matters
     
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  12. Smallpox supposedly only exists inside the confines of two laboratory freezers - one in the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, and another in Vector, the Russian equivalent, based in Koltsovo in Novosibirsk. There is no need to worry about anything further from that particular family of viruses. We are perfectly safe.

    And if you believe anything I've written in those sentences I've got a bridge across the Clyde I'd LOVE to sell you. The Russians weaponized that shit during the Cold War - making tonnes of the stuff that they could have deployed on top of SS-18 SATAN missiles - having tested the capability on several occasions. The likelihood that they've thrown that capability out of the window after proving that they could do it is so vanishingly small that you'd have to look at it through the Hubble.

    The thing is, though, that smallpox is possibly the least nasty of the really nasty stuff that the Russians got up to messing around with, and for further details you'd not be wasting your time if you read the book that's the subject of this webpage:

    Biohazard (book) - Wikipedia
     
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  13. The Russians also had a bioweapon research station on Vozrozhdeniya Island in the Aral Sea.
    Unfortunately, there isn't much Aral Sea left, because the Russians rerouted the river's to grow cotton, so the containment of all those bugs isn't what it was.
     
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  14. Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic[/QUOTE]

    Six beers a day is heavy drinking?
    This is american beer too so the equivalent of maybe 1-2 UK beers a day now appears to constitute a "heavy drinker" and makes you more vulnerable to some of these diseases.
    How many of us here are now classed as heavy drinkers?
     
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  15. Corptax or Kromeriz are probably the alchies to ask.
     
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