Alarms bells starting going off in the Centers for Disease Control after hospitals in three US states reported cases of . . .melioidosis.
Three cases of melioidosis, also known as Whitmore’s disease, among two adults and one child in the U.S. — one of which was fatal ten days after the person was hospitalized.
It’s unclear exactly where the infected people reside, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health advisory released Wednesday said the Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota health departments were assisting the investigation.
The three people with confirmed melioidosis in the U.S. first had a cough, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever and rashes on their butt, stomach, and face. They were all later diagnosed with infectious encephalitis, or brain inflammation.
The CDC warns the disease’s symptoms are “varied and nonspecific,” including pneumonia, pus-filled pockets inside the body and/or blood infections. For this reason, the illness can be mistaken for other diseases, such as tuberculosis.
Other symptoms include localized pain or swelling, chest pain, headache, weight loss, abdominal pain, joint pain, seizures, or disorientation.
Between 10% to 50% of people who develop the disease die, with certain conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic lung disease and alcoholism increasing people’s risks.”
The infectious disease is caused by a bacterium that can infect humans and animals. It’s a “Tier 1 select agent,” meaning it carries the “greatest risk of deliberate misuse with significant potential for mass casualties or devastating effect to the economy, critical infrastructure, or public confidence, and poses a severe threat to public health and safety.”
The other two cases were reported in May, according to the CDC. One of the patients is still hospitalized and the other patient has been discharged to a “transitional care unit.”
Melioidosis isn’t normally spread between people via air or respiratory droplets, though there have been a few documented cases, the CDC said. Infection usually occurs through direct contact with the contaminated source.
DARPA “VACCINE” GRANT
University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Life Sciences researchers were awarded $3 million from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the U.S. Department of Defense to create a vaccine against melioidosis.
The DOD is concerned the bacteria can be used for bio warfare in the future.
With a 50% mortality rate, melioidosis is listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a tier one select agent, along with Ebola and smallpox.
The disease is endemic to tropical countries 30 degrees north and south of the equator. It is found in water and soil, and can enter the human body through cuts or drinking contaminated water.
The disease killed hundreds of soldiers during the Vietnam War — giving it the nickname ‘Vietnam Time Bomb.’ The soldiers who were infected by the virus were commonly misdiagnosed with pneumonia or tuberculosis.
This illness is so incredibly rare that, according to Wikipedia:
“In the United States, two historical cases (1950 and 1971) and three recent cases (2010, 2011, 2013) have been reported amongst people that did not travel overseas.
Despite extensive investigations, the source of melioidosis was never confirmed.
One possible explanation is that importation of medicinal plant products or exotic reptiles could have resulted in the introduction of melioidosis in the United States.
In Europe, more than half of the melioidosis cases are imported from Thailand.
Melioidosis is found in all age groups. For Australia and Thailand, the median age of infection is at 50 years; 5 to 10% of the patients are less than 15 years.
The single most important risk factor for developing melioidosis is diabetes mellitus, followed by hazardous alcohol use, chronic kidney disease, and chronic lung disease.
Greater than 50% of people with melioidosis have diabetes; diabetics have a 12-fold increased risk of contracting melioidosis.”
Researchers discovered two surface proteins that allow the bacteria to infect human cells. The vaccine works by manipulating these proteins to make it harder to attach to the cells.
Hal Turner Remarks
Gee, what a coincidence. DARPA gives a grant to the University of Hawaii to research a vaccine against melioidosis and suddenly, lo and behold, three separate cases of melioidosis turn up in the USA. Oh. Gee. I wonder how that happened?
First COVID, which went after the old and the weak, slaughtering senior citizens in nursing homes . . . . which the government no longer has to pay for since those people are now dead.
Then, we find that the “vaccine” for COVID causes 82% of pregnant women who get the vaccine in their first or second trimester, to spontaneously abort, losing the baby. (HERE)
Then we find out that the COVID “vaccine” causes human bodies to create their own “spike protein” which just so happens to go after male testes and female ovaries, implying reduced ability to procreate – fewer mouths to feed, fewer social security recipients . . . .
Now, we’ve got a new sickness which goes after who? Those over age 50, Diabetics, and alcoholics. Ohhh, gee, So the “over 50’s” won’t be needing Social Security payments if they’re dead. Diabetics are also people who get lots of bucks in government help for insulin and treatment of the medical troubles caused by Diabetes like sores, non-healing wounds, limb amputations and the like, and — ALCOHOLICS — who’s self-destructive behavior requires at least 28 days in rehab and sees a gigantic relapse rate – mostly at government expense.
If I was some sort of Conspiracy Theorist, I might think government is releasing these diseases on purpose to cull the weak (unproductive), and the ones whose chronic illnesses cost the most over the long term, so the government can save money by not paying for those folks or their healthcare, after they’re dead.
Just a tad bit too convenient for me to take at face value.
But the real giveaway: “Genetic sequencing of patient samples suggests the patients contracted the disease from a common source, “such as an imported product or animal; however, that source has not been positively identified to date.”
None of these people traveled outside the USA. None of these people bought exotic plants or any imported anything. So that means the “common source” has to be a deliberate release . . . perhaps by the very government folks who have known about this for decades since they fought it in Vietnam. Gee, I wonder who that could be???
As you know from the whole COVID thing, this web site is WAAAAAAAAAYYYYY ahead of the curve as far as reporting important things. This story has that same “ring” to it. That’s why I’m reporting it to you now.
Before they “scrub” the info out of existence, here are the antibiotics used to treat this Bacteria:
The main therapeutic options for melioidosis include beta-lactams (eg, ceftazidime, certain beta-lactam-beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations), carbapenems, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), and doxycycline, depending on the phase of treatment.
OK, so here you have it – another strange and deadly illness, and government has already spent $3 Million for a new “vaccine.”
Get ready – looks like they’re going to TRY to do the whole lockdown crap again. This time, they need to be confronted boldly.
It’s unknown how three people in three states caught the often-fatal tropical disease melioidosis, which isn’t normally transmissible between humans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors about a strange cluster of illness in three states caused by a rarely seen bacteria in the U.S., one that’s killed at least one person and hospitalized two others so far. The illness, called melioidosis, can be highly fatal but isn’t normally considered contagious between people. Officials don’t know how these victims contracted the bacteria, though the cases do seem to be connected.
Since March 2021, the CDC announced in a health alert on Wednesday, at least three people in three non-adjacent states (Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota) are known to have contracted melioidosis. The first victim, a man with preexisting lung and liver issues, died 10 days into his hospitalization. The other two, a woman and child, were identified in May. And while one patient has since been discharged to a transitional care unit, the other remains hospitalized.
“The CDC is working with state health officials in Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota to investigate three cases, including one death, of a rare, but serious bacterial infection called melioidosis,” a CDC representative told Gizmodo in an email.
Melioidosis, also called Whitmore’s disease, is caused by the rod-shaped bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei and can affect many species of animals and humans. Its symptoms are non-specific, resembling many other diseases, and depend on where the infection is located in the body. Most infections cause fever, for instance, but in the respiratory tract it may cause cough, chest pain, and reduced appetite. It also can spread to the bloodstream, where it’s capable of causing life-threatening sepsis, and can even reach the brain or nervous system. Because it’s hard to diagnose melioidosis (some automated tests can even mistake the bacteria for another species, which happened in the first case), appropriate treatment is often delayed. But even with aggressive antibiotics given through IV, it’s still regularly fatal, killing between 10% to over 40% of its victims once symptoms begin. It can also lie dormant in the body, not causing illness until a person’s health declines for other reasons.
B. pseudomallei naturally lives everywhere in the soil and water of tropical environments, and that’s usually how people come into contact with it, particularly after a rainy season where the earth is disturbed. It has been known to become aerosolized and capable of spreading through the air and between animals or people, though only on rare occasions. Still, its high lethality, hard-to-trace nature, and airborne potential has led governments like the U.S. to consider it a bioterror threat, on par with other germs like Ebola, smallpox, and anthrax.
“Melioidosis is a serious neglected tropical disease of Southeast Asia, India, and Australia where it is a major cause of pneumonia, abscesses and sepsis. The fact that it may be gaining a foothold in the U.S. is concerning,” Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, told Gizmodo in an email.
According to a report from The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, the bacteria has never been found in the natural environments of North America, at least as of January 2016 when the report was last updated. So when cases in the U.S are rarely identified, they’re usually traced back to travel to a country where it’s endemic. That doesn’t seem to be the explanation here, though, since none of the patients’ families had reported any travel out of the country or far from their homes lately. But the cases do appear to be linked in some way, because all three were infected with genetically similar strains of the bacteria.
“Testing suggests a common source of infection, but that source has not yet been identified,” the agency said. “CDC is working with states to assess exposures or products these individuals have in common, as well as environmental samples from the states where cases have been identified. Additionally, CDC experts are providing epidemiologic assistance to help investigate the cause of infection.”
The CDC does think some theories for the outbreak are unlikely. According to William Bower, epidemiology team lead at the Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC, the genetic analysis indicates that these patients have not caught B. pseudomallei from a natural reservoir in the U.S., since the strains found in the victims don’t resemble strains found elsewhere in the Americas.
“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the cases under investigation are the result of a biological attack,” he added.
For now, the CDC considers the risk to the public to be low. But this outbreak is a mystery that bears solving, especially if there’s a common source still around that could sicken others. Melioidosis in general is thought to be understudied and underappreciated as a source of illness. Though it’s estimated to kill at least 89,000 people worldwide every year, for instance, the toll may very well be higher.
In its alert, the CDC asks doctors to consider melioidosis as a possible diagnosis for compatible symptoms, even if there’s no travel history; it also asks them to consider rerunning tests using automated identification if they’ve come across the several other bacteria that B. pseudomallei can be mistaken for.
“CDC encourages healthcare workers to be aware of the potential for more cases and to report cases to their state health departments,” the CDC said.
Alfredo Torres, a microbiologist and immunologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has studied and consulted on cases of melioidosis in North America. This year, he co-authored a case report about two children in Sonora, Mexico who died from the illness in the fall of 2018, possibly from an endemic source in the area.
Given the CDC’s genetic evidence, he said, he agrees with their current assumption that these cases are likely not linked to natural reservoirs of the bacteria that may have reached the U.S. from elsewhere in the Americas. He also said a biological attack is very unlikely.
“Therefore, the obvious avenues to investigate are soil imported from other countries that are endemic and that might carry the bacteria, potential food or water contaminated with the bacteria, or some pets that might be infected (CDC has reported melioidosis cases in U.S. people that have an iguana or a fish as a pet),” he told Gizmodo in an email.
At the same time, he and his colleagues have found the bacteria in Mexican soil, and he said it’s theoretically possible that the germ could establish itself in some parts of the U.S. if introduced. The warming climate will also allow melioidosis to reach places it wouldn’t have otherwise, he noted. So while this current cluster might be an isolated incident, and melioidosis isn’t likely to spark the next pandemic, it’s certainly a growing concern in his eyes.
“Due to changes in weather patterns, some pathogens that normally were not present in a particular area might start causing disease. Therefore, it is important to make the health professionals aware of this pathogen and the disease that it causes, so quick identification can be done and treatment is properly used to save lives,” he said. “Without that, it might be too late for the next melioidosis patient when the proper diagnosis is done.”
The bacterial infection is typically an issue in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Meanwhile, Pinterest bans all weight loss ads; Boy Scouts of America reaches a sex abuse settlement deal; and a positive marijuana test threatens an athlete’s Olympics.