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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP May 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am

(Audio) The Osaka Nightclub Fire, 5/13/1972



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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 9:19 am

FEMA: Daily Briefing, 5/13/12

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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:03 am

Today’s US Weather : Live!

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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:58 am

Syrian conflict expands into Lebanon

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/13/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Opposition: Shelling, gunfire torment residents across Syria

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:59 AM EDT, Sun May 13, 2012
 
“….The Syrian conflict has also spilled across the border to Tripoli, Lebanon, where at least one Lebanese civilian and one Lebanese soldier were killed Sunday in clashes between factions supporting and opposition the uprising in Syria, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported….”
 


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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:53 am

And in the Atlantic…….

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ZCZC MIATWOAT ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
140 PM EDT SAT MAY 12 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC…CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO…

1. A NON-TROPICAL LOW OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC ABOUT 400 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTHERN AZORES ISLANDS HAS DEVELOPED THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY NEAR THE CENTER DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS.  THERE IS SOME
POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS THE SYSTEM MOVES LITTLE
DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…AND THE LOW HAS A MEDIUM
CHANCE…40 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE
DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER
OUTLOOKS WILL BE ISSUED ON THIS SYSTEM LATER TODAY OR SUNDAY…IF
NECESSARY.

ELSEWHERE…TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER BEVEN



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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:51 am

And in the Eastern Pacific…….

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ZCZC MIATWOEP ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
735 AM PDT SAT MAY 12 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

1. AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER HAS DEVELOPED ABOUT 550 MILES
SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ACAPULCO MEXICO.  UPPER-LEVEL WINDS APPEAR
CONDUCIVE FOR ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT...AND THE SYSTEM COULD BECOME
A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO AS IT MOVES SLOWLY
NORTHWESTWARD.  THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...40 PERCENT...OF
BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  ADDITIONAL
SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOKS WILL BE ISSUED ON THIS SYSTEM
LATER TODAY OR SUNDAY...IF NECESSARY.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER BEVEN
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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:39 am

Pertussis epidemic in Washigton State & Public Health hamstrung by economic cutbacks.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/health/policy/whooping-cough-epidemic-hits-washington-state.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120513

NY Times

May 12, 2012
 
Cutbacks Hurt a State’s Response to Whooping Cough
By KIRK JOHNSON

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — “Whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly infectious respiratory disease once considered doomed by science, has struck Washington State this spring with a severity that health officials say could surpass the toll of any year since the 1940s, before a vaccine went into wide use.

Although no deaths have been reported so far this year, the state has declared an epidemic and public health officials say the numbers are staggering: 1,284 cases through early May, the most in at least three decades and 10 times last year’s total at this time, 128.

The response to the epidemic has been hampered by the recession, which has left state and local health departments on the front lines of defense weakened by years of sustained budget cuts.

Here in Skagit County, about an hour’s drive north of Seattle — the hardest-hit corner of the state, based on pertussis cases per capita — the local Public Health Department has half the staff it did in 2008. Preventive care programs, intended to keep people healthy, are mostly gone……”

 



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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:35 am

Pet food recall expands

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57429961-10391704/diamond-dog-food-salmonella-recall-expands/

May 8, 2012 12:19 PM
Diamond dog food salmonella recall expands
By
Michelle Castillo

(CBS News) “The Diamond Pet Foods voluntary recall on some of their pet food brands has been expanded after a salmonella outbreak in one of their plants left 14 people sick in nine states.

The dog food in question was was manufactured in Gaston, S.C. plant. At least five people were hospitalized from handling the food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Associated Press…”



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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:31 am

Invasive Listeriosis: 2004–2009

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Invasive Listeriosis in the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), 2004–2009: Further Targeted Prevention Needed for Higher-Risk Groups

Clin Infect Dis. (2012) 54(suppl 5): S396-S404 doi:10.1093/cid/cis268

http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/suppl_5/S396.abstract

A total of 762 listeriosis cases were identified during the 6-year reporting period, including 126 pregnancy-associated cases (17%), 234 nonpregnancy-associated cases(31%) in patients aged <65 years, and 400 nonpregnancy-associated cases (53%) in patients aged ≥65 years. Eighteen percent of all cases were fatal. Meningitis was diagnosed in 44% of neonates.

For 2004–2009, the overall annual incidence of listeriosis varied from 0.25 to 0.32 cases per 100 000 population. Among Hispanic women, the crude incidence of pregnancy-associated listeriosis increased from 5.09 to 12.37 cases per 100 000 for the periods of 2004–2006 and 2007–2009, respectively; among non-Hispanic women, pregnancy-associated listeriosis increased from 1.74 to 2.80 cases per 100 000 for the same periods. Incidence rates of nonpregnancy-associated listeriosis in patients aged ≥65 years were 4–5 times greater than overall rates annually.



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May 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 12:11 am

Philippines: death of a villager due to rabies

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May 13

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2012/05/12/death-villager-due-rabies-alarms-execs-221136

Death of villager due to rabies alarms execs

Saturday, May 12, 2012

KIDAPAWAN CITY – “The City Veterinarian Office (CVO) was alarmed over the recent death of a villager due to rabies virus.

Reports reaching the office said another villager in Barangay Balindog also died of the rabies virus.

Samson Dayanan, 49, died last week of rabies……

Dayanan, according to his wife Malou, was beaten by one of their puppies sometime in March this year.

The puppy died the next day, the wife said. But her husband just shrugged his shoulders when told the dog might be rabid and that it might kill him.

Last week, Malou said, her husband experienced fever, numbness, experienced discomfort and paralysis.

Later, her husband had hallucinations and became hydrophobic….”



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