Starting around 1980, with globalization, the fast-food culture that substantially increased garbage, construction in urban zones, and international travel have all been factors in the spread of dengue, and our country has not been an exception.
via H5N1: Mexico: Dengue incidence has grown thirtyfold in 50 years.
The Annihilation of Jewish Latvians
Many members of the Waffen-SS being again honored on Sunday, had participated in the annihilation of Jewish Latvians. Right after Kārlis Ulmanis’ putsch May 15, 1934, Jewish Latvians employed by the government were fired. Jewish businesses were obliged to close. Immediately following their invasion in June 1941, the Germans carried out their first massacres, with Latvians’ practical assistance. Soon Latvian auxiliary police units were created, for imprisoning and guarding Jews, as well as to carry out assassinations. Only 15,000 of the 90,000 Jewish Latvians were able to flee with Soviet troops in the summer of 1941 ahead of the Nazis’ invasion. Less than a thousand of the remaining 75,000 Jews survived German barbarism. Many of the Latvians, who had participated in the murders, joined the Latvian Waffen-SS, which in 1944 were engaged in the effort to defend the German killing fields from the Red Army. Around 140,000 Latvians had collaborated with the German occupiers.
Collective punishment is supposed to be illegal according to international law based in part on its use by Nazi’s during WWII but Israel uses it often… The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which closed a goods crossing after militant rocket attacks, the energy authority said.
“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.
On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza and the Erez pedestrian crossing “until further security assessments.”
via Gaza’s only power plant ‘shuts down for lack of fuel’ | Maan News Agency.
The latest H7N9 case-per-day chart shows that the trickle of human cases of confirmed avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection is becoming a drip. The tap? My money is still mostly with the market closures. What precisely in the markets? Dunno, but the consensus seems to be poultry; songbirds loo pretty god to though. It doesn’t have to be, and is unlikely to be, just 1 thing of course. We know that this virus, as with other avian influenza viruses, can be shared around among bird species. It can even go into a human and that isolate be used to infect a bird again.
via VDU’s blog: H7N9: the dotted lines that make sense of things….
Me: Live markets are incubators and major transmission points for all old flu and new ones as well – ties to Lunar New Year preparations is also clear. Next year? H7N9 exported to Vietnam, Korea, India, Cambodia, Thailand?