THE MIDDLE EAST IS BURNING 12-9-2017

As I predicted in earlier posts, the Islamic world is now exploding in violence, from Kashmir in the East, to Pakistan, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Gaza, Indonesia, the USA and Europe. The scope and scale of the violent response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision makes this truly a global event. We will have a violent Christmas, especially in Bethlehem.

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The links are here.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/WATCH-LIVE-Clashes-in-Bethlehem-517517

WATCH: Palestinian protesters face off against Israeli troops in Bethlehem

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
December 9, 2017 11:58

Israeli security forces confronted Palestinian protesters angered over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian protesters in the city of Bethlehem are currently demonstrating against the recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. The protesters are facing off against Israeli soldiers determined to prevent the rallies from escalating into riots.

Similar protests have taken place in around 20 flashpoints across Jerusalem, the West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza border.

The Saturday protests follow similar clashes in the West Bank that took place on Friday between Israeli security forces and Palestinian demonstrators angered by the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to move the American capital to Jerusalem. Earlier on Saturday, a social media account supportive of Hamas claimed Israeli security forces had fired rubber bullets and used tear gas against protestors.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/09/middleeast/jerusalem-israel-palestinians-trump-intl/index.html

Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid tensions over Jerusalem

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THE MIDDLE EAST IS GOING TO EXPLODE AFTER FRIDAY MOSQUE SERVICES ON 12-8-2017

UPDATE #2 12-8-2017 0800 PST. The second day of rioting has already started after near total chaos on the West Bank and Gaza on the 7th. The  link to the Sun Article is here. The time difference is about 10 hours from PST to Jerusalem.  We have over 250 people injured on the West Bank alone so far, and things haven’t even really started yet.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5094570/jerusalem-riots-spread-to-indonesia-and-malaysia-as-terror-group-hamas-promises-day-of-rage-over-trump-over-embassy-move/

RAGE AROUND THE WORLD

Jerusalem riots spread globally as terror group Hamas promises ‘day of rage’ over Trump over embassy move

Donald Trump sparked protests after announcing the US would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

UPDATE: THE INTIFATA HAS ALREADY STARTED SINCE I WROTE TODAY’S BLOG ENTRY. THE LINKS ARE HERE.

https://apnews.com/8ddae4b406ed471c9…ter-Trump-move

Palestinians protest Trump move on Jerusalem
By ILAN BEN ZION
Today

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump over his widely denounced decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The leader of the Hamas militant group, which runs Gaza, called for a new armed uprising in a widespread show of anger, as the demonstrators torched American and Israeli flags.

In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at Israeli troops. In Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, protesters set tires on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke over the city.

After yesterday’s blog post, the situation in the Middle East has already spiraled into violence. This is no surprise to anybody keeping track of the Islamic response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision. However, the violence of Thursday will, in my opinion, be dwarfed by the violence unleashed after 1.5 BILLION Muslims pour out of their mosques Friday night, 12-8-2017.  Here are some thoughts from my timebomb post.

http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?528435-FUNG-ADVISORY-Doomer-Doug-Speaks……he-s-worried…very-worried.

The Friday Mosque services in the Middle East are going to be flashpoint for several reasons.

One. The Muslim authorities will have had two or three days to prepare. It will be one giant flash mob, stirred up by the Immam/s speaking in their sermons.

Two. It will be all Muslims, some 1.5 billion of them, who will be focused on Jerusalem.

Three. The violence is planned, trained for and will be “spontaneous,” in the same sense the Benghazi attacks were due to that video and they stormed the consulate.

Four. The USA is right now deploying multiple FAST, fleet armed security teams, a 40 person strong marine unit to enhance selected embassies, etc, to the Middle East. The US doesn’t do that, unless they expect the embassies to be stormed by howling mobs.

Five. All of the various Muslim groups are now on the same page, with the same tactics and the same goals.

Six. It is unknown how Hezzbollah, Hamas, ISIS and Al Qaida will react to this opportunity to unleash a new Infitata.

Seven. If Little Fat Boy takes the opportunity to do another missile test, or detonate a nuke warhead, who knows where this will all go.

Nowski, the BLM types have made tactical alliances with various Militant Islam groups, which is a much under reported story here in CONUS. I fully expect to see Mosque riots in both Europe and the USA.

Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
My end of the world e book “Day of the Dogs” will soon be available for sale at smashwords. The url is
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OVERWHELMING TSUNAMI OF CHAOS AND ANARCHY UNLEASHED 12-6-2017

I honestly don’t know where to begin my blog entry today. Seriously, the number and threat of what has happened in the last twenty four hours is mind boggling. Using the “start at the beginning,” model, I shall begin. Obviously, Trump’s statement he is formally accepting Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and has begun the process of moving our embassy there, is a defining event for our time. The Bible paraphrase goes “I shall make Jerusalem a rock for them, and I shall break them upon it.” We are seeing that fulfilled before our very eyes today.

The links are here.

 

Next, we have the Islamic reaction to Trump’s decision. Here is the link.

PALESTINIANS: THREE DAYS OF RAGE OVER TRUMP’S DECISION ON JERUSALEM

On the other side of the world, specifically Tokyo, Japan we have mass drills now underway against the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Japan. The link is here.

Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…uclear-attack/

The threat is very real’: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise.

Julian Ryall, in tokyo
5 DECEMBER 2017 • 6:17AM
Millions of residents of Tokyo are to take part in evacuation drills simulating a North Korean nuclear attack on the Japanese capital.

The national and city governments are to carry out a series of exercises between January and March to prepare for a potential attack on Tokyo, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported, the first time that a major Japanese city will have carried out responses to a simulated attack.

Here is a link to the ongoing fire disaster near Ventura, California, made famous by the rock group, America song’s “Ventura Highway,” from my youth. Well, Ventura is burning, and the highway is a place of fire, smoke and terror. The link is here.

Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
My end of the world e book “Day of the Dogs” will soon be available for sale at smashwords. The url is
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MADAGASCAR PLAGUE SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL 11-21-2017

The Madagascar Plague situation continues to get worse as the “Plague Season” continues. The official season runs until April of 2018 in Madagascar. Already the number of cases, now 2200, versus the normal 400, and the 66 percent airborne version, compared to the normal rate of 10 percent, far exceed the historical record going back some 50 years. The Plague is now bigger, ie more infected and dead, and more lethal, the 60 plus percent airborne version. And we still have 5 months to go in Madagascar.

The link below gives more detail. I think the below information gives a good overview of the situation as it exists today, as well as showing just how bad things can get.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5103883/Madagascar-plague-death-toll-rises-195.html

  1. Um, the Madagascar Plague situation continues to spiral out of control. Here is the link to another British media site, the American media doesn’t seem to be much interested in Madagascar at this point.

    The link is here.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…rises-195.html

    Madagascar plague death toll rises to 195 and cases have jumped nearly 3% in just three days as ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’ of the medieval disease hits ‘crisis’ point

    World Health Organization data shows 2,267 people have now been infected
    Scientists are worried the ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’ has reached ‘crisis’ point

    Ten countries have been placed on high alert as experts fear it will reach Africa
    Other scientists fear this year’s outbreak will reach well beyond mainland Africa
    Two thirds of all the cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague
    This can spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours

    By Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline

    Published: 09:55 EST, 21 November 2017 | Updated: 09:58 EST, 21 November 2017

    The Madagascar plague death toll has risen to 195 with a jump of almost 3 per cent jump in cases in just three days, official figures reveal.

    Some 2,267 people have been struck down by the ‘medieval disease’; a rise of 64 casualties since the 2,203 cases reported last Friday, according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

    International aid workers are desperately battling to contain the ‘crisis’, which has been described as the ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’ and has prompted 10 nearby African countries to be placed on high alert by the WHO.

    Experts have expressed fears doctors are so focused on controlling the plague epidemic, they may neglect to participate in nationwide vaccination programmes against polio, which may trigger an outbreak of the paralysing condition.

    Doctors and nurses may also be unable to treat plague patients if they themselves become infected, which would inevitably cause the outbreak to spiral further out of control, experts add.

    Treatment may be further stilted if the plague’s bacteria become antibiotic resistant as healthcare staff frantically over prescribe drugs in an effort to calm the disease’s spread, experts say.

    Madagascar plague death toll rises to 195 with a nearly 3% jump in cases, figures reveal
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    Madagascar plague death toll rises to 195 with a nearly 3% jump in cases, figures reveal

    The deadly plague epidemic in Madagascar that is at ‘crisis’ point will trigger an outbreak of polio, according to Dr Derek Gatherer from Lancaster University, who fears aid workers will so focused on the ‘medieval disease’ they will forget nationwide efforts to prevent polio cases.

    He told MailOnline: ‘It could derail the polio vaccine campaign, which would be a setback for eradication.

    ‘If [the] Madagascan health service is bursting at its seam coping with plague, then getting the polio vaccine programme running to plan will be something of a challenge.’

    Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious disease expert at Monash University, warned of the dangers of the plague and said this year’s outbreak has been ‘unusual’ – because it is airborne.

    He wrote in a piece for The Conversation: ‘It’s not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence.’

    Plague, caused by the Yersina pestis bacteria, killed hundreds of millions of people in three devastating outbreaks, including the Plague of Justinian in the 6th century.

    It is easily treated with antibiotics in the current climate – however, experts are still concerned it will cause eternal havoc because it is constantly mutating.

    Kyle Harper, a professor of classics and letters at the University of Oklahoma, said biological evolution is ‘cunning and dangerous’.

    Professor Harper, author of The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, told Project Syndicate: ‘There still is no vaccine; while antibiotics are effective if administered early, the threat of antimicrobial resistance is real.

    ‘That may be the deepest lesson from the long history of this scourge. Biological evolution is cunning and dangerous.

    ‘Small mutations can alter a pathogen’s virulence or its efficiency of transmission, and evolution is relentless.

    ‘We may have the upper hand over plague today, despite the headlines in East Africa.

    ‘But our long history with the disease demonstrates that our control over it is tenuous, and likely to be transient – and that threats to public health anywhere are threats to public health everywhere.’

    Two thirds of cases in Madagascar have been caused by pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours.

    It is strikingly different to the bubonic form, responsible for the ‘Black Death’ in the 14th century, which rocks the country each year and infects around 600 people.

    Others worry it will eventually hit the US, Europe and Britain, leaving millions more vulnerable due to how quick it can spread through populations.

    And with the plague season expected to run until April, scientists believe there will be another spike of cases in the coming months.

    Scores of doctors and nurses have already been struck down with the disease, and there are growing fears hospitals will be unable to cope if it continues its rampage.

    But local officials are adamant the outbreak is slowing down as the number of new cases is on the decline.
    Scientists are growing increasingly concerned this year’s outbreak has reached ‘crisis’ point

    Scientists are growing increasingly concerned this year’s outbreak has reached ‘crisis’ point

    HOW THE PLAGUE HAS ESCALATED

    DATE OF REPORT

    October 4

    October 9

    October 12

    October 17

    October 20

    October 26

    October 31

    November 6

    November 9

    November 14

    November 17

    November 20

    INFECTED/DEAD

    194/30

    387/45

    684/57

    849/67

    1,297/102

    1,309/93

    1,801/127

    1,947/143

    2,034/165

    2,119/171

    2,203/192

    2,267/195

    Malawi was added to the growing list of nations placed urged to brace for a potential outbreak last weekend, becoming the tenth.

    South Africa, Seychelles, La Reunion, Tanzania, Mauritius, Comoros, Mozambique, Kenya and Ethiopia have already been told to prepare.

    Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at the world-renowned University of East Anglia, was the first expert to predict the plague could travel across the sea.

    He previously told MailOnline: ‘The big anxiety is it could spread to mainland Africa, it’s not probable, but certainly possible, that might then be difficult to control.

    ‘If we don’t carry on doing stuff here, at one point something will happen and it will get out of our control and cause huge devastation all around the world.’

    Adding to the fears, he has previously warned there is a risk the disease could spread ‘globally’.

    Officials in Madagascar have warned residents not to exhume bodies of dead loved ones and dance with them because the bizarre ritual can cause outbreaks of plague

    Officials in Madagascar have warned residents not to exhume bodies of dead loved ones and dance with them because the bizarre ritual can cause outbreaks of plague

    However, he was adamant that it would be easy for an economically developed country to contain the treatable disease in its current form.

    Professor Hunter’s concerns echoed that of dozens of leading scientists, many of whom have predicted the ‘truly unprecedented’ outbreak will continue to spiral.

    Professor Jimmy Whitworth, an international health scientist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, described it as the worst outbreak in 50 years.

    And Professor Johnjoe McFadden, a molecular geneticist at Surrey University, said that the plague is ‘scary’ and is predominantly a ‘disease of the poor’.

    Speaking exclusively to MailOnline two weeks ago, he also said: ‘It’s a crisis at the moment and we don’t know how bad it’s going to get.’

    Professor McFadden added: ‘It’s a terrible disease. It’s broadly caused more deaths of humans than anything else, it’s a very deadly pathogen.

    ‘It is a disease of poverty where humans are being forced to live very close to rats and usually means poor sewage and poor living conditions.
    Schools and universities have been shut in a desperate attempt to contain the respiratory disease, with children known to come into contact with each other more than adults, and the buildings have been sprayed to eradicate any fleas that may carry the plague

    Schools and universities have been shut in a desperate attempt to contain the respiratory disease, with children known to come into contact with each other more than adults, and the buildings have been sprayed to eradicate any fleas that may carry the plague
    HOW DID THIS YEAR’S OUTBREAK BEGIN?

    Health officials are unsure how this year’s outbreak began.

    However, some believe it could be caused by the bubonic plague, which is endemic in the remote highlands of Madagascar.

    If left untreated, it can lead to the pneumonic form, which is responsible for two thirds of the cases recorded so far in this year’s outbreak.

    Rats carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the plague, which is then passed onto their fleas.

    Forest fires drive rats towards rural communities, which means residents are at risk of being bitten and infected. Local media reports suggest there has been an increase in the number of blazes in the woodlands.

    Without antibiotics, the bubonic strain can spread to the lungs – where it becomes the more virulent pneumonic form.

    Pneumonic, which can kill within 24 hours, can then be passed on through coughing, sneezing or spitting.

    However, it can also be treated with antibiotics if caught in time.

    Madagascar sees regular outbreaks of plague, which tend to start in September, with around 600 cases being reported each year on the island.

    However, this year’s outbreak has seen it reach the Indian Ocean island’s two biggest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina.

    Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas.
    In Madagascar, a sacred ritual sees families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses

    In Madagascar, a sacred ritual sees families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses
    ‘A TICKING TIME BOMB WAITING TO DECIMATE THE WORLD’

    Credible experts have warned that there is no threat to the UK, however, some have warned the plague outbreak will reach the UK.

    Richard Conroy, founder of Sick Holiday, has sent a chilling warning to UK authorities – saying it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before the disease arrives on British soil.

    Mr Conroy warned it is inevitable due to the vast movement of people across the globe its inevitable that plague will continue its march.

    He told MailOnline: ‘I believe that it’s 100 per cent likely that plague will arrive in the UK once more – it’s just a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.

    ‘And it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is a real threat – a ticking time bomb that’s waiting to decimate the world.

    ‘With the current outbreak still remaining treatable with antibiotics, however, the current risk is low.’

    ‘That’s the root cause of why it’s still a problem in the world. If we got rid of rats living close enough to mankind then we wouldn’t have the disease.’

    Professor McFadden warned in countries such as Madagascar ‘people often need to walk more than a day to receive proper medical treatment’.

    He added: ‘Fortunately in plague, it has not developed much antibiotic resistance. If that kicks in, the plague will be far, far scarier.

    ‘If you throw more and more antibiotics at patients, antibiotic resistance is more less inevitable.’

    Commenting on previous WHO figures, Professor Robin May, an infectious diseases expert at Birmingham University, told MailOnline the outbreak was ‘concerning definitely’.

    Dr Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University’s biomedical and life-sciences department, told MailOnline the country would struggle ‘to cope’ if cases continue to spiral.

    He said: ‘If it wasn’t for the international aid coming in things, would definitely be much worse for them [Madagascar].’

    Amid concerns the plague had reached crisis point two weeks ago, the World Bank decided to release an extra $5 million (£3.8m) to control the rocketing amount of cases.

    The money will allow for the deployment of personnel to battle the outbreak in the affected regions, the disinfection of buildings and fuel for ambulances.

    WILL IT TRAVEL ON PLANES AND BOATS?

    Fears have been raised that the plague epidemic which has quickly blighted Madagascar could spread through air travel and sea trade.

    However, experts stress the risk of this is low because of the screening protocols that have been implemented to curb the outbreak.

    But, some are concerned frequent flights and ferries between the island and the mainland of Africa could cause the disease to spread.

    Dr Ashok Chopra, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, said the crisis in Madagascar had yet to peak.

    He told The Sun: If they are travelling shorter distances and they’re still in the incubation period, and they have the pneumonic (form) then they could spread it to other places.

    ‘We don’t want to have a situation where the disease spreads so fast it sort of gets out of control.’

    The latest World Health Organization figures come days after aid workers on the ground revealed that police are having to seize the corpses of plague victims.

    Charlotte Ndiaye, of the WHO, described the situation as being ‘terrible’, with many traditional families unwilling to part with their loved ones.

    Hundreds of families are confused about what they should do with the dead bodies, Ms Ndiaye told South African’s Mail & Guardian newspaper.

    If officials suspect someone to have died from pneumonic plague, an officer armed with chemicals will be disposed to kill any bacteria on the corpse.

    They are then placed in a sealed body bag and placed in a common grave – but the practice goes against the traditions of the Malagasy culture.

    In the culture, there is an annual celebration to honour the dead – and aid workers previously warned this would fuel an increase in cases.

    All Saints Day, otherwise known as the ‘Day of the Dead’, is a public holiday which takes place on November 1 each year. Crowds often gather at local cemeteries.
    WHY DID THE ‘GODZILA’ EL NINO TRIGGER THE WORST PLAGUE IN 50 YEARS?

    Experts also believe last year’s natural phenomenon El Niño – dubbed ‘Godzilla’, triggered an increase in rat populations in rural areas, sparking the beginning of the epidemic which has so far infected at least 1,300 people.

    Forest fires have also driven the rats and their plague-carrying fleas towards areas inhabited by humans, local reports state as a reason behind the surge in cases recorded this year.

    But Professor Matthew Bayliss, from Liverpool University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, suggested floods and heavy rains – triggered by Cyclone Enawo, may also be to blame.

    Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, he warned the particularly aggressive El Niño of 2016 may be behind the aggressive start of this year’s outbreak, which has seen it hit two heavily populated cities for the first time, including the capital Antananarivo.

    ‘2016 was the strongest El Niño on record, and was nicknamed by some ‘Godzilla’,’ he said. Some have suggested the growing burden of climate change was to blame.

    ‘It is a change to the movements of water in the Pacific Ocean which then has an effect on climate in many parts of the world, including east and southern Africa.

    ‘Our own research suggests that El Niño played a role of the Zika outbreak, but it is also possible that the conditions have facilitated this large scale plague outbreak.’
    Experts believe the natural phenomenon dubbed ‘Godzilla’ triggered an increase in rat populations in rural areas of Madagascar, sparking the beginning of the epidemic

    Experts believe the natural phenomenon dubbed ‘Godzilla’ triggered an increase in rat populations in rural areas of Madagascar, sparking the beginning of the epidemic

    Professor Bayliss, alongside colleagues including climatologist Dr Cyril Caminade, were behind a 2014 study that found outbreaks of plague in Madagascar are linked to the naturally occurring climate event in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

    Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they found large outbreaks tend to coincide with the fluctuation of air pressure and sea surface temperature, partly driven by El Niño. It was based on 48 years worth of data.

    They were also behind another study, released in the same journal in December last year, which found El Niño fuelled the Zika outbreak in South America. It went on to strike more than 70 countries and caused a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

    What is El Niño?

    El Niño, along with its little sister La Niña, are part of a recurring shift in climate that occurs as warm water shifts from one side of the Pacific to the other.

    It is caused by a shift in the distribution of warm water in the Pacific Ocean around the equator.

    Usually the wind blows strongly from east to west, due to the rotation of the Earth, causing water to pile up in the western part of the Pacific.

    This pulls up colder water from the deep ocean in the eastern Pacific.

    However, in an El Niño, the winds pushing the water get weaker and cause the warmer water to shift back towards the east. This causes the eastern Pacific to get warmer.

    But as the ocean temperature is linked to the wind currents, this causes the winds to grow weaker still and so the ocean grows warmer, meaning the El Niño grows.

    This change in air and ocean currents around the equator can have a major impact on the weather patterns around the globe by creating pressure anomalies in the atmosphere.

    ‘In that type of situation, it may be easy to forget about respiratory etiquettes,’ Panu Saaristo, the International Federation of Red Cross’ team leader for health in Madagascar, previously told MailOnline.

    Concerned health officials have also warned an ancient ritual, called Famadihana, where relatives dig up the corpses of their loved ones, may be fueling the spread.

    To limit the danger of Famadihana, rules enforced at the beginning of the outbreak dictate plague victims cannot be buried in a tomb that can be reopened.

    Instead, their remains must be held in an anonymous mausoleum. But the local media has reported several cases of bodies being exhumed covertly.

    Despite the serious risks publicised by the authorities, few in Madagascar question the turning ceremonies and dismiss the advice.
    People in Madagascar believe the ritual honours their dead relatives, who can be “turned” every five, seven or nine years
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    People in Madagascar believe the ritual honours their dead relatives, who can be ‘turned’ every five, seven or nine years

    Willy Randriamarotia, the Madagascan health ministry’s chief of staff, said: ‘If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.’

    Experts have long observed that plague season coincides with the period when Famadihana ceremonies are held from July to October.

    Last week MailOnline revealed the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño of 2016 has also been blamed for the severity of this year’s outbreak by causing freak weather conditions.

    Plague season hits Madagascar each year, and experts warn there is still six months to run – despite already seeing more than triple the amount of cases than expected.

    Usually the country sees cases of bubonic plague, which is transmitted by rat flea bites and was responsible for the 100 million fatalities from the ‘Black Death’ in the 14th century.

    If left untreated, the Yersinia pestis bacteria can reach the lungs. This is where it turns pneumonic – described as the ‘deadliest and most rapid form of plague’.

    Health officials are unsure how this year’s outbreak began, but local media report that forest fires have driven rats towards rural communities.

    This year’s worrying outbreak has seen it reach the Indian Ocean island’s two biggest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina.
    AID WORKER ON THE GROUND REVEALS SCALE OF THE PROBLEM

    A senior aid worker on the ground in Madagascar has provided MailOnline with an exclusive snapshot of what is happening on the island.

    Panu Saaristo, the International Federation of Red Cross’ team leader, has revealed thousands of infected adults are unwilling to seek help because they are scared of hospitals.

    Mr Saaristo said the cultural stigma associated with seeking medical help was masking the true scale of the problem as it means many of those who are infected are failing to be diagnosed. At the same time there is also a growing shortage of life-saving tests which can provide a rapid diagnosis.

    Speaking about the decline in plague cases reported today by Madagascan health officials, Mr Saaristo said he feared this is not really the case and that the true scale of the problem growing. He told MailOnline: ‘No-one is happier than us, if that is indeed the case’.

    ‘Fear of the fact if they get diagnosed with the infection and the long time they would have to spend in hospital’ could be a factor in many not seeking treatment because they connect ‘hospitals to death’, he added.

    ‘People start avoiding healthcare that may lead to a situation where people start dying.’ He warned this year’s outbreak has been ‘truly unprecedented’, and is ‘not the plague as usual’.

    Figures show that at least 1,300 cases of the plague have been reported so far in this year’s outbreak, with 93 official deaths recorded. However, UN estimates state the toll could be in excess of 120.

    Mr Saaristo warned more deaths are expected unless the urgent shortage of rapid diagnostic tests is immediately addressed, as the majority of plague cases spreading through Madagascar can prove fatal in just 24 hours.

    Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas. It is estimated that around 1.6 million people live in either city.

    The first death this year occurred on August 28 when a passenger died in a public taxi en route to a town on the east coast. Two others who came into contact with the passenger also died.

    This year’s outbreak is expected to dwarf previous ones as it has struck early, and British aid workers believe it will continue on its rampage.

    Olivier Le Guillou, of Action Against Hunger, previously said: ‘The epidemic is ahead of us, we have not yet reached the peak.’

    The most recent WHO figures dispute claims by Dr Manitra Rakotoarivony, Madagascar’s director of health promotion, that the epidemic is on a downward spiral.

    He previously told local radio: ‘There is an improvement in the fight against the spread of the plague, which means that there are fewer patients in hospitals.’
    THE OPENING OF THE RED CROSS’ FIRST MAKESHIFT PLAGUE CLINIC

    Concerned humanitarians have opened a clinic attached to a major hospital in the country’s capital in a desperate attempt to contain the plague outbreak.

    The International Federation of Red Cross has set-up a makeshift treatment clinic at the Andouhatapenaka Hospital in Antananarivo.

    Twenty beds are available to be used in the clinic, but it is unsure how many patients are currently being treated at the makeshift centre.

    Aid workers stress it will be able to offer 24/7 treatment to those infected, as officials continue their attempts to clamp down on cases.

    An international team of doctors are also providing supervision and training on plague treatment
    The ceremony sees the wrapped remains carried out into the open and carefully placed on a mat where they are rewrapped, or “turned” in the new shrouds
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    The ceremony sees the wrapped remains carried out into the open and carefully placed on a mat where they are rewrapped, or ‘turned’ in the new shrouds
    WHAT IS THE FAMADIHANA RITUAL?

    The unique custom, originating among communities that live in Madagascar’s high plateaux, draws crowds every winter to honour the dead and to honour their mortal wishes.

    ‘It’s one of Madagascar’s most widespread rituals,’ historian Mahery Andrianahag told AFP at a festival in Ambohijafy, a village outside the capital Antananarivo.

    Relatives invite all their fellow villagers to attend the ceremony and to take part in the procession as well as musical and food festivities, but the wrapping of the body is a purely family affair.

    The dead may be ‘turned’ more than once but only every five, seven or nine years, and can be wrapped in several shrouds if different parts of the family or loved ones want to honour them.

    The customary ritual, rather than a religious rite, is a celebration accompanied by music, dancing and singing, fuelled by alcoholic drinks.

    As soon as it is over, the mats on which the bodies are laid are pulled up. Many participants store them under their mattresses in the belief it will bring them good luck, harboring bacteria.

    The WHO, which issues a new report into the outbreak every few days, also remains adamant that cases are on the ‘decline in all active areas’ across the country.

    The plague outbreak in Madagascar tends to begin in September and ends in April. Tarik Jašarević of the World Health Organization confirmed it would be no different this year.

    He said two weeks ago: ‘After concerted efforts of the Ministry of Health and partners, we are beginning to see a decline in reported cases but there are still people being admitted to hospital.

    ‘At this time we cannot say with certainty that the epidemic has subsided. We are about three months into the epidemic season, which goes on until April 2018.

    ‘Even if the recent declining trend is confirmed, we cannot rule out the possibility of further spikes in transmission between now and April 2018.’

    A WHO official added: ‘The risk of the disease spreading is high at national level… because it is present in several towns and this is just the start of the outbreak.’

    International agencies have so far sent more than one million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar. Nearly 20,000 respiratory masks have also been donated.

    However, the WHO advises against travel or trade restrictions. It previously asked for $5.5 million (£4.2m) to support the plague response, which has now been issued.

    Despite its guidance, Air Seychelles, one of Madagascar’s biggest airlines, stopped flying temporarily earlier in the month to try and curb the spread.

    Schools and universities were shut in a desperate attempt to contain the respiratory disease, with children known to come into contact with each other more than adults. The buildings have been sprayed to eradicate any fleas that may carry the plague.

    Dilys Morgan, head of emerging infections and zoonoses at Public Health England, said: ‘The risk to people in UK is very low, but the risk for international travellers to and those working in Madagascar is higher.

    ‘It is important that travellers to Madagascar seek advice before travelling and are aware of the measures they can take to reduce the risk of infection.

    ‘The UK has robust systems in place for assessing illness in persons returning from travel or work overseas.

    ‘Plague is no longer the threat to humans that it was centuries ago, as antibiotics work well if treatment is started early.’
    For Madagascans, the famadihana ceremony is an intense celebration accompanied by music, dancing and singing, fuelled by alcoholic drinks

    For Madagascans, the famadihana ceremony is an intense celebration accompanied by music, dancing and singing, fuelled by alcoholic drinks
    BUBONIC PLAGUE: WIPED OUT A THIRD OF EUROPE IN THE 14TH CENTURY

    Bubonic plague is one of the most devastating diseases in history, having killed around 100million people during the ‘Black Death’ in the 14th century.

    Drawings and paintings from the outbreak, which wiped out about a third of the European population, depict town criers saying ‘bring out your dead’ while dragging trailers piled with infected corpses.

    It is caused by a bacterium known as Yersinia pestis, which uses the flea as a host and is usually transmitted to humans via rats.

    The disease causes grotesque symptoms such as gangrene and the appearance of large swellings on the groin, armpits or neck, known as ‘buboes’.

    It kills up to two thirds of sufferers within just four days if it is not treated, although if antibiotics are administered within 24 hours of infection patients are highly likely to survive.

    After the Black Death arrived in 1347 plague became a common phenomenon in Europe, with outbreaks recurring regularly until the 18th century.

    Bubonic plague has almost completely vanished from the rich world, with 90 per cent of all cases now found in Africa.

    However, there have been a few non-fatal cases in the U.S. in recent years, while in August 2013 a 15-year-old boy died in Kyrgyzstan after eating a groundhog infected with the disease.

    Three months later, an outbreak in a Madagascan killed at least 20 people in a week.

    A year before 60 people died as a result of the infection, more than in any other country in the world.

    Outbreaks in China have been rare in recent years, and most have happened in remote rural areas of the west.

    China’s state broadcaster said there were 12 diagnosed cases and three deaths in the province of Qinghai in 2009, and one in Sichuan in 2012.

    In the United States between five and 15 people die every year as a result, mostly in western states.

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ARE WE LOOKING AT A GLOBAL PANDEMIC? 11-18-2017

The Madagascar Black Death Plague situation appears to be spiraling out of control. Despite the “don’t worry, be happy” mantra coming from both the CDC and the WHO, various media reports are indicating the actual status of the epidemic is worse than the spin control and information suppression efforts now underway. Obviously, the health authorities are desperately trying to prevent a panic. Obviously, they are doing what they did with SARS in China, Mers in Saudi Arabia, and with Ebola back in 2014; namely, hide the true extent of the crisis for political and economic reasons.

The following links indicate things are starting to get out of control.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4943288/black-death-patients-are-escaping-hospital-and-refusing-treatment-sparking-fears-it-may-spread/

INFECTED FUGITIVES

Black Death patients are ESCAPING hospital and refusing treatment sparking fears it may spread

Chief of medicine at plague hospital in Madagascar says patients are scared of needles and not used to hospital treatment.

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THE BLACK DEATH: DRIP, DRIP, DRIP. 11-17-2017

Despite the best efforts of our mutant elite, information about the threat from disease in Africa continues to dribble out. It isn’t like “they” care. It isn’t like “they” have the slightest concern of what a global disease pandemic would do to the “Great Unwashed” segment of the population. If you haven’t figured out, after reading my blog for the last several years, “they” really do hate our guts, and really do want to kill us all off, then you haven’t been paying attention.

The following link tells us the Marburg Virus, a close cousin to the Ebola Virus has shown up in Uganda. It has killed 5 people, and reportedly came from exposure to bats. It has a precious bodily fluid transmission vector, ie blood, and close physical contact with the infected person.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-…es-uganda.html

New outbreak: Deadly virus, similar to Ebola, with NO treatment… now strikes Uganda

(Natural News) Uganda is in the middle of a health care crisis as the deadly Marburg virus has once again hit the African nation. Health chiefs have announced that the virus, which is clinically similar to the Ebola virus, has been detected in five cases. The reports note that an emergency Marburg virus screening is being carried out at the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana, where three members of the same family died of the disease.

Reports have detailed that the outbreak first started back in September when an adult male in his 30s, who used to work as a game hunter and resided near a cave with a heavy bat colony, had been admitted to a local health center after falling ill with high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. According to reports, the man did not respond to antimalarial treatment and his health quickly deteriorated. The man was taken to another hospital but passed away shortly. The man’s middle-aged sister and a third victim had also subsequently passed away.

The next link tells us antibiotic resistance by the Black Death Plague bacteria is becoming a concern for health experts.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/madagascar-outbreak-it-is-inevitable-the-plague-becomes-resistant-to-drugs_11162017

Madagascar Outbreak: It Is ‘Inevitable’ The Plague Becomes Resistant To Drugs

Mac Slavo
November 16th, 2017
SHTFplan.com

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The newest warning about the outbreak of the airborne pneumonic plague, or black death, in Madagascar has been released. Officials warn that it’s inevitable that this bacterial infection that’s infected over 2000 people will become resistant to antibiotics.

The only way to treat a person who has contracted the plague is with antibiotics. But experts now warn that because they are being used so much to treat the infection, antibiotics resistance is inevitable and making this disease much more terrifying. Once the bacteria is resistant, the Madagascar healthcare system will be overwhelmed, and the disease will have control of the nation.

According to the Daily Mail, Madagascar’s healthcare system will be unable to cope if the deadly plague outbreak continues to escalate, a scientist has warned. Scores of doctors and nurses have been struck down with the disease, which is predicted to gather momentum in the coming weeks and there are growing fears hospitals will be unable to meet the illness’ burden. Official figures reveal at least 2,034 people have been infected with the “medieval disease” so far in what has been described as the “worst outbreak in 50 years.” The black death outbreak has so far claimed at least 165 lives.

Although the plague is responding well to antibiotics right now, drug resistance is also an increasing concern amongst experts who predict it will vastly accelerate the disease’s death toll. Professor John Joe McFadden from the University of Surrey told MailOnline: “Fortunately in [the] plague, it has not developed much antibiotic resistance. If that kicks in, the plague will be far, far scarier. If you throw more and more antibiotics at patients, antibiotic resistance is more or less inevitable.”

Dr. Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University’s biomedical and life-sciences department, told MailOnline the country would struggle “to cope” if cases continue to spiral. “Madagascar, typically like many African countries, doesn’t have many doctors. There are around three-and-a-half thousand doctors for 22 million people. They only have around 6,000 hospital beds, so they aren’t particularly well positioned to cope with these kind of events. And if it wasn’t for the international aid coming in things would definitely be much worse for them.”

And experts continue to fear the healthcare system is on the brink of being overwhelmed. Should the disease actually spread to the African mainland, it will be all but impossible to control and the health care system would certainly be unable to handle the outbreak at that point, making a global pandemic much more likely.

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THE BLACK DEATH PART FIVE 11-14-2017

  1. Well, this isn’t good news. Like I said before, there is a process involved in getting a full bore global pandemic underway. You have to have specific things happen. You have to have them happen in a sequential manner. You have to have both a geographic spread of the disease. You have to have an increase in the speed the disease grows, in terms of absolute numbers and percentage increases from the base on a weekly and monthly basis. All of this is starting to happen regarding the Black Death Airborne Plague now raging on Madagascar.

    We were told the number of dead increased first from 124 to 143. Now we are being told the actual number is now 165. The entire increase of 41 has happened in the last two weeks, roughly from Halloween. THE TOTAL INCREASE OF 41 IS ONE THIRD OF ALL CASES, 124, THAT EXISTED TWO WEEKS AGO. THIS MEANS WE CAN EXPECT A 60 PLUS PERCENT INCREASE PER MONTH FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO TO FOUR WEEKS.

    And yes, it takes a while to build momentum. If I am correct, the 41 increase will become 55, and then the next amount will be 71, and the one after that will be 100 new dead. If you do the math, you can see where this is headed over the next six months. OF course, this assumes the airborne version doesn’t spread into any of the 10 African countries, much less hitch a ride on an airplane and end up in Paris, or London, or New York City.

    Yep, it is playing out like I thought it would. The disease base is building in terms of people dying and being infected. It will probably take until April to get the kind of numbers the media will finally notice. By then, we will be dealing with hundreds of thousands of infected, along with hundreds, maybe thousands/tens of thousands dead in Madagascar alone. And if/when the airborne version starts to spread to South Africa, or Kenya it won’t stop there.

    The link below is the kind of pulling teeth method the powers that be have adopted in terms of releasing information. I will note that although they increased the killed by 41, to 165 from 124, they left the revised 2000 infected alone. They are saying that already the killed are increasing at a rate of 33 percent, the infected is staying the same. Obviously, this is simply not true.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/wor…reak-US-Europe

    After Daily Star Online reported the disease ravaging Madagascar has killed 143 people, the deadly plague has now claimed 165.

    And with at least another 2,000 being infected, fears of a global outbreak has doubled after the World Health Organisation’s latest update.

    Officials at the world health body have now admitted there is a real risk the disease could spread to Europe, the US and across the globe.

    They are pinning their hopes, however, on a range of emergency measures being put in place to stop this from happening.

    The above statement is at best, wishful thinking; at worst, intentional deception.

    A spokesman for the WHO said, although the growth in the number of cases is slowing down, they now fear a series of devastating “flare ups”.

    The spokesman said: “While the number of new cases and hospitalizations due to plague is declining in Madagascar, WHO cannot rule out the possibility of flare ups of additional cases until the typical plague season ends in April 2018, and thus recommends maintaining vigilance until then. SERIOUSLY? THE DATA JUST CONFIRMED THE RATE OF DEATH IS INCREASING IN TERMS OF NUMBERS OF DEAD AND INFECTED, AS THE PERCENTAGE OF INCREASE IS ALSO. I MEAN DO THEY THINK I CAN’T READ THE ARTICLE?

    “Based on available information and response measures implemented to date, the potential risk of further spread of plague at national level remains high.

    “The risk of international spread is mitigated by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague, implementation of exit screening measures and advice to travelers to Madagascar, and scaling up of preparedness and operational readiness activities in neighbouring Indian Ocean islands and other southern and east African countries.”
    This disease – which can kill in just 24 hours – has sparked global panic especially as a similar outbreak of Black Death killed off one third of medieval Europe – and that was a staggering 50 million people.

    The latest disease is a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated.

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