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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: CDC halts work over equipment concern

February 20, 2017 anita 0

This reminds me of something in the book Hot Zone (I think) which is about Ebola, and a woman who worked with Ebola had a problem with her suit. I don’t think it was her air hose though. It has been several years since I read it. But it was rather sobering as to how accidents happen, even with the most knowledgeable people.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • CDC halts work over equipment concern

February 20, 2017 daaswampman 0

CDC halts work in its highest security laboratories over equipment concern

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily suspended work in its highest security laboratories because of concerns about critical air supply hoses that attach to full-body suits that protect scientists against exposure to the world’s most deadly viruses

The air hoses, which have been used by about 100 workers inside CDC’s biosafety level 4 labs in Atlanta since they opened in 2008, may never have been intended to be used for carrying breathable air, the agency announced Friday. The CDC said it learned of the potential issue on Monday, as the agency was in the process of ordering replacement air hoses for the first time since the maximum containment labs went “hot” nearly a decade ago inside its $214 million Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory building.

Steve Monroe, CDC’s associate director for laboratory science and safety, said the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. “There is no reason to suspect these hoses contained any toxic material,” Monroe said in an interview. He said CDC will be testing the air coming out of the hoses to see if it meets federal standards for breathable air. Results are expected next week.

USA TODAY revealed last month that these same air hoses have a history of disconnecting from CDC lab workers’ suits as they do experiments with lethal and often untreatable pathogens such as the Ebola virus.

“The air hose connector on my suit came off while I was working in [redacted] again,” a CDC scientist wrote in a May 2013 email to other agency staff. The email was among dozens of heavily redacted lab accident reports the CDC took nearly two years to release in response to a federal Freedom of Information Act request filed by USA TODAY in January 2015.

The scientist wrote that a colleague helped them “get out safely, reattaching my hose as best he could … I live to work another day!” The CDC sent out a mass email to about 40 lab workers the same day reminding them to make sure that their protective suits are in working order and to “be sure to pay attention to your breathing air hose” and ensure connections are tight, the records obtained by USA TODAY showed.

In response to USA TODAY’s report, leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked CDC to provide a full accounting of all lab incidents at the agency since 2012.

Monroe said Friday he didn’t know why CDC facilities staff had recently decided it was time to replace the air hoses, but that he didn’t think it had to do with disconnection issues. When facilities staff contacted the company that now owns the firm that made the hoses, they were told that the hoses were not certified for use with breathable air. The CDC and Monroe would not name the company.

The CDC is contacting other operators of biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) labs that may use similar hoses. But so far, Monroe said, they have not found other labs that have been using the same hoses.

About 80 to 100 air hoses dangle from the ceiling in the CDC’s BSL-4 labs. Lab workers, connect to the nearest hoses as they work in various locations in the labs. The hoses supply purified air that is used for both breathing and creating positive pressure inside the moonsuit-like protective gear.

Monroe said the CDC expected to get a small shipment of hoses on Friday night, which will allow the agency to do critical work until additional hoses are obtained. He said the reporting of the issue to his office and the agency’s transparency about it with staff and the public is an example of safety improvements at the embattled agency. “To me this is a success of our efforts over the last two years to enhance the culture of safety with laboratory staff,” Monroe said.

Lab safety at the CDC has been under intense scrutiny since 2014 when the agency had a series of high-profile lab incidents involving anthrax, Ebola and a deadly strain of avian influenza. An ongoing USA TODAY investigation has revealed that the CDC’s labs have faced secret federal sanctions, and it has also found hundreds of safety accidents at other public and private research facilities nationwide.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017 … /98065184/

Think about this for a moment! The experts who are there to save us – are too incompetent to know what their equipment is intended to be used for and are willing to lie to cover up their mistakes! Do you feel safe? Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Russian Embassy Flooded With American Men

January 30, 2017 Drakenstead1 0

One of the most important thing that underpin western civilization is the “family” which consists of a man a woman & their child or children. One of the greatest threats to this “foundation stone” is domestic violence. This is the justification for laws against and sanctions for acts of violence within a family. Slapping the heck out of your wife threatens all of us in ways that are too numerous to list. So, YES it is everyone else’s business. The Russians are complete idiots in this.

That being said we need to be careful of this stuff as it goes both ways. Men beat up women and women beat up men often in equal proportions. The law should, but often does not work both ways as many times no one believes that a sweet lady could do violence. I’d suggest from the writing of many females on this forum that the perception is pretty off base. Women, if necessary are very deadly and rightfully so. I can also attest from personal experience that it can happen. Early on in our marriage Mrs. Drak flew into a rage when I told her “no there is no money for that right now”. She hauled off and smacked me. I did nothing. She repeated that hit twice more. At that point I spoke. “I decided that if you ever hit me I would take it three times. You’ve had your three. If you move to hit me again I will block the punch and you will find yourself on the ground. Remember that I am able to punch around a hundred times harder that you. Are we clear?”

I watched carefully as a wave of good sense washed over her face. It’s going on fifty years at this point and there has never been another “hitting” incident. In fact hash words are so rare as to be non existent. I wonder if we are simply lucky or smart enough to know that there are some things that are out of bounds. I’m also eternally thankful that the Good Mrs. Drak backed off, as I’m to this day not sure if I would have hit her.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Russian Embassy Flooded With American Men

January 30, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0
IceFire wrote:

DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:Pffffft…. The only way I’m still alive today I’d wager is from the agreement I have with my wife to slap me upside the head when voicing some of the ideas I get….. :rofl:

Did any of those ideas start with “Hey, y’all! Hold my beer and watch THIS!”

lol….just a few. back in the day…. luckily nothing more than a burnt hand and singed eyebrows….

“And that’s all I gOT to say abOUt thhat…..”
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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Russian Embassy Flooded With American Men

January 29, 2017 daaswampman 0

Breaking news from – Swamp-Times – Fake News to amuse!
Russian Embassy Flooded With American Men Seeking Visas!

Russia parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence:

Russia’s parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and does not occur more than once a year.

The move, which eliminates criminal liability in such cases, makes a violation punishable by a fine of roughly $500, or a 15-day arrest, provided there is no repeat within 12 months.

The bill now goes to the rubber-stamp upper chamber, where no opposition is expected. It then must be signed by President Vladimir Putin, who has signaled his support.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists that family conflicts do “not necessarily constitute domestic violence.”

The passage by the parliament, or Duma, reverses a ruling by the Supreme Court last year, subsequently backed by parliament, that decriminalized battery that does not inflict bodily harm, but retained criminal charges involving battery against family members. That reform is effectively reversed by Friday’s vote.

Andrei Isayev of the main Kremlin faction, the United Russia, said lawmakers are “heeding the public call” by correcting a mistake they made last year.

Russia is one of three countries in Europe and Central Asia that do not have laws specifically targeting domestic violence, according to The Economist.

Critics of the new measure warned it would encourage domestic violence and fuel crime.

“This bill would establish violence as a norm of conduct,” Communist lawmaker Yuri Sinelshchikov said during the debate.

Women’s rights lawyer Mari Davtyan told The Moscow Times that the legislative moves are dangerous and “send a message that the state doesn’t consider familial battery fundamentally wrong anymore.”

A survey this month by state-run pollster VTsIOM found 19% of Russians said “it can be acceptable” to hit one’s wife, husband or child “in certain circumstances,” the Associated Press reported. The nationwide poll by phone of 1,800 people was held Jan. 13-15. The survey had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

In many ways, this reflects the thrust of an old Russian proverb: “If he beats you it means he loves you.”

http://www.kare11.com/news/nation-now/r … /394158468

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 oldasrocks 0

A few years ago a volunteer at the hospital here came down with the flesh eating bacteria from a cut received while pushing a wheelchair. She died. So this crap is floating around now. It’s just the luck of the draw whether you catch some of these bugs or not.

The Japanese are experimenting with a paint that supposedly kills viruses. I read that some time back and have not heard anymore. From my readings about ozone I don’t know why hospital don’t use it to disinfect the operating rooms and equipt. Sttrong enough it kills all viruses and everything else. ( I found out the hard way this includes house plants and goldfish)

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 anita 0
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My sis is a big shot way up the chain at the CDC. I’m gonna have to call her. Damn, we don’t see eye to eye on anything…. Politics, child rearing, education, religion. I’m kind of the black sheep of my family. Everyone else has a doctorate or in her case a double doctorate and I just have a bachelor’s and that is just barely by the skin of my teeth. But, I want to find out more info on this. Wonder if she will answer her phone.

Let us know what you find out. The CDC (like everything in government these days) seems pretty politicized, based on what we saw during the ebola situation.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 Mountain mama 0

My sis is a big shot way up the chain at the CDC. I’m gonna have to call her. Damn, we don’t see eye to eye on anything…. Politics, child rearing, education, religion. I’m kind of the black sheep of my family. Everyone else has a doctorate or in her case a double doctorate and I just have a bachelor’s and that is just barely by the skin of my teeth. But, I want to find out more info on this. Wonder if she will answer her phone.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 daaswampman 0

India’s death rate according to CIA world factbook is about 7 per 1000. Based on this, 8.4 million people die every year in India which comes to 22,500 per day approximately.

https://www.quora.com/How-many-people-d … -every-day

No one actually knows how many die every year or the causes of their deaths. This is due do to an inadequate and antiquated health care system for the masses. What we do know is millions of Indians travel every year. This could get interesting real fast, as you can carry this bug and not be ill! Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 oldasrocks 0

So why isn’t all of India dying off? Have they developed an immunity? Do they have drugs we don’t?

Don’t forget, we’re like the hogs in the barns. Protected from most diseases. No herd immunity built up. We travel to other countries where we get sick with the water and food that doesn’t bother the locals. Look at the crap the illegals are bringing in.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

January 16, 2017 daaswampman 0

Woman dies of superbug resistant to all antibiotics

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NEVADA – This is the kind of case researchers warned about for years.

A Nevada woman in her 70’s died months ago from an infection that no antibiotic in America could have defeated, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

The woman was hospitalized in August last year after she returned from an extended trip to India. Doctors discovered that she was suffering from a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection, which she had apparently contracted after being treated for a broken right hip in India, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

She died of septic shock, and testing showed the bacteria was resistant to all 14 kinds of antibiotics the hospital had on hand, per the medical website Stat. Even more alarmingly, later tests revealed that none of the 26 antibiotics in America would have worked.

“I think this is the harbinger of future badness to come,” Dr. James Johnson, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota, says. He noted that while this is — for now — a very rare case, it’s hard to believe nobody else in the country is carrying the same strain of CRE.

Johnson said people often ask him: “‘How close are we to the edge of the cliff?’ And I tell them: ‘We’re already falling off the cliff.’ “

http://www.kgw.com/news/woman-dies-of-s … /386280334

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