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STOP THE MEDICAL FEAR MONGERING!

[NOTE: The reader may wish to review “Diseases South of the Border, Down Mexico Way” which I published on this subject last September]


The COVID pandemic taught the Obama-Biden Marxist Regime two things: 1) Americans can be cowed into giving up their 1st Amendment rights through fear of death from disease and 2) the American medical profession and pharmaceutical companies were dependable allies in spreading that fear. Today, our corrupt government, medical profession, and pharmaceutical industry continue to push completely useless COVID vaccines on everyone six months and older and advocate masking once again. As I wrote in my last missal, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.


Recently, however, the government, through the CDC, a complicit medical profession, and compliant media have seized on a new fear tactic: tropical diseases! Infectious disease experts are warning that dengue, cutaneous leishmaniasis,[1]and malaria are poised to devastate our southern states (mostly Texas and Florida), and we must brace ourselves for a resurgence of yellow fever as well.[2] Researchers at the CDC have found sandflies carrying cutaneous leishmaniasis in Texas and now say the disease is endemic in the U.S. And these fear mongers state that the U.S. is “woefully unprepared.”[3]Except for leishmaniasis in Texas, reporting these diseases is not mandatory nationally. Moreover, we are unprepared for a yellow fever epidemic because we do not have enough yellow fever vaccine.


The cause of tropical diseases in the U.S.? CLIMATE CHANGE! According to these “experts,” a warming U.S. allows sandflies to thrive in northern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. One article noted that sandflies have been found as far north as New Jersey, Delaware, and Ohio, but no references were given.[4] The always reliable climate modeling programs verify that this trend will continue. Cutaneous leishmania parasites are found in Southern Plains woodrats that inhabit much of Texas. But researchers seem more concerned with the million plus dogs brought into the country every year from abroad – as if we need to import dogs – may be infected with visceral leishmaniasis and act as a reservoir for the disease.[5]


Keep the phrase “There is some truth in what the experts say, but not everything the experts say is true” in mind. Indeed, some of it is intentionally disingenuous. Those at the CDC and Dr. Peter Hotez, an “advocate of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control [and] Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development,[6]at Baylor University are well aware of this. I am astonished that one working in vaccine development and neglected tropical disease control would be a cheerleader and hype-master for climate change causing tropical disease spread in the U.S. Sounds like Dr. Hotez is looking for money, publicity, or both.


Let’s look at a few epidemiological fun facts that the medical fear mongers may have missed. To begin with, Texas is a particularly hot state from mid-June through September. This year Texans had a long, hot summer not seen since 1896. So, the supposed existential threat of climate change claiming that Texas is becoming a tropical environment which can support dengue, malaria, leishmaniasis, and yellow fever is an asinine Progressive talking point. The Texas climate has been like that quite likely for centuries.


The parasite, Leishmania mexicana, is endemic from Peru to Mexico. Southern Plains woodrats which harbor, Leishmania mexicana, are indigenous to south, central, west, and north Texas. So are sandflies (Phlebotomines). Leishmaniasis has been endemic in Texas for at least 10 years and quite likely much longer.[7] Could that be why Texas made leishmaniasis a reportable disease? And could it be that fear mongering over an increase in leishmaniasis cases is not due to climate change and imported canines, but to a few million people from Mexico, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa for the past two and a half years who are carrying that disease and/or others?


How ‘bout skeeters? The U.S. is home to the transmitters of yellow fever, dengue, Zika, West Nile Fever (WNF), St. Louis Encephalitis SLE), Chikungunya Fever, and others. Aedes aegypti, a fastidious, delicate little beauty with striped legs only lives in clean water, brought the 1878 yellow fever epidemic which spread up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, then up the Ohio River as far north as Gallipolis, Ohio. Aedes albopictus, a less fastidious cousin of A. aegypti prefers discarded tires or tree holes for a home, was brought from Asia in the 1980s. And we have Culex species, a typical garden variety mosquito, which transmits WNF, SLE, the filariasis parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti, and avian malaria.


Speaking of malaria, it was endemic in the U.S. until the early 1950s, but Anopheline mosquitoes capable of transmitting it remain. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium species, P. ovale, P. vivax, P. malariae, P. knowlesi, and P. falciparum. Vivax and falciparum are the largest actors worldwide, but falciparum is the deadliest one. “Given the geographic distribution of Plasmodium species, anyone residing in or traveling to Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, and the Americas is at risk for malaria—representing nearly half of the world’s population.”[8] Malaria is imported 98.8% of the time from these regions.[9]


Uneducated hack writers, such as Marc Lallanilla with the New York Post, who wrote these headlines, “Yellow Fever, scourge of the 1800s, is coming back – and the US is woefully unprepared,”[10]and “Deadly tropical disease spread by sandflies gains a foothold in the US”[11]and from an unknown author at Bailor Medical College, “Infectious Disease Experts Warn; Brace for a Resurgence of Yellow Fever in the US,”[12] should be ashamed of themselves. Through their ignorance, or possibly deceit, they amplify and validate not only the medical fearmongering, but also the false causal and therapeutic narratives of the CDC and medical profession.


Illegal immigration, not climate change, will be the cause of tropical disease outbreaks, if they occur at all, in the U.S. Although vaccines are the avaricious hope of pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Hotez, and others, they will not preclude such outbreaks. Screen doors and windows and mosquito repellant will be much more effective. Public health officials nationwide have known this for decades.


If Americans want to avoid the possibility of tropical disease outbreaks – including tuberculosis – they need to demand 1) the border be closed, and illegals deported and 2) the CDC and state public health agencies increase disease surveillance and reporting nationwide. If not, prepare for more lockdowns and useless, possibly injurious, vaccines.


ASCLEPIUS

24 October 2023

[1] There are two types of leishmaniasis: Cutaneous (New World) and Visceral (Old World). Visceral is the deadly form of the disease. [2] Infectious Disease Experts Warn: Brace for Yellow Fever Resurgence in U.S. (scitechdaily.com). [3] www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/yellow-fever-scourge-from-the-1800s-is-coming-back-and-the-us-is-woefully-unprepared. [4] nypost.com/2023/10/20/deadly-tropical-disease-spread-by-sandflies-now-found-in-us. [5] www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-nasty-tropical-skin-disease-is-now-endemic-in-the-u-s; www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/tropical-disease-now-endemic-in-u-s-cdc-says-in-deadlier-form-it-s-coming-via-dogs. [6] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hotez. [7] Global distribution maps of the leishmaniases | eLife (elifesciences.org). [8] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7808401. [9] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7808401. [10] www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/yellow-fever-scourge-from-the-1800s-is-coming-back-and-the-us-is-woefully-unprepared. [11] nypost.com/2023/10/20/deadly-tropical-disease-spread-by-sandflies-now-found-in-us. [12] Infectious Disease Experts Warn: Brace for Yellow Fever Resurgence in U.S. (scitechdaily.com).

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