I know, I know, sometimes this Neurotic Man seems like the king of schlimiels, or perhaps a prince. Some of it is the way I am and some of it is me just joking around. When people are having a hard go of it, like having the Donald as their President, I lean toward the jokester side. When we are overcome by the tragedy that some of us humans have to face I mostly lean toward using the Ostrich approach.
I figure that if the News is that terrible I shouldn’t be making fun of anyone. It isn’t that I am so kind but that I’m a chicken and don’t wasn’t anyone pissed off, especially the kind of pissed off that begins with them threatened by me.
As those who have faced the wrath of Harvey up to now and so many days in the future, my weird little heart goes out to you. My best to you and to yours and a speedy recovery.
“Stagnant water is a breeding ground for all sorts of microscopic pathogens. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, says hurricane floodwaters may be contaminated with pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria that can cause serious gastrointestinal illness. Other bacterium found in floodwaters include Shigella, which can also cause gastrointestinal illness in the form of diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach pain and dehydration.
Bacterial illnesses are a common and anticipated problem after epic hurricanes. A survey in the aftermath of Katrina identified cases of Vibrio illness caused by V. vulnificus, V. parahaemolyticus and other bacteria. Those bacterial illnesses led to a handful of fatalities.
Tosh also cautions the public about the risk of Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by Legionella, bacteria found in in freshwater that easily spreads to human-made water systems during floods. Exposure to the bacteria occurs through inhalation of airborne moisture droplets. Legionnaires’ disease causes pneumonia-type symptoms as well as gastrointestinal illness and headaches.
Many bacterial illnesses resolve on their own, but some require antibiotics. Legionnaire’s disease, for example, requires a course of azithromycin or ciprofloxacin. Officials in Houston are stocking temporary medical mobile units with such antibiotics as well as tetanus vaccines to treat and prevent bacterial infections, says Van Deusen.” http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/08/if-things-werent-already-bad-enough-houston-is-about-to-face-a-public-health-nightmare/