SI
SI
discoversearch

We've detected that you're using an ad content blocking browser plug-in or feature. Ads provide a critical source of revenue to the continued operation of Silicon Investor.  We ask that you disable ad blocking while on Silicon Investor in the best interests of our community.  If you are not using an ad blocker but are still receiving this message, make sure your browser's tracking protection is set to the 'standard' level.

   Biotech / MedicalGMED - GenoMed Inc.


Previous 10 Next 10 
From: Tadsamillionaire5/10/2007 1:18:48 AM
   of 347
 
West Nile Virus Victim Urges Awareness of GenoMed's Trial
GenoMed (PINKSHEETS: GMED), a Next-Generation Disease Management company whose business is public health(TM), today joined Sgt. Donnie Manry, a Bryan, Texas policeman recovering from paralysis due to West Nile virus, in urging greater public awareness of GenoMed's clinical trial for West Nile virus encephalitis.

Sgt. Manry contracted West Nile virus encephalitis in July 2006, becoming paralyzed from the waist down. Three weeks after his first symptoms, Sgt. Manry and his physician began GenoMed's treatment protocol, which they credit with speeding his recovery. But despite heroic effort, Sgt. Manry still cannot walk without assistance nearly a year later.

Sgt. Manry, who is scheduled to lose his police job in two months because of his continued paralysis, said, "I don't want anybody to have to go through what I did. I just wish I'd known about GenoMed's protocol sooner."

Added Sgt. Manry, "In my case it took over a week before West Nile virus was even confirmed. GenoMed's treatment should be started as a precautionary measure even before confirmation by the CDC lab."

Said GenoMed's CEO and Chief Medical Officer, David Moskowitz MD, "Mr. Manry has put in a superhuman effort to recover from this devastating disease, which has been well documented (http://www.topix.net/search/article?q=%22Donnie+Manry%22, and donniemanry.info). Our experience with other patients suggests that he would have gotten a lot better a lot faster if he'd begun our treatment right away, within the first two days rather than three weeks later."

Added Dr. Moskowitz, "The sooner brain inflammation is turned off, the lower the risk of paralysis. Knowing about our treatment ahead of time could make the difference between a quick recovery instead of prolonged paralysis."

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire7/5/2007 8:02:29 PM
   of 347
 
West Nile Identified in Connecticut Mosquitoes

State health officials reported Thursday that mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Manchester.

The mosquitoes trapped June 27 are the first West Nile-positive mosquitoes identified in the state this year, the Department of Public Health said.

This is the ninth year the West Nile virus has been found in Connecticut. Last year, the virus in mosquitoes or humans turned up in 25 towns.

Health officials are urging residents -- especially the elderly -- to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Symptoms in people include fever, headache, body aches, nausea or a rash
foxnews.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire7/14/2007 12:40:24 PM
   of 347
 
US: West Nile has infected 47 and killed three by July 13
By Ben Wasserman
Jul 14, 2007 - 7:40:42 AM
deaths from mosquito borne West Nile virus so far this year. The unlisted states did not report any human case. Some states did not update as quickly as others. Also the local health departments often do not report cases promptly. Therefore, the real numbers of human WNV are likely much higher.



We reviewed the reports published on individual states’ web sites on Friday July 13. Those who are concerned about the mosquito-borne disease need to pay attention to how to prevent mosquito bites. We cited an article from the CDC for readers’ reference.



Idaho (2/0): The state Department of Health and Welfare updated the West Nile virus activity on July 13 indicating that two persons were infected with the virus in the state, one from Ada County and the other from Payette County.



Nevada (1/0): Nevada State Health Division reported that so far, one person in Clark County was infected with West Nile virus. Last year, eight people were infected in the month of July during which none was found in Clark County.



California (9/1): Nine people were reportedly infected with West Nile Virus with eight in Kern County and one in Joanquin County. There was a death from the West Nile virus in Kern County. The virus seems to be more active this year than last year. In 2006, only one person was infected.



Wyoming (1/0): Wyoming Department of Health reported on July 3 its first human West Nile virus case in an adult male in Fremont County. Last year, the state had sixty five people infected with West Nile virus and two deaths from the infection.



North Dakota (9/0): North Dakota has reported nine cases of West Nile virus with four females and five males from five counties. Four people were hospitalized.



Minnesota (1/0): As of July 13, one person in Polk County of the state has been reportedly infected with West Nile virus.



Nebraska (8/0): Eight people from six counties including Boone (1), Platte (1), Lincoln (1), Hall (3), Adam (1), and Thayer (1) have been found positive for West Nile virus as far this year.



Colorado (3/0): Three people have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year. One person was found in Boulder County, one from Cheyenne County and the third one from Logan County.



Texas (1/0): One person in Texas has been infected with West Nile virus so far this year. Last year, the virus caused 33 human deaths.



Iowa (2/0): As of July 13, two persons have been infected with West Nile virus.



Illinois (2/0): Two persons, one from Cook and the other from DuPage County have been infected with West Nile virus so far this year.



Mississippi (8/2): Eight people were reported to suffer from West Nile virus and two died from the disease this year in the state. One case was reported in Lawrence County, one in Madison, three in Rankin, one in Scott and one in Walthall.


foodconsumer.org

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire7/22/2007 7:14:29 PM
   of 347
 
Cuba establishes real-time bird flu detection system.

Cuba has established a monitoring system to detect bird flu, the country's public health ministry announced Friday.

The ministry's vice minister Gonzalo Estevez told a news conference in Havana that Cuba has trained personnel to face an avian flu epidemic such as the one affecting many countries in southeast Asia.

Estevez said Cuba has invested millions of dollars in the avian flu detection and control program and it is following the worldwide evolution of the epidemic.

"The threat of a possible worldwide avian-flu epidemic as well as its social and economic impact urged all the countries to be on the alert and to draw out contingency plans to deal with an emergency situation," Estevez said.

Bird flu is strong enough to infect different mammals, including humans, and has infected 306 people around the world since 2003, killing 185 of them.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)


To: Tadsamillionaire who wrote (332)7/22/2007 7:17:43 PM
From: longnshort
   of 347
 
What is their method, chaining political prisoners in swamp areas and see what happens to them ?

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire7/27/2007 8:44:07 PM
   of 347
 
Residents asked to help on West Nile virus
Thursday, July 26, 2007

By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State and county agencies are getting the buzz out about the upcoming West Nile virus season and urging residents to eliminate mosquito breeding venues as a first line of defense.

At the state Department of Environmental Protection compound on Herrs Island Tuesday, state and Allegheny County Health Department employees showed off a variety of traps, insecticides, and truck- and RV-mounted spraying devices they use. The DEP also displayed an array of old tires, a wading pool and plastic children's toys that could collect rainwater and breed mosquitoes.

"DEP and county coordinators are working to keep the mosquitoes under control, but residents can also play a big role in controlling the population of these insects," said Kenneth Bowman, DEP regional director. "Remember: Dump it if it has water in it, drain it if it can be drained and treat it if it has standing water."

West Nile virus, native to Uganda in east-central Africa, was accidentally brought to the United States in 1999, most likely by a mosquito on a ship or plane. It spread quickly across the nation, transmitted back and forth between mosquitoes and birds over the next eight years, killing unknown numbers of birds, thousands of horses and about 1,000 people, including four in Allegheny County in 2002.

So far this year, no people, birds or mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in Allegheny County or the rest of southwestern Pennsylvania.

But that doesn't mean it won't be brought into the area by mosquitoes or birds as they begin the fall migration next month.

Matt Helwig, DEP West Nile virus specialist, said Blair, Centre, Franklin, Delaware and York counties have all had mosquitoes test positive for the virus already this year, including one in the Altoona area May 31.

"That was the earliest in the year we've ever collected a positive test," Mr. Helwig said. "It was a concern."

Last year, West Nile was detected in 48 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

This year, the state will spend $7.6 million on virus testing and control measures, mainly to fund programs managed by county agencies. Allegheny County will receive $200,000.

Bryan Diehl, DEP West Nile program coordinator, said each county is setting between five and 20 mosquito traps a night. When trapped mosquitoes test positive for the virus, pesticides are applied in a targeted way to destroy the larvae and adult insects.

Dave Zazac, a Health Department spokesman, said the county has just started a weeklong program to treat about 22,000 Pittsburgh storm-water catch basins to inhibit breeding of mosquitoes. A water-soluble pouch about the size of a tea bag containing pellets of a growth regulator will be thrown into each basin. The chemical is not harmful to people, pets or other aquatic life.

"West Nile will become an issue in August as birds migrate and the female mosquitoes turn their attention to other hosts, including pets and people," Mr. Zazac said. "And mosquitoes can overwinter in this area under cover, in things like catch basins. That's why we're treating them now."

indystar.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)


To: Tadsamillionaire who wrote (334)7/27/2007 8:45:19 PM
From: Tadsamillionaire
   of 347
 
CDC: West Nile Cases Off to a Fast Start
The nation is on pace to have its worst West Nile virus season in years, federal health officials said Thursday.

So far this year, there have been nearly four times as many cases reported as there were at the same time last year. However, cool weather in August or September - when the bulk of West Nile cases usually occur - could take the sting out of the season, officials added.

"If this trend continues like this, it's going to be a very high," said Dr. Lyle Petersen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nineteen states, most of them west of the Mississippi, have reported 122 human cases of the mosquito-borne disease. That total includes three deaths. Health officials had counted only 33 cases by late July last year but it turned out to be the worst season since the record year 2003.

forbes.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire8/3/2007 7:53:42 PM
   of 347
 
Governor declares emergency in three counties
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Thursday in three California counties hit hard by the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus, which has killed four this year and appears to be spreading at a rapid clip.

The emergency declaration applies to Kern, Colusa and San Joaquin counties, and will provide up to $1.35 million to help combat the spread of the virus, Schwarzenegger said.

West Nile is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, and so far this year has infected three times more people than it did in the same period in 2006, he said.

The disease's epicenter thus far is Kern County, which has logged two-thirds of the state's 56 West Nile cases this year, including an 85-year-old Shafter man and a 96-year-old Bakersfield woman who died last month.

Health officials announced the state's third and fourth fatalities this week: two elderly residents of San Joaquin and Colusa counties.

Schwarzenegger met with Kern County mosquito control officials Thursday.

"Last year it was down, this year it has increased again," Schwarzenegger said.

"The important thing is that we all go all out and we work together, the counties and the state, in order to get the job done and get rid of the virus."

Most infected people never get sick, but up to about 20 percent develop mostly mild flu-like symptoms. Severe symptoms, including fatal brain inflammation, are rare.

Health officials recommend people avoid infection by staying inside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active; wearing clothes that keep mosquitoes away from the skin; draining areas where mosquitoes can breed; and using insecticide with the chemical DEET.

In Sacramento County, authorities said Monday that West Nile had reached an epidemic rate there and had to be combatted with a mass aerial-spraying campaign — often considered a last resort. More than 55,000 acres of urban neighborhoods north of the American River were scheduled to be sprayed.

Health officials in San Jose said Thursday that a Santa Clara County resident had become infected, in their first local case this year.

In Kern County, the new funds won't be enough to educate the public in time for the disease's high season in August and September, said Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter.

The state needs to provide a more consistent budget for eradication efforts in winter months, hire more vector control officers and coordinate surveillance efforts with real estate agents, who can provide updated information about vacant properties where standing water could provide the insects with a fertile breeding ground, he said.

"Next season could be quite possibly worse than this year unless we get a new infusion of money," Florez said.

Schwarzenegger said he was directing state agencies to take proactive measures, and that more funds could be made available if needed.

lodinews.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire8/10/2007 1:04:40 PM
   of 347
 
West Nile Threat Rises in California as Pools Lure Mosquitoes
bloomberg.com

The 9,000 unsold houses sitting empty in Northern California's Sacramento and Yolo counties aren't just a headache for owners: They're a threat to public health.

The danger is in their yards, where deserted swimming pools, spas and ponds provide prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. That heightens the risk of West Nile virus, which mosquitoes get from birds and pass to people, said David Brown, general manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

``You could literally have one home infecting an entire neighborhood,'' Brown said. One pool may produce tens of thousands of mosquitoes, he said. California health officials predict a record outbreak of West Nile virus this year, as hot weather arrived sooner than usual and mosquitoes began breeding earlier.

Real-estate agents are being drafted to help combat the spread of the sometimes fatal virus. Health officials asked agents to report vacant residences with standing water, in what the National Association of Realtors says is an effort unique to the Sacramento area.

``We have a big role to play,'' said Stan Read of Keller Williams Realty in Roseville. ``It makes total sense to me because we are involved in so many properties.''

Reports Roll In

More than 1,000 homes have been reported since the program began in May, Brown said. The average time a single-family home sits on the market in Sacramento was 52 days at the end of June, according to the Sacramento Association of Realtors. The selling time tripled in the past three years.

``If it's a home that's in that transition phase, nobody is really looking out after it except the realtor,'' Brown said. ``We have found them to be a very valuable tool in letting us know where those conditions exist.''

California hasn't escaped the nation's real-estate slump as buyers become more cautious. The National Association of Realtors yesterday projected that existing home sales will fall 6.8 percent this year and that single-family housing starts in 2008 will fall 29 percent from 2006.

Sacramento was the third-riskiest housing market in the U.S. after Miami and Orlando, Florida, Forbes Magazine reported in July. The magazine noted the area's 3.3 percent vacancy rate and its share of adjustable-rate mortgages, which constitute more than half of all home loans. In comparison, nearby San Francisco has a vacancy rate of 2.4 percent and Chicago's rate is 2.3 percent.

The estimate of 9,000 vacant homes in Sacramento and Yolo counties comes from numbers provided by the realtor associations in both counties, as of Aug. 1. About 1,200 of the empty houses are known to have swimming pools, said Greg Vlasek, director of government relations for the Sacramento Association of Realtors.

Neglected Pools

``You have people who may have relocated to another region or moved on to another home and still haven't been able to sell the first home, and they aren't paying to maintain the pool in the meantime,'' he said.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District each day dispatches technicians to the identified properties to treat stagnant water with a chemical larvicide or with tiny fish that eat mosquito larvae. Only female mosquitoes bite humans as they seek blood to produce eggs.

The department also has 10 flocks of so-called sentinel chickens. The fowl are deployed in coops, cages and pens on state and county property and some private land as an early warning system. Each flock has 10 chickens.

West Nile virus emerged in the U.S. in 1999, in an outbreak traced to birds at the Bronx Zoo. Since then, the illness has spread across the U.S. and north into Canada.

Virus Is Present

The first bird in Sacramento County to test positive for West Nile virus was confirmed June 12. The virus has been reported in 42 of California's 58 counties and has been linked to five deaths in the state so far this year, according to the Department of Public Health.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Kern, Colusa and San Joaquin counties because of West Nile virus. The declaration will free up grant money for local vector- control districts.

More than 4,200 Americans were infected with West Nile virus in the U.S. last year, and 177 died of the disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-three cases were confirmed in Sacramento and Yolo counties in 2006.

About 20 percent of people with West Nile Virus will develop a fever, headache and body soreness, according to the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Long-Term Consequences

One in 150 develops a severe illness that can include disorientation, tremors and coma, with possibly permanent nerve damage. Of that group, half struggle with symptoms, including fatigue, tremors and depression, more than a year later.

Federal scientists are warning that the U.S. could face an unprecedented West Nile epidemic this summer, Schwarzenegger said at a press conference last week.

``So when there is a swimming pool of a house that has been left behind or something and that hasn't been drained, we want to encourage everyone to get rid of the standing water,'' he said.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: Tadsamillionaire8/16/2007 2:13:28 PM
   of 347
 
Illinois: 3 more people suffer West Nile virus
Wednesday August 15, 2007 (Foodconsumer.org) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced three new human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus infections Wednesday, bringing the total of human cases in the state for 2007 to eleven.



The latest cases include a 56-year old Chicago man who became ill in mid-July, an 88-year old Chicago man who became ill in late-July, and a 59-year old Pike County woman who became ill in early July. But the state health agency did not say whether these people got infected through a bite of an infected mosquito.



The first human case of West Nile virus for 2007 was reported in DuPage County on June 15. In 2006, the first positive mosquito sample was reported May 24th in Dupage County and first human case was announced August 1 in St. Clair County.



Last week, an Ogle County man, 77, died after becoming ill from West Nile virus earlier this month. It is not known whether he got bitten by an infected mosquito.



The counties where human cases of West Nile virus were reported now include Cook, Dupage, Kane, Madison, Ogle, Pike, and Tazewell counties.



“As the temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. Everyone should take necessary steps to reduce their chances of being bitten by mosquitoes," said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director.



“Wear insect repellent when you’re outside. If you can, stay indoors during peak hours from dusk until dawn. A little bit of prevention can go a long way to cutting down your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.”

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)
Previous 10 Next 10