News – 1/29/2018
Democrat hits Pelosi over ‘make America white again’ comment
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is under friendly fire from a fellow Democrat for her response to President Trump’s immigration plan that she called a blue print to “make America white again.” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., who was on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ said we “don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy,
The Latest: Turkey arrests hundreds over its Syria offensive
Turkish officials say authorities have detained 311 people for allegedly engaging in “terrorist propaganda” through social media postings critical of Turkey’s military offensive into the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin. The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has criticized the detentions as the Turkish government’s “witch hunt against critics.”
Dershowitz to Obama: Don’t associate with bigots, anti-Semites
‘He called Judaism a gutter religion – he is a horrible human being’ says Dershowitz of Farrakhan after ties with Obama revealed.
Hezbollah official warns terror group can destroy Israeli army
Hezbollah has called an article written by IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis and published on Lebanese opposition websites “provocative words published by a coward.” “The article is nonsense and a provocation that is published by someone who is a coward,” Hajj Muhammad Raad, the head of Hezbollah’s “Loyalty to Resistance” Lebanese Parliamentary bloc, wrote on the Ahewar website.
Netanyahu to tell Putin: Iran trying to turn Lebanon into ‘missile factory’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for a one-day trip to Moscow Monday morning where he said he will speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iran’s efforts to turn Lebanon into “one big missile site.” Before boarding his plane, Netanyahu said that Israel is “not willing to tolerate” Lebanon being turned into a site for the manufacture of precision missiles to be used against it.
EU and Norway to hold urgent meeting on Israeli-Palestinian crisis
The European Union and Norway plan to hold an urgent meeting…Wednesday to address the Palestinian funding crisis, Gaza and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. “In an effort to support the peace process and address the dire situation in Gaza, Norway and the EU will convene an extraordinary session of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on January 31 at the ministerial level,” UN Special Coordinator…Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council…
Lang’ata fire: ‘Not enough water’ to tackle Kenya blaze
Thousands of people have reportedly been left homeless after fire swept through a Kenyan slum on Sunday evening, killing at least three. Residents used sewage water in a desperate attempt to douse the flames which had engulfed their homes in the Lang’ata area of the capital, Nairobi. The MP for the area, Nixon Korir, said fire engines which turned up to help did not have enough water.
Afghanistan conflict: Deadly attack on Kabul military post
Militants have killed at least 11 soldiers in an attack on an army post in Kabul, the fourth major assault in a surge of violence in just over a week. Sixteen other soldiers were injured in the raid near the main military academy in the west of the Afghan capital. Four militants were killed, a defence ministry spokesman told the BBC. A fifth was arrested. Islamic State (IS) militants claimed the assault.
French floods: Seine river reaches peak in flood-hit Paris
The swollen River Seine in the French capital, Paris, has peaked at about four metres above its normal water level for the time of year. The flood level rose to 5.84m (19.2ft) early on Monday and is not expected to begin receding before Tuesday. Weeks of rainfall have produced a relentless rise in the water level.
Stockton Gets Ready to Experiment With Universal Basic Income
Wage stagnation. Rising housing prices. Loss of middle-class jobs. The looming threat of automation. These are some of the problems facing Stockton and its residents, but the city’s mayor, Michael Tubbs, says his city is far from unique. “I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a lot of the issues we are facing as a nation,” Tubbs said.
White House Is Planning To Nationalize 5G Network: Report
In a stunning – if accurate – report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.
Paving way for Syrian peace: Sochi hosts National Dialogue Congress, hoped to boost Geneva talks
Sochi is hosting a forum on Syria’s future, bringing together representatives of the country’s various social strata. The Congress is expected to boost the peace process and kick-start efforts to draft a new constitution. The Syrian National Dialogue Congress is to start in the Russian resort city of Sochi on Monday. The event is expected to last for two days, the main negotiations taking place on Tuesday. The Congress is sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran,…
Google knows everything, but …
Google prides itself in accumulating everything worth knowing so that it can help you get the information you need at a moment’s notice. But, if you want to stump Google Home, try this: Ask who Jesus is. David Sams of Nashville tried, and Google Home’s response was: “I don’t think I can help you with that.” How about Jesus Christ – possibly the most familiar name in the world? “I don’t think I can help you with that.” How about God: “I don’t think I can help you with that.”
Hezbollah official warns terror group can destroy Israeli army
“Israel should not act foolishly and complicate itself in a war that will be destructive for it. Hezbollah is stronger today and has capabilities that can destroy the Israeli Army. Israel today has become a regional and international isolationist, and the media spins that come out of it are meant to cover up its distress, because it wants to present itself as strong,” he continued.
ANALYSIS: As PA escalates conflict with U.S., France steps in
Abbas even went to France to convince Macron to take over the US role. Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)told the Palestinian leader he would get a non-contiguous state with only limited sovereignty and without Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinian leadership furthermore was expected to relinquish the so-called right of return, according to the NYT.
Photo of Obama and Anti-Semitic Farrakhan Surfaces After 13 Years of Being Suppressed
In 2005, when Barack Obama was still an Illinois senator, a journalist snapped a photo of him with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam movement, a notorious anti-Semite. The Trice Edney News Wire published the photo that was taken by Askia Muhammad at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus. Muhammad also reported that followers of the Nation of Islam worked in Obama’s campaign office.
The Doomsday Clock is now just 2 minutes to ‘midnight,’ the symbolic hour of the apocalypse
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds after what the organization called a “grim assessment” of the state of geopolitical affairs. “As of today,” Bulletin president Rachel Bronson told reporters, “it is two minutes to midnight” — as close as the world has ever been to the hour of apocalypse.
The flu can be spread just by breathing, new study finds
…the flu may be spread just by breathing. That’s the major takeaway from a new University of Maryland study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, researchers captured the flu virus in the exhaled breath of 142 people with confirmed cases of the flu while they breathed naturally, spoke, coughed, and sneezed. The researchers found that a significant number of flu patients regularly exhaled the virus via aerosol particles that were small enough to cause a risk of airborne transmission. About 48 percent of the 23 fine aerosol samples the researchers collected when people breathed but didn’t cough had detectable levels of the flu, and most of those were infectious.
FBI’s Strzok and Page spoke of ‘secret society’ after Trump election, lawmakers say
“We learned today about information that in the immediate aftermath of [Trump’s] election, that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI — to include Page and Strzok — that would be working against him,” Gowdy said the “secret society” reference occurred the day after Trump won the presidential election in November 2016.
Diphtheria Is Rare These Days — But Not In The Rohingya Refugee Camps In Bangladesh
Diphtheria poses one more threat to already beleaguered Rohingya refugees. The outbreak started in the sprawling camps in Bangladesh in November soon after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya arrived. It appeared to have peaked around New Year’s but now there is renewed concern as the potentially fatal disease continues to spread.
SHOCK VIDEO: The Islamic Caliphate Has Relaunched The African Slave Trade, But CNN Won’t Tell You
Alex Jones presents a video of African migrants being held against their will as slaves for a re-emerging Islamic Caliphate that seeks to relaunch their old African slave trade in the modern age.
No More War Movies: Leftists Angry Post-9/11 Movie ’12 Strong’ Promotes ‘Toxic Masculinity’
The film is about heroes, but like many modern examples of American military might, it has triggered those on the far left, some of whom are now insisting that in the post-#MeToo era,Hollywood abandon films about war because they promote “backwards” ideas and “glorify outdated models of masculinity.”
‘Police state’ national ID card tucked in major bill
Inserted in a sweeping House bill introduced earlier this month called Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 is the establishment of a new biometric National ID card for all Americans that has privacy activists sounding alarms.
Byron York: House Intel meets Monday and could vote on memo release — is Jeff Sessions softening his stance?
The House Intelligence Committee meets at 5 p.m. Monday in the Capitol. The meeting will give the committee its first opportunity to vote on the question of releasing the so-called “FISA abuse” memo that has captured Washington’s attention in recent days. Since the GOP holds a 13 to 9 advantage on the committee, the overwhelming likelihood is that if there is a vote, the panel will decide, along party lines, to release the memo.
Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama Emails: Key to Lack of Clinton Indictment
From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton–emails caper was President Barack Obama’s call — not the FBI’s, and not the Justice Department’s. (See, e.g., here, here, and here.) The decision was inevitable. Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account.
George Soros Declares War On President Trump and His Supporters
George Soros, the Godfather of the left, has started into motion the seeds for a racial gencide for White America. He is promoting racial violence in America on an unprecedented scale. He is the driving force behind the sedition that is CALEXIT. Soros is even biting the hands that feed him.
Experts Warn China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative Seeks to Undermine US-Led World Order
…The “Belt and Road Initiative,” or “BRI,” as Western experts call it, is Chinese President Xi Jinxing’s plan to build roads — literally and figuratively — across Central Asia to Western Europe, in a bid to further integrate their economies.
Israel warns the world, Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal allows Iran to produce 200 bombs
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells World Economic Forum in Davos that deal gives “pre-eminent terrorist state of our time” the ability to produce nuclear bombs, says Israel “won’t let that happen” • Expounds new model of Palestinian self-governance.
The Big Wobble: A mag 6.2 – Russia rocks the Pacific ring again! It’s now 6 major quakes and 6 extremely active volcanoes in the last 7 days: Disaster imminent?
The mag 6.2 – 38km NE of Nikol’skoye, Russia this morning is yet another major quake on the Pacific rim, the 6th in the last 8 days, see above, add to it the 6 most active volcanoes and it’s easy to see the Pacific ring of fire is bursting at the moment. With the Mayon volcano in Indonesia and the Kadova Island volcano Papua New Guinea expecting imminent explosions and three major quakes in 24 hours including the powerful Alaskan quake something big could be in the offing.
50,000 Now Dead From Flu Outbreak: Mainstream Media Blackout
A major cover-up regarding the true scale of the flu outbreak has been revealed as almost 50,000 American have now died this season, according to reports.
FBI takes on ‘Islamophobia’: White nationalism seen as bigger threat than jihadism
…The only religion attacking, subjugating and slaughtering members of other religions en masse is Islam. The religion attacking other religions is Islam. Yet FBI agents learn nothing of this, and do nothing to alert the public about it. Gender apartheid, creed apartheid, cultural annihilation, jihad wars, and enslavement are raging across the world, and the FBI proselytizes for Islam. This is the work of Obama that President Trump most urgently needs to undo.
Washington State Will No Longer Require Birthplace on Drivers License Application
Washington State will no longer require drivers to reveal where they were born, a move that comes following a story published in the Seattle Times uncovering the department’s policy of providing photos and driver’s-license applications to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Report: Koch-Backed AFP to Spend $400M in 2018 Cycle, the Most Ever
Americans for Prosperity said Saturday that its network would spend more than $400 million on conservative causes and candidates during the 2018 midterm election cycle — 60 percent more than during the 2016 presidential election period.
“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 29
- Global Stocks Start 2018 With a Roar (Read More)
- Challenged on all fronts, Britain’s May faces pressure over Brexit law (Read More)
- Governments Worry That Cryptocurrencies Could be the ‘Next Swiss Bank Account’ (Read More)
- U.S. Spending Rises in December; Saving Rate Lowest Since 2005 (Read More)
- Trump security team sees building U.S. 5G network as option (Read More)
- All Signs Point to Big Democratic Wins in 2018 (Read More)
- U.S. Companies Brace for Wider Oversight of Chinese Deals (Read More)
- The Follower Factory: how celebs buy twitter followers (Read More)
- U.S. authorities due to make arrests in futures ‘spoofing’ probe (Read More
- North Korea, Under Sanctions Strain, Dials Back Military Exercises (Read More)
- First Lady’s Military Flights Before Washington Move Cost More Than $675,000 (Read More)
- Why Canada is the next frontier for shale oil (Read More)
- SpaceX’s New Beast of a Rocket Is Go for Launch (Read More)
- Japan raps Coincheck, orders broader checks after $530 million cryptocurrency theft (Read More)
- How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel (Read More)
- AutoNation Just Decided to Stop Caring About Pot Smoking (Read More)
- London’s Bankers Haven’t Been This Gloomy Since 2008 (Read More)
- U.N. employees in Gaza hold protest strike over U.S. aid cut (Read More)
- Hung out to dry twice, Tennessee city stumped by Trump’s washer tariffs (Read More)
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Headlines – 1/29/2018
EU and Norway to hold urgent meeting on Israeli-Palestinian crisis
Greenblatt holds ‘very productive’ meeting with Netanyahu on peace talks
US peace team led by Jared Kusher ‘very able’ due to real estate background, Netanyahu says
Maher Defends Jerusalem Decision: When You Win Wars You Take Land, Palestine A “Coiled Snake”
German president pushes back against US Jerusalem recognition
Jordan’s Abdullah affirms support for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem
Abbas invites African nations to join in peace process
As PA escalates conflict with U.S., France steps in
Greenblatt tours Gaza border tunnel, slams Hamas
Trump’s Mideast envoy slams Hamas for ‘wasting resources’ on terror
In historic first, India’s Modi to visit Palestinian territories
Airlines pull international flights from Israel for lack of security personnel
PM: Israel won’t tolerate Poland ‘distorting truth or re-writing history’
Polish president seeks to reassure Israel over law that criminalizes linking Poles to Holocaust crimes
In ‘striking exception,’ anti-Semitic incidents soar in Ukraine, report says
Report: Ukraine had more anti-Semitic incidents than all former Soviet countries combined
PM Netanyahu: ‘Iran trying to turn Lebanon into large missile silo’
Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow, discuss Israel’s right to act against Syria arms smuggling
Hezbollah may use suicide ships in next war, former naval officer warns
Assad threatens: ‘Attack again, and I’ll launch a missile at Ben Gurion airport’
Heavy fighting resumes in Syria’s eastern Ghouta
UN envoy to attend Syria peace talks despite boycott
Syria escalation: Turkey’s vendetta against the Kurds
Female Kurdish Fighter Kills Turkish Troops in Likely Suicide Bombing in Syria
Erdogan: Turkey will ‘clean’ Syrian border of Kurds
Turkey: No Longer a Friend but Not a Foe
New ISIS Video Sings to U.S. Jihadists: ‘It is Now Time to Rise, Slit Their Throats, Watch Them Die’
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to meet on Monday for Nile dam talks
Egyptians urged to boycott elections after candidates’ withdrawals
Afghanistan military school assault leaves multiple soldiers dead, officials say
Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll tops 100
Iran spends billions on weapons programs, terrorism while ignoring Iranians’ basic needs, report finds
‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest
Saudi’s Kingdom Holding shares soar after Prince Alwaleed freed
Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases
Beverly Hills to install more than 600 TV cameras around city in effort to curb crime
Musicians Add ‘Counterterrorism Briefing’ to Pre-Grammy Schedule
6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Southwest of Africa
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Albardon, Argentina
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Southwest of Africa
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Vinchina, Argentina
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Southwest of Africa
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft
Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft
Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 17,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,500ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft
Rare snow blankets Saudi Arabia mountain top
Iranians prayed for rain, but got dumped with snow
Israel Is Approaching a Severe Water Crisis
Cape Town’s Jews weigh in on looming water crisis
Thomas Kidd – When Christians Began Speaking of ‘the’ Antichrist
Elizabeth Sachs – Larry Nassar, the church, and the culture of abuse
Ray Yungen – Contemplative Prayer or the Holy Spirit – It Can’t Be Both
Mike Bickle’s Bible Botching
Todd White Promises All Sexually Transmitted Diseases Will be Healed at Awaken the Dawn
NAR Publisher Larry Sparks: “We Need to Be ‘Weird’ Again”
Super blood moon APOCALYPSE: Bible prophecy predicts ‘return of Messiah and end of days’
Church of England Urges ‘Unconditional Affirmation of Trans People … Within the Church’
|Is the Current Influenza Outbreak a Sign of the End Times?
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 12:08 PM PST
Towards the end of the age, Revelation describes the four horsemen, who symbolize the terrible events, that will plague the earth just before the return of Jesus Christ. Revelation 6 describes each horse, and each horse has a specific color and symbol, with a meaning that is explained further by looking at Matthew 24. The white horse symbolizes religious deception; the red horse, warfare; the black horse, famine; and the pale horse, death.
The fourth horseman (Revelation 6:7–8), the pale horse, comes after famine in Matthew 24, where Jesus Christ mentions pestilences—disease epidemics (Matthew 24:7). The pale horse is symbolic of the pestilences (the definition of the word, pestilence, used in Matthew 24:7 is: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating) that will plague the earth just before the return of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, the Greek word translated “pale” is chlōros, a greenish color, likely describing either a sickly appearance or the color of decaying flesh. This pale horse will ravage one-quarter of the earth by violence, hunger and “the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8)—A surprising fact is that 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are transmitted from animals (beasts of the earth) to humans. In recent years we have seen swine flu (from pigs), avian flu (from birds) and Ebola virus (from primates).
With today’s population, we can figure out that these calamities will kill over 1.5 billion people! Given the modern medical technology we have available today, this may seem impossible, yet warnings of devastating global epidemics are appearing with increasing frequency…CONTINUE
|School Board Member Concerned After Homework Assignment Claims Christians, Muslims Worship Same God
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 12:00 PM PST
“Do you know what your children are being taught: Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews?” That’s the question a school board member in Illinois recently posted online after her daughter came home with an assignment that included an article claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Jeannette Ward of the U46 School Board posted the text of the assignment to her social media page to show others the kinds of messages that are being presented to students, and to outline why she voted no on the curriculum the previous year.
“Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three of the world’s major religions. While they have many differences, they all believe in the same God,” the assignment read. “In each religion, God is ‘revealed’ by a chosen messenger, called a prophet. Some of the prophets that Jews follow were Noah, Abraham and Moses. Christians follow these prophets too. They also think that Jesus was another prophet of the same God,” it stated. “Later, Muhammad founded Islam by declaring himself a prophet. He said he was the next in the same line of prophets. He also said that he would be the last.” READ MORE
|Two Huge Earthquakes Strike Atlantic
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 11:43 AM PST
Two strong earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 6.5 and 5.0 have struck the same region of the Atlantic Ocean, sparking assurances a tsunami is not expected. The two earthquakes struck in the same region of the ocean around 1300 miles from the southern coast of South Africa. The first struck at 2.03pm GMT and registered 6.5. The US tsunami warning center said there was no threat to the east coast of America
or Canada. They said: “There is no tsunami danger for the U.S. east coast, the Gulf of Mexico states, or the eastern coast of Canada. “Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami.” The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an alert assuring those living in the Caribbean a tsunami was not expected. READ MORE
|Is the Great Deception Here?
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 11:37 AM PST
(Bu Hal Lindsey) Some call it fake news. Jesus called it deception. When His disciples asked about the signs of the last days, Jesus began by giving His followers this warning: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4
We live in an age of deception – fake news, false advertising, viral lies and clickbait. The mainstream media perpetrate falsehoods regularly, as do various alternative media. But one of the major sources of 21st-century deception can be found in an unlikely place: our schools. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education urges all public schools to teach Islam.
It’s really just thinly veiled propaganda, though they would certainly not use that word. The DoE says schools should teach Islam “to create an anti-bias learning environment.” Many regularly teach the religious doctrine that God and Allah are the same. Forget the “separation of church and state” arguments for the moment. This one teaching alone is a form of gross – and deadly – deception. And the deception is being inculcated in our malleable children, by order of the state! READ MORE
|Miracle ‘River of Hail’ collectively fills some dams to the point of overflowing in drought-stricken Northern Cape, South Africa
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 11:21 AM PST
Many citizens are resigning themselves to dry dams and a complete shutdown of their taps in Cape Town, South Africa. But, as we’ve seen in the Northern Cape, it may not be time to rule out a miracle just yet. Over the weekend, the city of Sutherland heavy rainfalls and biblical hailstorms battered the town with some places receiving between 100 – 150cm of rain in 48 hours. These unprecedented storms were enough to collectively fill some dams in the Northern Cape to the point of overflowing and create icebergs in the resulting flash floods.
The miracle “River of hail” has to be seen to be believed: The NC territory is experiencing an unprecedented drought just like its neighbor to the south. Rainfall between September to December has been almost non-existent for the last three years in NC. Sutherland was one town in the province that had been hit badly by the lesser-known water crisis. So imagine their relief when, dams that were reportedly almost empty, were saved by the mother of all freak weather patterns. READ MORE
|Animals freeze solid in Kazakhstan after temperatures drop to minus 68F
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 11:11 AM PST
The weather is completely going out of control. Look at this poor dog, hare, and cat. Yes, it was so cold in Kazakhstan a few days ago that animals and even humans froze solid as temperatures drop to minus 68F.
The Hare: The hare was trapped while climbing through a fence before dying in the arctic conditions and its body had to be pulled free by locals. FULL STORY
|Earthquake rocks Japan as Ring of Fire remains on High Alert
Posted: 27 Jan 2018 12:43 PM PST
Japan has been rocked by an earthquake as the Pacific Ring of Fire remains on alert following a geologically chaotic week for the region. The earthquake registered 5.1 magnitudes at struck at a depth of 37 miles off the east coast of Honshu. The Japan earthquake struck 46 miles from the town of Miyako, which is home to more than 50,000 people. Morioka-shi, home to nearly 300,000 people, is 73 miles from the epicenter.
It comes after a week of chaos in the region, with a volcanic eruption sparking a fatal avalanche in Japan earlier this week. The Pacific Ring of Fire is the most geologically active area in the world with more than 90 percent of earthquakes occurring here, as well as 22 or the 25 biggest volcanic eruptions in history. The volatility on the Pacific Ring of Fire this week has increased fears for the Big One: a major earthquake in a highly-populated area on the US west coast or in Japan. READ MORE
|More than 50,000 deaths expected from Flu Season from Hell!
Posted: 27 Jan 2018 12:36 PM PST
Children returning to school after the winter holidays appear to be sharing more than just their new toys. They are driving influenza infections to levels not seen since the swine flu pandemic of 2009, public health officials said. By the time this flu season is over, experts said, more than 50,000 Americans will be dead. While the year’s flu activity is actually starting to cool in some regions, it remains high across most of the country and is gaining in other areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mortality rates, which trail infections, spiked sharply, with seven additional children dying from the
infection over the past week, said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald. Thus far, 37 children have died as a resistant strain of the virus dominates the season. The government said that number may double before its over. “This rapid increase in cases that we have been seeing is after the winter holidays, and while it’s among all ages, it’s higher in children,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “It looks like a big part of the later January activity is flu transmission from kids returning to school.” READ MORE
|Schools Close in 11 States as Flu Epidemic Spreads
Posted: 27 Jan 2018 12:30 PM PST
Schools in at least 11 states have closed as the worst flu epidemic in nearly a decade intensifies. The dominant strain of flu this season, H3N2, known for being particularly virulent, has resulted in the deaths of at least 37 children and is expected to cause more as the epidemic persists several more weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.
Seven children died this week, authorities said. Hospitalizations, a predictor of the death rate, rose to 41.9 people per 100,000, up from 36.9 the week before. An estimated total number of deaths due to the flu won’t be available until next season, according to the CDC. Outpatient hospital visits by people with the flu have been skyrocketing for several weeks, and as of mid-January had surpassed every season except 2009-10, when a new strain of flu caused a global pandemic. READ MORE
|Flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic
Posted: 27 Jan 2018 12:25 PM PST
Federal health officials warned Friday that this year’s flu outbreak is more severe than any other since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and that its intensity is still increasing. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a phone call with reporters that the number of people experiencing flu-like symptoms is increasing. Hospitalizations for influenza are also rising. What’s more, flu activity has stayed at the same level nationwide for about three weeks, said Dr. Dan Jernigan, the director of the CDC’s Influenza Division.
That sets it apart from many flu seasons, in which activity wanes in certain parts of the U.S. “We often see different parts of the country ‘light up’ at different times, but for the past 3 weeks, the entire country has been experiencing lots of flu, all at the same time,” he said. The deaths of seven children from the flu were reported to the CDC this week, bringing the total number of child deaths this flu season to 37, CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said. READ MORE