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Beijing Vet Dies Of Monkey B Virus, Which Has 70-80% Fatality Rate
On July 16, China reported the first Monkey B Virus death in its history. The individual, identified as a veterinarian in Beijing, was infected by monkeys in March and passed away on May 27.
Monkey B virus (BV), also known as Herpes B virus, has a fatality rate of 70 to 80 percent, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s English journal the “China CDC Weekly” cited in its July 17 report. The report said that the deceased’s close contacts were tested in April and were free of the virus.
According to the U.S. CDC, humans typically get infected with BV when bitten or scratched by an infected macaque monkey, or have contact with a macaque’s eyes, nose, or mouth. The CDC highlighted that there has only been one case of BV human-to-human transmission documented in history.
It’s unclear which type of monkey the victim was in contact with when he contracted the virus.
First Death in China
The deceased veterinary was 53 years old. He worked for a non-human primate breeding and experimental institution in Beijing.
On March 4 and 6, the veterinarian dissected two dead monkeys. One month after the dissections, the veterinarian “experienced nausea and vomiting followed by fever with neurological symptoms,” according to the report.
Because doctors in Beijing didn’t have any experience with BV infections, the veterinarian was asked to visit several hospitals for treatment, but was not diagnosed until April 17 when doctors collected his cerebrospinal fluid and that of his two co-workers to test for monkey-related viruses.
The results showed that the veterinarian was infected with BV.
A group of scientists from China CDC and Capital Medical University concluded in their report: “This implied that BV in monkeys might pose a potential zoonotic threat to the occupational workers.”
Medical workers deliver a patient to the fever clinic at a hospital in Beijing, China, on Jan. 13, 2021. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
According to the U.S. CDC, BV infections start with flu-like symptoms, which include fever and chills, muscle aches, fatigue, and headaches. The symptoms typically start within one month after exposure to a BV infected monkey.
The first human infection was identified in 1932, and since then, only 50 cases of transmission to humans have been reported. Of those, most had come into contact with a monkey, and 21 died. Source: ZeroHedge
HNewsWire finally put all such amateur criticism to rest.
For decades, the avian flu strain H5N8 only infected birds. It’s now made the jump to humans.
Plagues, Pestilences and Epidemics “Flu-Like Symptoms”…
God does indeed send plagues to challenge their rebellion. He sends them on the just as well as the unjust, just like the rain. He sends them to the earth. But mankind on earth is not interested in submitting to the leadership of their Creator. They do not repent. Nor will the plagues, the bowls, the vials, the trumpets… until the final trumpet blows.
As Beijing and the world keep an eye out for any new emerging diseases out of China, the country’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday said it had confirmed an outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza in a flock of wild birds at a wetlands park in the city of Nagqu in Tibet.
The highly infectious disease has been detected among wild birds in two areas of Nagqu, including a national wetland park. So far, 268 wild birds have been infected and killed, according to the ministry. Local authorities have activated an emergency response, sterilized the area and disposed of all dead birds safely, in accordance with protocols, per Reuters.
H5N8 isn’t nearly as harmful to humans as the H1N9, but it is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry posing a serious threat to China’s farmers and meat supplies.
As we reported earlier this year, Russian authorities reported the first human infections of H5N8 back in February, just in time for President Joe Biden to confront his old nemesis.
News of the latest bird flu threat is arriving just in time. As an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has finally subsided, financial authorities around the world are looking for their next excuse to unleash another flood of stimulus money.
Before COVID, reports of a new bird flu trickling or even sweeping out of Asia didn’t garner much attention. That’s certainly changed. So when two members of the China Novel Coronavirus Investigating and Research Team, who co-authored the first warning of what was to come in February 2020 in The New England Journal of Medicine, sound a new alarm, maybe we should listen.
In a short Insights Perspective published in Science, “Emerging H5N8 avian influenza viruses,” Weifeng Shi and George Gao make the case for concern that a bird flu now in more than 46 countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa has jumped to humans. Only seven poultry farm workers in Russia were reported to have gotten sick, while trying to contain an outbreak among their feathered charges. But there must have been a time, in the fall of 2019.
An avian influenza virus would need to pass easily from person-to-person to seed a pandemic in people, like SARS-CoV-2 does. That’s likely, as we’ve learned, not impossible.
Unfortunately, one of the top experts in Russia says that there is “a fairly high degree of probability” that it is now being passed from one person to another…
A mutating strain of bird flu that has emerged in Russia has “a fairly high degree of probability” of human-to-human transmission, the head of the country’s health watchdog warned in a report.
Anna Popova, who heads Rospotrebnadzor, made the worrying prediction almost a month after scientists detected the first case of H5N8 transmission to humans at a southern Russia poultry farm, the Moscow Times reported.
Russian authorities said that the virus spread from poultry to the humans infected, but in China scientists have insisted there’s no evidence of animal-to-human transmission. Sound familiar?
An influenza virus has a more complex surface than the spike triplets of SARS-CoV-2. “H,” “N,” and numbers are shorthand to describe the surfaces of varieties of the more common A strain of influenza.
A flu virus is festooned with two types of glycoproteins (proteins with attached sugars). One type, hemagglutinin (HA), comes in 16 varieties and many subtypes within those varieties (“clades” and “subclades” in the lexicon). The other, a neuraminidase (NA), has nine types. The HAs look like spikes; the NAs resemble lollipops.
The 1918 Spanish flu and the swine flu of 2009 were H1N1. Bird flus are H5. Thousands of influenza epidemics that have wiped out bird populations have been documented since 1878.
Flu viruses reinvent themselves frequently, through point mutations that alter an individual RNA base (“drift”), as well as through larger-scale, fast recombination events that swap gene segments (“shifts”). SARS-CoV-2, in contrast, begets new variants with combinations of point mutations and small deletions, such as two RNA bases.
New viral variants are concerning because they can alter transmissibility, pathogenicity, and the host’s immune response. We modify vaccines to keep up with the natural mutation of viruses.
To cover multiple bases, flu vaccines consist of two types of influenza A and one type of influenza B. Conventional flu vaccines focus on a part of the hemagglutinin that the immune system recognizes as a stimulus to churn out antibodies. Efforts to create a more universal flu vaccine have been in the works since the 1930s. Candidates target the shared parts that don’t change, such as the stalks that support the hemagglutinins.
The New Bird Flu
Shi and Gao present a family tree of the H5 flu virus currently sweeping large swaths of the planet and deduce where it came from. Researchers glimpse viral evolution by comparing genome sequences, limited of course by what we notice.
The current “highly pathogenic avian influenza virus” – HPAIV in the lingo – began with an H5N1 variant striking chickens in Scotland in 1959. A strain of H5N1 that killed geese in Guangdong, China in 1996 joined and has taken off, diversifying, especially since 2010.
By 2013, the virus had mutated itself into H5N8 in Zhejiang, China, and then appeared in Russia and several other European countries. It reached Canada by the end of 2014, thanks to birds migrating along the Bering Strait that August. Then H5N8 emerged anew in Russia, Mongolia, Europe, India, and China. Meanwhile, H5 flu viruses paired with N2, N3, N6, and N9 also appeared in various places.
Tracking the trajectory of flu among migratory birds in Japan reveals how fast the situation can change.
In October 2020, researchers from Hokkaido University reported in the journal Viruses evidence of H5N8 in droppings in a lake from migratory birds. By late March 2021, more than 30 new outbreaks among domestic poultry and wild fowl had been reported in Japan, traced to migratory birds from Europe.
Sick birds flying from Europe to Japan was unusual for two reasons: new flus usually come from East Asia, and it all happened in just a few months. Plus, the European H5N8 variant is a bit different. A few of the single-RNA-base mutations alter the encoded amino acids in ways that make the virus bind more tenaciously to the sialic acid receptors on cells of the human lower airways. That might explain why, so far, the variant viruses don’t pass from person to person – buried deep in the lungs, they’re less likely to spew out in a cough or sneeze. But the infected person suffers severe respiratory distress.
Taken together, it’s clear that new bird flu viruses are all over the place, flown from here and there, perhaps mixing themselves into dangerous new variants.
Even if we can’t chart all the outbreaks, they appear to now be continuous and spreading, perhaps setting the stage for a pandemic should they meet and merge into a frightening confluence. And with a virus as inherently changeable as influenza, and as deadly as the H5N8 bird strains, could a new ability to pass person-to-person seed another pandemic? This time of flu?
That’s what Shi and Gao fear: “The zoonotic potential of AIVs warrants continuous, vigilant monitoring to avert further spillovers that could result in disastrous pandemics.”
They cite their reasons:
“Because of the long-distance migration of wild birds, the innate capacity for reassortment of avian influenza viruses, the increased human-type receptor binding capability, and the constant antigenic variation of HPAIVs, it is imperative that the global spread and potential risk of H5N8 avian influenza viruses to poultry farming, avian wildlife, and global public health are not ignored.”
There are more than 30 strains of avian flu, and most of them stick to infecting birds.
Every so often, though, a strain is able to make the jump to humans — it happened in the 1990s with the H5N1 strain and again in 2013 with the H7N9 strain.
Now, it appears the H5N8 bird flu strain has infected humans for the first time.
Pestilence means a deadly and overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. The Black Plague, a disease that killed over thirty percent of Europe’s population, was certainly a pestilence. Pestilence is also one of the four Horseman of the Apocalypse in the book of Revelation
What does the Bible say about pestilence?
Ezekiel 6:12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.
Revelation 9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Did all the Scriptural prohibitions change while you were sleeping? If belief or interpretation of the Word of God changed, then, by what authority did it change? Is there no such thing as sin anymore? Are we still Christians and Jews? Is there anything – anything at all – worthy of anathema? Why not?
The Koran instructs all faithful followers of Islam to lay in wait for us, to ambush us, to make a wide slaughter among us, to strike off our hands and feet on opposite sides, or to crucify us entirely so that the birds may feed on our heads. Islam demands, by decree of their prophet, that we stop believing in God, submit to Islamic religion and law, or, pay a tax (50% of all that we have) and submit to Islamic law, or, die, perhaps horribly. And, fools that we have become, we tolerate this absolutely intolerant “religion” that seeks our eventual doom. We have already gone nationally insane.
There was no time limit and no expiration date on that oath; once taken, it was taken for life. You are duty-bound, and you are honor-bound, to disobey any order that violates the Constitution you swore to defend. You are duty-bound, and you are honor-bound, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Of course, such things as duty and honor are meaningless to the Godless man, and the given word of a Godless man is worthless. To return to the status of a Godly nation, we must become worthy; we must return to being a Godly people. It is now up to us. We will gather, or we will scatter. I am going to pray now; I suggest you do the same.
Jesus specifically warned us that there would be “pestilences” in the end times, and so if we really are approaching the time of His return this is one of the things that we should be watching for. Of course, we don’t know if COVID-19 is one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but in recent days it has greatly distressed me to see so many Christians attempting to downplay the severity of this virus. The number of confirmed cases and the global death toll have both been rising at an exponential rate day after day, and experts are warning that over half of the population of the world could eventually get this virus, but so many voices out there are boldly assuring people that they don’t have anything to be concerned about even though they don’t have any medical credentials at all. Personally, I think that it pays to listen to the experts during a crisis like this, and the experts are telling us that millions could soon die. In fact, as you will see below, a doctor that sat on the White House Homeland Security Council is saying that this is the most “frightening disease” that he has ever encountered. After everything that we have already learned about this virus, anyone that is not taking this pandemic seriously is not being wise.
But is this just another pandemic that will come and go, or is this one of the “pestilences” that we were warned about almost 2000 years ago?
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus explained to His disciples what conditions would be like just prior to His return, and in verse 11 He specifically warned that there would be “pestilences”. The following comes from the King James Version…
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
We have definitely seen a rise in seismic activity in recent years, billions of locusts are devouring crops from eastern Africa all the way to China right now, and Australia just had the worst harvest season that they have ever recorded.
So it is interesting to note that the stage is being set for some of the other signs that Jesus mentioned at the very same time that this Pestilence outbreak is starting to spiral out of control.
The Bible prophesies of many events that will occur in the end times. These events can be categorized as natural signs, spiritual signs, sociological signs, technological signs, and political signs. We can look to what the Bible says about these things, and, if the signs are present in abundance, we can be certain that we are, in fact, living in the end times.
Luke 21:11 lists some of the natural signs that will occur before Jesus’ second coming: “There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” While we shouldn’t interpret every natural disaster as a sign of the end times, an increase in natural disasters seems to be a warm-up to what is coming next—“birth pangs,” as Jesus called them (Matthew 24:8).
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