In the video below, broadcaster Lionel Nation suggests that the U.S. should create a “new” Manhattan project to deal with a pandemic outbreak of the plague.
Russia Today interviewed Lionel to discuss what the CDC have dubbed “a potential plague pandemic coming to America“.
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Lionel says America is not prepared for the Plague, and when the news anchor asks him if the U.S. is ready for “an ebola-like pandemic“, his response was not comforting.
Plague is on the rise in the United States, and no one really knows why. The CDC have reported 11 cases so far this year – a very high number compared to previous decades.
CNBC reports that the CDC is asking doctors to consider Plague as a possibility when patients come in with flu-like symptoms. CNBC stated: Eleven cases of plague have been recorded in the U.S. this year, and three people have died.
“It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a brief update.
The CDC has recorded 91 cases of plague since 2000, an average of between 5 and 6 a year. The highest number this century was 17 cases in 2006. Now, 2015 is the year with the second-highest number of cases.
In a country of more than 300 million people, plague is still extremely rare. But it’s easy to mistake a plague infection for a virus, and doctors usually have no medication to prescribe for a viral infection.
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Three of the eleven people who have contracted Plague in the United States have died this year. Bustle.com explains:
Rather frighteningly, the overall disease incidence rate is higher than usual. Between 1970 and 2012, the country saw an average of only seven cases a year. Peak plague season ranges from spring to early fall, and so there is no way to tell if more cases will surface in the coming weeks. CDC experts say that they don’t want to worry people, but they have issued a report to doctors to stay alert for potential plague cases that might come into clinics thinking that they only have the flu.
Those delays in treatment can prove fatal. When the bubonic plague or its two other varieties (septicemic and pneumonic) aren’t caught early, the fatality rate ranges between 66 and 93 percent. If medical authorities can intervene with antibiotics soon after a patient demonstrates symptoms, however, the death rate plummets to 16 percent.
While many hope that this is just a small outbreak that will fall away, mainstream media have taken a sudden interest in the possibility of a full-on plague outbreak, as indicated in the video from RT.com above.
Do you think that it is all just hype, or is the mainstream media “preparing” us for a horrific outbreak? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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