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A Search for Evidence of
Interplanetary and Atmospheric
Microbial Delivery Systems

The following graph, which is based on CDC published data, shows the two most pronounced May 5, 2001 (week 18) regional activity "bumps" in influenza related activity in the United States.

Total Number of Isolates Tested vs Week
(The lower branches on the profiles are based on week 18 data.)
MTN = Mountain; ESC=East South Central.

5 May 2001 was 36 days following the 29 March 2001 Venus inferior conjunction. Whether or not the bumps are related to new forms of influenza is yet to be determined.

Sunday 6 May 2001
The Edmonton Sun
Calgary, Alberta - Canada
Mystery illness spreads from school children to family members. 179 students and staff at Elizabeth Barrett elementary school in Calgary became suddenly sick on Wednesday 2 May with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Lightning-fast stomach flu was believed to be blame. City water system ruled out as source. The diarrhea generally lasts 24 hours.
(LNAU - World News - Search Term: influenza - 29 May 2002.)

10 - 13 May 2001
Information received via personal e-mail on 16 May.

On May 10-13th the television of Alma-Ata reported that an epidemic of an unidentified influenza has passed [through the region]. The illness starts with a cough, a high temperature runs and dyspnea [difficult or labored breathing] develops. The illness is treated badly by conventional drugs. ... Children are sick more often [than adults].

Friday 11 May 2001
St. John's Telegram
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Community struggles to cope with cryptosporidium parasites that have crippled 52 residents and 74 visitors with cramps and diarrhea and have shut down businesses. Most residents thought they had been having a bout with the flu. Outbreak occurred just before Easter, which was April 15th. Questions as to how water supply became contaminated and why it took so long to have the problem identified are widespread.
(LNAU - World News - Search Term: influenza. - 29 May 2002)

Thursday 17 May 2001
Isolation of influenza A(H5N1) virus in poultry in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China - "No human cases of H5N1 virus have been detected. The strains isolated from the birds differ genetically from the H5N1 virus which caused human disease in 1997." (They killed all the chickens!)
Source: World Health Organization - Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR).

Thursday 17 May 2001

Extracts from
The Pacific Dust Express

"North America has been sprinkled with a dash of Asia! A dust cloud from China crossed the Pacific Ocean recently and rained Asian dust from Alaska to Florida."

pacific dust

"Above: While much of the dust cloud remains over the Pacific Ocean, the leading edge has reached as far east as the American Midwest by April 13. Images such as this one are a principal tool for scientists who study aerosols." [The NASA image has been "resized" and cropped.]

[April 13 was the date that the rash of flu-like gastro-intestinal problems began occurring at Columbus, Mississippi in the U.S.A. With that in mind, note the apparent aerosol "blob" over north Mississippi. If that blob turns out to have been part of the asian dust, then the plot thickens!]

Wednesday 23 May 2001
Financial Times Information - Global News Wire
A Jakarta Indonesia writer describes the plight of "a lot of people" that are being infected by cold and flu viruses. The viruses seem to circulate from person to person and back again. "They won't go away."
(LNAU - Medical. - Search Term: flu)


27 May 2001
In response to an inquiry by this writer, Jay Herman, Principal Investigator for the NASA system that was used to track the Asian dust cloud mentioned above, stated "We have found bacteria and molds on dust coming across the Atlantic from Africa, but no such studies have been done on the Asian dust." The African dust study, by NASA and USGS, was published in the September 2001 issue of Aerobiologia(6).

Friday 8 June 2001
Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Report
Acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in Kosovo
[Haemorrhagic fever is similar to the final stages of the 1918 influenza.]

The WHO Office in Kosovo has reported 27 cases and 4 deaths between 18 May and 7 June 2001 in the south-western area. . . .

[Haemorrhagic fever was a real problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina between December 1994 and May 1995. That outbreak began one to two months following the 5 November 1994 Venus inferior conjunction.]

Friday 22 June 2001
Financial Times Information - Global News Wire
Flu Spreads in Karachi
A flu virus is still making the rounds in Pakistan seaport city.
(LNAU - Medical: Search Term: Flu)

Wednesday 4 July 2001
Arizona, U.S.A.
A visitor to the website from Jerome, Arizona (about 50 miles southwest of Flagstaff) wrote: (Many people in the local area) have been suffering from recurrent bouts with some kind of flu for around six weeks now. It is characterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, weakness and lightheadedness. [Six weeks ago would have been around 23 may.]

Global Influenza 2001-2002

From http://www.datasync.com/~rsf1/vel/1918h1n2.htm

Influenza A(H1N2) 2001-2002

The globe above shows (in red) states and countries where the new influenza strain A(H1N2) has been identified (isolated) during the 2001-2002 influenza season. (Where known, the numbers of cases are shown in superscript.) As of 30 August 2002, the season total for A(H1N2) in Canada was 72.

The first acknowledged case of H1N2 in the United States occurred in Texas in July 2001, followed by another case in Nevada in September. (See the 14 February 2002 entry below.)

Selected Influenza A(H1N2) Related News Items

18 January 2002 - England
Outbreak of flu-like illness in a Cornwall comprehensive school -
About half the students are suffering respiratory symptoms but initial tests for influenza are negative. Further tests are underway. A second outbreak has occurred in a school in Scotland.
[At the time of this report Influenza A(H1N2) was not on the books.]
Source: Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) - Infectious Diseases in the News. http://www.phls.co.uk/news/bulletins/2002/020118id.htm [No longer available on www.}

6 February 2002 - England.
WHO announces the isolation of a new strain of influenza virus- A(H1N2), . . .
"The new strain has been so far been isolated from humans in England, Israel, and Egypt in the last few weeks. A similar event is reported to have occurred in China in the 1988/1989 influenza season when a number of influenza isolates were detected which were determined to have arisen as a result of reassortment. Further spread of these reassortment viruses in humans did not occur at that time." - Source: Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) - Infectious Diseases in the News.
http://www.phls.co.uk/news/bulletins/2002/020206id.htm [No longer available on www.]

7 February 2002 - United States - Wisconsin.
Unusual Influenza Strain Identified in Wisconsin -
A six month old child in Outagamie county became ill in December 2001 and has made a complete recovery. No additional cases have been detected. "The evolution of this virus, which has been named A/Wisconsin/12/2001(H1N2), appears to have resulted from the combination or "reassortment" of the genes of the currently circulating A/New Caledonia(H1N1) and the A/Moscow(H3N2) strains of influenza A."
Source: Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services - Reference Center - 07 February 2002.

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