Deadly meningitis outbreak in 2002 also caused by radiotrophic fungus.

The fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012 has claimed 36 lives so far, and new cases of meningitis and other infections continue to appear. The outbreak was caused by spinal injection drugs manufactured by the compounding pharmacy NECC, in Framingham, Massachusetts. These injectable drugs were contaminated by fungi, predominately from the species Exserohilum rostratum. This melanized fungus becomes radiotrophic in the presence of radionuclides. (See my previous post which discusses these fungi and their health effects.) Melanized fungi are now operating in a biosphere contaminated with radionuclides from Fukushima. Radiation allows these fungi to use the pigment melanin as food.

It is not widely known that there was another deadly, but smaller, outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2002. This outbreak claimed the life of a North Carolina woman. She had also received an epidural injection from a drug prepared in a compounding pharmacy in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The fungus species involved here was Exophiala (Wangiella) dermatitidis. This melanized fungus is one of the species that was discovered growing inside the sarcophagus of the destroyed reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

It appears that the was a radiation release event associated with this outbreak too. In April 2003, Norm Buske of The RadioActivist Campaign (TRAC) measured cesium-137 levels in an area to the northeast of the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. This nuclear installation refines nuclear materials for deployment in nuclear weapons. Norm found Cs-137 levels in plants 50-174 times “background”, and Cs-137 in creek water 1,000 times background. It was concluded that the radiation release had occurred within the past year, between April 2002 and April 2003.

The same kind of plant damage that has been seen in 2012 was also seen in TRAC’s radiation measurement project. It is also seen in a September 2002 photo taken in South Carolina near the Savannah River. It is likely that the radiation release from SRS occurred in 2002, and this is analagous to the current situation. Radioactivity contaminates trees and plants, and radiation-eating fungus ends up in contaminating the compounding pharmacies.

Plant damage from Exserohilum rostratum

Visually, the plant damage from the fungus responsible for the current outbreak, Exserohilum rostratum, is seen to be identical to the damage caused to a plant in Framingham, Massachusetts in Sept. 2012.

Many charges of poor sterility practices against NECC have been made, there have been Congressional hearings, the FDA has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent this deadly fungal contamination. But has ANYBODY in medicine, politics, or the media EVEN MENTIONED that Exserohilum rostratum is all over the place? All over the eastern half of the US?

And, on top of this, the FDA has quietly increased the amount of gamma radiation that meats are irradiated with before they are sold. They also increased the number of products to be irradiated. Why? IN ORDER TO KILL RADIOTROPHIC FUNGUS IN THE MEAT! Since the meat is now radioactive due to Fukushima, it grows like crazy in the retail meat products.

Can you say “COVER-UP”???

121 thoughts on “Deadly meningitis outbreak in 2002 also caused by radiotrophic fungus.

  1. How can we as costumers find (RADIOTROPHIC FUNGUS) FUNGUS IN THE MEAT that may be processed such as deer meat or butchered meats on farms, hogs, pigs, cattle, chickens, turkeys and others ? What would someone look for in the meat to see or test for this fungus ?

      • This damage is…?… did it get sucked up by the roots into the tree, ..so fungus/Mildew is in the rotting vegetation on the ground ?
        These look like they have been infected a very long time, …say around 1945 it all started !
        See post below, …Candida fungus, ….

  2. I have good/bad news all rolled into one!

    My bff’s cousin (male), and his gf, just had their first baby down in Vallejo, Ca. two days ago. The baby girl went into fetal distress and they thought the cord was wrapped. (The mom is Filipino, and only 5 feet tall-100 pounds),. so the did a “C-Section” The baby was not cord-wrapped,…but her heart was not beating. They did the paddles and started her heart. She is in Neonatal, of course,…but here’s the good news,….the Dr’.s came into mom and dad’s room asking where they had been traveling during the pg? Did they travel? Were they at high altitudes,…did she have MRI’s or C/T’s during the pg,…? Turns out they tested the baby and are now telling Mom and Dad that it’s cesium,….and that the baby has been damaged by environmental radiation!

    There is a female Dr. handling the case,….and she is adamant that it is Fukushima! I kid you not! I am so sad,…yet Jazzed!

    Please pray for the baby,….my bff Gary says that Andrew,…the Dad,…is an awesome human being and the best Dad in the world (for two days!) 🙂

    What will they have before them however!?!

    Jill

  3. Here they exsplain the the Joplin, Mo.infection from dirt in their wounds to blood
    December 09, 2012
    KANSAS CITY, Mo – . Two kids seriously injured in the Joplin, Mo., tornado in May 2011 showed up at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City suffering from antibiotic-resistant infections from dirt and debris blown into their wounds.
    Physicians tried different drugs, but at first nothing seemed to work. …
    …”As in humans, bacteria growing inside animals that are given antibiotics can develop a resistance to the medicines, Newland explained. That resistant bacteria can then be transferred to the soil through animal waste”.
    During severe storms, such as the EF5 tornado which killed 161 people in Joplin, that contaminated soil can end up in open wounds, and even modern medicine is challenged in combating the serious infections that can occur. …
    ????
    -But Big Beef maintains that there is no “provable connection” between the cases in Joplin and livestock antibiotic use.

    much more, good article a must read

    -‘This may represent why the rading the food has gone up 50% increase’-

    “Last year, an Arizona lab discovered a strain of antibiotic resistant MRSA in meat that can infect humans. MRSA is the potentially fatal staph infection that sometimes races through hospitals.”
    -more-
    Mexico rejected contaminated meat that U.S. rules allow Americans to eat. A shipment of U.S. beef in 2008 contained high levels of copper, a byproduct of industry and antibiotics, which can damage kidneys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which hasn’t set allowable amounts of copper in meat, couldn’t stop it from distribution in the United States.

    http://www.theolympian.com/2012/12/09/2345647/drug-overuse-in-cattle-imperils.html

      • Hey xdrfox I have a very good question that I want to specifically ask you. What’s your idea of a ‘safe’ distance to live from high tension power lines? I am searching for a house now and found one that looked great until I noticed the lines in the google sattelite image. 600ft. I’m not real thrilled about that. In fact I can’t in good conscience take my son there let alone myself, husband and cat.. Just something I had forgotten about until I noticed it. Plus there’s a weird looking factoryish looking thing right next to that…but in the photos there were no smoke or anything blowing out of any stacks, just dangerous looking….

        • Vgirl, Good question, may be why the house is such a bargain, …these have been being looked into for the past 30 years that I know of, …TV specials and documentaries ! pro and con’s, …best just to study what we have and make an informed decision !

          How Far Should You Live From High-Voltage Power Lines?

          Other People Are Reading. What Is a Safe Distance From High Tension Electrical
          Wires? High Voltage Power Lines: the Minimium Distance From a House …

          http://www.ehow.com/about_6704904_far-live-high_voltage-power-lines_.html

          Electric power transmission – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

          Most transmission lines use high-voltage three-phase alternating current (AC),
          although … Power is usually transmitted through overhead power lines. …. many
          people to use air conditioners), electricity often comes from distant sources. …..
          living near power lines and developing any sickness or diseases such as cancer.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission

          The Straight Dope: Electrifying: Is living under power lines harmful to …

          Mar 23, 2007 … High-voltage power lines can ionize the air around them, an effect called …
          Another conjecture is that some people have “electromagnetic …

          http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2699/electrifying

          good luck, have you been to the house, bring a long neon bulb, …see if it lights up standing in the yard ! lol

  4. Good for you vgirl! Good for you! Trust your instincts,…..and then ‘go visit’, Yes? You’re a sharp and sensitive soul,….you’ll know if it ‘feels’ right?

    I am going to see my friend today,…and pick his brain on whether Andrew , gf, and baby can handle this story going viral. I may get names and numbers and do some old fashioned journalism myself! I will respect their wishes,…but I’m hoping they’ll let me run with this.

    Feeling awful again this am. HEPPA went bezerk once yesterday,…always freaks me out! I have new rashes, body aches, and not sleeping well again! Oh well, welcome to the new frontier, huh!?! 🙂

    I love you guys!

    Jill

  5. The poor cesium laden baby! I am glad that she is under the care of that doctor. I hope that you are right, xdrfox, that the lights are turning on! That is such a sad story about the kids in Joplin.

    Vgirl, I have been in a similar place and regretted buying the house. Good luck, it is difficult.

    This story reminded me that we are supposed to be taking enzymes on an empty stomach, so they breakdown the candida.
    Researchers Find A Fungus That Could Fight Cancer
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/253768.php

    I am so sorry that you are feeling worse, Jill and Bobby. So much of my hair is falling out that I will be bald soon, especially after the following makes its way to my neighborhood.

    What do you think about this? Short version:
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Gmak92fx6KI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGmak92fx6KI%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded

    Long version (I think):
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5NnwfjTgCJg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5NnwfjTgCJg

    • Oh NoNukes,…..I have been so worried about you and yours! We are no longer talking about negligible amounts daily,…if in fact we ever were. Doc says I should post this one page infographic on beating candida albicans,…and I sure like it’s simplicity! Yes,…we need both probiotics, as this infographic explains, but we also need the digestive emzymes you mention NoNukes! Vitacost has MEGA enzymes that are quite reasonable, they’re 15-35. Anyway, here’s the link:

      http://www.candidastore.com/guide-to-candida-infographic/

      and the vitacost to consider:
      http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-probiotic-15-35-35-billion-cfu-120-vegetarian-capsules-3

      • I am glad that you are worried about us, I am worried about you ;-)! It looks like all of us are getting clobbered with the extra releases lately:
        http://squall.sfsu.edu/scripts/nhemjetstream_model.html of course in California we have the ocean transport, too.

        I like the extra ingredients on the Vitacost: pectin (cesium removal), sodium alignate (strontium 90 protective), sodium bicarbonate (anti-fungal, etc.)…it looks like someone is paying attention!

        I don’t think that there is any good future for our daughter here. We are trying to finally get it together to leave this summer. It seems too late, and I know there is nowhere safe, but farther away from the jet stream and Pacific might make sense for her.

        It is so unpredictable, yet of course there is incredibly specific data out there. I know that Massachusetts was a hot spot after nuclear testing and after Chernobyl. Who would guess? I grew up there, so have been really “lucky” ending up in all the hotspots.

        I just saw this 1958 map of Strontium 90 deposition:
        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/09/catastrophic-effects-of-radiation-contamination/fig-4b-bombtstdeposition/

        I saw that graph in this article with a lot of other brilliant graphs, including Bobby’s map of the CDC data!
        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/09/catastrophic-effects-of-radiation-contamination/

        We have been looking at Uruguay because of their easy going attitude about immigrants as old as my parents. Maybe closer to the equator would be better? It just seems insane to move to a country where you don’t speak the language well, but we won’t be the first family to do so.
        After watching Nuckelchen’s videos this week, I really want to leave now.

        How are your moving plans going, Jill? It is so challenging when daily life has become so complicated.

        • NoNukes,…..I am DELIGHTED beyond measure at your decisions!!! The THORN BIRDS you three generations shall be! Your bravery, courage, and perseverance will afford you many blessings! And,…may your daughter’s youth amaze you with it’s RESTORATIVE miraculous abilities,…indeed,…you are very wise! 🙂

          At this point,…I foresee dying right here. Unless the Good Lord wants to come back before Paradise, California molds over like moss, or gets rolled out into the Pacific with a strong Earthquake. I’m back at the faith place where I KNOW that where and when I ‘go’, is already in the books, literally! So, for today,….I have no reason to run from this wave of radiation.
          Your daughter,….and your elderly,….are your reasons,…if not for you and hubby,….for that reason, the God in me salutes the God in you Dear One!

          If I had to say how I think and feel it will go down? Not a one of us few dozen,….that saw this from the beginning,….will be dashed on the rocks. For He accounts for every lost sheep,….and knows the number of hairs on yours, and my very head(s)! 🙂

          You go Mama Lioness! 🙂 Grrrrrrowl!

          • You guys are LOVE! How kind of you to refrain from saying, “you have been inhaling aerosolized plutonium and talking about leaving for the better part of 2 years, you fool,” I say that enough myself. Can’t wait to re-read The Thorn Birds, that was a classic!

            I wouldn’t leave Paradise either, Jill! The outcome of telling my daughter about the radiation is that now she wants to get further away from it. We have these crazy conversations, e.g., “it started to rain at recess and the principal wouldn’t let us back inside to get our coats even with all the radiation, can you believe it? What kind of principal wants kids to get stuck in radiation?”

            If we leave, it will be because the 8 year old made us, lol.

  6. Customs Seizes Rubber Ducks for Chemical Safety

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized nearly 36,000 Chinese rubber ducks that contain levels of a chemical that may be unhealthful for children … continue

    http://www.chem.info/News/2012/12/Safety-Customs-Seizes-Rubber-Ducks-for-Chemical-Safety

    picture of the deadly ducks, http://www.chem.info/uploadedImages/CHEM/News/2012/12/Ducks.jpg?n=7898

    Thx you saving us government ! LOL let us be irradiated and not say a word !

  7. Amending Language in Federal Law – Suspension – Vote Passed (398-1, 32 Not Voting)

    In its final action of the week, the House cleared a Senate bill that would remove the pejorative “lunatic” from the United States Code. The lone House dissenter was Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who insisted that lunatic should be retained, pointing to his fellow Members of Congress as living, breathing examples of the term. The bill awaits the president’s signature.
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/votes/?votenum=619&chamber=H&congress=1122
    Now what shall we call you Jill ??

  8. High Prevalence of Severe Asthma With Fungal Sensitization
    May 22, 2012 — New research presented at the ATS 2012 International Conference in San Francisco suggests that a significant proportion of children with asthma failing Step 4 or greater therapy may have severe asthma with fungal sensitization (SAFS).

    “SAFS is a newly described sub-phenotype of asthma, and its prevalence and clinical characteristics in children are unknown,” said Alfin Vicencio, MD, chief of pediatric pulmonology and cystic fibrosis at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Great Neck, NY, and David Goldman, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY…

    “Our results suggest that SAFS may account for a significant proportion of severe asthma in our pediatric population,” said Dr. Vicencio. “At this point, however, there are still many unanswered questions, including the role of anti-fungal therapy.”

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120522110303.htm

  9. Floods, fungi fan food-price jitters over Argentine wheat

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The wheat harvest in grains powerhouse Argentina will be smaller than expected and of poorer quality this season as farmers slog through waterlogged fields, trying to save their crops from toxic fungi bred by too much rain… World grain markets are contemplating the risk of prolonged supply tensions, which would squeeze food prices higher and drive up inflation in countries already struggling with low economic growth and high unemployment…

    Argentina’s crop has been hit by Fusarium fungus, which robs wheat of its protein. Between the floods and the fungi, analysts say not only wheat quantity but quality as well is suffering… “The fungi outbreaks in the main wheat belt hit when plants were already in their advanced reproductive stages,” Copati said. “In other regions, the diseases did more damage because they came along earlier in the development of the crop.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/argentina-wheat-idUSL1E8N4D8X20121205

  10. Tate & Lyle says aflatoxin in US corn complicates grain sourcing

    Nov 8 (Reuters) – Tate & Lyle, a British maker of sweeteners and starches, on Thursday said quality problems with the U.S. corn harvest, primarily due to aflatoxin, the byproduct of a grain fungus, were raising costs and forcing changes to the firm’s buying program.

    Aflatoxin is associated with a mold that thrives in hot and dry conditions, and it emerged in unusually high levels in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt this autumn after the worst drought in half a century decimated the corn harvest.

    Aflatoxin can cause liver disease and is considered carcinogenic. Processing contaminated corn can raise the concentration level of the toxin, threatening livestock that feed on the by-product…

    To avoid problems, corn processors and ethanol producers in heavyweight corn states including Illinois and Indiana have been “importing” clean grain from states like North Dakota and Mississippi, which are typically minor players in corn production.

    http://ht.ly/fYiUq

  11. Outbreak of chytrid fungus threatens Portugal’s Midwife toads

    Toads have disappeared from 2/3rds of known habitats
    December 2012. The emergence of chytridiomycosis is now widely recognized as a major cause of amphibian declines and biodiversity loss on local and global scales. Amphibian mortalities caused by the pathogenic chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)) were first recorded in Iberia, Europe over a decade ago.

    http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/portugal-midwife.html#cr

  12. Flesh-eating fungal infection can follow natural disasters, study finds

    (HealthDay)—After a natural disaster, doctors should be on the lookout for outbreaks of a rare but deadly “flesh-eating” fungal infection, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. That’s the lesson, the agency said, from 13 cases of mucormycosis skin infections that struck victims of the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year.

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-fungus-deadly-infection-source-tornado.html

  13. Southern Kentucky woman dies after battle with fungal meningitis

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A Kentucky woman has lost her battle with a rare case of meningitis. Family members tell us Tabatha Muncy, 28, died Monday night at UK hospital.

    We first told you about Muncy’s battle with fungal meningitis back in October.

    She came down with it around the same time as a fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on tainted steroid injections. Doctors at UK say Muncy didn’t contract it that way. They believe Muncy, who suffered from diabetes, contracted the infection through soil or bird droppings. Doctors say this kind of infection is rare, but possible for those with weakened immune systems.

    http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Southern-Kentucky-woman-dies-after-battle-with-meningitis-183012611.html

    • I’m trying topical silver on the groin fungus.. I think it’s Tinea, which is a radiation-eating fungus. It got better when I was using non-radioactive RO water to wash down there… but recently it has gotten worse. My stomach has been messed up for two weeks now also.

  14. from a bee keeper in Wa.

    EmiKami
    Join Date: May 2012 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 26

    Mold on the frames & dead bees

    Hello. It’s been a while since I checked my hives. I lost one last fall and the second one is surviving. I have not seen the queen yet.
    I checked my hive today and I was happy to see that there were bees on frames and buzzing out and in. However, many frames had mold and some dead bees were covered with mold. My question is – is it ok to leave the molded frames for bees to deal with ? Do I need to deal with the mold now? I am getting a new package with a new queen next month. I wonder if they can survive without the queen until then. There were plenty of honey in the hive but weak or virtually none brooding. Thank you for your advise!

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?278794-Mold-on-the-frames-amp-dead-bees&p=903314

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