Aloha to an American tropical disease crisis!

Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi declared a State of Emergency in Hawai’i County Monday morning as the Big Island continues to face the dengue fever outbreak.

As of Friday, Feb. 5, a total of 250 individuals had been infected with the dengue virus since the beginning of the outbreak. Three of the individuals remained “potentially infectious” on Friday. Hawai’i Department of Health officials will update the numbers again Monday afternoon.

As with Zika, specific mosquito species are the carrier or the virus. Dengue fever is characterized by an array of symptoms, including high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, and joint pain. A variety, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, may be fatal.

As with Zika, standing water associated with discarded tires is a contributor to this crisis. In this case, Hawaii County will prohibit the acceptance of tires at its landfills.

Just prior to this outbreak, citizens of the citizens of Puuhonua (a city of the Big Island) met to discuss other vector control options.

I anticipate we will be experiencing more dramatic disease outbreaks in the next decade. In part, it will be because hosts and pathogens have adapted to our new way of life.

However, in other areas of the world, a contributing factor may be related to returning to a more Medieval lifestyle. Conservative talk show host extraordinaire Tammy Bruce offers a glimpse into what Europe is now experiencing with its refugees.

…Up until the million-plus fighting-age Muslim men from Syria and Libya poured into Europe, the civilized world presumed the barbaric behavior of terrorists was limited to some freakish fringe of the Islamic world.

But what if it is a natural outgrowth of shunning normal civilization brought by an adherence to a backward, Stone-Age view of life? That is, after all, an excellent way for a few elites to control a massive population, no?

The misogynistic treatment of women, the execution of gays, the enslavement of foreign workers, the imprisonment of ‘heretics,’ and of course, murder of infidels, is well known throughout the Islamist world.

But another simple sign of backwardness is, well, literally making a toilet of Europe.

It’s the 21st century, and while Germany is dealing with the importation of a rape culture, they’re also finding if you have disdain for basic norms in the civilized world, you apparently also don’t like using toilets.

One would think the habit of migrants relieving themselves in public, on the street, in subway cars, in showers, and on floors in buildings would demand an intervention of some sort. Oh, like realizing if there’s going to be any assimilation, then teaching these people that defecating in public isn’t acceptable in Western civilization might be a good idea.

Tammy also notes that Turkey had to issue a fatwah allowing Muslims to use toilet paper.

There is a wide array of parasites, viruses, and bacteria that can be transmitted via human feces. Many of these illnesses cause severe diarrhea, which is a leading cause of death among children around the world.

It appears that Europe may be headed Back to the Future!

After recreating public health conditions reminiscent of the “Dark Ages”, do not be surprised if Medieval diseases return.

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