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Portland Facing Shigella Outbreak, Generally Found in Third-World Countries

Portland Facing Shigella Outbreak, Generally Found in Third-World Countries

“People transmit the infection after getting the microbes on their hands and then touching their mouths. People can also spread the intestinal infection through sexual intercourse.”

Oregon officials have embraced homelessness so much that last April, my colleague Mike LaChance reported that Democrats in the state proposed a law that would expand the rights of homeless people by decriminalizing encampments and allowing homeless people to sue if they feel harassed.

As a result of poor policy and a disregard for true public health and safety concerns, the most populous city in that state is now experiencing a bacterial outbreak found usually in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

A highly contagious infection that is spread through tiny particles of fecal matter has broken out in Portland – with officials warning that the homeless population are most at risk of catching the illness.

Shigella is a bacteria that spreads through human feces. People transmit the infection after getting the microbes on their hands and then touching their mouths.

People can also spread the intestinal infection through sexual intercourse.

Multnomah County in Oregon has warned that homeless people and same-sex male partners are most at risk because of their lack of access to hygienic facilities.

In the last month, 45 cases have been found in Portland, bringing the total from 2023 to 218. The influx of infections were reported among unhoused people in downtown Portland’s Old Town neighborhood.

Shigella infections lead to profuse diarrhea, fever, and stomach pains…and these symptoms can last for weeks. Sometimes, bowel habits (frequency and stool consistency) do not return to normal for several months. And, as an added bonus, in addition to being spread by fecal matter, Shigella can be transmitted via sexual contact.

The bacteria, which causes about 450,000 infections nationally leading to about $93 million in direct medical costs, is spread in a variety of ways—from transferring bacteria from hands to mouth after touching objects, to a transfer from fecal matter through male sexual intercourse.

Symptoms include bloody or prolonged diarrhea that can last more than three days, fevers, stomach pains and feeling an urge to pass a stool when the bowels are empty.

“While we are currently seeing an increase in Shigella cases in the Portland metro area, the risk to the broader public remains low at this time and there are no measures for most folks to take at this time,” Multnomah County Deputy Health Officer Teresa Everson said in a statement shared with Newsweek. “The best thing we can all do to prevent both respiratory viral illness and diarrheal illness is to keep practicing good hand hygiene.”

Even more disturbing is the news that a “cluster” of these infections was resistant to the antibiotic treatments used for Shigella.

In a Dec. 22 Instagram post spreading awareness of the illness, the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Bike Squad echoed calls for good hygiene and advised people who live and work in the area to not bring their shoes inside their homes or tents in order to prevent further spread of the bacteria.

In November, Multnomah County reported a “cluster” of drug-resistant shigella cases, with 16 cases reported in the Portland metro area since September.

Portland essentially has become a third-world country.

I will conclude this post by making another prediction for 2024: That the “Greater Idaho” movement gains even more Oregon counties. “Utopia” generally contains less fecal matter and infectious diseases.


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Third world crap hole invaders bring third world diseases. Our politicians don’t care.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to walls. | January 1, 2024 at 5:33 pm

    Don’t blame the politicians, blame the voters put them in office. It’s the voters that don’t care.

      The worse things get, the more the people who didn’t vote for it leave, causing the remaining electorate to become more and more leftist.

      Some of the Democrat voters leave too, and some see the damage and maybe stop voting AS left, but those are minor compared to the flow of conservatives out.

      There is no natural ending point to this vicious cycle. It will continue until Portland and Seattle and San Francisco and Oakland and Los Angeles are smoking holes in the ground.

      and our current “president” received how many votes?

    diver64 in reply to walls. | January 2, 2024 at 6:13 am

    Polio, leprosy, cholera, TB, Plague, all are showing up in the country. Wonder where they are coming from.

    So you don’t want to be “tossing salads” with the homeless of Portland? Good to know. 🥗💩😬🤮

It’s rewarding to see that Portland is enjoying the fruits of its wokeness.

“Portland Facing Shigella Outbreak, Generally Found in Third-World Countries”
But I’m repeating myself.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | January 1, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    This is much like what we experienced in the 60s, when riff raff swarmed through our cities, you couldn’t live with them and you couldn’t get rid of them, and that is how suburbs came to be.

      The suburbs were already there, but the new generation that had grown up there disdained them, along the lines of Pete Seeger’s “Little boxes”. So they swarmed out into the cities, starting this multi-generational cycle of drugs and filth and riots and H.A.D. (= Honor All Deviancies).

E Howard Hunt | January 1, 2024 at 5:54 pm

They need to mask up.

I am beginning to believe the d/prog skipped all science classes in HS and College. I don’t think they actually see the potential for public health issues. The d/prog are in many ways like children who have been sheltered from any consequence who are surprised when they burn their hand on the stove when no one prevents them from FAFO.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | January 1, 2024 at 6:26 pm

    “I don’t think they actually see the potential for public health issues.”
    On the contrary, as proven by Michelle Lujan Grisham. To Michelle, it’s a public health issue that you are allowed to carry guns in Albuquerque, and she wrote an executive order preventing it on that basis. As all savvy Democrats know, public health is the root password to the Constitution.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | January 2, 2024 at 10:19 am

      From the point of view of ‘never let a crisis go to waste’ your point is valid. However, that is largely the view of the power brokers in position to use the ‘crisis’ to advance their agenda. I am referring more to the average d/prog or even Indy voter. These folks allow their compassion and/or neo Marxist worldview to be exploited. They look at these homeless encampments as evidence of the failure of Western society/capitalism. In fact the people on the street are overwhelmingly addicted, mentally addled or both.

      They choose to live this way and the average d/prog and Indy voter seems to accept the ‘right’ of these folks to do so. This is despite the physical dangers within the group living like this and the dangers to the community. One under reported danger is spread of disease. When folks live in filth and their excrement, food waste used needles pile up unaddressed that’s a breeding ground for all sorts of public health issues.

      Instead of seeing the very high potential for bad outcomes the average d/prog or Indy sees the ‘hard luck’ BS they’ve been fed by their ideological allies. This myopic view allows them to continue to delude themselves that the individual choices that led to these folks arriving on the street isn’t their fault. It allows them to blame the ‘system’ and to apply the group ID of ‘oppressed’ onto them which absolves these folks of any culpability. So instead of viewing these encampments as a public health danger they view transform them into another class of victims.

    Further, they’re like a mentally slow kid who burns his hand and yet he keeps putting it on the stove over and over again.

    Because of “Progress!”
    Remember that Progressives believe in an “arc of history.” Once you’ve eradicated a disease, it won’t ever come back. Once you’ve advanced to wealth and prosperity, it can’t go away. (OK, except for those discriminatory power structures or something.) It’s why they’re willing to kick out all of the pillars of Western civilization – they think the structure above the foundation exists apart from the foundation.

    It’s their Marxism showing.

      CommoChief in reply to GWB. | January 2, 2024 at 10:28 am

      Agreed and if a previously eradicated disease does begin reoccurring it certainly can’t be because these encampments are incubators of those diseases. No, it is in their eyes another failure of Western society and/or capitalism. The true believers desperately want to avoid applying any logic or consequences b/c that would mean their own failings were the natural consequence of their failures and bad decisions as well. ‘Gee, this MA in 15th century lesbian Latina literature and the 60K of student debt didn’t get me a six figure job the day I graduated and my job at Starbucks doesn’t pay enough for the lifestyle I ‘deserve’; ergo must be the fault of capitalism/the West bc otherwise it would be MY fault’. Can’t have individual accountability and a belief in individual consequences for bad choices when your worldview consists of group ID in a framework of oppressor v oppressed.

      Virginia42 in reply to GWB. | January 2, 2024 at 10:30 am

      The Left also decided awhile ago that mental illness is a lifestyle choice. So that hasn’t helped.

    edbdiver in reply to CommoChief. | January 2, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    A good time to re-read Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook

    Rudyard Kipling, with his gift as a poet and prophet, has put this into focus in his poem, “The Gods of the Copybook Headings.” Although written in 1919, it is pertinent to the conditions that exist in the world today. His “Gods of the Copybook Headings” are, in effect, those rules of human conduct that are so well defined by centuries of experience that they have become immutable. To disregard them, says Kipling, will inevitably lead to failure and destruction.

    As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market-Place;
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its ice-field, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch.
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch.
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings.
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four—
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    . . . . . . .

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man—
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began:—
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

When can the greater Idaho movement go forward?

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | January 1, 2024 at 8:22 pm

    It can’t. Not unless it can come up with some way to persuade the Oregon legislature to agree to it. And why would it do that?

      Ironclaw in reply to Milhouse. | January 2, 2024 at 2:44 am

      The wouldn’t agree to that, if that happened they wouldn’t be able to steal from all of the productive parts of the State.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Milhouse. | January 3, 2024 at 9:33 am

      As always, Milhouse, you are the first to comment how people cannot be free, and that we are all bound by these rules that remove our freedom and make the masses serfs to their masters.

      But I say that at some point, the people of the Greater Idaho movement will simply say that they are no longer bound by Oregon’s dictatorial motives.

      They will refuse to send money to the Oregon coffers to feed their masters, and act according to their own intentions, not the intentions of legislators who seek to keep the citizens serfs.

      I say that any state or federal constitution is as good as the people are willing to live by it. And when the left refuses to live by their respective constitution, it’s up to the people who grant these powers to the state to say enough is enough.

      Then the state will need to decide whether they will take up arms against the population, or accept the fate that the red portions of Oregon have no desire to be under the soft chains of legislative tyranny.

      But please don’t try to reason with me how intelligent and right you are. You live and die by “rules” that allow you to demand that people follow those rules, and that we don’t have a say in our collective destiny. I refuse to believe that.

      And you are a fool if you believe that people won’t at some point throw off those chains of tyrants. My 30 years in the US Armed Forces have shown me that people will only be serfs until the usurpation is more painful than taking up arms. My experience tells me that we are very close to the powder keg exploding. It may not be a nationwide explosion, but certain parts of this nation will say enough is enough.

      You, and the left, continually tell us that we have to like what is being done. No we don’t. We only have to accept that we will live as others demand, or we will be a free people.

This means its probably up and down the I-5 corridor- Eugene, Salem, Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle too. Basic hygiene…not a thing. For the rest of the residents- wash your hands because the homeless who don’t steal and actually pay for stuff are touching small cash/coin currency which eventually passes through a cash register to you. Small risk since all they do is steal or get free handouts.

For a while there was a guy living out of a car on East Bay/Plum in Olympia who had some serious GI issues. For the better part of the summer his bare behind was shooting like a firehose right there 100 ft from the water. Funny because locals a lot of money for O&M permits and inspections on their perfectly functioning septic systems so that the county can keep a dozen more people employed doing next to nothing.

I guess Portland also needs a poop map app. Re the greater Idaho movement, I’m a Calif refugee now in Idaho for nearly three years. Not sure there’s much support for this on the east side of the state line. There are lots of good folks in eastern Oregon, but not sure it’s worth the risk. Idaho has enough political problems as it is, mostly due to RINOs.

Shigella is a leading cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide

Live like 3rd World expect to get 3rd World problems

I live in Keizer Oregon. Used to go to Portland for shows and sporting events. Felt reasonably safe parking my car outside the venue/ off-site parking. I no longer go to Portland except to take my father to the VA hospital for checkups. Just do not feel the risk is worth it anymore.

It’s fitting that a place run like a 3rd-world shithole should be plagued with 3rd-world shithole diseases.

    paracelsus in reply to Ironclaw. | January 2, 2024 at 1:44 pm

    Portland (the downtown area) twenty-five years ago was a safe, beautiful town where you could walk anywhere, anytime of day or night; then the Californians began to move in.

      I went to PSU in the mid 90s and lived in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.

      It was fantastic. Right after they gentrified 23rd- it was the BEST place to hang out/ get coffee and people watch. I watched Lisa Loeb give a small concert with nothing but an acoustic guitar to about 20 people in that record store that was there in 1996. After moving north to Olympia I went back with my wife for a day in early 2000s and couldn’t believe what a shit hole it had turned into over the following 5-8 years. Most only know this blight for the past 7-10 years- but it’s been stewing since early 2000.

      Tionico in reply to paracelsus. | January 3, 2024 at 4:16 am

      Twenty years ago I felt perfectly safe riding my bicycle anywhere in the greater Portland area any time of day or night, did not carry handgun back then, and felt perfectly safe everywhere all the time. The ONLY two situations where I really felt threatened over those years was the two times I was baselessly stopped and harassed by Portland Police Bureau mental case beat cops. They decided I was not fit to be out and about in public and both sets were deliberately baiting me to “go off” on them so they could slam me and do other violence against me. Twisted perverted piglets. I bowed and scraped and was able to placate them with no real cost other than the time they wasted and the abusive “put him in his place” schtick they worked. I was particularly cautious and bowing/scraping during the later confrontation because I was carrying my handgun on my person and felt it absolutely mandatory that I avoid their discovering that fact. I had valid Oregon Mother May I Card but was certain they’d explode that little factoid way out of all proportion. “Yes Sir No Sir May I Lick Thine Boots Sir?”
      i rarely ever go anywhere in downtown Portland any more. Today was a rare exception.

Too bad that Portland has third world problems. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    amwick in reply to Romey. | January 2, 2024 at 8:01 am

    I have a friend,,, a childhood friend, who lives there. In her Christmas card she just called Portand stupid.. Maybe it is time for her to get the hell out.

      Honestly, there is no way on this earth that I would live in a blue state. I don’t care what equity I have there, what ties, I would be gone, gone, gone. There is nothing for Americans in blue states but high taxes, high crime, and increasing tyranny. What price freedom? Move to America . . . while you still can.

        And leave your blue state attitudes and opinions behind when you leave.

        I paid and paid dearly. It was absolutely heartbreaking to spend our first Thanksgiving and Christmas isolated across the country from our family.

        We tried to fly my mom out between Christmas and New Years, but she sustained a fall on Christmas eve and spent the night in the hospital with orders to not fly due to head trauma. Not sure we get another holiday with her. BTW I’m now battling the airlines to get the refund on her ticket… yes the rules say they should refund it… but a week later, no response from American Airlines. Because of her age and cognitive state, I sprung for first class. (OUCH).

        Selling your house in these markets right now is not good. I hold the note at 5% on the house we sold (I know the family, so it’s good risk). The buyer is still trying to sell their house. They would probably like to move out of state, but they have two generations of family and careers.

        I’m relying on my w2 job to keep my position remote, but thats a rare thing and I took about 30-40k lower pay to get this position. That kind of economic opportunity is not in very many rural red states. I would be taking a HUGE pay cut to find work at a desk where I moved to. I spent 20 years being a “saver” so I can muster this, but honestly all added up this has run our nest egg down 300k to get out.

        Housing in Red states… well lets just say inventory is NOT great (worse than in Blue states).

        We left our entire network of friends, family, our kid’s school friends. We only knew 1 family where we moved to- and they are 30 minutes away (departed Olympia 18 months before we did).

        It’s been freaking HARD!!!

        Another friend that moved to Florida- well lets just say Florida might be getting the Californians and New Yorkers, but Tennessee gets the refugees from Florida. We all love Desantis on the news, but there’s a lot of crime, crazy, and mean spirited people in Florida (takes human form as “Florida Man”). He’s not living it… and he’s having soooo much fun the HOA where he bought.

        I’m not saying you are not right, I am saying it is hard. Anyone with any roots and not a ton of cash or mobile skill set is stuck. Toss family into the mix and it’s easier for most to endure the tyranny.

        Oh and those of us with WFH roles- well it’s pretty common to just be a shut in at your new address and never really get connected with your new home town.

        We know a lot of who bailed, we know many who would like to. All I can say is I’m not regretting it, but it has been every bit as traumatic as a divorce. Internally I seethe with a good amount of well earned rage for what they have done to a state where I have about a hundred living extended family members and roots going back to before the 1920s.

        Still we can go hiking, shopping, out to dinner and not worry about the 90% chance our car will be burgled or gone while it’s parked. The cardboard zombie count is 95% lower. The schools are sane. I don’t have to sweat what the governor and legislature are doing to my rights (esp my 2A rights). Yes- there is a huge piece of mind about our future here. But the cost was high. Really high.

Third world diseases are showing up all over the country. Plague in Texas, TB in NC…I wonder where it’s coming from.

    Milhouse in reply to diver64. | January 2, 2024 at 7:47 am

    Plague has always been in New Mexico and neighboring areas, including West Texas; it never left. They always have several cases a year. So Texas probably didn’t get it from foreigners.

      Yeah, Milhouse, they probably did.
      If it hadn’t shown up in Texas before, despite it being present in New Mexico, and it’s suddenly showing up now. And the difference now is the vast number of illegal invaders from all over the world – places where plague is even more prevalent.. That’s not really difficult logic.

      diver64 in reply to Milhouse. | January 2, 2024 at 6:38 pm

      No it hasn’t. What is it with you

        Milhouse in reply to diver64. | January 3, 2024 at 1:13 am

        Yes, it has. Why are you making things up? New Mexico and the surrounding areas, including West Texas, have always had plague. That is an easily discoverable fact, even if your memory isn’t enough to verify it.

I never heard of Shigella. TBH I thought it might be a more technical term for Pink eye… Now I know.. thanks Leslie. Live and learn, sometimes that is not pleasant.

    Neo in reply to amwick. | January 2, 2024 at 1:51 pm

    Symptoms of shigellosis include abdominal pain, tenesmus, watery diarrhea, and/or dysentery (multiple scanty, bloody, mucoid stools). Other signs may include abdominal tenderness, fever, vomiting, dehydration, and convulsions.

So, how is shigella different from dysentery?
Dysentery is the “third world disease” that we heard about growing up. This sounds very similar.

    edbdiver in reply to GWB. | January 2, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    “Dysentery” is sort of a catch-all term for several intestinal diseases, that have similar symptoms, but different causes. The cause of dysentery is usually the bacteria from genus Shigella, in which case it is known as shigellosis, or the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica; then it is called amoebiasis(Amoebic dysentery). Other causes may include certain chemicals, other bacteria, other protozoa, or parasitic worms.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | January 2, 2024 at 10:51 am

I had never heard of this particular malady. When I saw the headline my brain initially translated it as “shillelagh”. I thought, are Irish guys going in there and whacking people?

    A whack or two of the old blackthorn would help most of these situations. I’m not gonna say who you ought take it to, but it would certainly help.

I got outta there in ’85
Never looked back.

Congratulations! and Enjoy!

Homeless sexuals have turned portland streets into an open sewer. Degenerate filth.