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(Boing Boing)   Mosquito borne viral disease that leaves its victims wracked with crippling joint pain for weeks is heading to the US. So yeah, we are pretty much boned   (boingboing.net) divider line 44
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2014-07-17 01:37:56 PM
OMG! It's worse than Mad Flu Bird Cow Hiney Disease!

Also, I saw a wolf! He looked sick as hell!
 
2014-07-17 02:10:33 PM
Great, and I thought the West Nile Virus was something to be somewhat concerned about.
 
2014-07-17 02:11:58 PM
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2014-07-17 02:12:50 PM
that'll happen.  we should use more ddt to kill those farkers...
 
2014-07-17 02:13:06 PM
Oh, it's this story again. About greenlight #3 for this one.
 
2014-07-17 02:13:14 PM
So are we gonna have this story every week now?  Fact is, it's already here in the U.S., subtard.
 
2014-07-17 02:13:15 PM
neetcurioso.com
 
2014-07-17 02:13:35 PM
I guess we shouldn't allow people from the Caribbean to travel.
 
2014-07-17 02:13:43 PM
It is only a matter of time until these bugs kill us all.
 
2014-07-17 02:13:49 PM
On the up side we'll be Protected from alien invasions like never before.
 
2014-07-17 02:15:18 PM
My only regret is that I have bonitis!
 
2014-07-17 02:16:37 PM
"(only a handful verified in a lab, so they could have been dengue, but there's reason to think not)"

Dengue is worse.
 
2014-07-17 02:24:15 PM
(Now that I've read the article.)

This is another of those panic stories. Notice how West Nile is a problem but it's not killing us all and turning us into Walking Dead with hordes shuffling through the streets eating the living until there's nothing left? This will be like that. It'll never go away but it will never be that bad either.

And just like (pretty much) every other disease your chances get better if you take care of your health in every other way you can. That's the thing to focus on. Not some disease you can't do anything about.
 
2014-07-17 02:25:49 PM
As somebody who just recently died as a result of a bite from one of these mosquitos, I'm getting a big kick out of this thread.
 
2014-07-17 02:26:24 PM

A Fark Handle: that'll happen.  we should use more ddt to kill those farkers...


under a mountain: [neetcurioso.com image 325x244]


Probably wouldn't work.

Resistance has greatly reduced DDT's effectiveness. WHO guidelines require that absence of resistance must be confirmed before using the chemical.[102] Resistance is largely due to agricultural use, in much greater quantities than required for disease prevention. According to one study that attempted to quantify the lives saved by banning agricultural use and thereby slowing the spread of resistance, "it can be estimated that at current rates each kilo of insecticide added to the environment will generate 105 new cases of malaria."[28]

Resistance was noted early in spray campaigns. Paul Russell, a former head of the Allied Anti-Malaria campaign, observed in 1956 that "resistance has appeared after six or seven years."[26] DDT has lost much of its effectiveness in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey and Central America, and it has largely been replaced by organophosphate or carbamate insecticides, e.g. malathion or bendiocarb.[103]
 
2014-07-17 02:28:42 PM

JackieRabbit: I guess we shouldn't allow people from the Caribbean to travel.


The article's logic suggests that we shouldn't allow anyone who went to the Caribbean to return home.
 
2014-07-17 02:35:46 PM
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You all know me....
You all know what I think we should do with these things...
 
2014-07-17 02:37:19 PM

A Fark Handle: that'll happen.  we should use more ddt to kill those farkers...


Because mosquitoes never develop resistance to DDT.

/Tell me, farker, has DDT ever been banned for malaria control?
 
2014-07-17 02:37:20 PM
<strong><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/8340277/91968543#c91968543" target="_blank">walkerhound</a>:</strong> <em>So are we gonna have this story every week now?  <strong>Fact is, it's already here in the U.S.</strong>, subtard.</em>

Not according to the CDC's last update on the disease dated May 7, 2014:

"<em>Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye click to hear pronunciationExternal Web Site Icon) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. Chikungunya virus is not currently found in the continental United States.</em>"

<strong><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/8340277/91968935#c91968935" target="_blank">Bennie Crabtree</a>:</strong> <em>JackieRabbit: I guess we shouldn't allow people from the Caribbean to travel.

The article's logic suggests that we shouldn't allow anyone who went to the Caribbean to return home.</em>

The FA is from Boing Boing, so we can't expect logic.
 
2014-07-17 02:38:25 PM
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2014-07-17 02:38:47 PM
Fark like a Barsoomian: Notice how West Nile is a problem but it's not killing us all and turning us into Walking Dead with hordes shuffling through the streets eating the living until there's nothing left?

That's what they want you to believe.

/The Walking Dead is a documentary.
 
2014-07-17 02:54:00 PM
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No, seriously.

Also, the devastation of the bat population in the United States isn't helping.
 
2014-07-17 02:54:06 PM

yakmans_dad: A Fark Handle: that'll happen.  we should use more ddt to kill those farkers...

Because mosquitoes never develop resistance to DDT.


and yet farking pansy ass bald eagles can't develop resistance...
 
2014-07-17 03:06:23 PM
My only regret is that I didn't get to this thread before zulius and  Colour_out_of_Space
 
2014-07-17 03:14:37 PM
Yea living in a desert, I suppose...
 
2014-07-17 03:18:42 PM

JackieRabbit: Not according to the CDC's last update on the disease dated May 7, 2014


Perhaps you should trust someone who deals with this stuff on a daily basis instead of the CDC website?

Kansas

Florida

Texas

And before you say "b-b-but those were imported by Caribbean travelers!!" Tell me what time of year it is and how commonly you find mosquitoes out this time of year in those states.  Specifically Aedes species.

/all it takes is one bite
 
2014-07-17 03:24:53 PM
Mosquitos are nuts in Austin right now. My boy is covered in bites and I spray him down with deet twice a day. Used to be or bat population kept the skeeter population in check, but i'm wondering if all the construction downtown and the condo's going up everywhere has farked up the bat population.

New plague comming soon brought to you by the fine rich hipsters in Austin?
 
2014-07-17 03:27:25 PM

walkerhound: JackieRabbit: Not according to the CDC's last update on the disease dated May 7, 2014

Perhaps you should trust someone who deals with this stuff on a daily basis instead of the CDC website?

Kansas

Florida

Texas

And before you say "b-b-but those were imported by Caribbean travelers!!" Tell me what time of year it is and how commonly you find mosquitoes out this time of year in those states.  Specifically Aedes species.

/all it takes is one bite


You're kidding, right? Because If you take the word of news reporters over the public health agency whose job it is to track and control infectious diseases, there is no hope for you. What sounds even less hopeful is that you didn't understand that the people infected with this disease contracted it while traveling in indigenous countries. No case of it has been reported for anyone who has not traveled to such places.
 
2014-07-17 03:30:50 PM

JackieRabbit: You're kidding, right? Because If you take the word of news reporters over the public health agency whose job it is to track and control infectious diseases, there is no hope for you. What sounds even less hopeful is that you didn't understand that the people infected with this disease contracted it while traveling in indigenous countries. No case of it has been reported for anyone who has not traveled to such places.


You seem to be a farking moron.  I. Do. This. For. A. Living.  Do you remember how quickly West Nile spread across the United States?
 
2014-07-17 03:40:55 PM
And to be clear - what I'm saying is that I know those travelers got it in the Caribbean, but think about how much time they spent outside when they got home - to Kansas, to Texas, or to Florida.  Then look up how long the virus persists in the human host, the size of a bloodmeal the mosquito has to take to get infected, and how long it persists in the mosquito host and whether it can be transmitted transovarially.  First look up what transovarial means.  Then tell me whether you still think it's not present in the mosquito population in the U.S.
 
2014-07-17 03:42:55 PM
A panic story? On BOING BOING? No way.
 
2014-07-17 03:45:36 PM
Next week on the SyFy Channel, Mosquinado vs. Megaoctoshark!
 
2014-07-17 03:54:56 PM
Many people will get knocked. But they will get up again.
 
2014-07-17 03:55:31 PM
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2014-07-17 04:07:52 PM
In before boneitis... aw, damn it!
 
2014-07-17 05:09:46 PM

walkerhound: Do you remember how quickly West Nile spread across the United States?


I hadn't remembered. Thanks for prompting an interesting search of the CDC data. It is pretty startling how quickly it exploded across the country in 2002.
 
2014-07-17 05:15:48 PM
JackieRabbit:You're kidding, right? Because If you take the word of news reporters over the public health agency whose job it is to track and control infectious diseases, there is no hope for you. What sounds even less hopeful is that you didn't understand that the people infected with this disease contracted it while traveling in indigenous countries. No case of it has been reported for anyone who has not traveled to such places.

It seems I could barely get it off the tip of my tongue before this:  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/its-here-first-local-chikun g unya-case-florida-n158746

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2014-07-17 05:22:00 PM
I had Lyme, dammit. Stop already ..
 
2014-07-17 06:06:03 PM

orclover: Mosquitos are nuts in Austin right now. My boy is covered in bites and I spray him down with deet twice a day. Used to be or bat population kept the skeeter population in check, but i'm wondering if all the construction downtown and the condo's going up everywhere has farked up the bat population.

New plague comming soon brought to you by the fine rich hipsters in Austin?


Here...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
 
2014-07-17 08:46:16 PM

orclover: Mosquitos are nuts in Austin right now. My boy is covered in bites and I spray him down with deet twice a day. Used to be or bat population kept the skeeter population in check, but i'm wondering if all the construction downtown and the condo's going up everywhere has farked up the bat population.

New plague comming soon brought to you by the fine rich hipsters in Austin?



Naw, it's the rain.  Contrary to popular belief, bats don't eat enough mosquitos to make a large impact.  Also, mosquitos live their whole lives very near where they were born whereas the bats are concentrated in areas downtown.

The past few years have been mild because the drought dried up the breeding grounds.  Look around your yard and your neighbors yard for any standing water - buckets, pots, the A/C drip tube area is a prime spot too.  Even then though, they'll gladly breed in clogged rain gutters and soggy mulch.
 
2014-07-17 10:05:01 PM
So I'll feel like shiat for a few weeks, but I'll get over it?

Yeah, this one is pretty far down towards the bottom of my list of terrifying plagues that could wipe out a good chunk of the human race.
 
2014-07-17 10:27:42 PM



HOW TO MAKE DDT



The name D.D.T. is derived from dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane: this is a misnomer since the name represents 27 different compounds. As commonly employed it refers to 2 : 2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-l : 1 : 1-trichloroethane. It is conveniently prepared by the condensation of chlorobenzene and chloral hydrate in the presence of concentrated sulphuric acid:



Method 1



In a 1 litre three-necked flask, equipped with a thermometer, glycerine-sealed mechanical stirrer (compare Fig. II, 7, 10) and calcium chloride (or cotton wool) guard tube, introduce successively 700 g. (380 ml.) of concentrated sulphuric acid, 100 g. (53 ml.) of oleum (20 per cent. S03), 90 g. (81-5 ml.) of chlorobenzene and 68 g. of chloral hydrate. Stir the mixture rapidly enough to keep the materials well mixed for 1 hour: during this period the temperature rises to about 50° and some granular D.D.T. separates. Stir the mixture for a further 1 hour in order to complete the reaction. Pour the reaction mixture with stirring into 3 litres of a 2 : 1 mixture of ice and water. Filter the precipitated somewhat sticky solid at the pump and wash it well with cold water. Remove the occluded acid by transferring the crude product to a beaker containing 1 litre of boiling water and stirring well: this causes the D.D.T. to melt. Decant the aqueous layer, and repeat the washing with two further 1-litre portions of water. To the third washing add a little sodium bicarbonate and stir until the mixture is neutral to litmus. Filter at the pump, and dry upon filter paper in the air or in an air oven at 50-60°. The yield of crude product, m.p. ca. 90°, is 90 g.; the low m.p. is due to the presence of isomers of the para compound. The pure substance, m.p. 108°, may be obtained with 50-60 per cent, recovery by recrystallization from n-propyl alcohol (5 ml. per gram).



Method 2



Place 17 g. of chloral hydrate crystals and 25.5 g. (23 ml.) of chlorobenzene in a 500 ml. Pyrex glass-stoppered reagent bottle and warm on a water bath, with occasional shaking, until all the crystals have dissolved. Cool to room temperature and slowly add 180 ml. of concentrated sulphuric acid. Secure the glass stopper (rubber tubing over stopper held tightly by copper wire round neck of bottle) and shake mechanically for 1 to 1 -5 hours, and then allow to stand for 15 minutes. Pour the contents of the reagent bottle slowly and with constant stirring into 700 ml. of water contained in a litre beaker. When cold, filter the crude D.D.T. through a sintered glass funnel and wash several times with water. (A further 1 -5 g. of impure D.D.T. may be obtained by diluting the filtrate considerably.) Transfer the solid to a beaker and stir it for 5-10 minutes with 50 ml. of 2 per cent, sodium carbonate solution or 4 per cent, sodium bicarbonate solution. Filter and wash with distilled water until the filtrate is neutral to litmus; suck the solid as dry as possible. Transfer the residue to a small mortar, add 100 ml. of ethyl alcohol and triturate with a pestle for 5-10 minutes. Filter through a dry Buchner funnel, wash twice with 25 ml. portions of ethanol, and continue the suction until most of the solvent has been removed. Dry the residue at 70° in a steam oven (or on a water bath). The yield of D.D.T., m.p. 107°, is 15 g. The perfectly pure compound, m.p. 108°, may be obtained by recrystallization from n-propyl alcohol (5 ml. per gram).
 
2014-07-17 11:45:06 PM

Lehk: HOW TO MAKE DDT


Remember, DDT should be applied on walls near areas where people congregate and particularly sleep. After biting, mosquitoes land on walls to digest the blood proteins and excrete the plasma. During this time, they will be killed by the DDT on the surfaces.
 
2014-07-18 05:25:22 AM

Alx_xlA: Lehk: HOW TO MAKE DDT

Remember, DDT should be applied on walls near areas where people congregate and particularly sleep. After biting, mosquitoes land on walls to digest the blood proteins and excrete the plasma. During this time, they will be killed by the DDT on the surfaces.


For maximum effectiveness, just apply DDT directly to any spare children you have lying about the house.
 
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