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(Ars Technica)   Supercalifragilistic melioidosis   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Sick, Bacteria, Infectious disease, healthy 5-year-old boy, Melioidosis, B. pseudomallei, CDC researchers, Burkholderia pseudomallei, cases ofB. pseudomallei infection  
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2022-08-11 9:15:54 AM  
The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.
 
2022-08-11 9:53:46 AM  
tl;dr: Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, which was made in India and tested positive for B. pseudomallei. On October 26, the CDC confirmed the finding and announced that the spray was the source of the bacterial strain in all four melioidosis cases.

The rest of the article is dross. That's the bit, right at the end, which solves the mystery.
 
2022-08-11 9:53:47 AM  

kdawg7736: The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.


It developed pretty fast so it's a bit precocious
Supercalifragilistic melioidosis

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2022-08-11 9:56:06 AM  

FormlessOne: tl;dr: Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, which was made in India and tested positive for B. pseudomallei. On October 26, the CDC confirmed the finding and announced that the spray was the source of the bacterial strain in all four melioidosis cases.

The rest of the article is dross. That's the bit, right at the end, which solves the mystery.


The fun part? If you have any of these products, you have to treat it and you like it's a goddamned biological weapon and you've been exposed to it.

The following scents and product numbers have been recalled:
- 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
- 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
- 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
- 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
- 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
- 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

If you have one of the recalled sprays, here's what the CDC recommends doing:
- Stop using the product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not throw away or dispose of the bottle in the regular trash.
- Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
- Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on. Use normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer; bleach can be used if desired.
- Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have the spray on them with undiluted Pine-Sol or a similar disinfectant.
- Limit how much you handle the spray bottle and wash hands thoroughly after touching the bottle or linens. If you used gloves, wash your hands afterward.
- If you have used the product within the past 21 days and have fever or other melioidosis symptoms, seek medical care and tell your doctor you were exposed to the spray. If you do not have symptoms but were exposed to the product in the last 7 days, your doctor may recommend that you get antibiotics (post-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent infection.
 
2022-08-11 9:59:33 AM  
Imagine being the Walmart employee that has to look at a customer as they say, "here's a box of infectious materials - the CDC told me to give it back to you" as you get handed a box of room freshener. They're gonna smile, nod, and take that box like it's a full, still-warm diaper.

And then, you know full well, those Walmart employees are just going to toss it in the trash & get on with their day.
 
2022-08-11 10:01:21 AM  
This is why my place smells like farts and last nights garlic fest.
 
2022-08-11 10:01:39 AM  
- Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.

A Walmart employee will then proceed to throw it into their dumpster where it's destined for regular trash disposal anyhow.
 
2022-08-11 10:07:42 AM  

farkitallletitend: This is why my place smells like farts and last nights garlic fest.


Close your windows.. and curtains, thanks
 
2022-08-11 10:08:55 AM  
the tropical soil bacterium behind his deadly infection has been found in environmental samples in southern Mississippi.

Oh shiat.

/and i've been to sri lanka
 
2022-08-11 10:10:47 AM  

kdawg7736: The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.


Subby here, and I agree. It's a terrible thing to have to deal with, as FormlessOne stated in his post it's essentially a bio weapon. Especially over something innocuous like air freshener spray

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2022-08-11 10:13:45 AM  
Walmarts have pharmacies and they dispose of biohazardous waste. Just like the oil change guys don't dump oil and car batteries in the regular dumpsters. We'd know if they did, they would resemble Russian ammo dumps in the Donbas.
 
2022-08-11 10:18:20 AM  

BolloxReader: Walmarts have pharmacies and they dispose of biohazardous waste. Just like the oil change guys don't dump oil and car batteries in the regular dumpsters. We'd know if they did, they would resemble Russian ammo dumps in the Donbas.


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2022-08-11 10:34:29 AM  

Zik-Zak: kdawg7736: The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.


It developed pretty fast so it's a bit precocious


If you get a bad case it hurts like trichinosis
 
2022-08-11 10:40:48 AM  
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2022-08-11 10:50:09 AM  
All I smell is a lawsuit
 
2022-08-11 10:52:19 AM  

hobnail: BolloxReader: Walmarts have pharmacies and they dispose of biohazardous waste. Just like the oil change guys don't dump oil and car batteries in the regular dumpsters. We'd know if they did, they would resemble Russian ammo dumps in the Donbas.

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Yes they do. In civilized Blue states.
 
2022-08-11 10:53:05 AM  
Melioidosisis a non-contagious infectious disease that is endemic to most of the world's tropical areas, although it is most common in south-east Asia. Because the bacteria that causes the disease thrives in warm, wet environments, it is often referred to as Paddy-field disease as rice paddy workers are one of the highest risk occupational groups. Like some other bacterial diseases, not all persons exposed to the bacteria will develop symptoms of the disease. Persons with diabetes mellitus seem to be at the highest risk. In addition, there can be a long period between exposure and development of symptoms (latency). The record latency period for the disease is 62 years.
Although the bacteria can thrive in wet soil, it is destroyed in dry or cold environments, naturally limiting its spread in dry or cold environments.
The disease can be accurately diagnosed by the use of blood cultures as it will never be part of the normal range of bacteria found in humans. However, it is difficult to diagnose as the symptoms mimic many other diseases, including tuberculosis.

Melioidosis is endemic to the tropics and is a very common infection. It shows symptoms in about 1 out of every 10,000 people in tropical areas. However, about 80% of people who live in areas where it is endemic have been exposed to it.
 
2022-08-11 10:53:11 AM  
Seems worthy of finding some dedicated phages for this.
 
2022-08-11 11:03:39 AM  
"...bacterial outbreak linked to imported aromatherapy room sprays sold at Walmart..."

Stopped reading right there.
 
2022-08-11 12:19:49 PM  
Only 4? Out of how many sold? Well, that's no reason to do anything different, people gotta keep on live their lives!
 
2022-08-11 12:27:54 PM  
Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones

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Shana, they bought their woo.  They knew what they were getting into...
 
2022-08-11 12:29:36 PM  

Sporkabob: Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones

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Shana, they bought their woo.  They knew what they were getting into...


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2022-08-11 12:30:38 PM  

TheGreenMonkey: kdawg7736: The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.

Subby here, and I agree. It's a terrible thing to have to deal with, as FormlessOne stated in his post it's essentially a bio weapon. Especially over something innocuous like air freshener spray

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They accidentally got the Earth freshener, designed to free the planet of humans and other vermin.
 
2022-08-11 12:58:34 PM  
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2022-08-11 12:59:27 PM  

GalFisk: TheGreenMonkey: kdawg7736: The whole story behind this death is actually quite atrocious.

Subby here, and I agree. It's a terrible thing to have to deal with, as FormlessOne stated in his post it's essentially a bio weapon. Especially over something innocuous like air freshener spray

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They accidentally got the Earth freshener, designed to free the planet of humans and other vermin.


There's other vermin?
 
2022-08-11 2:51:09 PM  
How about next time your house smells funky, try cleaning it.  And use a spray disinfectant.  Quit perfuming the area.  Do a decent cleaning and take some pride in your work.
 
2022-08-11 3:28:28 PM  
I can't find that Better Homes and Gardens products have anything to do with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine other than WalMart has licensed the name to be used as a brand name for all sorts of things sold exclusive by Walmart.

https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2007/10/22/wal-mart-announces-two-new-brands-to-home-portfolio
Wal-Mart Announces Two New Brands to Home Portfolio
Oct. 22, 2007

In fall 2008, Wal-Mart and Meredith Corporation will launch a new line of Better Homes and Gardens® products focused on traditional and timeless style available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.

The Better Homes and Gardens line will be introduced by fall of 2008 and will feature colors, patterns and designs focused on traditional style.  Merchandise that will be developed includes items in popular home categories such as bedding and throws; bath accessories; dinnerware and kitchen textiles; and decorative pillows. Better Homes and Gardens' creative staff will take an active role in product design, and all items will reflect the brand's high standards.
"This represents the largest extension of products bearing the Better Homes and Gardens brand in its 85-year history," said Meredith President and CEO Stephen M. Lacy.  "We're excited to be partnering with Wal-Mart in bringing the Better Homes and Gardens style into the homes of millions of American shoppers."



Meredith is part of a giant media conglomerate that doesn't seem to have any divisions involved in producing or marketing physical things.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Corporation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dotdash_Meredith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAC_(company)
 
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