New disease, Canadian Death Fungus spreading to the US. Potential Zombies?

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by KINGOFSHORTS, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Wow this stuff sounds serious, Apparently you get this disease, it gets in your lungs then you end up coughing up spores and infecting others. 25% death rate. Some new disease that is coming from Vancouver.

    I wonder how the markets will prices in this new epidemic when it spreads all over the World.

    Here is the map of the early spread.

    Several people in Oregon have died after being infected with the new VGIIc genotype of Cryptococcus gattii. In the 21 Pacific Northwest cases analyzed by researchers, the strain has a death rate of about 25 percent.

    Prolonged cough (lasting weeks or months)
    Sputum production
    Sharp chest pain
    Unexplained shortness of breath
    Sinusitis (infection, cottony drainage, soreness, pressure)
    Severe headache (meningitis, encephalitis, meningoencephalitis)
    Stiff neck (prolonged and severe nuchal rigidity)
    Muscle soreness (mild to severe, local or diffuse)
    Photophobia (excessive sensitivity to light)
    Blurred or double vision
    Eye irritation (infection, soreness, redness)
    Focal neurological deficits
    Fever (delirium, hallucinations)
    Confusion (abnormal behavior changes, inappropriate mood swings)
    Night sweats
    Unintended weight loss
    Nausea (with or without vomiting)
    Skin lesions (rashes, scaling, plaques, papules, nodules, blisters, subcutaneous tumors or ulcers)
  2. 377OHMS


    So, they turn into traders? Damn.
  3. jprad


    Sounds scary but a 25% death rate means that it's quite treatable. I'd bet a large number of those that died probably waited too long after initial onset of symptoms.

    Something that's really scary are the drug-resistant strains of gram-negative bacteria. The one drug that "occasionally" works against them, Colistin, will most likely destroy your kidneys in the process.
  4. Go long volatility then?
  5. "More than a million people are exposed to the spore annually in B.C., and there have been only 120 reported case of serious illness in the past nine years.

    "There is relatively widespread [human] exposure," Raverty said, "but relatively few come down with the clinical disease and ultimately die.""

    (100 mg orally once daily; Sporanox, Janssen)
  6. Dataa


    rumor has it Monsanto GMO corn has something to do with this
  7. 'cough, cough, cough, cough, cough' greetings from Vancouver