USA, UK, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand Facing Many Potential Pestilences

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Jesus taught:

11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
(Matthew 24:7-8)

But does this also include the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK?  I think it does.

While I suspect that one of the biggest pestilences that will hit the USA and Canada will be when some pathogen(s) attacks one or more of their genetically-modified crops (also known as GMOs) and results in some type of famine within the North America (see also China Buying USA Food, In Depression Will Chinese Eat While Americans & Brits Starve?), there are several disease epidemics that may already be starting according to many recent news items:

Dengue Fever In Florida Portends A Growing Problem

NPR – May 20, 2010

You may not have heard much about a nasty tropical infection called dengue fever…
Federal health officials have identified the first sizable outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. in 55 years, in the Florida Keys. They say the southern U.S. is ripe for more…
Dengue fever is rarely fatal, though it can be. But it’s often very unpleasant, and dangerous in people with impaired immune systems and other disorders. It’s the most common mosquito-borne virus in the world, causing up to 100 million infections and 25,000 deaths each year…

Perhaps most ominous, cases of dengue fever elsewhere in this hemisphere – in the Caribbean, Central and South America – have jumped from around 1 million to 4.8 million since 2000. That’s why the U.S. made dengue a reportable disease last year.

WHO says measles making ‘rapid comeback’
Associated Press – May 21, 2010

GENEVA — Measles is making a rapid comeback in African, Asian and even some European countries despite being easily avoided through vaccination, the World Health Organizations said Friday as countries pledged to sharply cut infections and deaths worldwide by 2015…

Even Britain experienced a worsening measles outbreak…Britain has reported 1,000 cases in each of the last two years — more than 10 times the figure a decade ago.

Locusts Poised to Ravage Australian Crops

May 21, 2010

An Australian agricultural association warns that an emerging locust plague could ravage such large swathes of crops that food prices will be forced to rise.The New South Wales Farmers Association predicts that the growing swarms could wreak even more costly damage than the recent drought, known in Australia as “the big dry.”

Extensive rainfall over the Outback during the southern summer provided ideal conditions for locusts to lay billions of eggs, according to agricultural authorities.

They say the locusts are becoming so numerous that they have the potential to wipe out wheat, barley and vegetables, and also ravage pastures.

Beyond the economic impact on produce shoppers, such devastation could also leave sheep, cattle and lambs with nothing to eat.

Potato growers fear devastating disease may come from New Zealand

Wednesday, 19/05/2010

A disease of potatoes that has reached New Zealand is causing concern to Australian growers.

Zebra chip is a disease that alters the sugar levels in the potato. The sugar caramelises and turns the chip brown when it is fried, giving it an off taste and burnt appearance.

Outbreaks of zebra chip have caused millions of dollars in losses to the potato industries of the United States and Mexico, and Australian growers fear it could cross the Tasman.

Hospitals see dramatic rise of kids with MRSA
USA Today – May 19, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found.

Disease incidence increased from 2 cases to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital.

The study involved methicillin-resistant staph infections, called MRSA. These used to occur mostly in hospitals and nursing homes but they are increasingly showing up in other settings in children and adults. Recent evidence suggests hospital-acquired MRSA cases may be declining while community-acquired cases are becoming more common.

Lesser-known C-diff a bigger hospital threat than MRSA?
USA Today – March 20, 2010
…Known as Clostridium difficile, or “C. diff,” the bacterium resides in the gut, is spread by contact and can cause painful intestinal infections and in some cases death. It’s primarily seen in those over 65, and relapses occur in a fourth of patients, despite treatment.

More than 90% of cases happen after antibiotic use, when the healthy flora of the gut are destroyed and C. diff can take up residence.

C. difficile was 25% more common than MRSA in a study of 28 hospitals in the Southeast, says Becky Miller, an infectious-disease researcher at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. The proportions nationwide aren’t known.

MRSA “was the big bad pathogen in hospitals,” but C. diff has overtaken it, Miller says. She worked the study by looking at C. difficile rates at community hospitals in the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network. The data were presented over the weekend at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections conference in Atlanta.

What Is Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)? What Causes Valley Fever?

21 May 2010

Valley fever, also known as coccidioidomycosis, California disease, Desert rheumatism, and San Joaquin valley fever is a fungal disease that is endemic in certain parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Nevada and northwestern Mexico. It is caused by Coccidioides immitis or C. posadasii. Infected individuals experience fever, chest pain, coughing and some other symptoms.

Coccidioides immitis is a pathogenic fungus that resides in the soil. During long, dry spells the fungus remains dormant, and then develops as a mold with elongated filaments which break off and become airborne spores, known as arthroconidia, during the rainy season. The arthroconidia become airborne after disruption of the soil from farming, earthquakes, wind or construction activity.

Humans become infected by inhaling the fungus particles…

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USA, approximately 50,000 to 100,000 people are estimated to develop valley fever symptoms each year in the USA, with 35,000 new infections annually just in California. According to health authorities in Arizona, the incidence of reported cases was 15 per 100,000 in 1995.

Deadly strain of airborne fungus spreading among healthy people and animals in U.S., scientists warn

Daily Mail, UK – April 23, 2010

A deadly strain of fungus is quietly spreading among animals and people in the U.S. and Canada, scientists have warned.

The airborne Cryptococcus gattii usually only infects transplant and Aids patients and others with weak immune systems.

But researchers have raised concerns as the new strain is genetically different, meaning healthy people are at risk.

Over the past 11 years there have been about 220 cases reported in British Columbia while since 2004, doctors in Washington and Oregon have reported about 50.

Among the total 270 cases, 40 people have died from overwhelming infections of the lungs and brain.

Notice the following from the Bible:

21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.
22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number;
and your highways shall be desolate.

23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,
24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;
when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;
and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.   (Leviticus 26:21-25)

Notice that it is after various pestilences, that the some nation is delivered to its enemies.  This suggests that the USA, UK, and their Anglo-descended allies will face pestilences before they are taken over.  Thus, it may be that some that are now known will develop into more severe problems.

And for those who question that the prophecy in Leviticus could be directed towards the Anglo-descended nations, understand that in the Bible Israel specifically stated that his name would be on the descendants of Ephraim and Mannaseh (Genesis 48:14-20).  Hence if the Anglo-descended nations came from them (which they did), then some of the prophecies that apply to “Israel” are prophecies that should be applied to the primarily Anglo-descended nations.

The Anglo-descended nations, who should know better, are walking contrary to the word of God. Pestilences are coming to their lands.

Some articles of related interest may include:

Physical Preparation Scriptures for Christians. We all know the Bible prophecies famines and other problems. Should we do something?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Are there biblical and non-biblical prophecies about Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist?  Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as his timing and at least one Shiite prophecy suggests?  This is the longest and most detailed of the articles here at COGwriter related to prophecy and Barack Obama.
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied “son of Kenya”. Might Bible prophecy be fulfilled since he is to be the USA president?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2010, 2011, or 2012? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?

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