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Medic from Miami protests dies

scary stuff, but don't overreact - see note below from Black Cross Health Collective
Medic from Miami protests dies
by Mahtin Wednesday November 26, 2003 at 10:52 AM

Jordan, the medic who came down with meningitis on his way north after he left Miami, died last night in North Carolina at 2am.

People who were in Miami should check the meningitis websites such as musa.org so they can know what the symptoms are.

">All activists who were in Miami this weekend should be very careful with their
health. Since Jordan was a medic there is the possibility that the Meningitis could
have spread. If people develop flu-like symptoms and were at the convergence center
and/or were treated by medics, they should go to a doctor immediately. It is
important that you get treated as soon as possible. Folks who were in contact
should get Cipro or similar medication to be sure."

Also check in with ftaaimc.org for more info...

From elsewhere on portland imc -

TAKE A DEEP BREATH 26.Nov.2003 11:06

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Black Cross Health Collective and MASHH CLINIC Collective info@blackcross collective.org or  mashh@wildrockies.org


Please don't start urban myth-rumors like this and please y'all, don't overreact! The statement that bacterial meninigits is "very contagious" is FALSE. Transmission of the organism occurs by exchange of respiratory secretions; thus close contact is believed to be important in the spread of the disease. To infer that someone who was in Miami recently and has flu-like symptoms should immediately check into an ER is a dangerous overreaction. Most people exposed do not get bacterial meningitis. The last two people who acquired the disease in Oregon were teenagers in a mosh pit at a metal concert in Salem. Everyone who over indulges tomorrow is going to have "flu-like" symptoms. Panic not. The presenting symptoms are: 1. Distinctly the WORST HEADACHE you've EVER had in your life. 2. Stiff, and we mean STIFF (not sore!) NECK. 3. HIGH FEVER (above 102 in an adult) 4. Then the symptoms get worse and by then the patient has surely been ushered to an ER.
The conditions that cause one person to become clinically ill while another carrier remains well are not well understood. The organism, Neisseria meningitidis, remains sensitive to a large number of antibiotics. (If that notion placates you in any way.) Check your attitude, stay positive, drink plenty of pure water, eat well and sleep. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING OR PICKING YOUR NOSE!
from your friendly neighborhood medics
REF: "Wilderness Medicine" by Paul S. Auerbach ,Third Ed.


 http://www.blackcrosscollective.org

Meningitis in Eugene 26.Nov.2003 19:37

Mother of Sam

The last two cases mentioned above were from a concert at the WOW Hall in Eugene, not Salem. I panicked, since my kids were at that show too. Fortunately, there was a lot of good information out there. What I learned jives with what Black Cross has posted. I did opt to put my kids on a prophylactic dose of anti-bacterial medication. Incidentally, it is also the medication used to treat leprosy. Anyway, it was two pills a day for two days, and cost about ten bucks. I am not advocating this as a course of action, just adding information.

anthrax, not leprosy 26.Nov.2003 19:42

just cruising

quinilone antibiotics are used tot reat anthrax. Leprosy is a chronic disease treated with long courses of a drug called dapsone.

Rifampin 26.Nov.2003 21:42

Mother of Sam

This is a quote from an article about the Eugene cases. It is the fourtenneth paragraph of the article. The full article can be found at:

 http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/09/29/a1.meningitisfolo.0929.html

"Students who may have had prolonged contact with Norton will be given an antibiotic known as rifampin. The medicine is not recommended for pregnant women, and can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, Meredith said. It typically turns urine orange, she said. "

My children's physician prescribed rifampin for them. I looked it up on the National Insitute of Health Medline Plus site at:

 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a682403.html

Here is the discussion of rifampin and its categorization as an antimycobacterial and antileprosy agent.
Category
Antibacterial, antileprosy agent
Antibacterial, antimycobacterial


Description
Rifampin (rif-AM-pin) is used to treat certain bacterial infections.

Rifampin is used with other medicines to treat tuberculosis (TB). Rifampin is also taken by itself by patients who may carry meningitis bacteria in their nose and throat (without feeling sick) and may spread these bacteria to others. This medicine may also be used for other problems as determined by your doctor. However, rifampin will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

To help clear up your tuberculosis (TB) completely, you must keep taking this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better. This is very important. It is also important that you do not miss any doses.

Rifampin is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:


Oh - and have a nice day.

feature please 29.Nov.2003 00:11

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Once again, could somethign about this be featured? Maybe a nice box at the top of the apge like on the main indymedia site?