Pestilence Update

Outbreak of deadly myonecrosis linked to black-stone heroin use: Flesh-eating bacteria kills over six (6) heroin users in two months. Another ‘black stone’ with an ‘evil affect.’ Where have we seen this before? The dead ranged in age from over 18 (6+6+6) to 60 (6); five (5) were male.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

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

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Outbreak of deadly myonecrosis linked to black-stone heroin use: Flesh-eating bacteria kills over six (6) heroin users in two months. Another ‘black stone’ with an ‘evil affect.’ Where have we seen this before? The dead ranged in age from over 18 (6+6+6) to 60 (6); five (5) were male.

The Guardian. December 6, 2019

Over six (6) people in San Diego have died in the last two months from a flesh-eating bacteria associated with black heroin use, prompting public health officials to warn the medical community to be on the lookout for additional cases.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday that the seven people died from myonecrosis, a severe infection that destroys muscle tissue. The dead ranged in age from over 18 (6+6+6) to 60 (6) ; five (5) were male.

They were among nine people admitted between 2 October and 24 November to county hospitals with the condition after injecting black heroin, a dark, sticky drug that often contains impurities resulting from crude processing methods.

Two remain hospitalised. One is expected to survive; the other is “quite ill,” said Dr Eric McDonald, medical director for the epidemiology program at the county health agency.

Dr McDonald said the outbreak of myonecrosis was the most serious the county has seen in 10 (5+5) years, although there have been similar outbreaks in California in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“You just have to recognise it really early, and have early surgery, and give antibiotics really quickly, and hope that not enough toxin has been produced to cause death,” Dr McDonald said in an interview.

The source of the heroin is unknown, and an investigation is continuing, the county said. Most black-tar heroin is produced in Mexico and sold in the United States west of the Mississippi River, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr Wilma Wooten, a county public health official, said people who use black-tar heroin are not only at higher risk of dying from an overdose but also more prone to developing myonecrosis and wound botulism, a rare but serious illness that attacks the body’s nerves.

The county asked the medical community to be on alert for additional cases of both conditions.

Symptoms of myonecrosis include severe pain and swelling around a wound or injection site; pale skin that quickly turns grey, dark red, purple or black; blisters with a foul-smelling discharge; air under the skin; and fever.

Signs of wound botulism include 1. drooping eyelids, 2. blurred vision, 3. slurred speech, 4. trouble swallowing and 5. difficulty breathing. The condition can cause paralysis that begins at the face and head and travels down the body.

The county warned that “cooking” black heroin does not kill the bacteria that causes wound botulism.

In October, the county confirmed its first case of wound botulism from black heroin use this year. Seven cases were reported last year and three in 2017.

Across Southern California, 13 probable and confirmed wound botulism cases, mostly among black-tar heroin users, have been reported since 1 September, the county said.

Dr Paul Little, medical director at the Laguna Treatment Hospital, an addiction treatment centre in Aliso Viejo, California, said he hoped the seven deaths would prompt black-tar heroin users to seek treatment.

“If you ever see a wound like this, it’s pretty devastating,” he said. “It’s just another situation where it shows the dangerous epidemic of the opioids we’re facing now.”

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