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Iori E
08-29-2003, 05:59 PM
Now I know I've been on Google too long...

http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cnty/accomplishments/plague.html
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20030821-9999_1mi21plague.html

Now all of a sudden, I'm reconsidering those insect repellents containing DEET. It may poison me, but it looks like a better alternative than being infected with the Black Death. >_<

Is this something I should worry about? Or am I worrying too much?

Dark Vision
08-29-2003, 06:18 PM
Probably worrying a bit, but hey it your choice to be safe in any way.

Admin
08-29-2003, 06:26 PM
They find that every year there, it's supposedly a regular occurrence. Put it this way, nobody has been infected yet, however this year hundreds of people across the country have been infected with West Nile Virus. That's pretty good odds against the plague. I think as long as everyone stays away from the squirrels they should be fine.

Should you be worried? I'd say as long as a person uses common sense when outdoors then they should be just fine.

We'll be sticking close to camp anyway for the photos we do, and once it's dark you should always be at camp because dark out in the wilderness is DARK. The campsite is in a well-traveled area, it's not as if we'll be 1/2 mile from civilization. When you have campfires going the smoke tends to ward off a lot of insects. Also, even when you're not in your tent keep it zipped shut at all times to keep bugs out.

I know there are at least a few very well-seasoned campers going (I used to go twice a month but that was 10 years ago so I'll pop myself back into the "novice" category) so they'll probably have much more advice before and during the campout.

Iori E
08-29-2003, 06:37 PM
That's cool. I'll just worry about the West Nile Virus, then. XD

I'm probably making too big a deal out of this... but I just get pessimistic about things like this. For years I've been scared of going to Anime Expo because I took an oceanography class and I heard that Long Beach will someday be in danger of a huge tsunami. (Of course, that didn't stop me from going, but it was still in the back of my mind.)

So... yeah. Never mind about my irrational fears... *tiptoes out*

duck
08-30-2003, 03:50 AM
Worse thinbg that could happen is that people in medieval period costumes would be able to really pull off their characters.

Mink
08-30-2003, 02:35 PM
LOL nice one duck

Iori....it helps to do this: *covers ears and eyes and hums* Everything is great...everything is great....everything is great......

I have a tendancy to freak out about that stuff too, so dont worry....prehaps you and I should just get togther and sit with a ton of those bug repelent candels and tell storys of happy things! lol

Iori E
09-01-2003, 11:26 PM
Tell you what I'm gonna do, I'm going to tie a bunch of Bounce fabric softener sheets together and surround myself with them like some kind of weird pagan magic circle. XD

Dark Vision
09-02-2003, 12:26 AM
ooo magical circles, there'll be enough elves there to help ya.

Wolfgirl
09-03-2003, 05:05 AM
I'm probably making too big a deal out of this... but I just get pessimistic about things like this. For years I've been scared of going to Anime Expo because I took an oceanography class and I heard that Long Beach will someday be in danger of a huge tsunami.

Now it's in anehiem so you just have to worry about earthquakes:P if you see disneyland colapsing runnnnnnnnn:P Kidding.

I think you'll be fine. I used to go camping once a year. the only bad experince i had with camping was putting up the tent in a area that had sprinklers. TTTTAAAAAAA splash TTTTTTTAAAA splash agiesnt the tent all morning. LOL

As for the misquitos. I got bit by some wierd bugs in europe that flew around when we opened our windows. The hotel had no air conditoner and of course we striped down to get cool:P everyone in my tour group woke with misquito bitees. I can say i got bit by strange bugs in another country and im still here. I think they made me slightly insane though but otherwise Iim fine:P

Katse
09-03-2003, 06:21 AM
No need to worry about the plague or West Nile, when you actually read the statistics. Remember, the media loves to sensationalize and they blow things way out of proportion. The bubonic plague naturally occurs in areas in the Midwest and is easily treated with antibiotics. In a country of 300 million, perhaps two dozen will come down with the plague in a year (one year it was only 7), and today it is very rare if anyone actually dies from it. No need to worry about that.

As for West Nile, 80% of the people in North America will be bitten by an infected mosquito at some point. Less than 10% will come down with any flu like symptoms, and only about 1-2% will require any hospitalization (mostly, the very young, the very old, and those who have compromised immune system). Encephalitis (the brain infection caused by menigitis if bitten by an infected mosquito) will only occur in those who are not immediately treated for the symptoms (which are treatable by antibiotics). In reality, death from West Nile virus is still very rare.

Perhaps it's because of my training in alternative medicine, but I do not support using DEET insect repellants (they also won't work for fleas, by the way). It has already be shown to cause health problems and it is not safe to use on children under the age of two. My reommendation is to use natural repellants--many you can make yourself using regular ingredients you have in your kitchen. Garlic and onions are the best repellants (hence the superstition that vampires and all blood suckers like mosquitoes hate garlic), the ctironella herb, lemongrass, bayleaf, eucalyptus--just check out a local natural food and health shop, or do a search online. I cut an onion in half and rubbed the exposed part on my window screens--worked great! Cheap and I renew it whenever I see them starting to land on the screens. Also, don't kill any spiders around your house--encourage them if you have to. They'll take care of the mosquitoes that the onion smell doesn't.

Seems like Mother Nature always provides better solutions to our problems than we do. Three cheers for nature!

Katse

BlueLady
09-08-2003, 07:48 PM
did anyone see the plauge warning signs on the way in?? HA HA I sooo wanted to swipe one of those and put it in my neighborhood park!

Sana-chan
09-08-2003, 08:06 PM
Yeah I saw them lol. It was funny cuz it's all, "THE PLAGUE!!!" and I dunno... that's not really something you see everyday lol XD.

Wolfgirl
09-09-2003, 01:12 AM
Yeah I saw them lol. It was funny cuz it's all, "THE PLAGUE!!!" and I dunno... that's not really something you see everyday lol XD.

I wanted to steal one of thoughs and put it on the counter where I work.

betware plauge and write underneath it " do not piss me off"

Iori E
09-09-2003, 04:17 AM
did anyone see the plauge warning signs on the way in?? HA HA I sooo wanted to swipe one of those and put it in my neighborhood park!

HA! That's an awesome idea. Unless there are really smart people around who figure out that your neighborhood park is not named "William Heise County Park." XD

But still... I saw a squirrel a few weeks ago outside a theater in Chino Hills... maybe I should put a notice there...

BlueLady
09-09-2003, 11:53 AM
people already want the squirrels " taken care of" cause they are making a mess and are a" threat to the children".. that sign would cause massive panic among the yuppie mommies!!