Bacteria sa Dagat Nakamamatay

Ilang tao na ang naiulat na namatay sanhi ng isang bacteria sa dagat. Ayon sa ABC Action News sa Amerika, may namatay na sa Sarasota County dahil sa bacteria na tinatawag na vibrio vulnificus. Ang bacteria na ito ay nabibilang sa mga klase ng bacteria na nagdudulot ng Cholera at natatagpuan ito sa maligamgam na tubig-alat. Base sa ulat ng Florida Department of Health: “Yamang ito’y likas na matatagpuan sa maligamgam na tubig ng dagat, nanganganib ang mga taong may nakabukang sugat sa Vibrio vulnificus kapag sila’y nabasa ng tubig-alat.”

Ayon sa pinakahuling ulat, tatlumpu’t dalawa na ang naospital, at sampung katao na ang namatay dahil sa Vibrio vulnificus bacteria sa karagatan ng Florida. Noong 2013, apatnapu’t isa ang tinamaan at labing-isa ang pumanaw. Hindi lamang ito namataan sa Florida. Maging sa Alabama, Louisiana, Texas at Mississippi ay may naiulat na ring mga kaso.

“Nakapanlulumo dahil ang beach ang isa sa mga pinakasikat na libangan dito sa Florida,” wika ni Tracy Brown ng West Palm Beach. Ayon kay Brown na masayang naglilibang sa beach kasama ang kaniyang anak na babae, wala pa siyang nabalitaan tungkol sa Vibrio bacteria. Nagitla siya nang malaman na maaaring magkasakit sa simpleng pagtapak lamang sa tubig-dagat.

Pinayuhan ng mga dalubhasa ng Florida Department of Health ang sinumang may kahinaan sa kanilang immune system o sinumang may nakabukang sugat na huwag lalapit sa tubig-dagat. Kung mayroon mang tatalon sa dagat, siguraduhin nilang maghugas nang mabuti bago sila umuwi.

“Kailangan talaga nating maging seryoso sa bagay na ito, pero may ilan pang mga bacteria na makakasalamuha natin,” sabi ni Tim O’Connor, tagapahayag ng Florida Department of Health.

Bukod sa tubig, ang mapanganib na bacteria na ito ay maaaring makuha sa pagkain ng hilaw na seafood gaya ng talaba (oysters). Kaya, kung may balak kang pumunta sa dagat, alaming mabuti ang lahat ng paraan upang maging ligtas sa anumang panganib.

Sanggunian: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/flesh-eating-bacteria-vibro-vulnificus-in-florida-ocean-hospitalizes-32-kills-10

Tuko: Gamot sa AIDS at Ibang Sakit?

Binalaan ng mga awtoridad ang publiko sa iligal na pangangalakal ng tuko (gecko in English) sa Pilipinas, kung saan malaking halaga daw ng pera ang pagkakakitaan.

 

Ayon kay Atty. Sixto Comia, hepe ng Environment and Wildlife Protection Investigation Division sa NBI, maaaring hoax lang ito ng mga crime syndicate. Inihalintulad ito ni Comia sa modus operandi ng Budol-Budol Gang. “Yung subject nila bibili ‘yan ng maraming tuko sa buyer. Kapag ibebenta na ng subject ang tuko sa buyer, wala na ‘yung buyer. Parang ‘Budol-Budol,’” wika ni Comia. Itago natin sa pangalang “Rudy” ang isang collector ng tuko na nagtitinda ng tuko sa halagang Php300.

“Maraming gusto mag-alaga niyan dahil kapag napalaki nila, maraming presyo na,” paliwanag ni Rudy.

 

May mga ulat na ang mga tuko na tumitimbang sa 400 gramo ay naibebenta hanggang Php500 milyon. Subalit, ayon sa imbestigasyon ng NBI, ang mga tuko sa Pilipinas ay tumitimbang hanggang 100 gramo lamang.

 

Hindi rin maaari na ang isang tuko ay magkahalaga ng milyong-milyong piso, ulat ng NBI.

 

Sinumang mahuli na nangongolekta ng mga tuko ay puwedeng sampahan ng kaso laban sa Republic Act 9147 o mas kilala sa Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

 

Isyu sa Kalusugan

Usap-usapan ang di-umano’y gamot sa enzymes na galing sa apdo ng tuko, na siyang nagpadami sa iligal na pangangalakal nito.

Pinabulaanan mismo ng DOH ang haka-hakang gamot daw sa AIDS ang tuko.

Binalaan ni Dr. Eric Tayag, tagapagsalita ng DOH, ang madla sa pagkain ng tuko na maaaring magdulot ng food poisoning.

Wala din daw basehan sa medisina o agham ang pagkain ng tuko upang magamot ang mga karamdaman tulad ng AIDS at hika (asthma).

Pinabulaanan din ng isang espesyalista sa human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at sexually- transmitted diseases (STDs) ang ukol dito.

Biringan: Enchanted City

Stories still persist of an invisible city situated between Gandara, Tarangnan, and Pagsanghan, Samar, in Eastern Visayas (Coordinates: 11°57’47”N 124°46’21”E). It’s not the usual land and water terrain in which people inhabit. The city, according to stories, exists in a parallel dimension. It’s like a movie from Avatar. The mere mention of the city evokes fear, awe, and hushed silence. Yet, if you insist and beg for more information about this enchanted city, the townsfolk of Samar have more than enough to tell.

 

Biringan is a Waray (Visayan) word which means “a place to look for lost people” or hanapan ng mga taong nawawala. It is said that there are seven (7) portals leading to Biringan. One of these portals is an old yet huge Balete tree located in a school. According to eyewitness accounts, Biringan is a sprawling metropolis with high-rise buildings, cathedrals, splendid structures, and massive infrastructure similar to New York, Hongkong, and Singapore. The only difference is, the city is inhabited by otherworldly beings – engkantos, or elementals, at worse, demons?

 

Some folks say that the good engkantos live within the city, while the bad engkantos live in the outskirts, outside the city itself. They say that these engkantos would “capture” humans who venture alone, usually, near their city. Why? It could be because they are “attracted” to the human, who may either be a pretty lass or a handsome lad, or they “pity” this particular person, or worse, they “envy” this mortal being. In some instances, these engkantos would even “pick” a mortal in crowded areas like a beach or park and bewitch the unfortunate soul. The Warays refer to a particular Visayan term: bugkot. The poor mortal is taken away from his/her world by way of transition: the mortal experiences sudden “death” (an accident, mysterious illness, or a sudden disappearance from one’s present location). In fact, the person didn’t die but his/her consciousness or spirit is taken to Biringan. If you’re a movie buff, check out T2 starring Maricel Soriano. A good portion of the film describes the engkantos. The movie producers did some detailed researching on engkantos and the film location did appear to be in Samar.

 

It was said that a long queue of jeepneys filled with cavans of rice, grocery items, etc. were destined to Biringan City. At some time, residents in Samar also reported the influx of luxury cars, high-end and very expensive technical gear, heavy equipment coming even from the US, and drone-like flying objects.  Who could afford such luxury in Samar? But they have been fully paid in advance and the address states Biringan City, although the person named has been assumed dead by the townsfolk.

 

There’s more: a Japanese group under the implementing agency of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a rural development project focused on the town of San Jorge. This was sometime in the late 1980’s through the 1990’s. Majority of the residents were puzzled as to why the Japanese would concentrate on San Jorge when there were a lot more towns in the province in need of more rural development. Vast deposits of uranium were believed to be buried deep beneath that area. Philippine folklore was ripe with stories of elementals keeping careful guard over immense treasures in the forests or deep underground. Nevertheless, the Japanese group abandoned the area without any concrete action for “rural development”.