In a recent UK story that is now receiving a lot of attention here in the States — a plane carrying a donor organ crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land on the tarmac at Birmingham International Airport in thick London-like fog.
The organ — a liver — was being carried from Belfast on board a small twin-engined Cessna 501 “Citation” which clipped an antenna as the pilot tried to land at the end of the obscured runway. According to witnesses, the plane partially missed the tarmac and caught on fire in mid-air, becoming a fireball as it hit the ground.
A pilot from an air ambulance helicopter nearby ran to the wreckage, bravely entered the burning wreckage and turned off the fuel line, with the 58-year old pilot and a crewmember in his 30′s trapped inside.
A disease that has not been acquired in Miami since the 1950s has just reappeared — Miami-Dade county has reported the first case of dengue fever in almost 60 years, and health officials are urging people to take extra care to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.
Dengue fever is a disease common in tropical and subtropical regions that is spread by mosquitos much like malaria, but originates from different species. The Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitos can be carriers of up to four different viruses which can trigger the disease. Unlike malaria, dengue fever is equally as common in urban areas as in rural areas — making it a primary danger in Miami and South Florida.
Signs of an infection can begin with mild symptoms but these can quickly develop into DHF (dengue hemorrhagic fever) and dengue shock syndrome. Miami-Dade county residents experiencing severe symptoms should seek medical professionals as soon as possible. If the infection is treated early, the fever is easy to remedy.
Last month, a family whose house caught on fire in Obion County, Tennessee watched helplessly as their home burned down, as their local fire department first refused to respond — then showed up only to watch as the house burned completely to the ground.
Residents of Obion County are not automatically provided with fire department protection. Each year, the residents are required to pay a separate $75 fee if they protection from the local fire department in South Fulton.
Homeowner Gene Cranick did not pay this fee. He claims he offered to pay anything it would take for the firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late and that they couldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.