[meteorite-list] Tucson Show 2017 Precautions and Advisories

From: Adam Hupe <raremeteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:55:27 -0800
Message-ID: <31ed436f-46b0-5a47-0cc4-441fbc5dc577_at_centurylink.net>

Scary stuff,

Thank you for the heads up on the restaurants in Tucson that failed
health department guidelines. I have eaten at three or four of the
listed places in the past. I thought the stomach gurgles were from the
infamous Tucson Crude (flu) that goes around the show almost every year.
  I remember my wife complaining to a waiter about the refried beans
being cold at an IMCA dinner at La Fuentes and he stuck his finger in
them and agreed. The waiter returned 20 minutes later with a second
serving of even colder beans.

The bed bug warning is definitely in order. My wife only agreed to
attend the show this year if we holed up in a hermetically sealed
Airstream travel trailer since she will not stay in a hotel in Tucson
ever again. We were attacked by these blood sucking vampires a few
years ago at a gem and mineral show which proved to be very costly. We
disposed of our luggage and clothes afterwards not wanting to bring
these disgusting bugs home with us.

Now, we always inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before
unloading our luggage. My wife made the mistake of closing the curtains,
turning off the lights and shinning a black light around the room the
last time we were in Tucson. Almost every surface exhibited fluorescence
caused by excitation of atoms in bodily fluids left behind from previous
guests. It looked somewhat like a murder scene you would see on a crime
show. We requested another room, were unable to sleep well and wished
we could forget what we saw.

Bed bugs are at epidemic levels in Tucson which ranks number 14 in the
entire nation for bed bug infestations!

Aug 24, 2017 - Arizona Daily Star. Aug 24, 2017. Terminix is warning
Americans and those of us in Tucson and Phoenix that bed bugs are on the
rampage. Of the 20 top cities with a bed bug problem, Tucson ranks No.
14, which is not as bad as Phoenix at No. 7.

Warning; do not look at this graphic image if you do not want to see
some victims horribly bed bug bitten butt:

Be careful what you eat since they may be attracted to flatulence
especially when you are at your most vulnerable, degassing at night:

Woman killed by bed bug bites:

In all seriousness, be careful and use precautions so that you do not
pick up the flu, get eaten by bed bugs, get food poisoning or are
sickened by black mold.


On 1/12/2018 7:43 PM, drtanuki via Meteorite-list wrote:
> List Members,
> Tuscon Bed Bugs, Black Mold and other advisories for those attending 2017
> I was doing some pre-planning, which I do for all of my travels, for attending the 2017 Tucson Show and found some unexpected cautions. Since I spent the time for my own knowledge I thought it might be a service to share it with you all.
> According to what I have found in the Tucson local news, bed bugs, black mold, virulent and deadly influenza, recent food service safety issues and others are all to be considered and avoided during your stay during the show - and other. Although none of these potential problems should NOT stop you from attending it is wise be aware and take precautions. Welcome to Tucson! Enjoy the 2017 show!
> -------
> Bed Bugs-
> Take note that they not only attack and bite while in bed or on sofa but even worse THEY CAN TRAVEL HOME WITH YOU in your luggage or clothing. If you are unfortunate and they travel back to your house you may be looking at thousands of dollars to rid your house of them- bed, sofa, carpets. One website suggests that you do not store your luggage inside your hotel room or to dispose of luggage outside your home upon return.
> Bed bugs 'crawling on our desks' at Tucson call center | Local news ...
> tucson.com/.../bed-bugs...tucson.../article_4a759e96-0636-5bd8-8d47-9ca2d6187e1a...
> Oct 21, 2017 - ?Wander and spread?. Experts say the situation illustrates the challenges of battling bed bugs in the workplace, where outbreaks tend to be smaller but more difficult to detect than in private households. At home, the pests tend to congregate in one or two places, such as a bed or a sofa, making them easier ...
> http://tucson.com/news/local/bed-bugs-crawling-on-our-desks-at-tucson-call-center/article_4a759e96-0636-5bd8-8d47-9ca2d6187e1a.html
> Take the bite out of the bedbug epidemic - Tucson News Now
> www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/13349624/take-the-bite-out-of-the-bedbug-epidemic
> By Gail Belsky. For many of us, the bedtime warning, "Don't let the bedbugs bite!" was just a silly thing grown-ups said. Now it's a real and rising threat in many parts of the country. After more than 50 years of virtual elimination in the U.S., bedbugs have made a roaring comeback over the last decade, spreading most rapidly ...
> http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/13349624/take-the-bite-out-of-the-bedbug-epidemic
> Bed bug cases rise in Tucson area - KGUN9.com
> https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/bed-bug-cases-rise-in-tucson-area
> Jun 28, 2017 - Experts from the University of Arizona say bed bugs are on the rise in the Tucson area.
> https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/bed-bug-cases-rise-in-tucson-area
> -----
> Black Mold in Hotels-
> Don't stay here unless you have to - Review of Hotel Tucson City ...
> https://www.tripadvisor.com ? ... ? Tucson ? Tucson Hotels ? Hotel Tucson City Center
> Rating: 2 - ?Review by a TripAdvisor user - ?Price range: $89 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
> Hotel Tucson City Center: Don't stay here unless you have to - See 108 traveler reviews, 118 candid photos, and great deals for Hotel Tucson City Center at ... We talked to other guests who said their room had black mold in it and another guest who had a suite with two balconies that could not be used because of all the ...
> https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60950-d217213-r541575836-Hotel_Tucson_City_Center-Tucson_Arizona.html
> Influenza-
> Much of the US is being hit hard this year with the flu and thousands being sent to hospitals. Travel, and especially air travel weakens your immune system and exposes you to several worldwide "bugs". With the bird flu now spreading in Asia and other outbreaks elsewhere Tucson that attracts persons from all corners of the world is ripe.
> Flu season: Cases up 758 percent in Arizona | News | tucson.com
> tucson.com/news/flu...up.../article_149a41ca-e5cb-11e7-a0f9-c70f981018bc.html
> Dec 20, 2017 - Health officials say flu cases are widespread in Arizona with more than 2600 cases reported. ... 22, 2017 file photo, a flu vaccine injection is administered ... The Arizona Department of Health Services say as of Wednesday, there have been almost 3,000 cases of flu reported compared to less than 350 for ...
> http://tucson.com/news/flu-season-cases-up-percent-in-arizona/article_149a41ca-e5cb-11e7-a0f9-c70f981018bc.html
> ----
> Food Safety-
> 8 restaurants fail October Pima County health inspections | Food ...
> tucson.com/.../food.../restaurants...inspections/collection_ca3ef0e2-c0d8-11e7-b095-c...
> Nov 14, 2017 - Response: ?Food safety and quality is a priority at all of our locations and we are taking the necessary steps to address the concerns raised in the recent inspections in our Tucson location,? a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. ?Our efforts include additional employee training as well the prompt ...
> http://tucson.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/restaurants-fail-october-pima-county-health-inspections/collection_ca3ef0e2-c0d8-11e7-b095-cf1e2c363a0b.html
> 11 restaurants fail September Pima County health inspections ...
> tucson.com/restaurants...inspections/collection_92b4871a-aa47-11e7-8889-77397ba3...
> Oct 24, 2017 - Response: ?Food safety and quality is a priority at all of our locations and we are taking the necessary steps to address the concerns raised in the recent inspections in our Tucson location,? a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. ?Our efforts include additional employee training as well the prompt ...
> http://tucson.com/restaurants-fail-september-pima-county-health-inspections/collection_92b4871a-aa47-11e7-8889-77397ba31148.html
> ----
> Crime-
> - Tucson Crimes Map
> 1366 incidents in Tuscon area Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018
> https://www.crimereports.com/agency/tucson-police-department-az#!/dashboard?incident_types=Assault%252CAssault%2520with%2520Deadly%2520Weapon%252CBreaking%2520%2526%2520Entering%252CDisorder%252CDrugs%252CHomicide%252CKidnapping%252CLiquor%252COther%2520Sexual%2520Offense%252CProperty%2520Crime%252CProperty%2520Crime%2520Commercial%252CProperty%2520Crime%2520Residential%252CQuality%2520of%2520Life%252CRobbery%252CSexual%2520Assault%252CSexual%2520Offense%252CTheft%252CTheft%2520from%2520Vehicle%252CTheft%2520of%2520Vehicle&start_date=2017-12-30&end_date=2018-01-13&days=sunday%252Cmonday%252Ctuesday%252Cwednesday%252Cthursday%252Cfriday%252Csaturday&start_time=0&end_time=23&include_sex_offenders=false&lat=32.17997130236765&lng=-110.98388671874999&zoom=11&current_tab=map&shapeGroup=City%2520Boundaries&shapeIds=&shape_id=1510
> If you plan to do any meteorite hunting while in the Tucson area-
> -
> Powassan virus
> new deadly tick virus and Lyme disease
> New tick-borne virus worse than Lyme may be spreading - Tucson ...
> www.tucsonnewsnow.com/.../new-tick-borne-virus-worse-than-lyme-may-be-spreading
> May 2, 2017 - The CDC mapped the number of reported Powassan virus infections over a 10-year period this century. There have been more cases since 2015. (Source: CDC). (RNN) - The CDC warns that a new tick-borne virus that is much more serious than Lyme disease may be emerging in the U.S. ...
> http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/35321150/new-tick-borne-virus-worse-than-lyme-may-be-spreading
> - Valley Fever
> Valley fever is a fungal infection caused by coccidioides (kok-sid-e-OY-deze) organisms. It can cause fever, chest pain and coughing, among other signs and symptoms. Two species of coccidioides fungi cause valley fever. These fungi are commonly found in soil in specific regions.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccidioidomycosis
> -Arizona 12- Poison snakes and other deadly animals
> https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/03/03/11-dangerous-creatures-call-arizona-home/81270440/
> Dirk Ross
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Received on Sat 13 Jan 2018 10:55:27 AM PST

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