Title: WILL A PLAGUE DESTROY THE WORLD?
Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count: 452 Web Address: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/10975
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WILL A PLAGUE DESTROY THE WORLD?
By Arthur Zulu
Figure out this puzzle. What are these? Oropouche, Rocio, Chikungunya, Mokola, Duvenhage. Q. Guanarito, VEE, LeDantec, Sindbis, Marburg, O’nyongnyong. Yes, give me your answer.
“Names of new planets” No, come down to earth. “Names of new fish species” No, come off river. “Botanical names”. No, leave forest. “Characters in a Greek drama”. No, exit theater.
Ok. No idea. Let me help you. Now, try this.
“I am greatest killer in this century. I was living under skin of chimpanzees, till some hungry bushmen invaded forest, killed game and ate us up. From forest to dinner table, I can now be found in bodies of millions of persons, destroying their immune systems and sending them to their untimely graves. I have a cousin in this obituary business called HIV. What am I?”
Of course, you got it right -- AIDS. So saying goes in some quarters that someday, a plague would wipe out world. But can they be right?
Well, if you see emerging new diseases, some with strange names as you saw in above list, you would subscribe. The common trait about these diseases -- old and new, is that they are deadly and have defied medical cure.
When Black Death swept ferociously across Europe in thirteenth century, killing 25 million lives, and defying science, people thought world was going to end. Well, neither world nor siege of deadly microbes came to an end. And there is no guarantee that man will one day discover an Almighty vaccine to wipe out these killer viruses.