Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Next Plague (4) - Viruses: The Superstars Among Pathogenic Plague Microbes

By Steve Schow — March 24, 2017

Smallpox, rabies, Spanish flu, polio, AIDS and Ebola are all viruses that evoke great fear, having demonstrated catastrophic impacts on humans, including wiping out entire populations.  The evolution and emergence of viral infectious diseases is without bounds. Viruses parasitize every living organism, including bacteria (phages) and plants. Human pathogenic viruses frequently require a zoonotic host. The original animal viruses subsequently evolve to become very communicable among animals, including humans.  Humans find themselves living knee deep in an animal cesspool of ever-evolving viral diseases. According to WHO, the 2016 top 10 list of emerging infectious diseases are: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, MERS CoV, SARS, Lassa fever, Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, and Zika, all of which are viruses.........The pool of viral dangers is very deep. For this synopsis, it is not possible to even begin to delineate the vast number of old and new viruses incubating in animal hosts. These viruses are continually reproducing, mutating and evolving characteristics that will enable these viruses to jump species into humans where they can wreak havoc.  .......To Read More....

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