Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Ebola Scourge, the African connection and the Myth around the latest strain of Ebola

Ebola Virus the scourge of modern day Africa and a threat to the world economy, globalisation, civilisation and human race. 

Researchers have uncovered the history of Ebola - and found it dates back far further than they expected.
The research shows that filoviruses - a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative, Marburg, belong - are at least 16-23 million years old.  
The research does not address the age of the modern-day Ebola virus. 
Instead, it shows that Ebola and Marburg are each members of ancient evolutionary lines, and that these two viruses last shared a common ancestor sometime prior to 16-23 million years ago. 

Depending on whom you speak to or whose side of the story you buy into; is Ebola really threatening the existence of the human race or could there be other sinister reason behind the existence of this deadly strain of the Ebola Virus ravaging the West African coast in particular.

If you believe the Scientist the current strain is a mutation of the earlier Ebola Virus discovered in 1976 amongst communities living along Ebola River in Zaire hence the name.

Controversial new research suggests that contrary to the history books, the "Black Death" that devastated medieval Europe was not the bubonic plague, but rather an Ebola-like virus.

History books have long taught the Black Death, which wiped out a quarter of Europe's population in the Middle Ages, was caused by bubonic plague, spread by infected fleas that lived on black rats. But new research in England suggests the killer was actually an Ebola-like virus transmitted directly from person to person.
The Black Death killed some 25 million Europeans in a devastating outbreak between 1347 and 1352, and then reappeared periodically for more than 300 years. Scholars had thought flea-infested rats living on ships brought the disease from China to Italy and then the rest of the continent.
But researchers Christopher Duncan and Susan Scott of the University of Liverpool say that the flea-borne bubonic plague could not have torn across Europe the way the Black Death did.
"If you look at the way it spreads, it was spreading at a rate of around 30 miles in two to three days," says Duncan. "Bubonic plague moves at a pace of around 100 yards a year."
Unlike the bubonic plague, a bacterial disease which still exists in parts of Asia, India and North America, viral diseases are passed on from person to person, usually by breath or touch.
If you ask the conspiracy theorist and some school of thoughts, Ebola is clearly man made, a biological warfare virus created in the Laboratory.  Their argument supports the wider opinion that the current strain of the Ebola Virus is deadly and different from the other strains because it was engineered and/or genetically modified in the lab to be used for Biological warfare.

One clear point is “if Ebola is man-made Virus” then it was not made in Africa.  How did it end up in Africa? Who brought it to Africa and if the origin is from Africa; then it is a miracle with our poor health care system, we are still in existence.  Who is actually helping who or better still who is using who?

Concerns have been raised in the past that corrupt administrations in Africa are turning blind eyes while big biochemical and pharmaceutical companies are turning Africa in testing ground for drugs and biological agents.

Why is it that at the height of the Cold war late 19th, 20th and 21st century most deadly viruses or diseases can be traced back to Africa?  Take the HIV Virus for example, currently has no known cure but originated from the primates in “AFRICA”, same with Lassa fever an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria and now the Ebola Virus, to mention but a few.

The mind bugling question still remains, if we had all these deadly viruses swarming Africa and West Africa in Particular especially the Primates living in Africa and the known closest relatives to human beings;

1.    How did our fore fathers survive the jungles of Africa with little or no health care system?

2.    Africa no doubt is reputed to have a pristine ecological system and our fore fathers existed alongside these primates that unfortunately seem, to be carrying the deadliest diseases the world has ever known.  They hunted them and ate their meats, lived and survived in the same forest or jungle (call it whatever) but the truth still remains they survived with no serious epidemic recorded in our history.

There's an old saying, "What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." This meshes well with the Golden Rule, orethic of reciprocity, which is a key moral principle in many religions and philosophies, and is often stated as "Do unto others as you wish to be done for you", or conversely, "Don't do unto others what you would not wish to be done to you."

The reality of the global world we live in now means we are all in this together and if it is African problem then it is surely a global problem. The Ebola virus is so deadly that distinguishing between the rich and poor is not one of its strongest points. 

No matter on whose side you are; if you believe the Ebola Virus was created by man to achieve financial gains for some multi-national firms or for biological warfare or a damn right virus that originated from West Africa we all need to come together and fight Ebola and when we win the war against Ebola we can start the inquest and learn from history.

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world ..... Albert Einstein

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