Is This The Armageddon Virus?
Scientists have warned that a global viral outbreak is
inevitable within five years, jumping to us from animals.
London – The symptoms appear suddenly with a headache, high fever, abdominal and joint pain, and vomiting. As the illness progresses, patients can develop large areas of bruising and uncontrolled bleeding. In at least 30 percent of cases, Crimean-Congo viral hemorrhagic fever is fatal.
This month a 38-year-old garage owner from Glasgow, who had been to his brother’s wedding in Afghanistan, became the UK’s first confirmed victim of the tick-borne viral illness when he died at the infectious disease unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.
It is a disease widespread in domestic and wild animals in Africa and Asia – and one that has jumped the species barrier to infect humans with deadly effect.
The unnamed man’s death was not the only time a foreign virus had recently struck in Britain for the first time.
Last month, a 49-year-old man entered a London hospital with a raging fever, severe cough and difficulty in breathing.
He bore all the hallmarks of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) virus that killed nearly 1 000 people in 2003, but blood tests quickly showed this terrifyingly virulent infection was not Sars. Nor was it any other virus yet known to medical science.
Worse still, the gasping, sweating patient was rapidly succumbing to kidney failure, a potentially lethal complication that had not been seen before in such a case.
As medical staff quarantined their critically ill patient, fearful questions began to mount. The stricken man had recently come from Qatar in the Middle East. What had he picked up there? Had he already infected others?
Using the latest hi-tech gene-scanning technique, scientists at the Health Protection Agency started to piece together clues from tissue samples taken from the Qatari patient, who was hooked up to a life-support machine.
The results were extraordinary. The virus was from the same family as Sars, but its make-up was completely new. It had come not from humans, but from animals. Its closest known relatives had been found in Asiatic bats.
The investigators also discovered that the virus had already killed someone. Searches of global medical databases revealed the same virus lurking in samples taken from a 60-year-old man who had died in Saudi Arabia in July.
When the agency warned the world of the newly emerging virus last month, it ignited fear among medical experts.
Could this be the next bird flu, or even the next ‘‘Spanish flu’’ – the world’s biggest pandemic, which claimed between 50 million and 100 million lives across the globe from 1918 to 1919?
In all these outbreaks, the virus responsible came from an animal.
The terrifying fact is that viruses that manage to jump to us from animals – called zoonoses – can wreak havoc because of their ability to spread rapidly through the population.
One leading British virologist, Professor John Oxford at Queen Mary Hospital, University of London, warns that we must expect an animal-originated pandemic to hit the world within the next five years, with potentially cataclysmic effects.
Such a contagion, he believes, will be a new strain of super-flu, a highly infectious virus that may originate in Asia or Africa, and be contracted by one person from a wild animal or domestic beast.
By the time the first victim has succumbed to this unknown new illness, they will have spread it by coughs and sneezes to family, friends and all those gathered anxiously around them.
Thanks to our crowded, hyper-connected world, this doomsday virus will already have begun crossing the globe by air, rail, road and sea before even the best brains in medicine have begun to chisel at its genetic secrets.
If this new virus follows the pattern of the pandemic of 1918-1919, it will cruelly reap mass harvests of young and fit people.
They die because of something called a “cytokine storm”, a vast overreaction of their strong and efficient immune systems that is prompted by the virus.
This uncontrolled response burns them with a fever and wracks their bodies with nausea and massive fatigue.
Oxford bases his prediction on historical patterns.
The past century has certainly provided us with many disturbing precedents. For example, the 2003 global outbreak of Sars was transmitted to humans from Asian civet cats in China.
Nowadays, the threat from such zoonoses is far greater than ever, thanks to modern technology and human population growth. Mass transport such as airliners can quickly fan outbreaks of newly emerging zoonoses into deadly global wildfires.
The Sars virus was spread when a Chinese professor of respiratory medicine treating people with the syndrome fell ill when he travelled to Hong Kong, carrying the virus with him.
By February 2003, it had covered the world by hitching easy lifts with airline passengers. Between March and July 2003, some 8 400 probable cases of Sars had been reported in 32 countries.
It is a similar story with H1N1 swine flu, the 2009 influenza pandemic that infected hundreds of millions throughout the world. It is now believed to have originated in herds of pigs in Mexico before infecting humans who boarded flights to myriad destinations.
On top of this, our risk of catching such deadly contagions from wild animals is growing massively thanks to humankind’s encroachment into the world’s jungles and rainforests, where we increasingly come into contact with unknown viral killers that have been incubating in wild creatures for millennia.
This month, an international research team announced it had identified a new African virus that killed two teenagers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2009.
The virus induced acute haemorrhagic fever, which causes catastrophic widespread bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, and can kill in days.
A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl who attended the same school both fell ill suddenly and succumbed rapidly. A week after the girl’s death, a nurse who cared for her developed similar symptoms. He only narrowly survived.
The new microbe is named Bas-Congo virus (BASV), after the province where its three victims lived. It belongs to a family of viruses known as rhabdoviruses, which includes rabies.
A report in the journal PLoS Pathogens says the virus probably originated in local wildlife and was passed to humans through insect bites or some other as-yet unidentified means.
In a new book that should give us all pause for thought, award-winning US natural history writer David Quammen points to a host of animal-derived infections that now claim lives with unprecedented regularity. The trend can only get worse, he warns.
Quammen highlights the Ebola fever virus, which first struck in Zaire in 1976. The virus’s power is terrifying, with fatality rates as high as 90 percent. The latest mass outbreak of the virus, in the Congo last month, is reported to have killed 36 people out of 81 suspected cases.
According to Quammen, Ebola probably originated in bats. The bats then infected African apes, quite probably through the apes coming into contact with bat droppings. The virus then infected local hunters who had eaten the apes as bush meat.
Quammen believes a similar pattern occurred with the HIV virus, which probably originated in a single chimpanzee in Cameroon.
Studies of the virus’s genes suggest it may have first evolved as early as 1908. It was not until the 1960s that it appeared in humans, in big African cities. By the 1980s, it was spreading by airlines to the US. Since then, Aids has killed around 30 million people and infected another 33 million.
There is one mercy with Ebola and HIV. They cannot be transmitted by coughs and sneezes.
Viruses such as Ebola have another limitation – they kill and incapacitate people too quickly, before the virus can cast its deadly tentacles across the world’s population.
But there is one zoonosis that can do all the right (or wrong) things. It is our old adversary, flu. It is easily transmitted through the air, via sneezes and coughs.
Sars can do this, too. But flu has a further advantage. As Quammen points out: “With Sars, symptoms tend to appear in a person before, rather than after, that person becomes highly infectious.
“That allowed many Sars cases to be recognised, hospitalised and placed in isolation before they hit their peak of infectivity. But with influenza and many other diseases, the order is reversed.”
Such reasons lead Oxford, a world authority on epidemics, to warn that a new global pandemic of animal-derived flu is inevitable.
”I think it is inevitable that we will have another big global outbreak of flu,” he says. “We should plan for one emerging in 2017-2018.”
He warns that vigilant surveillance is the only real answer we have. “New flu strains are a day-to-day problem and we have to keep on top of them.”
The professor is worried our politicians are not taking this certainty of mass death seriously.
Such laxity could come at a human cost so unprecedentedly high it would amount to criminal negligence. The race against newly emerging animal-derived diseases is one we have to win every time. A pandemic virus needs to win only once and it could be the end of humankind. – Daily Mail
95% Of Americans Will Be Dead In 5-15 Years
Survival expert and health guru, Blake Sawyer, argued that the United States will no longer be a viable place to live, and people should consider immigrating to locations in the less populated Southern Hemisphere. Whether through war, disease, famine, natural disasters, or ruthless government, he predicted that 95% of those who remain in the US will be dead in the next 5-15 years. America has been targeted by the “globalists” to be taken out, he added.
Sawyer noted that the United States ranks highest in violent crime, and that countries in the Southern Hemisphere are much more tranquil. In particular, he highlighted nations in the southern region of South America as being good choices for survivability, specifically Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador. “I…believe that the average American does not know that they’re the frog in cold water, and they think they’re OK, and they’re now boiling,” he declared.
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies as well as possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales ranging from local to international. Survivalists often have emergency medical and self-defence training, stockpile food and water, prepare for self-sufficiency, and build structures that will help them survive or “disappear” (e.g. a survival retreat or underground shelter).
Anticipated disruptions include the following:
Clusters of natural disasters, patterns of apocalyptic planetary crises, or Earth Changes (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, solar storms, severe thunderstorms).
A disaster caused by the activities of humankind (chemical spills, release of radioactive materials, nuclear or conventional war, oppressive governments).
The general collapse of society caused by the shortage or unavailability of resources such as electricity, fuel, food, or water.
Financial disruption or economic collapse (caused by monetary manipulation, hyperinflation, deflation, or depression).
A global pandemic.
Widespread chaos or some other unexplained apocalyptic event.
The third wave of Survivalism began after the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent bombings in Bali, Madrid, and London. This resurgence of interest in survivalism appears to be as strong as the first wave in the 1970s. The fear of war, avian influenza, energy shortages, environmental disasters and global climate change, coupled with economic uncertainty, and the apparent vulnerability of humanity after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, has once again made survivalism popular. Preparedness is once more a paramount concern to many people who seek to stockpile supplies, gain useful skills, and develop contacts with like-minded people to learn as much as possible.
Many books have been published in the past few years [2008-2012] offering survival advice for various potential disasters, ranging from an energy shortage and crash to nuclear or biological terrorism. In addition to the 1970s-era books, blogs and Internet forums are popular ways of disseminating survivalism information. Online survival websites and blogs discuss survival vehicles, survival retreats, emerging threats, and list survivalist groups.
Economic troubles emerging from the credit collapse triggered by the 2007 US subprime mortgage lending crisis and global grain shortages have prompted a wider cross-section of the populace to prepare. James Wesley Rawles, the editor of SurvivalBlog and author of the survivalist novel Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse was quoted by the New York Times in April 2008, stating: “interest in the survivalist movement ‘is experiencing its largest growth since the late 1970s’”. In 2009, he was quoted by the Associated Press as stating: “There’s so many people who are concerned about the economy that there’s a huge interest in preparedness, and it pretty much crosses all lines, social, economic, political and religious. There’s a steep learning curve going on right now.”
The advent of H1N1 Swine Flu in 2009 piqued interest in survivalism, significantly boosting sales of preparedness books and making survivalism more mainstream. Events such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami have revitalized the survivalist community.
These developments led Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute, to identify a trend that he calls “Neo-Survivalism”. He explained this phenomenon in a radio interview with Jim Puplava on December 18, 2009:
The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order is that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government—which replaces sovereign nation-states—and an all-encompassing propaganda that ideologizes its establishment as the culmination of history’s progress.