I AM FUCKING SCARED!!!!
Justin W. Moore
jwmoore at lonestar.utsa.edu
Tue Nov 1 10:38:22 EST 1994
On 31 Oct 1994, RYBICKI, ED wrote:
> Hey, don't SHOUT so, man...! But thank you on behalf of my
> medical comrades. And I think he (the Hot Zone author) overdid it a
> bit - it is a zoonotic disease (ie: of animals) and doesn't get into
> humans that often. There are a number of almost equally bad ones
> around - Congo-Crimean haemorrhagic fever is just one of them. And
> it is endemic near where I live, and I'm not worried about it -
> doesn't get into the human population that often, is why.
True.....but it does a good job in showing mankind that a species
threatening virus, bacterium, etc. is not an impossiblity. I'm taking a
virology course right now and I think I'm finding out we more about how
much we DON'T know, than how much we DO!!!!!
Preston adds theatrics now doubt.....but the basic message is a useful
to pull something out of the strictly academic and bring it into public
knowledge! Most folks have no idea that there are "lifeforms" out in
Nature that have such destructive potential........besides the usual
history we all learn in school about the Black Plague and Polio....etc.
Point is, and I agree with a recent Time magazine article, that despite
recent medical advances and the boasts of some in the medical community a
few years back (about winning the battle of infectious disease) we still have
a lot to learn..........
The Hantavirus outbreak in the U.S. last year and the continual discovery
of new, and sometimes lethal, viruses in the tropics should make everyone
pay close attention to the world around us.......
-- Justin Moore
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