Friday, February 24, 2006
BEASTS OF THE EARTH DISEASES
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Pestilences in the first two scriptures mean a deadly epidemic, disease. Notice theres a s on pestilence (more than 1). And in Revelation we see were these diseases will come from. The beasts of the Earth (Animals).
The Bible says 1 / 4 of earths population die from SWORD, HUNGER, DEATH (MURDERS) AND DISEASES (BEASTS OF THE EARTH).
BIRD FLU - TURKEYS, CHICKENS, BIRDS
HIV / AIDS - MONKEYS
WEST NILE - MOSQUITOS
Notice in this story it says in the last 30 years. Well by then Israel had become a nation and in control of Jerusalem. The Bible clearly says when these 2 events occur, then the last generation comes into effect. So its no accident that the diseases increased in the last 30 years from Animals to Humans.
Bugs flee beasts for human beings, Diseases accelerating spread to people Jumping species at rate of 1 per year.
Feb. 24, 2006. 01:00 AMPETER CALAMAI SCIENCE REPORTER
ST. LOUIS —HIV/AIDS, West Nile, SARS, Ebola, variant CJD, monkeypox and avian flu.
That's just a partial roll call of the diseases that humans have acquired from animals over the last three decades. A full list just compiled reveals that new infectious diseases have been jumping the species barrier at the exceptional rate of one per year.
Experts at a scientific conference here cautioned that conditions are ripe for the trend to continue, posing major problems for public health authorities. They also said that the medical community had been slow to recognize the threat."When we started this project five years ago, no one had even bothered to count them," Mark Woolhouse, a professor of epidemiology, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which concluded earlier this week.
In the first survey of its kind, Woolhouse and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh counted more than 1,400 pathogens that can cause disease in humans, with at least 800 having crossed the species barrier from animals. Viruses dominate the list, which also includes bacteria, fungi and the unique prions responsible for BSE (mad cow disease) in cattle and its human equivalent, variant CJD. Some well-known human pathogens that originated in animals include measles,
chicken pox, TB and malaria.
Among all the pathogens, 38 new ones have emerged in the last 25 years and Woolhouse said that three-quarters of those started as animal diseases."Some might have been lurking for years," he told reporters. "But pathogens seem to be on a bit of a boom right now, on an
evolutionary time scale at least."While Woolhouse and other experts could not say if species-jumping by pathogens is accelerating, they did say that conditions are ripe for the trend to continue.
"It probably relates to the number of people on the globe and to the number of animals and how much they now interact," said Dr. Stanley Lemon, a virologist who directs the University of Texas Institute for Human Infections and Immunity. Intensive agriculture, bushmeat hunting, exotic livestock, the explosion in long-distance travel and global warming could all be helping animal bugs and germs evolve to infect people. Woolhouse said the high transfer rate of the past 25 to 30 years could not have been maintained over the millennia that humans evolved in close contact with animals.
"We would be overrun with pathogens," he said. One recent pathogen that's both worrying and puzzling the experts is West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes from birds to humans.
In 2004 the virus claimed more than 100 lives in North America and as far south as Colombia, but it isn't a concern anywhere else. "Based on latitude, we should find West Nile in Newcastle in Britain but there is very little of the disease in other countries. It's unlike a virus to recognize borders," said Dr.
Alan Barrett from the University of Texas medical school in Galveston. The experts, who took part in a news briefing and a scientific session here, offered guidance about anticipating and detecting future diseases from animals. Most of the new human diseases are caused by RNA viruses, such as HIV and influenza. RNA viruses' genetic material, or genome, is made of ribonucleic acid or is transcribed into RNA during replication. This genetic material is many times smaller than DNA viruses, meaning they can quickly adapt to new hosts through much simpler mutations.
So constant surveillance is key, the experts agreed, especially at places like the edge of rainforests, which continue to lose the battle with encroaching settlements. As well, there's an urgent need for veterinary and human medicine to work more closely together."Pathogens don't distinguish between humans and animals, but we do," said Woolhouse. "We can't afford to go on like that.
Vets and medics need to work together."Nina Marano, a veterinarian with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agreed that human and animal health people "need to be talking to one another."Eleven of the 12 top-category bioterrorism agents are of zoonotic (animal) origin and we are seeing the spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 flu."