Trains and boats and planes are passing by …
The trains and the boats and planes will bring Bird-Flu….
Will bring Bird-Flu… Bring it directly to you….
Let me take you back in time. Back to the year 1918.Life moved at a much more leisurely pace back then.
The fastest way to travel across the Atlantic was with an airship travelling at a bone shaking tens of miles an hour.
Using an ocean liner, It could take weeks to travel from China to Europe or to the US.
The world was really separated by the oceans then and the Americas, Australia, New Zealand etc were in reality cut off from the main mass of humanity on the great Eurasian Continent.
The total human population on the planet at the time was a fraction of what it is today and the big Cities were not as congested as they are now.
It was very difficult for an infectious disease to spread across the globe in such conditions.
Never the less, the Pandemic Flu of 1918, DID manage to spread all over the world in an amazingly short period of time.
In doing so, it killed over 40 Million people from all parts of the world.
Yes, the returning soldiers from the Great War did help carry the deadly virus back to their homes.
Even so, it could not have been easy for the killer virus to reach every nook and corner of the globe as it did at that time.
Things are a lot different now!
The world is a much, much smaller place and you can travel across the Continents in a matter of hours.
The concentration of vast number of people in overpopulated cities is the modern witches brew for all kinds of deadly viruses.
The increasingly fast modes of travel, the trains and boats and planes, are the ideal distribution network for these messengers of death.
It is estimated that a highly infectious, airborne virus such as a Pandemic Super Flu, could spread all over the world withing 48 hours of an outbreak in any one country!
That is NOT to say that a Pandemic will happen soon, or even in our life time.
IF IT DOES though, the above provides us with a realistic if frightening scenario that could well follow.
Here is what WHO says about the above:
With an estimated 2.1 billion airline passengers roaming the planet last year alone, infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever before, the U.N. health agency said Thursday. The World Health Organization called on governments to follow its revised regulations for fighting dangerous health crises.
“New diseases are emerging at the historically unprecedented rate of one per year,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said in an introduction to the annual World Health Report.
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