New and Old Diseases in Nations Around the World, Part 2

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 1:52 AM
November 17, 2011

In addition to Dengue Fever which we discussed yesterday, severalvother diseases swirling around the earth today are transferred by insects. These include Chagas, Sleeping Sickness, Encephalitis, Itching Disease, and Malaria.  Modern migration patterns make news about insect infections vital for the United States.

We mentioned malaria yesterday, but we ran out of space and time before going into detail.  An article titled, “Analysis Reveals Malaria as Ancient, Adaptive and Persistent Foe,” says that researchers at Ohio State University verify that malaria has been on earth for some 15 million years ago.  Known as the culicine mosquito, a type of Plasmodium malaria infected birds unknown eons ago.

A report published in American Entomologist, outlines the presence of several human diseases–including malaria, leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis–as existing for 100 million years, suggesting that they will not be easily defeated.

Another sickness  coming from mosquito bites is Encephalitis.  The BBC says that this year some 400 victims, mainly children, have died in an outbreak of viral Encephalitis in northern India.  A doctor told the BBC, this is a “tragedy beyond imagination.”  Since the first case in 1978, this disease has killed some 6,000 children. It comes generally during monsoon flooding when a lack of sanitation and contaminated water provides breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Predominately found in Latin America, Chagas is spread by an insect known as the kissing bug, because it feeds on the face of its sleeping victim.  When the victim awakes, it rubs feces from the bite into eyes, mouth, etc., and the parasite then enters the bloodstream.  Chagas can also spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants or contaminated food.

Medical News Today reports:  “Up to 25% of people in Latin America may be infected with Trypanosome cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.”  This bug is also related to the insect that causes sleeping sickness in Africa.

Relatedly, the World Health Organization states that there are 70,000 cases of sleeping sickness each year in eastern, central and western Africa.  This disease is spread from cattle to people through the tsetse fly.  Without treatment this parasite causes sleep disturbance, convulsions, and comas, leading to death.

We have not covered the Yellowtail moth’s spread of the Caripito itch disease in French Guiana, or the vicious bedbugs back in the U.S., but we will get to them at a later date.  For now we must point out that Bible prophecies in the Book of Exodus point to the Jews’ escape from Egypt as a crucial example of end-time judgment.  More than once, God attacked Egyptians enslaving Israel with massive swarms of deadly insects.  The two of us see these infectious diseases, caused by insects around the world, as the first warning strike of the last apocalypse!

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