Thursday, April 30, 2009

The mighty swine vs. the feeble mosquito

The pesky feeble little mosquito, sole distributor of malaria, is killing 3000 people EVERY DAY!

On 25 April 2009, World Malaria Day passed unnoticed for most so-called “developed countries”.

I cannot recall seeing a single report on this subject in any media headlines here in South Africa. According to Wikipedia there are approximately 515 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people every year, the majority of whom are young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. Although some are under development, no vaccine is currently available for malaria, which means that big pharmaceutical companies are unable to rake in billions of dollars in a short amount of time.

In its entirety, the economic impact of malaria has been estimated to cost Africa $12 billion USD every year. The economic impact includes costs of health care, working days lost due to sickness, days lost in education, decreased productivity due to brain damage from cerebral malaria, and loss of investment and tourism. In some countries with a heavy malaria burden, the disease may account for as much as 40% of public health expenditure, 30-50% of inpatient admissions, and up to 50% of outpatient visits.

One would think that these fact and figures would be widely published by the media to create world awareness on 25 April, but guess what? The world feels nothing for Africa. There are better ways to create real health risks on a global scale and make billions of dollars in today's crumbling economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) effectively diverted all attention from the deadly effects of malaria by proclaiming the “good news” that thanks to a huge increase in the distribution of mosquito nets over two years, malaria mortality rates in Zambia have been cut by 66 per cent. Wow that’s fantastic! Now what about all the other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa?

“Oh, never mind that, we have a new crisis on our hands right now!”

In the light of the deadly mosquito’s wake of destruction, I find it rather odd to see feverish news headlines dominating our planet’s airwaves at the very instant when seven people in Mexico were confirmed dead as a result of swine flu, which is basically a contagious respiratory disease, caused by a type-A influenza virus that affects pigs. The current strain, A(H1N1), is a new variation of an H1N1 virus -- which causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans -- that also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu.

Almost every TV channel and radio station across the planet is broadcasting the news on a 24-hour basis that “SWINE FLU” could be the leading edge of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

“Please don’t panic – we have everything under control!”
In the mean time, --- more than half a dozen pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences Inc., Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and other companies with a stake in flu treatments and detection, have seen a rise in their shares in a matter of days, and will likely see revenue boosts if the swine flu outbreak continues to spread.

This is NOT the First Swine Flu Panic

In 1976, public warnings about swine flu pandemic resulted in a massive swine flu vaccine campaign. Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths. However, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-Barré Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. And guess what? The swine flu pandemic itself never materialized!

And what’s more, --- if the new vaccine currently under development turns out to be a killer, the pharmaceutical companies responsible are immune from lawsuits. There is thus nothing stopping the governments of the world from mandating the vaccine.

What are the death forecasts for swine flu?

Although it is very difficult to forecast a pandemic, (unless you have insider information), an Australian news source mentioned that even a mild swine flu epidemic could lead to the deaths of 1.4 million people and would reduce economic growth by nearly $5 trillion dollars (Source).

This sounds very much like the outlandish cries of the pandemic bird-flu when President Bush said two million Americans would die as a result of the bird flu? In 2005, in 2006, 2007, and again in 2008, those fears were exposed as little more than a cruel hoax, designed to instill fear, and line the pockets of various individuals and industries with loads of easy money. (See in this regard: The Great Bird Flu Hoax, an eye-opening book written by Dr Joseph Mercola).

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