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Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pestis is the causative agent of the systemic invasive infectious disease often referred to as the plague. The Y. pestis is an extremely virulent pathogen that is likely to cause severe illness and death upon infection unless antibiotics are administered. In the past, Y. pestis has caused devastating epidemics during three periods of modern history; the Justinian Plague spread from the Middle East to the Mediterranean during the 6th-8th centuries AD and killed approximately 25% of the population below the Alps region. Perhaps the most famous incidence of any disease was the devastating Black Plague of 8th-14th century Europe that eradicated 25 million people (nearly 25% of the population) and marked the end of the Dark Ages. The third endemic began in 1855 in China and was responsible for millions of deaths.

Plague is a very serious illness, but is treatable with commonly available antibiotics. The earlier a patient seeks medical care and receives treatment that is appropriate for plague, the better their chances are of a full recovery.

Yersinia pestis is a Gram-negative bacillus member of the Enterobacteriaceae family, and is an obligate intracellular pathogen that must be contained within the blood to survive. It is also a fermentative, motile organism that produces a thick anti-phagocytic slime layer in its path. 

Key characteristics: Gram(-), catalase(+), oxidase(-), indole(-), urease(-)

Ebola Chan's Love has no Boundaries

Its happening

It’s happening

It’s happening

The love (or wrath) of the most beautiful woman in the world Ebola Chan has been unleashed.

But in all seriousness this could easily be the end of modern civilization. With the CDC’s worst case scenario changing from 20,000 to 1,400,000 cases by January in just two weeks the big boys are saying that this could be the end. You just don’t see a disease with a 50% mortality rate hitting an exponential growth rate every day. When it does you see things like The Plague of Justinian preventing the reforming of the Roman Empire, or the Aboriginal populations of nations going to 1% of that nation’s total population. You may ask, but we got modern medicine this time? True and that modern medicine stuff will reduce the morality rate to a low of 40%. Panicking yet? If so prepare yourself for my Ebola worst case scenario predictions.

I.                    Mass panic (Winter 2014/2015)

With the infection of the first American you know this has already begun, and it can only get worse. To put it bluntly the media likes to market fear, because quite simply it sells. When 9/11 happened Americans were glued to their televisions in terror. Al Qaeda could strike at any time and blow you up or even blow Anthrax in your face. Of course though Al Qaeda as a terror organization has some disadvantages to Ebola. For one you can fucking shoot Osama Bin Laden in the face, but with Ebola you cannot. Another thing is that Ebola is not economically constrained and with each death it only grows stronger. But most importantly Ebola Chan looks just like the flu at the beginning. So what you’re going to get is the media circus covering the end of the African race while people that have the flu think that they have Ebola. Needless to say it is easy to see how mass fear could arise in such a situation.

II.Africa falls (2015)

This is already happening, but in case you don’t know Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are on the brink of Civil War. And it is widely known that African boarders are let’s just say permeable. So if any of these countries break down into chaos let alone Civil War you get refugees retreating into all the neighboring countries. These refugees will spread Ebola in the neighboring countries, and you will see the Epidemic spread and cause Civil Wars from country to country in a domino effect. If Western Doctors can’t stop Ebola in a relatively peaceful environment now, how can they stop it in the middle of a Civil War, or in 10 different countries all with Civil wars?

III.                Global Economic Crash (2015)

With the Pandemic destroying African countries, most nations will be forced to close their own boarders. It takes no genius to see that if every country closes their boarders all at once then a recession would result from the abrupt end to mutual trade. (Note this one might not even happen as Western Countries might just let the Virus in because it would be “racist” not to.)

IV.                Democracy falls (2015/2016)

How do you keep a country under control, and its boarders sealed? Suspend Habeas Corpus and declare Martial Law of course. This coupled with a worldwide economic depression could lead to some really bad things. For instance imagine 10’s of millions of Chinese workers out of work (Western export factories closed), and out of imported food. China in such a scenario will be subject to collapse.  Or how about the entire European Union bickering and being even more ineffectual than normal. With states attempting to up and leave in order to protect their boarders, and Euro Snake Bureaucrats trying to use the crisis to turn the European Union into a single nation state. Such Chaos will only leave Ebola room to spread.

V.                  Countries fall one by one (2015-2020?)

While it is possible that if nations could effectively close themselves off from Africa then they could survive at the expense of the Black race. I really can’t imagine them being that competent so it’s only a matter of time until Ebola spreads from nation to nation. No matter how rich the countries are they won’t be able to stop the chaos from the fear of Ebola. This Chaos will only cause industrialized agriculture or least its mobilization to stop. Of course many of the First World countries are extremely urban, and with no food coming in the cities mass starvation can only ensue.   It would not be surprising to see far more people die from food riots than Ebola initially, then from diseases caused by the famine will kill far more than Ebola ever could. Of course you would see gangs of hungry individuals terrorizing and looting the countryside in search of food, which could only spread Ebola further.

VI.                A few dozen Chernobyls (2015-2020?)

In an apocalyptic event people forget to remember how important the maintenance of Nuclear reactors truly is. As in the case of Fukushima the chaos would cause the abandonment or non- supply of nuclear reactors, which would have the tendency to create Chernobyl like 1,000 mile death zones punching holes throughout the formally industrialized world. In the chaos no one in the populace would have any idea what would be happening with the Nuclear Reactors, and 10’s of millions would be likely to die in the wake of their meltdown. Depending on how many reactors meltdown you have the actual possibility of the Global North turning into a radioactive wasteland.   

VII.              Failed States for everyone (2015-????)

With so much sustained chaos occurring in nearly every nation with the reservation of extremely isolated states such as North Korea or Burma, it is safe to say that much of the world will be worse off than in the dark ages. Most what remains would look like Somalia or Chad. The failed states will result in a far increased morality rate due to both sickness and conflict. Much of the Technological progress of industrialization maybe lost for decades, or even centuries. But most importantly of all it will really suck to live in such a world.

VIII.            Endemic Ebola (2014-????)

Also it should be noted that Africa pretty much will have endemic Ebola outbreaks from now on. As with the Black Plague, and Small Pox these out breaks will flare up every now and again and threaten to start a Pandemic all over again.

 

So are you ready for Ebola Chan’s Love? 

 I know that I sure am!!!

Ancient Plague’s DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth (NPR)

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a deadly strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.

They did it by finding the skeletons of people killed by the plague and extracting DNA from traces of blood inside their teeth.

This plague struck in the year 541, under the reign of the Roman emperor Justinian, so it’s usually called the Justinian plague.

Yersinia pestis and the Plague of Justinian 541–543 AD: a genomic analysis. David M Wagner PhD, Jennifer Klunk BS, et al. The Lancet Infectious Diseases - 28 January 2014. DOI:10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70323-2

Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague. McMaster University.

New study links 2 of history's most deadly pandemics

CTV News: A team of international researchers announced Monday that the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, and warned that similar pandemics can strike again.

The Plague of Justinian struck in the 6th century and is estimated to have killed between 30 and 50 million people – virtually half the world’s population as it spread across Asia, North Africa, parts of the Middle East and Europe.

The Black Death struck about 800 years later, killing an estimated 50 million Europeans between just 1347 and 1351 alone.