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The Armageddon Virus? Experts Fear A Disease That Leaps From Animals To Humans Could Devastate Mankind In The Next Five Years

 
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The Armageddon Virus? Experts Fear A Disease That Leaps From Animals To Humans Could Devastate Mankind In The Next Five Years
Armageddon: Scientists have warned that a global viral outbreak is inevitable within five yearsThe symptoms appear suddenly with a headache, high fever, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting.

As the illness progresses, patients can develop large areas of bruising and uncontrolled bleeding. In at least 30&#8201;&#8201;per cent of cases, Crimean-Congo Viral Hemorrhagic Fever is fatal.

And so it proved this month when a 38-year-old garage owner from Glasgow, who had been to his brotherís wedding in Afghanistan, became the UKís first confirmed victim of the tick-borne viral illness when he died at the high-security infectious disease unit at Londonís Royal Free Hospital.

It is a disease widespread in domestic and wild animals in Africa and Asia ó and one that has jumped the species barrier to infect humans with deadly effect.

But the unnamed manís death was not the only time recently a foreign virus had struck in this country for the first time.

Last month, a 49-year-old man entered Londonís St Thomasí hospital with a raging fever, severe cough and desperate difficulty in breathing.

He bore all the hallmarks of the deadly Sars virus that killed nearly 1,000 people in 2003 ó but blood tests quickly showed that this terrifyingly virulent infection was not Sars. Nor was it any other virus yet known to medical science.



Worse still, the gasping, sweating patient was rapidly succumbing to kidney failure, a potentially lethal complication that had never before been seen in such a case.

As medical staff quarantined their critically-ill patient, fearful questions began to mount. The stricken man had recently come from Qatar in the Middle East. What on earth had he picked up there? Had he already infected others with it?

Using the latest high-tech gene-scanning technique, scientists at the Health Protection Agency started to piece together clues from tissue samples taken from the Qatari patient, who was now hooked up to a life-support machine.

The results were extraordinary. Yes, the virus is from the same family as Sars. But its make-up is completely new. It has come not from humans, but from animals. Its closest known relatives have been found in Asiatic bats.

The investigators also discovered that the virus has already killed someone. Searches of global medical databases revealed the same mysterious virus lurking in samples taken from a 60-year-old man who had died in Saudi Arabia in July.

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sounds like lyme or co-infections also from a tick...
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