The newest virus symptoms are the same as flu. Sudden intense headache, high fever, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting - just like when you binge-drank your brain into oatmeal pancakes at parties as a teen.
But this is no party hangover. Crimean-Congo Viral Hemorrhagic Fever is fatal. The first guy in Britain to get the thing just died. He was bitten by a tick while visiting a relative in Afghanistan.
Professor John Oxford from University of London is a world authority on epidemics. He warns there will be an animal-originated pandemic with worldwide scourge force in the next five years. And it will kill millions.
Not news, but the clock is ticking. More and more ferocious viral and bacterial infections are brewing in animals and jumping the barrier to humans. And those under 30 will die first. Why? An immune system response called ‘cytokine storm.' The younger have strong immune systems that will react too fast to the invader and literally cook them to death.
Not much of a consolation is it... So the question on doomsday pandemic is not if, but when, and when is less than a decade away.
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