• Signs on the Earth, Viruses

    Posted on June 5th, 2010

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    An Outbreak of Global Pestilence

    An Outbreak of Global Pestilence

    In 1976, Karl Johnson, a world-renowned expert on infectious diseases for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), received an urgent phone call: “An entire hospital has been wiped out and we still don’t know what’s behind the outbreak!” Johnson boarded the next plane for Central Africa and there, near the fetid banks of the Ebola River in Northwestern Zaire, a horrible fever of unknown origin was raging. Several hundred deaths later, the disease vanished as mysteriously as it had appeared. The researchers eventually determined that it was a blood-borne virus, unprecedented, until then, in medical history.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Signs on the Earth, Viruses

    Posted on November 12th, 2009

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    USDA Confirms that Swine Flu Has Moved Back Into Pigs

    USDA Confirms that Swine Flu Has Moved Back Into Pigs

    Washington, D.C. — With thousands of cases around the world, H1N1 has quickly rocketed to the top of most people’s health concerns. It was only a few months ago that the disease first began to appear in the human population, spreading from a small pig farm in Mexico to virtually all corners of the globe in just a matter of weeks. Initially the infection and death rates were low but as the disease began spreading into a pandemic officials began to be concerned about the future of the disease, especially as regular flu season approached.

  • America In Prophecy, Signs on the Earth, Viruses

    Posted on November 12th, 2009

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    CDC: Swine Flu Has Sickened 22 Million in 6 Months

    CDC: Swine Flu Has Sickened 22 Million in 6 Months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, according to startling federal estimates released Thursday.

    The figures - roughly a quadrupling of previous death estimates - don’t mean swine flu suddenly has worsened, and most cases still don’t require a doctor’s care. Instead, the numbers are a long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu’s true toll.

    “I am expecting all of these numbers, unfortunately, to continue to rise,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a long flu season ahead of us.”

    And tight supplies of vaccine to combat the illness continue: Not quite 42 million doses are currently available, a few million less than CDC had predicted last week.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Science, Science and the Bible, Viruses

    Posted on November 9th, 2009

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    An Inside Look at What a Virus is

    An Inside Look at What a Virus is

    The question is simple enough, but it’s a hard one to answer. Fact is that viruses can not reproduce themselves without “help”. Help comes in the shape of a host cell where a virus latches onto with its “tails”. It then injects its genetic material into the host cell. Other viruses have the capacity to simply dissolve the cell wall, and “sink” into it.. Once the DNA of the virus is inside the cell, it takes control of it and forces it, using its resources, to produce more of the same virus DNA and parts of the virus. When most of the cell is used up to produce more virus material, it becomes is so weakened that it bursts like a soap bubble, releasing the new replicated viruses which immediately seek out new host cells to invade and destroy. This is essentially how viruses spread through the body. Luckily, in most cases viruses just attack one particular kind of cell.