Warm Southern Breeze

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Could malaria be eliminated in our lifetime?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We in the USA – and other developed nations – think nothing of malaria, because we are not directly affected by that dreaded disease.

It is a disease that is entirely preventable and treatable.

However, we are indirectly affected by it.

How, and why?

Malaria remains the single greatest worldwide killer of human beings, and – as the article states – “was responsible for 655,000 deaths in 2010.

Those figures are according to research by the World Health Organization – an organization oft criticized by American political neophytes.

But even more, what’s concerning about this news item is that the exceedingly vast majority of the victims are young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Just to put the loss of life in perspective, the number of combatants killed in the four years of the American Civil (1861–1865) war is approximated to be 620,000 – with an unknown number of civilian casualties.

The adage “nature abhors a vacuum,” certainly has implications in this instance, because if a nation is weakened or obliterated by disease, famine or war, a power vacuum will emerge – which, as history tells us – is often filled by despotic rulers, and frequently from without. Even recent history tells us that such evil rulers often have sought to domineer other people and nations by whatever means available to them.

Thus, it’s easy to understand that the prevention of disease – a nation’s health – is a significant factor in the establishment and maintenance of a nation’s stability, and by extension, peace at home, and abroad.

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria | Health | English

Link: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/health/Mosquitoes-Genetically-Modified-to-Prevent-Malaria-136594818.html

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