What diseases of primates can really threaten humanity

(ORDO NEWS) — In the US, drug manufacturers own monkey islands where infected primates live. What other diseases transmitted by younger brothers can threaten humanity?

Outbreak in the Congo

The first time the smallpox virus was detected in a person in the Congo in 1970. Since 1981, 338 cases of the disease have been reported in Africa in five years, with a mortality rate of 9.8%.

The second major outbreak of monkeypox occurred exactly ten years after the start of the first, in 1991. Then 511 people fell ill.

The disease broke out of Africa in 2003: it was brought to the United States with exotic animals – hamster rats. Then 71 US citizens fell ill, but no one died.

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Monkeypox virus. An electron microscope image of various virions (viral particles) of the monkeypox virus taken from human skin, 2003

Then the disease was continually registered in Nigeria, and in 2019 four cases were detected in Britain. Two of them brought the infection from Africa, and two more became infected already in the country; one of them was a doctor who examined the patient.

Next, Singapore had to take anti-epidemic measures: there, because of an infected person who arrived from Nigeria, 20 people had to be quarantined.

And finally, in 2021, cases of monkeypox were detected in the US in an African tourist and again in Britain, this time on a farm. At the very least, they coped with this disease. And suddenly, in the first 20 days of May, 97 cases across Europe!

Disappointing forecast or new bioweapon

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Most cases of the disease were detected in Spain (30 patients), Britain (20 patients), Portugal (23 patients) and Germany (four patients).

In addition, monkeypox has been identified in Belgium, Greece, Israel, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Scotland and the United States.

By a strange coincidence, just a year ago, in 2021, the Americans conducted a simulation on the topic: what will happen if the world is struck by an epidemic of this monkey disease?

Strangely, the study was conducted by NTI, a non-profit organization called the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Her conclusions were disappointing for the whole world.

It turned out that humanity, which had completely forgotten about smallpox and stopped vaccinating everyone without exception, was unarmed in front of it.

If the outbreak is not contained, 480 million people will become ill with monkeypox by 2023. At the same time, “according to the scenario” of the research, it turns out that smallpox in primates is not a simple virus, but specially edited in laboratories.

Therefore, according to the NTI forecast, in the event of a primate smallpox pandemic, more than three billion people will be ill in the world, and at least 300 million will die.

How can one not recall the games of the same American scientists with the coronavirus of bats, the “study” of which took place just a year before the covid pandemic!

You will be surprised, but NTI researchers are very interested not only in the monkeypox virus, but also in the use of chemical agents during the First World War against the Russians and in the arsenals owned by the Soviet Union.

Victims of homosexuality

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Monkeypox lesions. Right arm and torso of a patient with lesions during an active monkeypox infection, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997

The symptoms of primate smallpox are unmistakable. The incubation period can be up to 19 days, but more often it is seven to ten days. Then the temperature rises in the infected person, the head starts to hurt and feel dizzy, vomiting and muscle pain may appear. Lymph nodes greatly increase in size, painful and mobile.

Three days later, a rash appears on the human body – on the head, palms and soles – which turns into blisters. In some people, the rash covers the entire body. Then the blisters turn into ulcers and, like smallpox, leave scars on the skin.

The patient’s condition worsens, pressure drops, pulse increases. With mild to moderate severity of the disease, recovery occurs in two to three weeks. In a severe course of the disease, the patient may die from sepsis, damage to the lungs or brain.

An interesting fact: epidemiologists associate the spread of monkeypox in Europe with two gay festivals, which were more correctly called homosexual orgies.

One took place in Antwerp, and the second went for ten days on the island of Grand Canaria in Spain. 80 thousand people had fun and had fun there! It remains to add that it is impossible not to get infected through sexual contact.

And if we recall the long period of incubation of the infection, then at the beginning of summer a real epidemic of monkey disease can begin among European LGBT supporters! It is already known that Belgian patients participated in the gay festival in Antwerp, and 24 Spanish patients visited one gay sauna.

Marburg and Ebola

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However, smallpox is by no means the only disease that interested forces can blame on monkeys. Hemorrhagic fevers caused by Marburg and Ebola viruses are the most famous dangerous viruses transmitted to humans from monkeys.

The Marburg virus was first identified in 1967 in Germany, in the city of Marburg, which is why it got its name. The lethality of this disease reaches 50%; The virus is transmitted by all body fluids, including airborne droplets.

The disease begins with a general malaise, and ends with clouding of consciousness, liver damage and internal bleeding. Separate outbreaks of the Marburg virus were observed in the world, in which up to 84% of the sick died.

Despite the fact that the Ebola virus is not transmitted by airborne droplets, in some cases the lethality reaches 90%. A person dies in agony from internal and external bleeding. Those who have recovered remain dangerous for up to nine months, shedding the virus in semen and breast milk.

This disease was first reported in 1976 in Zaire and Sudan. The largest outbreak of Ebola was registered in 2014 in several countries at once: the USA, Britain, Spain, Italy, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia and Congo.

Then 27,748 people fell ill, the mortality rate was 41%. And the most famous took place in the USA in 1986. The disease was brought with infected monkeys from Africa.

Fortunately, the virus had features and was not transmitted from person to person. The American film “Epidemic” is just about this.

Yaba and Tana viruses

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A monkey infected with the Yaba virus

In addition to monkeypox and chickenpox, which primates can also transmit to humans, there is a pathogenic Yaba virus. In monkeys, it causes a rapid growth of tumors on the face, and in humans, a rash all over the body. A rash and malaise in humans can also be caused by the Tana virus.

But the monkey herpes virus B is deadly for humans, its lethality is 70%. Those who were sick, but were able to stay alive, remain crippled forever.


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And finally, primates are carriers of the immunodeficiency virus, which in some incredible way was transmitted to humans in the late 1970s of the 20th century.

Scientists are still wondering how it happened. And the most desperate believe that the Americans could not do without this time.

African monkeys themselves practically do not get sick with the virus (with the exception of chimpanzees), but their Asian relatives – macaques, having become infected with the immunodeficiency virus, quickly lose weight and die from generalized infections: streptococci, staphylococci, fungi, pneumococci and oncology.

In addition, humans and primates have common diseases that are caused by unicellular organisms: these are dysenteric amoeba, malaria, as well as amoebiasis, giardiasis and balantidiasis – with these diseases, gastrointestinal disorders occur; There is also cryptosporidiosis.

Monkey possessions in the USA

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You will be surprised, but there are islands in the world full of sick monkeys. And all of them are connected with the USA. One of them is located in Liberia, on the west coast of Africa.

It is inhabited by chimpanzees infected with herpes and river blindness virus (onchocerciasis), which in 1974 here in Liberia were studied by nice specialists from across the ocean.

And when the program was shut down, compassionate researchers simply evicted the chimpanzees to the island. They cannot swim away from it, and volunteers periodically feed them. In fact, the island has become a real natural laboratory of viruses.

But this is not the only reservation of its kind. Another colony of macaques infected with various viruses lives near the coast of the United States, on the sea island of Morgan (South Carolina).

There is a subtropical climate, and now about five thousand macaques live on the island. All of them were infected with viruses in one of the American laboratories in Puerto Rico, but then made a mass escape.

After several outbreaks of herpes among people, it was decided to capture and relocate the monkeys to the island.

The monkeys are now owned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States, and research is being conducted by Charles River Laboratories, which, by a strange coincidence, produces various medications. There will be an epidemic – there will be profits.


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