As I write this article, the first case of the Ebola virus has been reported in Toronto, the city I reside in. It does seem very far fetched when all you hear about this seemingly hellish virus happens half way across where you live in another misfortune African country. As it is with many of … Read More
As I write this article, the first case of the Ebola virus has been reported in Toronto, the city I reside in. It does seem very far fetched when all you hear about this seemingly hellish virus happens half way across where you live in another misfortune African country. As it is with many of the events that drive much dismay for us in the West, is all of the military coups, barbaric militia, starvation and now you Africa gave us a another deadly virus. Africans was also the accepted origin of AIDS. There is much to be afraid of these days, we also have ISL to think about and those beheadings, which are now a topic in the United States. The Ebola virus is a special case, because it emotes memories from pandemics we only read about in history classes or in movies. There was a movie in the 90s, it was one with Dustin Hoffman, one which depicted a very interesting story of a deadly virus that arose from monkeys to humans out of Africa. In the movie Outbreak (1995), Hoffman plays a sort of Center for Disease Control (CDC) investigator tracking down the onset of the infection, so that he can find a way to produce a vaccine. As he investigates his way down the rabbit hole, he realizes the U.S. government had been responsible for the design of the deadly virus portrayed in the movie.
Hoffman is distraught at what he finds and avoids the obliteration of an entire town of infected U.S. residents. The movie depicts about the possibility for a deadly virus that causes much grief in the world to be the byproduct of warfare in order to target a specific enemy. So, is the movie based in some kind of truth? There is a lot of speculation about the origin of many of the recent viruses and disease whether it would be the AIDS, Spanish flu, the West Nile virus or Lyme disease. A lot of conspiracy theories do exist which claim these were invented in a lab, thought as usual it is hard to even mention some of what is been said about it all because there is little or not verifiable evidence about the claims. It is interesting however to observe what is being said about the Ebola virus, like why does the U.S. own a patent on Ebola “invention” as it can be see in this patent document. In the summary section it states:
…invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae… In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO:
The idea behind the movie Outbreak (1995) was in fact inspired by the onset of the Ebola virus, it appears the type of reaction Ebola is not as critical as that depicted in the movie, however it is gruesome to read about the events relating to the outbreak in Liberia, where there are containment centers and people infected. Some who have attempted to escape as they are kept in a form of prison. It could be hard to imagine that a government could possibly be behind any kind of malice, to believe in our governments as our protector, our big brother is comforting, but evidence like why does the U.S. hold a patent for the Ebola virus is a fact that should be questioned and widely explored. If there is some tampering in a lab, then perhaps, as it was the case in the Hoffman movie, there just might be a cure and the hope for the suffering of hundreds to stop.
Sources: http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-does-the-cdc-own-a-patent-on-ebola-invention/5395727 http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/08/us-government-holds-ebola-virus-patent.html http://www.bidnessetc.com/23519-tekmera-shares-surge-fda-to-fast-track-ebola-vaccine-amid-threats-of-pandem/