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By Arthur Zulu

Figure out this puzzle. What are these? Oropouche, Rocio, Chikungunya, Mokola, Duvenhage. Q. Guanarito, VEE, LeDantec, Sindbis, Marburg, O'nyongnyong. Yes, give me your answer.

"Names of new planets" No, come down to earth. "Names of new fish species" No, come off the river. "Botanical names". No, leave the forest. "Characters in a Greek drama". No, exit the theater.

Ok. No idea. Let me help you. Now, try this.

"I am the greatest killer in this century. I was living under the skin of chimpanzees, till some hungry bushmen invaded the forest, killed the game and ate us up. From the forest to the dinner table, I can now be found in the bodies of millions of persons, destroying their immune systems and sending them to their untimely graves. I have a cousin in this obituary business called HIV. What am I?"

Of course, you got it right -- AIDS. So the saying goes in some quarters that someday, a plague would wipe out the world. But can they be right?

Well, if you see emerging new diseases, some with strange names as you saw in the above list, you would subscribe. The common trait about these diseases -- old and new, is that they are deadly and have defied medical cure.

When the Black Death swept ferociously across Europe in the thirteenth century, killing 25 million lives, and defying science, people thought the world was going to end. Well, neither the world nor the siege of deadly microbes came to an end. And there is no guarantee that man will one day discover an Almighty vaccine to wipe out these killer viruses.

True, small pox has been eradicated. But look at this list of oldies that have made a come-back -- Tuberculosis, Malaria, Cholera, Diphtheria and Bubonic plague. And they are harvesting millions of souls!

As if these are not enough, dozens of new infectious diseases have been springing up all over the globe. Like Legionnaires disease, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis C, Vibrio cholerae 0139, E. Coli 0157: H7. Human and equine morbilivirus, and several others. Some of them like Ebola, appear and disappear like a magician doing abracadabra.

Even our cows and chickens are getting mad now (no thanks to the rampaging virus.) And soon men will be getting crazy, or preparing to exit the planet. How?

Consider these scenarios. Suppose a deadly plague defying all known cures appears unannounced. Or suppose a disease like AIDS become air-borne so that we get the pathogen by breathing. You breathe in yours while I breathe in mine.

Well, the result will be mass suicide, and apologists of this theory are betting 50 to 50 that a plague will end the world.

A man must die of something, however. Either of natural causes like a deadly plague. Or of unnatural causes like plane crash.

But which is better? To die of a disease with an exotic name -- Oropouche, Chikungunya, O'nyongnyong, or to die of one with a familiar name -- AIDS, Ebola, Cholera, Tuberculosis or Bubonic Plague.

You have no choice: soon you will know!

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ARTHUR ZULU, The Most Controversial Writer in the World, is the author of the best - selling book, HOW TO WRITE A BEST-SELLER. Download your copy and FREE excerpt at : For FREE writing helps, mailto :

About the author: ARTHUR ZULU, The Most Controversial Writer in the World, is the author of the best - selling book, HOW TO WRITE A BEST-SELLER.


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