May 25, 2006

FLASH: 25 Million dead, 40 million infected by chimp virus worldwide


Thought I'd bring some attention tonight to the continuing world AIDS crisis, especially the dying of a continent in front of our eyes - Africa. I like Bono's Red campaign - think about getting a Red AMEX - 1% goes to Aids in Africa.

And, let me point out that it's not so farfetched that humans can catch a virus from an animal (or a bird), kill millions and millions worldwide, and scientists cannot stop it.

Now back to the housing bubble...

15 comments:

foreclose_me said...

Boy that graphic sure looks familiar...

foobeca said...

Hey Keith, you can only get the Amex Red in the UK.

Anonymous said...

Africa isn't dying. THe population went up by something like 30% in the last 20 years.

BGManofID said...

What Anon says is true... Africa is still exploding in population. The only part that isn't is the southern end of the continent... South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the other neighboring statelets. And that's because they have lower birth rates. Three children per woman and an HIV rate of 20% will be murder on the population numbers.

BUT... if a country has six children per woman and an AIDS rate of 5% (like most of Africa), the population still goes up, fast.

Anonymous said...

There is no definitive evidence that HIV mutated from a monkey virus. This is just of many theories.

Any deaths from AIDs are horrible, but especially those of children or those affecting children.

Tom DC/VA said...

"There is no definitive evidence that HIV mutated from a monkey virus. This is just of many theories."

"The origin of HIV is now generally attributed to SIV from African primates. HIV-2 is most closely related to SIV-sm, the SIV strain from Sooty Mangabey. HIV-1 is closely related to the chimpanzee strain of SIV, SIV-cpz. The most likely route of transmission from monkeys to humans involves the contact with the blood of hunted animals."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIV

dothemacarena said...

What's this? Are you showing your senstive side now? You surprise me.

keith said...

"There is no definitive evidence that HIV mutated from a monkey virus."

that was proven definitively and announced yesterday - click on the thread's headline

keith said...

just like housing prices, past performance does not dictate future returns.

if aids in africa goes unchecked (as well as other countries that have a hidden crisis - like russia) you'll actually start seeing declining populations

http://tinyurl.com/htfj6

A British scientist has predicted that because of the AIDS epidemic, populations in the worst-afflicted African countries will within 20 years switch over from their present high rate of increase to an actual decrease in numbers.

In Uganda, where 1.5 million people out of a population of 16 million are thought to be infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, the current 3 percent population growth rate is likely to fall to below zero after 2002, with more people dying than being born, the projections say.

In 15 years, Uganda would have 20 percent fewer people than if the AIDS epidemic had not occurred. The population would be 20.28 million, instead of 24 million. Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda, all in the central and east African belt where AIDS has hit hardest, would be similarly affected, the results show.

Anonymous said...

It's Africa, who cares. They haven't evolved in the last x thousand years anyway. Dude from the US goes over to Africa. Sees that they have no water. Dig's well, begins bringing up fresh water from below. Totally amazing. These people are just flat out stupid.

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Excuse me anon, I think you're talking about arizona.

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