VIRUS SECRET’S JOURNEY FROM KANSAS INTO THE HOT ZONE OF THE CDC
“There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.”
―Mira Grant, Countdown
There is nothing so amazing and admirable in this world as a virus, trying to survive. That is something beyond life or death, virus is a super machine that decided it will make it, no matter what. The centuries of the Earth’s organic genesis haven’t erased the viruses as the perfect organisms which are lurking for their hosts. In opposite, they have encouraged them to evaluate themselves into the natural born killers.
I have always been impressed with the potential of viruses to gravitate from the invisible enemies into the visible damage makers. The thousands of them, ready to attack in every single moment when we fail down to protect ourselves or we forget that we are so vulnerable in spite of all our advanced technology. They are so superior in the world of our inferior fear from the unknown. They watch us, feel us, study us….with everything they are not. The absence of their social intelligence could be understood as the presence of their predator instinct for survival. We can call them crystals but when those crystals are attached to our cells, the challenging dance will be the last for us.
Someone mentioned the Bourbon virus? People always link the Bourbon with the famous Bourbon whiskey, American whiskey made from corn and typically memorized with the American South. But, there is a Bourbon county too…not only in Kentucky but also in Southeast Kansas, with the protected areas of Fort Scott National Cemetery and Fort Scott National Historic Site.Now, the Bourbon county will be the place of the birth of a new and mystical virus,the Bourbon virus. Now, the taste of Bourbon whiskey when the sunset falls down on the fields of the Bourbon county will never be the same because the virus has taken the peace away.
We must go back to 2014, the bad time for the farmer from Bourbon County that has been hospitalized because of the hard health conditions: high fever, nausea and rash. The doctors have been convinced it is a Lyme disease but the diagnosis and clinical tests have it denied. The another and unknown living organisms has been found in the farmer’s blood and it was unknown. The man has been bitten by ticks but the virus that has been developed within him was something new for a science. The Bourbon virus.
The medical experts did not know what they are dealing with.Panic and anger because they couldn’t have solved the enigma. The death because the infected 50-year-old man haven’t had enough time to fight back the unidentified enemy. However, the CDC has not wasted the time to discover the subject of the crisis and very fast they categorized the virus as a novel RNA virus :“The CDC places the Bourbon virus in a group of viruses called thogotoviruses. These viruses are found all over the world, and some can cause people to get sick.Medical professionals don’t yet fully understand how the Bourbon virus infects its hosts, but it likely spreads through tick or other insect bites.There is no vaccine or drug that prevents or treats the Bourbon virus. To avoid contracting the Bourbon virus, people should take precautions against tick and other insect bites when they spend time outside. Measures include using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding overgrown and wooded areas, and performing tick checks”
The problem with this virus is multidimensional. First, the family that virus belong to is the known as capable to cause the severe inflammation of the lining of the brain, or a brain inflammation called encephalitis. The Bourbon killer cause also the problems with the blood cells and it makes the problem bigger because it confuses the scientists that we are dealing with bacterial and not viral infections. The similar symptoms that could lead to another newly born virus, the Heartland virus, just takes the precious time and let the disease being faster and aggressive. How to set up the right diagnosis when the indicator is totally new one and unknown ? The ticks and mosquitoes have been always the vectors and reservoirs of some of the most dangerous and deadliest diseases. But, not every insect is infected and not every bite we experience will deliver us the death.That random journey of the unknown viruses from one species to another and from one host to another turn the field of science into the magical stories of hopes that one test will be positive and the first and primary reservoir will be detected. Then, we will be able to talk about the cure and treatment with the 100% successful outcome.
The vital centers of the nature are damaged by the accelerated industrialization of the natural habitats of so many different species. We destroy the borders between our world and micro world and we simply wake up the sleeping cells of the stealth killers. The hidden caves, the undiscovered underground places, the pure rivers….they are all polluted with the greedy mankind’s interest to colonize nature and its welfare. The money determine the destiny of the deluded humanity. The loyalty disorder, or we will be for us or we will be against us. But, who is who in that race?At the end of the day, everything we do against the nature is everything we do against us as living beings.
The Bourbon virus is just one of many what will come on our way and rip the victims for its own survival logic. The answer is in the wrong written DNA of the mankind. We are too much selfish to see the difference between existence and coexistence, but on this Earth, there is a place for anyone, even for a virus. That must be remembered, the worst plague ever have been stopped at one point, but in the meantime, the people have learnt the most crucial lessons, to not be so egoistic and to respect and not demolish what doesn’t belong to them. Simply, some doors should never be opened.