Just a little more than a decade ago, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak dealt a death-blow to the travel industry. Considered an incurable disease that spreads rapidly by contact of infected people, the speed of the viral propagation paralysed public transportation. People were petrified. Official warnings were issued to cease all unnecessary travel and contact with people. As the transport industry grinds to a halt, so does the economies of hard-hit Asian countries.
Just a year ago, the threat was Ebola emanating from Sierra Leone. Thankfully, that threat fizzled out. Next bird flu hit American farms. More than 30 million of birds were culled so far. As the supply of chicks dwindled, so is the supply of eggs. “Egg prices have tripled at some supermarkets because of bird flu, bedeviling consumers, restaurants and others as they scramble for solutions.” – USA Today. So far, bird flu is only affecting chicken related industries and poses a lesser danger to humans. The Poultrysite reports these recent chronological events:
Egg rationing in America has officially begunIn recent days, an ominous sign has appeared throughout Texas. “Eggs [are] not for commercial sale,” read warnings, printed on traditional 8 1/2-by-11-inch pieces of white paper and posted at H-E-B grocery stores across Texas. “The purchase of eggs is limited to 3 cartons of eggs per customer.”
Scientists race to decode secrets of deadly bird fluThe worst avian flu outbreak in the nation’s history has spawned a series of investigations by Minnesota disease researchers to figure out why this new and exceptionally deadly virus is behaving in such bizarre ways.
The latest threat is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coming from South Korea. MERS shuttered more than 2200 schools in South Korea, killed 9 people and infected another 108. Neighbouring Hong Kong is taking no chances. It has issued a red alert advisory, the second-highest outbound travel advisory on a three-point scale, is defined as a “significant threat” according to the Hong Kong government. The advice means people should “adjust travel plans” and “avoid non-essential travel”.
This is a potential SARS redux (read “Sneeze of Death“).
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.