Scientists warn of a “major epidemic” that may be “the most deadly” in human history! Scientists warn of a “major epidemic” that may be “the most deadly” in human history!

Scientists warn of a “major epidemic” that may be “the most deadly” in human history!

Scientists warn of a “major epidemic” that may be “the most deadly” in human history!

The next pandemic, dubbed the "Great Pandemic," could unleash the deadliest infectious disease known to humanity, experts have warned.
The paramyxovirus family includes more than 75 viruses, including mumps, measles, and respiratory infections, and has been added to the list of epidemic pathogens at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that must be monitored.

One virus, the Nipah virus, can infect cells with receptors that regulate what enters or leaves the cells that line the central nervous system and vital organs.

The death rate for this variant reaches 75% compared to the “Covid” virus.

Scientists point out that unlike influenza and Covid-19, paramyxoviruses “change rapidly” and do not appear to mutate as they spread, but they have become “very good at transmitting between humans.”

“Just imagine if a paramyxovirus emerged and was as contagious as measles and as deadly as Nipah,” Michael Norris, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, said in a statement.

The first discovered parasite in this family, called Rinderpest, was identified in 1902.

It was the second disease ever to be completely eradicated in 2011, after human smallpox in 1980.

Although scientists have known about paramyxoviruses for more than a century, they do not yet understand how viruses jump to new species.

For example, mumps was long thought to affect only humans and selected primates, but cases have been found among bats.

There is also ambiguity about how paramyxoviruses cause minor infections in one host but kill another.

The Strengthening Australia's Pandemic Preparedness report, published in 2022, addresses paramyxoviruses, stating: “As the world continues to better understand these links between human, animal, plant and environmental health, viruses are moving from animals to humans at alarming rates. "On average, two new viruses emerge in humans each year, and an increasing proportion lead to larger outbreaks. Many of these viruses have pandemic potential – the ability to spread across multiple continents."

Finally a "strange mystery" from ancient Egypt is solved!

A new study has revealed that mummified baboons in ancient Egypt may have been imported from far away and kept in captivity.
Previous archaeological discoveries of mummified baboons in Egypt have baffled researchers, because Egypt is not their home. There is also no evidence indicating that the animal inhabited the area in the past.

It has often been speculated that the mummified baboons were likely used as votive offerings by people. She was also elevated to the role of representing Thoth, the god of learning and wisdom, among the various deities depicted as animals in ancient Egypt.

Baboons were likely imported from far away and kept in captivity in ancient Egypt before being mummified, according to the new study recently published in the journal eLife.

The latest findings also indicate that the primates have had their dangerous fangs removed.

Scientists traced the region from which baboons originated by analyzing the genomes of cellular power centers - mitochondria - in the animals' mummies.

One of the mummies in the new study was excavated in 1905 in the Valley of the Monkeys.

Archaeologists dated the baboon mummy sample to between 800 and 500 BC in the late era of ancient Egypt.

They compared the genome with genomes found across the African continent.

“We have comparative samples from almost all the areas where baboons live today,” said study co-author Gisela Cobb.

While historical texts mention that "Punt" - an ancient region from which Egypt imported luxury goods for centuries - is the original place of baboons, the exact location of this place is still unknown.

“Egyptologists have long puzzled over Punt, with some scholars seeing it as a site in early global maritime trade networks and thus the starting point for economic globalization,” Cobb said.

Genetic analysis in the new study indicated that the origin of the mummy sample goes back to a region in the state of Eritrea in northeastern Africa, which in ancient times was called “Adolis.” It served as a trading center for luxury goods and animals.

Based on the latest findings, scientists have argued that Punt and "Adolis" are two different names for the same place and were used at different points in time.
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