Do you think plagues are sent by God? Because there is one plague that's responsible for the death of more people than all the other things that have ever killed a person added together. What is it? Also, is this punishment? And why is it punishing only a certain group of people?
@ 2uesday - I imagine they're more vital than we realise - a bit like wasps I guess. Loads of other creatures will probably rely on them to survive. I'm supposing if they were wiped out - a lot of other species would go with them.
The most dangerous "plague" man has encountered and is suffering from is 'monotheism. It's creation is of his own doing! It very well may be the perpetrator of his, coming, near extinction. The "Doomsday clock" is ticking! Qwark
Sent as in...using a magic wand or a special transmitter type of thing? If so no. The biggest plague would be the human mind. The punishment if any is the fruits that the mind sends forth to manifest in one way shape or form.
It's a tiny number when compared to those killed by malaria in history, although AIDS now kills twice the number of malari per year, the WHO expects this number to fall to virtually nothing in the next 20 years.
AIDS just hasn't had enough time to kill the number of people malaria has, and is now fairly treatable by anti-retrovirals.
It comes from Simian Immuno Deficiency Sydrome which jumped from apes in central Africa in the 1930s.
I thought politicians were mosquitoes... Personally, I don't think God sent the plague of mosquitoes. However, I have a suspicion he sent Al Gore, Sarah Palin, and a few others as the stupidizers of America.
Thanks for the info, haunty. Aside from my smart alec comment, I learned something!
Some believe God is responsible for the mosquito. In the Quran, Allah names them as His creation and specifically states that they have a purpose. In fact, He says that the thing "inside" or "above" the mosquito has a purpose.
As for Al Gore and Sarah Palin, they have a purpose of their own I guess.
"Saliva of blood-sucking arthropods contains a complex and diverse mixture of antihemostatic, antiinflammatory, and immunomodulatory compounds. The D7 salivary family of proteins is abundantly expressed in blood-feeding Diptera and is distantly related to the odorant-binding protein superfamily. In mosquitoes, two subfamilies exist, the long and short D7 proteins." I think this says something to the effect that mosquitoes might be useful for modern medicine in future. Apart from this I have no clue what good they are.
I posted this in 'religious' on purpose, so that when mosquitoes are figured out someone religious might come in and say, 'Say what you like but I will NEVER forgive Noah for not swatting the pair of them while he had the chance!'
Thank you for the info. I never realised they were a food source for birds and bats although I should have, because here we have swallows and other birds that feed in the air on small insects.
It would be good if their ability to make blood flow could be used to help produce a drug that would act in the way Warfarin does but possibly better.
It does makes you wonder why only humans suffer from malaria if mosquitoes feed of the blood other animals too. Plus it is only in certain zones that they can cause Malaria (I think that's right).
It makes you think that if people could stop fighting and put their energies and money into producing a way to prevent this illness (malaria) the world might be actually achieve something good. Unfortunately I would guess there is not huge profits to be made in fixing the problem.
I got to go it's late here, it was interesting to read this topic though.
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