Darmouth 2k9 File Name Lab SS JZ Disease Impact Defense Disease can’t cause extinction Malcolm Gladwell , staff writer for the New Yorker and best selling author, 1999. Epidemics: Opposing Viewpoints , 1999, p. 29.p. 31-32 Every infectious agent that has ever plagued humanity has had to adapt a specific strategy but every strategy carries a corresponding cost and this makes human counterattack possible . Malaria is vicious and deadly but it relies on mosquitoes to spread from one human to the next, which means that draining swamps and putting up mosquito netting can all hut halt endemic malaria. Smallpox is extraordinarily durable remaining infectious in the environment for years, but its very durability its essential rigidity is what makes it one of the easiest microbes to create a vaccine against . AIDS is almost invariably lethal because it attacks the body at its point
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