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iceberg". Two decades of intensive study and research in the field of virology have convinced him of one thing: in place of natural and man-made
disasters or nuclear warfare, humanity could face extinction because of a single virus, deadlier than HIV. "An airborne
virus is a lively, complex and dangerous organism," he said. "It can come from a rare animal or from anywhere and
can mutate constantly. If there is no cure, it affects one person and then there is a chain reaction and it is unstoppable. It is a tragedy waiting
to happen." That may sound like a far-fetched plot for a Hollywood film, but Dr Ben -Abraham said history has already proven his theory.
Fifteen years ago, few could have predicted the impact of AIDS on the world. Ebola has had sporadic outbreaks over the past 20
years and the only way the deadly virus - which turns internal organs into liquid - could be contained was because it was killed before it had a
chance to spread. Imagine, he says, if it was closer to home: an outbreak of that scale in London, New York or Hong Kong. It could happen
anytime in the next 20...
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