An article from Mail and Guardian is a great example of how media outlets need to understand the importance of how we use langauge to depict diseases. The article states “Ebola is the Grim Reaper’s horseman, leaving death, fear, and ruin in his trail” (Onyango-Obbo, 2014). This specific language elicits many emotions in the reader - it creates panic and alarm, and is a fear-mongering tactic. The metaphor compares a disease to the epitome of death and destruction, the Grim Reaper. Because of this, those who read the article then relate their feelings towards the Grim Reaper and death, a known and understood feeling, towards Ebola, without having dealt with the disease at all.
In response to the Ebola scare in 2014, many people evinced strong fear and xenophobia (Kim, 2016). Especially about the zombie-like symptoms of the virus. In addition how does the virus slowly kills the victim without even realizing that he’s suffering from Ebola virus by replicating and filling the body with crystallized viruses hence damaging the human cells just like a new living organism controls another’s body and killing it bit by bit. To exemplify my relatives used to live in kenya about 43 years ago they were surrounded by ill people that make them terrified and fearful of getting the highly contagious disease, therefore they left kenya and currently they live in the UAE. The most complicated part if you were surrounded by Ebola virus is to calm people down and instead of leaving the country finding beneficial solutions so that the virus won’t disperse from one country to another.
These two diseases are related because they are both regarded as an ominous incurable disease. Tuberculosis was deemed so mysterious and contagious that even uttering the word could cause the person to catch the fatal disease. The same thing happens now with cancer. As Sontag describes, “as long as a particular disease is treated as an evil, invincible predator, not just a disease, most people with cancer will indeed be demoralized by learning what disease they have” (7). Instead of stereotyping the disease or simply disregarding the fact that patient has the disease, it should be described in the most straightforward way possible.
How many people do you think have thought about dying from such a little creature? Yellow fever is a deadly flu-like disease caused by mosquitoes. The disease can give you a high fever and turn your eyes and skin yellow, which is also known as jaundice. There are different stages of yellow fever. There is no cure for yellow fever, but it can be prevented with a vaccine (Healthline).
AIDS is a deadly virus which infects a large population around the globe. This virus affects the cellular system of the body which affects the healing ability of the body for the infections and injuries. This is a man made disease or virus, which was debated by every nation that who created it and why? Though, this could be to achieve any national interest or highly secret motive. In this report on the comparison of the bodies which are active in the AIDS campaign and whose presence affects the AIDS epidemics and the budgets of overcoming the AIDS around the globe.
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms the immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts the person at risk for serious infections and certain cancers. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV.
The North American Smallpox Epidemic (1775-82) A report on the nature of losses and the complex set of factors that caused the disaster, based on our understanding of the concepts of risk and vulnerability. Historical perspectives and introduction The smallpox epidemic that devastated North America from 1775-82 is one of the worst cases of disease outbreaks that the world has ever experienced. It coincided with the American Revolutionary war and hugely aggravated the effects of this contagious disease. Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by the Variola major virus, though a much milder form of the disease was also caused by the Variola minor virus. The disease spreads when healthy individuals inhale droplets of saliva from infected
Often, healing is connected to negative wording. We fight against a disease, we fear allergy attacks, and use aggressive care to approach a life-threatening disease. We talk about war on cancer, war on bacteria that are entering our system, and only recently, the war on the Zika virus. And each TV ad for pharmaceutical products to remedy any kind of symptom or illness is instilling the feeling of fear. Whenever we use words like war, fight, attack, aggressive, or threatening in any context, our body reacts with stress and fear, which is counter-productive to our attempt to heal.
To do this, certain offences against the person has to be created or amended to encompass the spread of a serious disease as a criminal act. But before all this, one needs to understand the scientific definition of HIV and why this disease is deemed to threatened the life of a human being and why it stands out as a dangerous disease. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) . The virus was discovered in France in 1983 and in the United States in 1984 . In the United States, it was initially identified in 1981 after a new disease was found to be targeting homosexual men and leading to uncommon types of cancer appearing on the
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country & what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me – Louise Pasteur (founder of antirabies vaccine). 1.1 An Overview of Rabies Rabies, an ancient disease mentioned in the Vedas and other ancient scripts. Rabies is a viral disease which causes acute encephalitis in warm-blooded animals (APCRI, 2006). It means “furious” in Latin and commonly identified throughout the ages for its terrifying effects on both animals and humans in the same way.