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Drones And Mosquitoes

By Rocco B. K. Panangadan

Rocco B. K. Panangadan

Rocco B. K. Panangadan

Malaria is a deadly virus that can have effects ranging from headaches and nausea to coma and death. Although it can be controlled by vaccines, if not properly treated it almost certainly leads to death.

Malaria comes from the infected female Anopheles mosquito. It is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions like Africa and Asia.

Malaria is an annoyance in warfare, due to it’s prevalence around the globe, infecting soldiers everywhere. In the First World War, nearly 80 percent of 120,000 French soldiers stationed in Macedonia were hospitalized due to malaria. However, if malaria was used as a biological weapon, the results would be catastrophic. Third World countries like Afghanistan or Iraq would simply not be able to survive the immense number of casualties if malaria was to break out now due to the ongoing civil conflicts.

Malaria as a biological weapon would not be as easily detectable as other viruses or chemicals due to it not being a manmade virus or chemical. It’s natural. People would just think it was a malaria outbreak.

If terrorists were to release 1,000 infected Anopheles Mosquitoes into New York City, the results would be terrible. Tens of thousands of people would be infected. However, everyone would still think it is a malaria outbreak, not a biological attack. But remember, New York City is a big place. You could get

Malaria vaccines anywhere. And the UN can’t just ban the use of malaria in warfare, because, how would they know? It would take hundreds of years just to find out where the mosquito came from.

Of course, necessary precautions can be taken by spraying chemicals that kill Mosquitoes easily. But these chemicals are very unsafe to breathe in.

And malaria is easy to get. You just get a couple hundred female Anopheles mosquitoes and release them into any big city or country. You can mutate malaria too. All you need is a lab. The problem with malaria being so prevalent in developing countries is because they simply do not have any resources. If I released malaria into South Sudan today, there would be no South Sudan because it would simply not be able to stop a malaria outbreak and a large civil war at the same time. Same with Syria. They would not be able to support two conflicts at the same time. But if I was to spread malaria into the US, it wouldn’t be as bad. Sure, there might be millions of casualties, but they would all get efficient treatment because the US is a very rich and politically stable country able to survive dangerous outbreaks like this.

But if I spread malaria all around the world in the event of a world war, the results would be terrifying and shocking. After a few years, the countries of the world would not be able to survive a global conflict and a deadly virus at the same time. Malaria as a biological weapon can easily wipe out developing countries, but in larger countries it would only inflict some minor damage. However, if malaria attacks like this will occur around the world, it would be as bad as a stock market crash. People will suffer, turn to crime and corruption, and the infected would rise. Compare it to the 1918 influenza epidemic. Millions of people died and there was no way to control it. Remember, the influenza epidemic occurred right after the First World War, which made the results even more catastrophic than it should have been.

Natural virus are harder to maintain then man made ones because they break out easily undetected. One example is the swine flu that broke out in 2010. No one expected it, and doctors rushed to create vaccines before there were a vast number of infected. Finally, in August 2010, the World Health Organization declared swine flu officially over. Malaria in warfare has killed a vast number of generals and leaders. Alexander the Great purportedly died of malaria. Christopher Columbus contracted it. And if not controlled, it can wipe out entire armies and cities, making it as dangerous as an atomic bomb.

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    Excellent Roco you certainly are a chip of the old bloc. :-)

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    snoitalutargnoC skcoR, YddaD: 23 Jan 2014, 10:16 pm.

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      Great alone his courage to write an assay on Malaria at this age should be commendable. May “Punchi kolupatiya” -cute looking smart little boy – be an example to all other kids in and out of the country.

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        apologies: it should be essay.

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    OK..who is this young Rocco ? Is it Panagadan’s grand son, Jagath Asoka’s son..? Drones and mosquitoes have something in common. They destroy people..Extinguish both at once ! Like father ..like son -:) Interesting indeed.

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    The name “Panangadan”, if I correctly identify, it’s a name of a village in Kerala. Keralites(Malayalees) and south Indians in general add their village names in front of their given names. It’s a tradition of South India, which is still prevailing in Kerala, Telungu Desam, Kannada, and Tamil Nadu. ‘Panangadu’ means = Palmyrah garden or Palmyrah jungle in Malayalam and Tamil language. The language Malayalam and Tamil are very much the same. Malayala alphabets looks very similar to Sinhala, Telugu, Kannada and even Bengali.
    Palmyrah is a native tree of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and North/east of Sri lanka.. The best natural nutrients filled drink is Palmyrah Toddy..
    The best toddy tappers were brought to Sri Lanka from Kerala those days for tapping Toddy from Coconut trees in the South of Sri Lanka. They got settled in the South and still have their Kerala/Malayala names, but speak very fluent Sinhala and got well mixed with Sinhalese of that area and live like one of them. It’s so unfortunate that we are all so closely related to each other and still see petty differences, fight over little things, kill each other in the name of religion, race and politics. We all have the same gene, same blood and why are we fighting, hating each other ? When are we going to get wiser and learn to respect each other, live and let live ?!!! Can we ever have real peace, harmony in the wonderful land of ours ?!!

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      Bruz, where is your article? I told my readers everything that I have to say: I am done! I have given up writing; I am going to read your articles from now on; please give me more to read. I am bored: ennui!

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        Jagath Asoka & BRUZ

        I have heard about “I scratch your back, you scratch my back,” the mutual admiration society.

        But looks like here one person is doing all the scratching, self admiration society.

        You know when Bruz is going to write next, don’t you?

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          Kutti Machan, come on!You are better than this! Write your own articles please! Writing is like a dangerous virus.

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    Me writing articles ? Nah..not yet, I’m not even a novice but getting inspired reading yours and writers like Sharmini Serasinmghe and a few others I understand, with different styles and interesting or controvercial subjects. Love Dr. JA`s free style, enjoy his open truth, satire, sarcasm, politics, mocking,sincere anger, thinly veiled caution, pouring out the heart, sense , non-sense, humor, un- understandable words, long and complicated puzzling sentences… love them all. I dusted my dictionary and keeping it handy to understand the words he coins or pens and learning new words. Yes, preparations are going on and one fine day I might as well start `firing`my gun on a trial basis, provided CT accepts my debut creation !
    Don`t you worry Kutti Machang -:) one of these days we will try and amuse you. This `NO BODY` is somebody today, no matter what I write, I`m humbled by Dr. Jagath Asoka`s remarks. Even if he laughed at my gibberish I would have been a happy person to have him notice this silent novice. Some one inspired him and his things are beginning to inspire me. There is no scratching or self admiration necessary, if you can understand the BLISS we get within ourselves. Good things and feelings cannot be well explained in words. One has to feel it in, very inside. Cheers !

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    Absolute truth Dr. JA. Writing is like a dangerous virus. It spreads fast, it`s contagious. The best anti-biotic is to write on more dangerous and controversial subjects..let`s try !

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    Welcome to CT, Rocco.B.K P. The article about Drones & Mosquitoes looks good for a beginner. Keep on writing, I can learn from you too.

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    god job rocco

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    Very interesting article,very well written.Well done.

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    Good job rocco

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    Hey Rocco,Great job. Very informative. Keep writing.

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    Good job Rocco. Well come to CT. Hope u gonna be like your father or better than him. Cheers.

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    Hi Rocco,
    Just wanted to let you know that your artical was terrific and very well written for someone your age. It shows what a bright future you have awaiting you. Keep up the good work. I love you, nannie.

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    My name is Mo Bailey. I am Rocco’s basketball trainer. Rocco you are a very bright kid and this article show it. It’s funny, through sports you can learn a lot about a person, and Rocco you are destined for greatness in anything you do.

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    Nice. I didn’t kow Alexendra the Great purportedly died of Maleria. Well, keep writting cousin. Xoxo

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