“So this is what is causing the mosquito deaths?” I asked the doctor. “Yes, as you can see here, there are massive amounts of mosquitos that have been spontaneously dying,” Dr. Coleman explained. He pulled out a beaker full of light blue liquid, “this is the disease we think could be causing the deaths, this one vile, if dropped could cause mass deaths.”
“Do we have to worry about any other species of animal being affected if they get bit by mosquitos?” I asked the Dr. Coleman. “Well at the moment the virus cannot infect any other species, besides the common mosquito.” My camera man and I gave a sigh of relief.
“Well instead of trying to stop the disease shouldn’t we just let the mosquitos die, it would be better for everybody.”
“As I said the disease can’t infect any other species, yet it is inevitable that this strain of the disease will evolve and start affecting the animals that eat the mosquitos. That could spell trouble for all of us,” Dr. Coleman explained. “If this disease evolves enough we would have to shut down cross continental travel, just to stop it from spreading.”
I looked over at Sean while we were driving to our next location, I could tell he was worried about this mosquito disease. “Hey man, are you ok, it’s going to be years before the disease can spread, we should have a cure by then.” I said, trying to calm him down.
“That’s not always true there is a big chance this disease is actually the end of the world,” Sean said nervously. “You can’t think like that, diseases don’t usually just evolve it must be pushed by something,” I tried to explain to him.
Two Weeks Later
Now that the disease has appeared in rodents there is a higher chance people can be affected by it. In Africa we have seen some cases of this happening to people and larger animals. They began to feel a burning in their lungs, then they lose cognitive speech, then their eyesight becomes blurred and they can’t keep their balance. After all of that the paralisis sets in, then the host stage begins, this causes the disease to take full control of the body. If the person isn’t killed through this process it will cause a very painful death,and most likely the person will go insane before they die.
“Jacob, Sean, since you already covered this subject when it first hit the scene I’m flying you two out to Africa to interview the families of the victims and the doctors,” our boss said.
“Sir, with all do respect I don’t feel comfortable risking my life in the hopes to get a good scoop,” said Sean.
“Oh please, you can only get the disease if you eat the rats, or if they bite you but after all the mosquitoes died there is no airborne risk. But if you don’t want to go you don’t have to, you just won’t have a job anymore”
“Are you threatening to fire me if I don’t go to Africa?” Sean asked nervously. I pulled Sean to the side and whispered to him, “The disease is only going to affect you if you act carelessly. We need to do this job it will be career changing.”
“I really don’t know about this one Jacob, I’m not going and I suggest you don’t go either,” Sean told me sternly.
I sighed and said to him, “I need to do this, it could change my whole life and I could get a promotion and jumpstart a great career for myself.”
“Well, you are going to have to do it without me,” retorted Sean
We turned back to our boss and I said I would be ready to go Monday. Sean had walked out after telling our boss he couldn’t bring himself to go.
“One more thing,” our boss said, “ Dr. Coleman is going to meet you down there to study the disease closer.”
“Flight 186 to Africa now boarding,” was said over the intercom. I boarded my flight, “So why are we going to Africa,” my new camera man said.
“Well, there is this disease that we are supposed to find out how dangerous it would be if it got to the states.” I was thinking back to what the Dr. said, it was inevitable for this disease to jump species but we still didn’t have a cure. I was having second thoughts about how safe it was for me to be in such close contact to the disease. The plane had already taken off so I convinced myself that I couldn’t change my mind now so I might as well go through with it.
“So we are doing constant tests to try and stop this disease from spreading outside of Africa,” Dr. Coleman said.
“What are some of the precautions you are taking to stop this disease from getting to the U.S.?”
“First, we are restricting anybody from taking flights that show symptoms of this disease, this is easier said than done because the disease will start to show symptoms sporadically, it can start with a simple cough” Dr. Coleman explained as he wrote something down in his notebook. He pulled the vile that he said contained the disease in its primitive state. He explained how this could be the clue for curing the symptoms, while the disease is in its primitive state it can be fought on a small scale.
“That does not mean this is not dangerous even though it is fightable, this contains one of the most deadly diseases,” he said while inspecting the tube.
The flight had taken off when we started to hear a man coughing violently next to us, the flight attendant walked down the aisle, “sir, is there any chance you have come in contact with this disease.” She asked quietly so she didn’t cause a panic. He looked up at her nervously and nodded.
Breaking news, flight 238 African airlines had been carrying a deadly disease. With this news the president has shut off all air traffic control, we are now in a state of total quarantine.