Matthew 24 Fulfilled!
nd pestilences…-- Diseases
Pestilences, also known as plagues: At least 30 previously unknown diseases have appeared globally since 1973, including HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis C, Ebola hemorrhagic fever and others.
Twenty well-known infectious sicknesses such as tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera have re-emerged or spread since 1973, some reappearing in "deadlier, drug-resistant forms." Less than 20 years ago the medical profession claimed victory over a wide array of bacterial and viral killers. But instead of fading, the cases of infectious diseases have skyrocketed throughout the '90s.
Doctors now warn that the current resurgence of drug-resistant bacteria strains could prove to be more deadly than AIDS. Drug-resistant strains of microbes are having a deadly impact on the fight against tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, diarrhea, and pneumonia, which together kill more than 10 million people worldwide each year.
As AIDS continues its global rampage, the statistics have become staggering. UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS, in its "AIDS Epidemic Update" released in December 2007, stated that between 2.5 and 4.1 million new HIV infections occurred that year. 2.1 million people died of AIDS in 2007, bringing the total of AIDS-related deaths since 1981 to more than 25 million.
• As of the end of 2007, over 33.2 million people are living with HIV / AIDS. (To put that number into perspective, that’s 10 million more people than the population of Australia.)
• The World Health Organization (WHO) says "around the world close to 14,000 every day are infected with HIV and the pandemic is getting worse."
• In the 45 most affected countries, it is projected that, between 2000 and 2020, 68 million people will die prematurely as a result of AIDS. The projected toll is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa where 55 million additional deaths can be expected.
Aside from the above-mentioned plagues, there is, of course, cancer, which is considered non-infectious. Scientists estimate that about 80 percent of cancers are caused by environmental factors. Over 100 different kinds of cancer now kill over 6 million people every year.
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