Does nature attack us?

It seems that in recent times nature is unleashed. The coronavirus from bats or pangolins, West Nile virus from mosquitoes, amoebas' eat brains'that are once again the candlestick. Not to mention the gorilla that attacked its caretaker, orcas collide with ships in Galicia, the crocodile in Valladolid or the black panther in Granada. Something must be happening for us to be living the reissue of Rebellion on the Farm in our own flesh, the novel by the great British writer George Orwell.

There are countless examples of the consequences we pay for our actions. Perhaps one of the most striking was the one they suffered the discoverers of Tutankhamun's tomb. Both Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, and most of the press of the time they came to think and helped spread the legend that the tomb was protected by magic. All because the death of a large part of the people present during the opening of the Pharaoh's burial mound was triggered. Years later it was discovered that most of these deaths could be related to a fungus called aspergillus. Could lie dormant in spore form for thousands of years and activated in contact with air, when opening the tomb. Aspergillus is capable of producing lung infections and sometimes even real fungal balls inside the lung, which can end up eroding it and producing even fatal bleeding, whose only solution is usually surgery. It most frequently attacks children, the elderly, and immunosuppressed people. As almost always, the blows are taken by the weakest.

The 'brain-eating' amoeba has come to be called this since its main Harmful effect is produced by the destruction of this organ. The Naegleria Fowleri, which is its technical name, is located in polluted waters. For example sewage, swimming pools or even running water. This means that it cannot be used, except for toilets, in places where cases have occurred.. Nasally, that is, by inhalation, it penetrates the brain, causing a mortality greater than 90%, according to various publications. The latest episodes have occurred in the state of Texas and also affects children and the elderly more. In our country there has been the case of a girl in the town of Torrijos, province of Toledo. Fortunately, he managed to survive despite the poor prognosis of the infection.

He West Nile virus, which causes fever that receives the same name, is a disease that it is spread through common mosquitoes, present almost everywhere in the world. From Sub-Saharan Africa it spread to the rest of the world. It seems that it is initially transmitted between birds, being very deadly in corvids. Mosquitoes can transmit the virus, through bites from birds to horses or humans. It also attacks the brain producing meningoencephalitis. Fortunately only occurs in 1% of cases, but there have been several deaths worldwide. In our country, episodes have been known for years in Extremadura and Andalusia. Lately there have been new cases that have even reached Seville, with outbreaks in Coria del Río and Puebla del Río. It is very likely that it is more widespread than we think throughout our geography. As in the case of amoebas, it will be essential to clean up stagnant or sewage water to avoid the proliferation of the mosquito. In both cases it will always be preferable to take extreme prevention measures. Also the use of mosquito nets or repellants can help.

Let's be respectful of our environment. Let us be aware of climate change and that with our little grain of sand we can help so that nature and the planet in general do not turn against us and end up paying, 'sooner rather than later', our descendants.

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