The Deadliest Virus on Earth

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In the Seventies thousands of Chickenheads rained from the sky in Europe, making foxes and other wildlife perplexed and ecstatic. Why? They were filled with a vaccine to fight the most deadly virus known to humanity – since the Thirties a rabies epidemic had been sweeping across wildlife populations in Europe and human beings desired to ultimately abolish the virus for good.
Rabies is named after Lyssa, the very old Greek spirit of mad rancour, and has been haunting us for at least 4 millennia. It can turn animals into outraged beasts and human beings into zombies that dread water. But what makes Lyssa enrapturing is not just how bizarre and deadly its infection is, but also how incredibly good it is at avoiding our defenses.

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15 Comments:

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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  2. Rabies Virus: Alright lads, slow and steady wins the race
    Doctor, injecting the vaccine to the patient: oh dont worry the virus is slow so the vaccine will work
    Rabies Virus:
    Adaptive Immune System: sup

  3. Philippe Panayotov

    Superb video! <3

  4. Sorry what is civilian cells?

  5. I see you changed the title and it worked

  6. 8:16 Wait a minute…. that pose is familiar..

  7. No🧟‍♂️ wow

  8. But do we know the long term effect? (sarcastic herp derpery)

  9. Despite the virus seeming so smart to avoid all these defense mechanisms and being so efficient it missed 1 simple detail: humans do not use the mouth for basically everything to interact with others unlike other animals.
    If it infected the hands however, that would be a different story.

  10. The thumbnail for this video changed twice now.

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