Devastation and Disease in Africa

1502 WordsJun 24, 20187 Pages
Throughout time, scientists have discovered new ways to help save lives and help people live longer, but this causes a major problem around the world. Birth rates are almost double to that of the death rates, and the earth’s population is reaching the seven billion mark. Continents everywhere worry about what is to come with the rising population because it is causes many resources to deplete and diseases to spread. These very problems are already occurring on the continent of Africa.. In Africa, overpopulation is causing an immense amount of disease to spread more competently due to the close living quarters and a lack of clean water. Population around the world is rising hastily, so fast that the world’s population has just reached…show more content…
Sleeping sickness is a disease carried by a parasite, Trypanosoma, that bites and infects cattle. It then spreads to people when a fly that bit the cattle that was infected, bites the people moving the cattle around (Hays 358). Realizing that the disease is transmitted through insects helped doctors to see how malaria and yellow fever also spread so quickly this helped them see that overpopulation was such a great issue because it enhances the spread of these diseases because more people in one area allows insects to infect more people in a less amount of time. Symptoms of sleeping sickness include common effects to those of common colds and flus (Hays 358). Because the sleeping sickness is so similar to a common flu many people would go on with their normal daily activities, around other people. In the case of overpopulation worldwide, this can help doctors around the world see that other diseases with unknown causes can possibly be spread through parasites because it may show specific signs that a parasite started it, but was transferred through insects. Diseases in Africa, like African trypanosomiasis, often have very similar signs to a common illnesses, so most of the time the victims will not be genuinely worried about it and live their lives around the people of there town, but because of overpopulation the number of people they are around is greatly increased
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