In a new documentary, titled Mosquito, the world’s wealthiest man makes a bold claim that a deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humanity than global war, reports the DailyMail.
The documentary, which is set to air next week, chronicles the increasing global threat of an outbreak caused by disease-carrying mosquitos.
Billionaire Bill Gates claims that millions are under a false assumption that deadly outbreaks only occur in third-world countries, which he says is far from true.
“At the top of the list of things I worry about, the risk of a very serious pandemic is quite substantial,” Gates says in the documentary. “‘If you say what could kill 10 million people – yes a war could, but a pandemic is probably even more likely to come and surprise us in that way.”
He also makes the claim that global warming is partly responsible for allowing mosquitos to spread from their usual habitats, posing a greater risk to many in the northern hemisphere.
With the global population rapidly increasing and the more international travel, he predicts that a deadly pandemic outbreak looms in our future and could mimic the damage caused by the Ebola epidemic of 2014 or the SARS outbreak in 2003.
The technology genius further asserts that contentious relations between Russia and North Korea only increase the fear of a possible nuclear war, which has many experts on edge. One single act of bioterrorism could potentially wipe out tens of millions of people, according to the Microsoft founder.
Researchers in the documentary also state that disease-carrying mosquitoes have the capability to “spread like wildfire,” with recent statistics indicating that such vector-borne diseases claim the lives of over 750,000 worldwide each year – numbers that were once unthinkable until recent years.
After leaving his post at Microsoft in 2006, he and his wife, Melinda Gates, set out to establish a foundation that is dedicated to finding cures for infectious diseases, as well as establishing controls to eradicate the threat of future vector-borne pathogens that seek to threaten humanity.
The Mosquito documentary premieres Thursday, July 6 at 9pm on the Discovery Channel.
Here is a summary of the film, as stated on the Discovery Channel’s website:
Mosquitoes kill more than 1 million people a year, many of whom are children. Today, rapid environmental shifts like climate change and the ease of international travel for both humans and goods have only increased the threat mosquitoes pose, hastening their spread around the globe. As mosquitoes are now able to survive and thrive in places they have never before – including Brazil, Florida, and as far north as Washington D.C. and New York – they are bringing diseases like Zika, dengue, and yellow fever to uncharted and unprepared parts of the world.
Shot on four continents, MOSQUITO features insights from world and health leaders as well as intimate stories of the men, women, and children who are living in fear that the next bite could be a deadly one.
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