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Pakistan: Massive Floods, Islamic Suicide Bombings, Now an Unprecedented Outbreak of Dengue Fever


By Masroor Gilani – “Already cursed by floods and suicide bombings, Pakistan now faces a new menace from an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly tropical disease dengue fever.

In less than a month, 126 people have died and more than 12,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, which has spread rapidly among both rich and poor in Pakistan’s cultural capital Lahore.

Dengue affects between 50 and 100 million people in the tropics and subtropics each year, resulting in fever, muscle and joint ache.

But it can also be fatal, developing into haemorrhagic fever and shock syndrome, which is characterised by bleeding and a loss of blood pressure.

Caused by four strains of virus spread by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, there is no vaccine — which is why prevention methods focus on mosquito control.

Pakistani authorities in Lahore have blamed the crisis on prolonged monsoon rains and unusually high seasonal temperatures.

But furious locals say the outbreak is yet another example of government inefficiency, citing a failure to take preventive measures to kill off the mosquitos and lengthy power cuts.

Saad Azeem, 45, is a police officer who should be out spraying the streets with insecticide, but he is laid up at home suffering from the fever and mourning the death of his elderly father.

‘My father was 79 years old and a retired deputy superintendent of police. His death due to dengue fever really shocked us,’ Azeem told AFP.

‘This dengue has become a calamity.'” Read more.

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  1. Anonymous
    09/29/2011 at 7:59 PM

    I don’t know what opinion you all may have of David Wilkerson. I listened to him for years and got his newsletter and devotionals. Always impressed me as a sincere, humble man of God – maybe the last great prophetic voice of our generation.

    He published a book way back in 1973 called “The Vision”. I’ve never read the entire thing, but recently listened to a message from Times Square Church in which the pastor read an excerpt. It truly froze my blood to hear how accurate his words are in our present time. He specifically mentions Pakistan and India as being struck by widespread epidemics. If that seems like it’s not too hard to predict, the other things he said are really amazing. I would be willing to share the excerpt in printed form, but I don’t know if I can attach a PDF file on the blog here. If anyone would like to see it, let me know. It truly stopped me in my tracks.

    AHF

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  2. 09/29/2011 at 8:04 PM

    I went to Times Sq Church from 1988-1994, met my wife there, and got married there in 1990.

    I met David Wilkerson, and heard many, many sermons from him. Very unique man with a sincere heart for God.

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  3. ICA
    09/29/2011 at 8:06 PM

    AHF do you have a link to the PDF?

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  4. 09/29/2011 at 9:24 PM

    AHF I would love to see this as well – I get his devotional sent via e-mail every day even though he is now gone and it is the best part of my day – I look forward to it each morning on arrival at work – he truely does have a message that all should hear

    WN

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  5. Anonymous
    09/29/2011 at 11:24 PM

    ICA – It’s just on my own computer. I transcribed it from the sermon. There are also numerous websites which have excerpts from the book. If it’s not possible to post it due to copyright issues, I can send it privately via email. Let me know what you want to do.

    AHF

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  6. Anonymous
    09/30/2011 at 12:05 AM

    Kurt – That’s awesome. I do remember now that we discussed this when Brother David passed away back in April.

    Willard – I agree. His devotionals are STILL a great source of encouragement for me. They were especially prophetic in the last couple of months of his life. Go back and read them. Mindblowing.

    Here is the link to the video of Carter Conlon’s message (now Senior Pastor of TSC), in which he quotes the excerpt from the book:

    http://www.tscnyc.org/media_center.php?pg=sermons#top

    The one thing he doesn’t mention is another excerpt from the book that really got my attention. Wilkerson said:

    “The United States is going to experience in the not-too-distant future the most tragic earthquakes in its history. One day soon this nation will be reeling under the impact of the biggest news story of modern times. It will be coverage of the biggest most disastrous earthquake in history.
    It will cause widespread panic and fear, Without a doubt, it will become one of the most completely reported earthquake ever. Television networks will suspend all programming and carry all day coverage.
    Another earthquake , possibly in Japan (!!) may precede the one that I see coming here. There is not the slightest doubt in my mind about this forthcoming massive earthquake in our continent.
    I am not at all convinced that this earthquake will take place in California. In fact, I believe it is going to take place where it is least expected. This terrible earthquake may happen in an area that not known as an earthquake belt. It will be so high on the Richter scale that it will trigger two other major earthquakes.”

    The book is only $5.00 available on the TSC website.

    AHF

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  7. ICA
    09/30/2011 at 11:37 AM

    I think I may have heard that sermon before. I also listened to a radio program recently that talked about it, and it also read a letter that was attributed to Wilkerson from years ago that spoke about a European country going bankrupt, which would create a snowball effect where one or two more European countries would default, then Mexico, and it would eventually hit the United States one or two weeks after that. Not sure what to make of it, but it was brought up on the radio program because of the situation happening right now with Greece and the European Union.

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