Vozrozhdeniya Island, A Time Bomb Ready to Explode in The Heart of Asia





Vozrozhdeniya Island - A Time Bomb Ready to Explode in The Heart of Asia

Vozrozhdeniya Island – A Time Bomb Ready to Explode in The Heart of Asia

This island called as ‘A ticking time bomb ready to explode in the heart of Asia’. Because on this island hidden tens of thousands containers containing the deadly outbreak.

Vozrozhdeniya is a small island in the sea border of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In 1954, the island was known by the name of Aralsk-7, a Soviet laboratory facilities of Microbiological Warfare Group.

On this island, the Soviet Union created their most deadly biological weapons, namely disease outbreak. CNN reported, smallpox virus, brucellosis, anthrax, and tularemia are developed and tested on this island. They used to release the virus around the island then record the impact on livestock animals.

After becoming a field of experiment for 40 years, outbreaks of Vozrozhdeniya eventually spread to mainland across Vozrozhdeniya and infect humans. At least 10 deaths have fallen since the outbreak of Vozrozhdeniya.

In 1992, Aralsk-7 is closed. The Soviet government tried to cover up their activities on the island. Scientists and staff received a direct order that the biological weapons they have created must be destroyed or hidden.

Finally these viruses hidden in steel barrels and buried around the island. Within a few decades, there has been a leak that caused the spread of the virus on the island. Any cleanup efforts have been undertaken in 2002, but only 10 points of burials have been found and decontaminated.

The rest are still buried under the ground, slowly contaminate water and land. It is not impossible that the outbreaks was asleep under this land will eventually spread to other lands in the vicinity.




Vocabulary

outbreak

outbreak is a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence; an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world

warfare

warfare is the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; the act of war.

disease

disease is a health condition that has a specific set of symptoms and traits

smallpox

smallpox is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars

virus

virus is ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein

brucellosis

brucellosis is infectious bacterial disease of human beings transmitted by contact with infected animals or infected meat or milk products; characterized by fever and headache

anthrax

anthrax is a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia

tularemia

tularemia is a highly infectious disease of rodents (especially rabbits and squirrels) and sometimes transmitted to humans by ticks or flies or by handling infected animals

livestock

livestock is any animals kept for use or profit

destroyed

destroyed means spoiled or ruined or demolished

barrel

barrel is a cylindrical container used to store liquids

leak

leak is an accidental hole that allows something to enter or escape

undertake

undertake means take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

burial

burial is concealing something under the ground

decontaminate

decontaminate is rid of contamination; clean one’s body or parts thereof, as by washing

contaminate

contaminate means pollute; make it impure or hazardous

eventually

eventually refers to an unspecific time when something will be completed, and it usually suggests it won’t be done soon

vicinity

vicinity means a surrounding or nearby region

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