|A pandemics expert is trapped in ancient Egypt...|
Habit came with you wherever you went, Lucas Burrows thought. He was an inveterate note maker and liked to keep a record of his work in the field, part medical report, part blog.
Field Report. Plague in the Reign Amenhotep III
The dry, sterile heat of the Egyptian desert preserves everything, so why not a hard drive?
Maybe at some time in the distant future, this laptop will be found by archaeologists and the record of a population disaster, and my nightmare intervention and investigation, will be revealed.
Who knows the future? (Well, I do, to some degree.)
If you are reading these notes, Giulietta, then they will be the longest and most elaborately hidden ones I have ever left.
It’s only been a day since we were last together, yet my gap of separation from you by a chasm of centuries makes me giddy with loneliness. I love you and miss you beyond my capacity to tell.
It’s almost unbearable to think that I cannot simply call you, or send you a text.
(Well, I have an idea about that. A long shot, but then I always said that the longer my notes took to ‘go off’ the better and this one may take over three thousand years.)
But on with the report.
The word epidemiology means ‘the study of what lies on the people’ and I am presently studying, yet failing to comprehend, the terrible outbreak that has visited the population here.
What novel pathogen are we dealing with? Virus? Bacteria? Where did it start? How is it transmitted? Clearly it is highly contagious.
It presents like porphyria, with acute photosensitivity, yet porphyria does not ravage populations, being genetically transmitted and occurring in no more that 1 in 50,000 people.
Is the virus or bacteria magnifying the production of some compound with exposure to the sun, causing severe illness, psychosis and ultimate fatality?
Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad, the saying goes and a worrying symptom of the outbreak is mental instability.
How do the people account for the outbreak?
They see it as a judgment by the gods - specifically the sun god Ra - punishing Egypt for its capitulating to no less than the Habiru god of the desert - Yahweh.
Exodus really happened… Moses, the plagues and the whole cosmic drama unfolded right here and these people lived through it.
And now, on the tail of these cataclysmic events, they are smitten by an eleventh plague, perhaps the most deadly of all…
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