In a recent letter (Aug. 25 issue), Leo Mazerall decries globalism as the vector for various diseases he cites, such as “AIDS, E. coli [maybe he means the Ebola virus, as E. coli comes from contaminated meat or surface water runoff], dengue fever, sleeping sickness, leprosy, swine flu and COVID.”

I am really thankful for his concern about the scourge of these diseases that affect so many people in Maine and the U.S. in general. In fact, I will probably never sleep again, being so worried that I may contact leprosy in my daily life.

Perhaps if I wear a HAZMAT suit I will also avoid sleeping sickness (from the CDC:  “African Trypanosomiasis, also known as ‘sleeping sickness,’ is caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei. It is transmitted by the tsetse fly (Glossina species), which is found only in sub-Saharan Africa.”)  Perhaps, however, Mr. Mazerall is on to something: Te fly is rife in Stockton Springs.

In Mr. Mazerall’s condemnation of contemporary globalism as a spreader of these diseases, he is perhaps unaware of the effect of smallpox on indigenous populations, who were the first victims of the globalism he denounces.  Lacking natural immunity, it is estimated that 30% or more indigenous peoples died. A quick Google search provides numerous sources.

So, to be intellectually honest, Mr. Mazerall should also denounce the European globalism which decimated indigenous populations. In this case, “Globalism brings rise in diseases.”

So, I will face all my tomorrows, bravely, in my HAZMAT suit, with a fearful eye cast on those tsetse flies and aedes aegypti mosquitoes swarming throughout Maine.

Larry Abbott

Belmont