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Post by DejaMoo » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:54 am

mmmirele wrote:
Zika virus: first case contracted in US was sexually transmitted, say officials

First case of Zika virus contracted in US mainland, confirmed in Texas, is only second documented example of virus being passed through sexual contact

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/f ... tted-texas

Argh. If true (this appears to be barely more than anecdotal) then it's a game-changer.
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Post by Highlands » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:37 pm

Hopefully the CDC is better prepared for this than they were for Ebola. Hospitals, too.


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:26 pm

and the conspiracy nuts are not far away
The Zika Virus Hoax And Covert Medical Op
Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:53
(Before It's News)

Journalist Jon Rappoport has said that he believes the current Zika “virus” to be a fake epidemic, orchestrated by the world’s governments to instil fear into the global population as part of a covert medical operation.

According to Rappoport, there are six key reasons why people are falling ill, and it has nothing to do with the mysterious Zilka virus.

Jon Rappoport reports:

The Zika virus, now being blamed for the birth of babies with very small heads and impaired brains, has been around for a long time—late 1940s, early 1950s—and suddenly, without warning or reason, after inducing, at best, mild illness, it’s producing horrendous damage? This is called a clue. A clue that scientific liars are lying. Furthermore, many of the women who are giving birth to deformed babies test negative for the presence of the Zika Virus.
http://beforeitsnews.com/terrorism/2016 ... 57282.html



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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:59 am

Associated Press
UN: Zika Virus Should Spark Review Of Birth Control Access

LONDON (AP) — The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says laws and policies that restrict access to birth control services must be repealed amid the explosive outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas, which has been linked to an increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

In a statement issued on Friday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the advice of some governments to women to delay getting pregnant "ignores the reality" that many women have little control over the circumstances in which that happens.

To date, the mosquito-borne virus has spread to more than 20 countries in the Americas, including some where sexual violence is rampant, Al Hussein said. He called for laws restricting access to sexual and reproductive health services to be urgently reviewed.


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Post by SueDB » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:49 pm

Mebbe they are hoping it would go..... (dare I say...yes.yes...) Viral... :roll:


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:57 pm

It's bad enough they're the "Tata" company.



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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:08 pm

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Mexico says six pregnant women infected with Zika

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has confirmed six pregnant women are infected with the Zika virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 80, the government said.

They are believed to be the first confirmed cases of Zika in pregnant women in Mexico.

More than half of the total cases of Zika and four of the infected women were detected in the poor southern state of Chiapas, a report from the health ministry said late on Monday. ...

One of the other infected pregnant women is from the southwestern state of Oaxaca, while another is from the eastern state of Veracruz.


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Post by Patagoniagirl » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:18 pm

So far I have read nothing that concretely connects Zika with the rash of birth defects in these poor, rural and agricultural areas. I have read, but cannot find the articles right now, that their are Latin America doctors, researchers and scientists who are looking at the link between pesticides and larvacides heavily used in the area where there are this rash of birth defects.



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Post by vic » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:23 am

Patagoniagirl wrote:So far I have read nothing that concretely connects Zika with the rash of birth defects in these poor, rural and agricultural areas. I have read, but cannot find the articles right now, that their are Latin America doctors, researchers and scientists who are looking at the link between pesticides and larvacides heavily used in the area where there are this rash of birth defects.
Here's some reading:

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Notes from the Field: Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues from Two Congenitally Infected Newborns and Two Fetal Losses — Brazil, 2015

New England Journal of Medicine: Zika Virus Associated with Microcephaly

Respectful Insolence is a site where doctors discuss medical conspiracy theories, etc. Three recent articles there:

Oh, myyyy! George Takei falls for a Zika virus conspiracy theory This article has the above two links, and also discusses claims that the microcephaly was associated with larvicide. Many more links and references there, including information from WHO concerning the larvicide that has been claimed as an alternative cause.

Zika virus and microcephaly: Antivaccine warriors say it’s vaccines that did it!

Zika virus and microcephaly: The conspiracy theories flow fast and furious

Another of my go-to sites is Science-Based Medicine

Zika virus, microcephaly, and calls to bring back DDT

Update on the Zika Virus



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Post by listeme » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:58 am

I was coming here to post some of the links that Vic did. I just transcribed a section of a conference about Zika yesterday and today. The connections between Zika and the birth defects are strong; the larvicide stories are weak at best (unfortunately, because it would make things a lot easier if that were the problem).

The whole conference should be available soon; if I remember I'll put a link up. Really interesting stuff.


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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:11 pm

From the first Respectful Insolence link:
This is what we in the skeptic biz like to call JAQing off (just asking questions)?
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2016/ ... cy-theory/

:rotflmao: Maybe I missed this in the past, but it's a great description. Rharon Rondoo is the Queen of JAQing off!


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Post by TollandRCR » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:55 pm

Pope suggests contraceptives could be used to slow spread of Zika
Pope Francis indicated contraceptives may be used to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, despite the church's longstanding ban on most forms of birth control.

His comments may cheer health officials in Latin America but are likely to upset conservative Catholics.

At a press conference aboard a flight from Mexico to Rome on Thursday, the Pope was asked whether the church should consider contraception the "lesser of two evils" compared with the possibility of women aborting fetuses infected with Zika. The virus has been linked to an incurable and often devastating neurological birth defect.
Condoms could also have been used to slow the spread of HIV. The teaching that the use of this form of protection is a sin must account for tens of thousands of infections and deaths.


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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:29 pm

Xinhua
Zika cases in Honduras spike to over 11,000

TEGUCIGALPA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Honduras registered more than 11,000 cases of people infected with the Zika virus, the country's health authorities said on Monday.

"All the infected people are being treated and controlled with laboratory testing," said Deputy Health Minister Francis Contreras in a press conference.

Last week, health authorities inspected 13,000 buildings in Tegucigalpa amid a fumigation and mosquito nest eradication campaign.

Health Minister Yolandi Batres said "Our interventions have been very effective. We need to follow up on them as, in certain areas, there are closed houses and empty lots full of garbage. We must also make return visits to ensure the recommended actions have been taken."


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:52 pm

Pope Francis today, suggested that contraception is ok in order to prevent zika transmission to fetuses, by prenventing fetuses. IOW,



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Post by Addie » Mon May 23, 2016 7:19 am

WSJ
Mosquitoes With Zika Virus Could Hit U.S. Soon

WASHINGTON—Mosquitoes carrying the dangerous Zika virus are expected to begin infecting Americans within the U.S. in the next “month or so,” the government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday, as officials race to prevent a widespread outbreak of the virus that is believed linked to birth defects.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC that more than 500 Americans already have the Zika virus. But he said all those cases are travel-related, meaning the individuals were either infected while outside the U.S. or contracted it from someone who traveled.

And there are “several hundred” cases that he described as “locally transmitted” in American territories in the Caribbean, such as Puerto Rico.

But the landscape will change soon, Dr. Fauci said, as infected mosquitoes enter the U.S. mainland.

“The concern is that we will have local transmission,” he said. “In other words, people who get infected in the United States, get bitten by a mosquito, but who have never left the continental United States.”


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu May 26, 2016 12:25 am

just off the coast of west Africa:
The virus also continues to march across the Atlantic, with the strain circulating in the Americas turning up on the Cape Verde islands off the western-most coast of Africa. More than 7500 suspected cases have been reported, plus at least three instances of microcephaly in babies. “The findings are of concern because they’re further proof the outbreak is spreading beyond South America and is on the doorstep of Africa,” says Matshidiso Moeti at the World Health Organization.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/20 ... -mainland/



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Post by RTH10260 » Thu May 26, 2016 12:32 am

two historical snippets on Zika based upon the article from above post:
The virus was first identified in Uganda in the 1940s and is thought to have circulated on the continent without causing birth defects such as microcephaly. By the 1960s the strain had spread to South-East Asia, and in 2012 came the announcement that two distinct types of Zika existed – African and Asian. The Asian strain is the one circulating in the Americas.

No one yet knows if people exposed to the African strain may also have some immunity to the Asian virus.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/20 ... -mainland/

and
Zika arrived in the Americas two years earlier than thought
By Debora MacKenzie

The Zika virus ravaging the Americas was carried there by one person – probably from Polynesia, maybe attending a football tournament in Brazil – a full two years before the virus was detected last year. The discovery, and recent changes in human migration, suggest that Zika’s rampage could soon be repeated by other, now-obscure viruses circulating in the southern hemisphere.

Zika is a virus carried by Aedes mosquitoes. It is native to Africa but had spread to South-East Asia by the 1960s. In 2007, it jumped to the Micronesian island of Yap, and in 2013 it appeared in French Polynesia and other Pacific islands.

It was reported for the first time in the Americas in Brazil in May 2015 and has since infected hundreds of thousands of people in 33 countries. It has been linked to a neural disorder, Guillaine-Barré syndrome, and a huge increase in microcephaly and other birth defects in babies born to women infected while pregnant, a phenomenon also seen in Polynesia.

“In less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from a mild medical curiosity to a disease with severe public health implications,” Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, said this week. “The more we know the worse things look.”

Retracing its path
Oliver Pybus of the University of Oxford and colleagues have compared the genetic sequences of seven Zika viruses from Brazil with sequences from Polynesia. The Brazilian and Polynesian sequences are so similar that Brazil’s infection is very likely to have come from Polynesia, they conclude.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/20 ... n-thought/



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Post by Karen Walker » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:11 pm

Rick Scott (R-Dumbassistan) is freaking the fuck out (rightly) over Zika. Zika is a crisis that will directly impact his administration unlike climate change. CC won't give me beach front property in North Central Florida until he is no longer the governor so he doesn't care.

This does not raise to the level of schadenfreude because both are very serious issues but it's close.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott pleaded with President Obama on Wednesday to provide his state with mosquito traps, insecticide and other gear they need to fight the Zika virus, saying it is “profoundly disappointing” that Congress failed to pass a funding package before the start of hurricane season.

Zika causes serious birth defects, and the Republican governor said his state’s hot-and-wet climate is about to get a lot worse, allowing disease-carrying insects to flourish.

“Despite repeated calls for action, Congress has failed to act and now they are on vacation,” Mr. Scott wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama.
:snippity:
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show ... igent-zika



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Post by Butterfly Bilderberg » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:37 pm

The GOP in Congress are raising a major stink that the Obama Administration proceeded to implement the ACA's tax credit insurance subsidies despite the lack of funding legislation -- Congress failed (or refused) to fund the very program it created.

Gov. Scott has a lot of nerve asking the Administration for unfunded assistance for his state.


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Post by TexasFilly » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:32 pm

Yeah, especially when we're still flooding here in Texas. I can soon see Houston as the Zika epicenter of the world (and then Greggy Abbott will hold off suing Obama again for a day or two while he begs for billions in federal dollars).


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Post by Chilidog » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:26 pm

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Post by vic » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:46 pm

TexasFilly wrote:Yeah, especially when we're still flooding here in Texas. I can soon see Houston as the Zika epicenter of the world (and then Greggy Abbott will hold off suing Obama again for a day or two while he begs for billions in federal dollars).
And Orly will demand that they quarantine all mosquitos which cross the border until they are tested for Zika.



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Post by Karen Walker » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:06 pm

GOP: "Zika is a major health crisis & we must act now!"
DEM: "No shit, let's do it!"
GOP: "Great! We are also going to cut funding for birth control so that more babies can be borned with microcephaly, kill all the wildlife & fish in the water, and raise the gawl durn Confederate Flag again!"
DEM: "Ummm about the last parts, GFY."
GOP: "See! We told y'all Democrats hate real 'Merkuns!"

You think I'm kidding...
The Senate blocked a plan Tuesday to spend $1.1. billion to fight the Zika virus, as Democrats objected to added provisions that would limit funding for birth control, allow pesticide spraying near water sources, and raise the Confederate flag. - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/s ... te1Hf.dpuf



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Post by Jim » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:07 am

CDC struggling to wipe out mosquitoes carrying Zika virus
Pregnant women are being warned to stay away from a popular Florida neighborhood over the Zika virus, the first time a warning of this kind has been issued in the United States.

The small Miami neighborhood of Wynwood is home to the largest ongoing Zika transmission in the continental U.S. There are now 14 locally transmitted cases in or near the Wynwood district, among more than 1,600 travel-related Zika cases in the country.

State and county health officials, along with an emergency response team from the Centers for Disease Control, are here, but struggling to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the bug spreading the virus -- because the chemicals they're using to kill the bug aren't very effective, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud.

"They've been applying both chemicals that kill larval mosquitoes and adult mosquitoes every day. It isn't working as well as we had hoped. That could be because some of the mosquitoes are resistant to those insecticides," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More at the link



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