New virus- Zika

ianvr

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I've been reading around the spread of this mosquito born virus. It seems to be spreading fast and with the Olympics in Rio this year, will result in more infections. What worries me is the talk around genetically engineered mosquitos and future vaccines.

https://www.rt.com/news/329880-zika-virus-global-scare/

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Gaby

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What strikes me is how the virus has managed to change the shape of the brain in thousands of babies in such a systematic way:

As the Zika virus rages, El Salvador asks women not to get pregnant until 2018
http://www.sott.net/article/310832-As-the-Zika-virus-rages-El-Salavador-asks-women-not-to-get-pregnant-until-2018

The hardest-hit country has been Brazil, where more than 1 million people have contracted the virus. In the past four months, authorities have received reports of nearly 4,000 cases in which Zika may have caused microcephaly in newborns. The condition results in an abnormally small head and is associated with incomplete brain development. Colombia, which shares an Amazonian border with Brazil, reacted to its own Zika outbreak, numbering more than 13,000 cases, by urging women not to get pregnant in the next several months. Other countries, including Jamaica and Honduras, also have urged women to delay having babies.

After more than 5,000 suspected Zika cases were reported last year and in the first weeks of 2016, El Salvador on Thursday took the most extreme stance so far: Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza urged women to refrain from getting pregnant before 2018.

Zika is spread by two types of Aedes mosquitoes, which carry a clutch of fever-causing pathogens as they buzz in search of fresh blood. Besides the Zika virus, the mosquitoes transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fevers. An adult who contracts Zika might find the experience relatively mild: a slight fever, a rash, and pain in the joints and behind the eyes.

It is thousands of babies with microcephaly in Brazil alone.

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Zika virus: Hundreds of thousands could be infected by 'shrunken brain' disease

_http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/zika-virus-hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-may-be-infected-by-disease-that-can-lead-to-birth-defects-a6825951.html

The disease is sweeping through South America, causing problems for pregnant women, who have been advised to delay their pregnancies
 

casper

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Three cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the UK in travellers returning from Colombia, Suriname and Guyana
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/23/zika-virus-three-uk-travellers-diagnosed
 

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In this report _http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1600297 cited by wikipedia, it seems that the zika disease may induce neurological damages in adults as well, although it doesn't give a clear reference.

The ongoing pandemic confirms that Zika is predominantly a mild or asymptomatic denguelike disease. However, data from French Polynesia documented a concomitant epidemic of 73 cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome and other neurologic conditions in a population of approximately 270,000, which may represent complications of Zika.

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Also, from _http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&Itemid=270&gid=32405&lang=en

In July 2015, the Brazil IHR NFP reported the detection of patients with neurological syndromes with
recent history of Zika virus infection, especially in the state of Bahía. Up to 13 July, 76 neurological syndrome patients had been identified, of which 55% (42/76) were confirmed as Guillain-Barré
syndrome (GBS), 5 out of the 76 were confirmed for other neurological syndromes, 4 out of the 76 were discarded, and 25 of the 76 remain under investigation. Among patients with GBS and based on clinical history, 62% (26/42) had symptoms consistent with Zika virus (6).

In addition, on 25 November of 2015, the Aggeu Magalhães Research Center of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Institute reported that of the 224 suspected dengue patients whose samples were
analyzed for Zika virus infection, ten were confirmed positive. Seven of the ten samples confirmed
with Zika virus infection correspond to patients with neurological syndrome (7).
 

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mkrnhr said:
In this report _http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1600297 cited by wikipedia, it seems that the zika disease may induce neurological damages in adults as well, although it doesn't give a clear reference.

The ongoing pandemic confirms that Zika is predominantly a mild or asymptomatic denguelike disease. However, data from French Polynesia documented a concomitant epidemic of 73 cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome and other neurologic conditions in a population of approximately 270,000, which may represent complications of Zika.

Here is the press coverage:

Zika virus may be linked to rare nerve condition
_http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/23/zika-virus-may-be-linked-to-rare-nerve-condition

Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support.

The Zika virus has already been tentatively linked to a rash of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with unusually small heads. And while the mechanics of how the virus may affect infants remain unclear, authorities in Brazil, Colombia and El Salvador are urging women to avoid the risk by postponing pregnancies.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women to reconsider travel to countries with Zika outbreaks, and on Friday it expanded the warning to 22 destinations, most in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The rise in cases of Guillain-Barré has also alarmed health officials region-wide. The nerve disorder causes muscle weakness that generally begins in the legs and spreads to the arms and face, and can cause numbness, trouble walking and even limb paralysis. While most people recover in weeks or months, in severe cases the muscles used for breathing weaken so much that patients require life-support.

Anyone of any age can get Guillain-Barré, although it is very rare. It is thought to be triggered by an infection — something as simple as food poisoning — and happens when the immune system attacks the body’s own nervous system.

The link between the two conditions was first noticed in French Polynesia, where health officials noted a jump Guillain-Barre and microcephaly cases in tandem with an outbreak of Zika.

The World Health Organization said on Friday that authorities in El Salvador reported 46 cases of Guillain-Barre in just five weeks, from 1 December to 6 January Dec. 1 to Jan. 6. The full-year average for the country is 169 cases. Of 22 patients for whom there was information, at least 12 had experienced a rash-fever illness in the 15 days prior.

Brazilian officials are also probing a near-simultaneous rise in Guillain-Barré and Zika, which was first identified in the country last May. It is believed that Zika may have arrived through a tourist at the 2014 World Cup or an international canoeing event the same year.

Amid a Zika outbreak in the northeastern city of Salvador during last year’s rainy season, the Couto Maia Hospital saw an unprecedented rise in Guillain-Barré.

“Zika was really bad here from February to July and then all but disappeared in August. In May, June and July, we had 24 patients come in with Guillain-Barré, and none since August,” said Antonio Bandeira, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital. In a normal year, he sees just two or three such cases.

Most of the patients had also experienced Zika-like symptoms, which can include fever and red splotchy skin, Bandeira said.

Meanwhile the Hospital da Restauracao in Recife treated about six times the normal number of Guillain-Barré cases, neurologist Maria Lucia Ferreira said. Of the 94 patients treated there during the rainy season, 50 of them died.

However the scope of the problem remains unclear, as Guillain-Barré has been so rare that Brazil’s health ministry does not track the exact number of cases.

Albert Ko, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said a link between Zika and Guillain-Barré is “plausible and highly likely.” But the difficulty of diagnosing zika and the fact that Guillain-Barre can set in weeks later have made it tough to confirm the link.

“While many of us are convinced and believe it’s highly plausible that Zika virus caused this epidemic of Guillain-Barré, and can cause it anywhere the virus is being transmitted, we still lack really firm evidence to make that diagnosis,” said Ko, who has conducted research in northeastern Brazil for two decades.

Zika originated in Africa and expanded to parts of Asia. When it was first detected in Brazil, health officials were not initially alarmed since the virus appeared to be like a less potent form of dengue. But then came the spike in microcephaly: Since October the country has recorded 3,893 suspected cases, compared with fewer than 150 for all of 2014.

Brazilian officials say they are convinced of a link. International health bodies say it is not yet scientifically established, but they are on alert. The CDC said on Friday it issued its travel advisory “out of an abundance of caution.”

Earlier this week El Salvador recommended women avoid getting pregnant for the next two years, and some are taking that advice.

“We were very lucky. My son was born before this,” said Fatima Mejia, who took her 17-day-old infant to a clinic outside the Salvadoran capital for a checkup. “I’m not going to get pregnant until this passes. I’m not going to risk a child.”

In Colombia, deputy health minister Fernando Ruiz said his country has recorded 13,531 suspected cases of Zika and that could hit a half-million this year. At least 560 involve pregnant women, though there have been no detected cases of microcephaly.

Ruiz said there have been 12 cases of people with Guillain-Barré who also experienced Zika-like symptoms.
 

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As a curiosity, here are other viruses which are documented to cause microcephaly:

_http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/microcephaly/basics/causes/con-20034823

Infections of the fetus during pregnancy. These include toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, German measles (rubella) and chickenpox (varicella).
 

irjO

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Almost everybody around me has had the Zika, I'm so scared :s but I think with the Iodine and Vitamin C my defenses are going to be ok, I have felt like the beginning of some symptoms such as flu and fever, but I also felt as my body fight these symptoms pretty quickly. Is weird but everybody here looks at the Zika virus as something normal like "oh! another virus".
 

big-picture

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its crazy the birth defects that it can cause, and the fact that they don't know all the information yet. Telling woman in these areas to avoid getting pregnant till 2018, whose to say that once you have had the virus that risk is there for your fetus regardless. Anyways good information. Seems like there is always some sort of illness going around.
 

irjO

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BTW I live in Venezuela, I forgot to mention that in my response.
 

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irjO said:
Almost everybody around me has had the Zika, I'm so scared :s but I think with the Iodine and Vitamin C my defenses are going to be ok, I have felt like the beginning of some symptoms such as flu and fever, but I also felt as my body fight these symptoms pretty quickly. Is weird but everybody here looks at the Zika virus as something normal like "oh! another virus".

I don't think there is reason to panic. These symptoms you describe are quite likely due to the iodine supplementation and related detoxification. Also, given the information-theory dimension of viral infections, the effects on individuals engaged in the work and having an appropriate mental, emotional and physical nourishment should be different then for an individual still under the control of the establishment-imposed lifestyle. OSIT
 

anitasweetie

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I wonder if this over the past few years has anything to do with the outbreak?



The Brazilian National Agency of Sanitary Vigilance (ANVISA) is now in charge of registering and monitoring the product, which according to the company's recommendation implies weekly releases of 10 million GM mosquitoes for every 50 thousand inhabitants. Meanwhile, the date of publication of the promised results remains unclear.


According to Oxitec, pilot-scale releases started in the north-west of Jacobina in June 2013 and the programme will roll out across the entire city over two or three years [4].


http://www.sott.net/article/281659-Brazil-announces-dengue-fever-emergency-in-GM-mosquito-trials-region


And this from Natural News

(NaturalNews) There's a type of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, known not only to spread certain diseases but to be resistant to most of the insecticides designed to keep their bites at bay. To remedy the situation, British biotech firm Oxitec has patented a method of mutating Aedes aegypti with coral, cabbage, and elements of the E. coli bacteria and herpes simplex virus genes.(1)

Translation: They've created a genetically-modified mosquito.

Even worse than their creation is the fact that, if the company has their way, the mosquitoes will be released in the Spring of 2015. Not in a lab environment or a controlled indoor area, but in public where people walk, work, play and shop. If the FDA approves, the GM mosquitoes will be released in areas thought to more susceptible to disease than most other areas; in particular, Oxitec has their eyes on the Florida Keys.

http://www.naturalnews.com/048680_biotech_mosquitoes_Florida_Keys_GMOs.html


Same company called Oxitec. These articles are about mosquitos that carry Dengue.
Remember that Doctor that was found dead in Florida a few years ago in her hotel room, she was working on the Aedes aegypti.
Will try to find the link to that story, getting close to bedtime. But here is one about CIA and biological warfare:

Unknown to most Americans is that dengue fever has been the intense focus of US Army and CIA biological warfare researchers for over 50 years. Ed Regis notes in his excellent history of Fort Detrick, "The Biology of Doom," that as early as 1942 leading biochemists at the installation placed dengue fever on a long list for serious consideration as a possible weapon. In the early 1950s, Fort Detrick, in partnership with the CIA, launched a multi-million dollar research program under which dengue fever and several addition exotic diseases were studied for use in offensive biological warfare attacks. Assumably, because the virus is generally not lethal, program planners viewed it primarily as an incapacitant. Reads one CIA Project Artichoke document: "Not all viruses have to be lethal ... the objective includes those that act as short-term and long-term incapacitants." Several CIA documents, as well as the findings of a 1975 Congressional committee, reveal that three sites in Florida, Key West, Panama City and Avon Park, as well as two other locations in central Florida, were used for experiments with mosquito-borne dengue fever and other biological substances.


http://www.sott.net/article/218103-Florida-Dengue-Fever-Outbreak-Leads-Back-to-CIA-and-Army-Experiments

There is just so much evidence. Hopefully, this isn't just noise, will look at some more stuff tomorrow the information on mosquitos is overwhelming.
 

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casper said:
Three cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the UK in travellers returning from Colombia, Suriname and Guyana
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/23/zika-virus-three-uk-travellers-diagnosed

There are also some cases reported from Spain, Switzerland and Denmark. According to one news article (in German) they were all travelers from South-America and the Caribbean.
 

sToRmR1dR

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Five cases have been spotted in Portugal:

Five Zika Cases Registered in Portugal - Health Institute

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160127/1033805681/portugal-virus-zika.html

Five cases of the Zika virus have been spotted in Portugal, the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The virus, which has been linked to brain defects in unborn babies, has been registered in 21 countries, including both Americas, since last March and is now being reported in Europe.

According to the Jornal de Noticias newspaper, citing INSA, the infected people had recently returned from Brazil, where they contracted the virus.

The outbreak originated in Brazil and spread across Latin America, causing several deaths and hundreds cases of micro-encephalitis and inflammation of the brain that cause deformities in newborns.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel warnings across 24 Latin American, Caribbean and the Pacific countries. Several of the affected nations urged women to postpone pregnancies until the outbreak is contained.
 

Palinurus

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Source: _http://www.nltimes.nl/2016/01/22/ten-dutch-sick-with-zika-virus-pregnant-women-told-to-avoid-el-salvador/

Ten Dutch sick with Zika Virus; Pregnant women told to avoid El Salvador

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 by Janene Pieters

Ten Dutch people are infected with the Zika Virus, the virus that took over South and Central America in mid-December. The virus is generally not dangerous to adults, but can be very dangerous for unborn children, NOS reports.

All 10 Dutch people got the virus in Suriname. None of them are pregnant. The RIVM believes that more Dutch may be infected after their holidays, not everyone gets sick. The 10 infected people can not infect anyone else in the Netherlands. The Zika virus is not directly transmittable from human to human, it is spread by mosquitoes that are not in the Netherlands.

Symptoms of the Zika Virus includes fever, joint pain and a rash. In adults these symptoms usually disappear within a week. Though it has not been scientifically proven, it seems likely that pregnant women who sustain this virus may give birth to babies with a too-small skull and not fully developed brain. This condition can lead to intellectual disabilities and young death. A massive 3,500 babies were born with this condition in Brazil last year after an outbreak of this virus.

There is no vaccine against the virus.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not changed the travel advise to central and south America. “We continually check whether the condition is changing.”, a spokesperson for the ministry said to NU, adding that the Foreign Affairs Ministry does not really do health risks, but are actively referring people to the RIVM. The Belgian Foreign Ministry did adapt their travel advise to advise pregnant women not to travel to countries where the virus has been detected.

The United States public health service CDC also warns pregnant women to avoid Latin America and the Caribbean for the time being. This includes Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname and Venezuela.

The Colombian government advised its female residents to postpone plans of getting pregnant for the next six to eight months if possible. El Salvador is advising women not to get pregnant for he next two years.

Source: _http://www.nltimes.nl/2016/01/25/pregnant-women-should-avoid-suriname-health-authority-warns/

Pregnant women should avoid Suriname, health authority warns

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 by Janene Pieters

The Dutch national health authority RIVM is warning pregnant women not to travel to areas known to be infected with the Zika Virus, including Suriname. “We advise pregnant women to think twice about a such a trip”, Jaap van Dissel of the RIVM said on Nieuwsuur on Saturday, ANP reports.

“Consider whether it is wise and be informed”, Van Dissel said. “With regards to the regions where the Zika Virus reigns, we say: if it is not a necessary trip, postpone it. Go to another destination.”

The Zika Virus is not dangerous to adults, but can result in brain abnormalities in unborn children which can cause mental disabilities. Ten Dutch people are already infected with the virus, all of them contracting it in Suriname. None of them are pregnant women.

The ten infected Dutch can not spread the virus to other people in the Netherlands. The Zika virus is not directly transmittable from human to human, it is spread by mosquitoes that are not in the Netherlands.

EDIT: spelling
 

1peacelover

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anitasweetie said:
I wonder if this over the past few years has anything to do with the outbreak?

Same company called Oxitec. These articles are about mosquitos that carry Dengue.
Remember that Doctor that was found dead in Florida a few years ago in her hotel room, she was working on the Aedes aegypti.
Will try to find the link to that story, getting close to bedtime. But here is one about CIA and biological warfare:

Unknown to most Americans is that dengue fever has been the intense focus of US Army and CIA biological warfare researchers for over 50 years. Ed Regis notes in his excellent history of Fort Detrick, "The Biology of Doom," that as early as 1942 leading biochemists at the installation placed dengue fever on a long list for serious consideration as a possible weapon. In the early 1950s, Fort Detrick, in partnership with the CIA, launched a multi-million dollar research program under which dengue fever and several addition exotic diseases were studied for use in offensive biological warfare attacks. Assumably, because the virus is generally not lethal, program planners viewed it primarily as an incapacitant. Reads one CIA Project Artichoke document: "Not all viruses have to be lethal ... the objective includes those that act as short-term and long-term incapacitants." Several CIA documents, as well as the findings of a 1975 Congressional committee, reveal that three sites in Florida, Key West, Panama City and Avon Park, as well as two other locations in central Florida, were used for experiments with mosquito-borne dengue fever and other biological substances.


http://www.sott.net/article/218103-Florida-Dengue-Fever-Outbreak-Leads-Back-to-CIA-and-Army-Experiments

There is just so much evidence. Hopefully, this isn't just noise, will look at some more stuff tomorrow the information on mosquitos is overwhelming.

My suspicion is experiments in bio-warfare based on genetics. After dengue & before chikungunya in the Virgin Islands,

"“Health authorities around the world are struggling to combat the mosquito that spreads dengue,” said Dr. Parry. “Oxitec's approach exclusively targets the dengue carrying mosquito in a way that is both effective and environmentally sound. We are delighted to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands and discuss the progress we have seen in other countries using the approach.”

“The people of the USVI have a high risk of infection with the dengue virus because it is endemic in the Caribbean,” said UVI Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jennilee Beth Robinson. “The territory will benefit greatly by reducing the health risk of the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegyptii.”
http://www.uvi.edu/news/articles/2013/12_017_dengue.aspx

IS THE ZIKA VIRUS IN BRAZIL BEING SPREAD BY GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES FUNDED BY BILL GATES?

"In short, these genetically modified mosquitoes could be the cause of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and other parts of South and Central America.

“If these mosquitoes are completely safe, then why the hush-hush?” says Gurmit Singh, chair of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development in Malaysia, another country slated for an Oxitec field trial."

https://birdflu666.wordpress.com/.../is-the-zika-virus.../
 
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