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The mosquito spreadding zika virus

The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it's being blamed for spreading Microcephaly, a birth defect occurring in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although Zika virus is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because the associated spread of Microcephaly affects our ability to reproduce.

"While zika seems to be spreading in the wild, it is also a registered - patented organism that can be purchased by almost anyone, so why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media coverage? "This sexually-transmitted virus has been around for 69 years and is marketed by two companies: LGC Standards (headquartered in the UK) and ATCC (headquartered in the US)." ~ Global Research.

"Key US health officials have voiced their concern about the danger that the Zika virus poses to the US, saying the situation is “scarier than thought” and calling on the Congress to allow $1.9 billion to fight the threat." RT

Yet Zika has traditionally been held to be a relatively benign disease that has never before been associated with birth defects, even in areas where it infects 75% of the population.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Zika virus was first identified in the Zika Valley, in central Africa, in 1947.  Over the years, it has spread to south east and south Asia, the Pacific islands and the Americas excepting Chile and Canada. It has been known of in India and Bharat Biotech claim that they've achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine.

The Zika virus is spread by sexual contact, yes it;s the latest STD. But it's more commonly spread by bites from infected mosquitoes in the Aedes genus that typically bites during the day. This mosquito also carries dengue fever throughout the tropical regions which is far more deadly and it also carries Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus in some regions.

Many people don't experience any symptoms although some report suffering from headaches, rashes, fevers and back pain which are usually treated by resting and perhaps using some analgesic medication. Some say that there is a link causing Gullian Barre Syndrome, this remains unclear.

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Map showing the concentration of suspected Zika-related cases of microcephaly in Brazil. Click image to enlarge.

While Zika virus is believed to be particularly dangerous to foetuses and newborns, it's not generally dangerous to children or adults. But; there is no treatment or prevention other than ensuring you don't get bitten by mosquitoes.

The numbers of affected pregnant women in South America is so great that the organization Women of the Waves has begun serving areas affected by Zika using a ship to offer safe abortion services outside the territorial waters of countries where the procedure is restricted or forbidden.

However while this plan sounds good, the numbers are so great and widespread that more effective screening and a wider availability of good contraception and abortion services is needed in the countries affected.

While some people have associated the spread of Zita virus with the spread of the Aedes mosquito, there is as yet no conclusive proof that this virus is actually causing birth defects or microcephaly. At present this is merely an assumption based on association.

Another association is the genetically modified ox513a aedes naegypti mosquito. This BM modified mosquito has been released to counter dengue fever and the spread of Zita virus is concurrent with this release.

"Trials of the OX513A in Brazil were centered around Pernambuco- where the highest concentration of microcephalic cases are being found. The killer protein strain is made of E. coli and herpes 1. These can cause microcephalic disformities if the mother is a carrier during pregnancy. Zika has not been proven to be the cause of the microcephalitic outbreak. But cases went from less than 300 in Brazil to over 3800 since the OX513A trials in 2010. Horizontal genetic transfer was noted as a possible risk to humans by the University of Pernambuco before the trials, but dismissed, and trials were given the green light." ~ Julie Rosenwinkel

“The causative association between Zika and microcephaly has not been conclusively proven. However, the virus has been detected in the amniotic fluid from pregnancies with microcephaly, and the latest evidence from Brazil indicates that the virus can indeed cross through the placenta and infect the developing fetus. The reports from Brazil indicate that Zika virus infection in pregnant women can lead to microcephaly in the unborn child as well as other adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as miscarriage." ~ Dr José G B Derraik.

There could be other causes of these birth defects which may include the proliferation of genetically modified foods which are widely grown in Brazil and poorer tropical countries.

In fact Brazil as the second highest amount of GM crops in the world and it is by far the biggest user of agricultural chemicals and one known to be especially dangerous is Monsanto's Glycosphate. This use was equivalent to 5.2 litres of agrochemicals per year for each inhabitant back in 1999 and no doubt further increased today.

Doctors Name Monsanto’s Larvicide As Cause of Brazilian Microcephaly Outbreak

"Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed towns are challenging the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns. They claim the Ministry failed to recognise that in the areas where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes."

So do your best to avoid mosquito bites because they carry worse things than Zika Virus that will actually kill you. Because of the uncertainty around genetically modified foods, avoid them and the chemicals used in the production of GM and other foods.

For those in the affected areas, perhaps they should have fewer children thereby reducing the risk.

References:
Pyriproxyfen is chief suspect
WHO on Zika
The GM mosquito conspiracy
GM/ Agrochemical use in Brazil - Over 1,046 cases of microcephaly confirmed in Brazilian babies in April 2016
Field trials of ox513a aedes naegypti
Suppression of a Field Population of Aedes aegypti in Brazil
Zika virus reported in Germany
Science media NZ

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4 comments to Zika virus

  • roslyn

    Zika virus infection usually causes mild symptoms (with the possible exception in pregnant women). Diagnosis of Zika will first and foremost be based on symptoms, travel history and exclusion of other diseases which is difficult as Zika can cause symptoms easily confused with diseases like measles, rubella or dengue which need to be ruled out.

  • Hi my name is Livia Schacter and I just wanted to drop you a quick note that the first outbreak of the disease outside of Africa and Asia was in April 2007, on the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (see figure 2). The condition was characterized by rash, conjunctivitis, and arthralgia, and was initially thought to be dengue. The Chikungunya and Ross River viruses were also suspected. However, serum samples from patients in the acute phase of illness contained RNA of Zika virus. The Zika fever disease process was relatively mild: there were 49 confirmed cases, 59 unconfirmed cases, no deaths and no hospitalizations.

  • Michel Frie

    You’ve covered some good points there but I think that like HIV, Zika is another man-made virus and population control

  • Gail Weinberg

    If Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If Zika is to blame for microcephaly, where are the missing cases?
    NECSI says the cause of microcephaly in Brazil should be reconsidered. One possibility that has been raised is the pesticide pyriproxyfen, which is applied to drinking water in some parts of Brazil to kill the larvae of the mosquitoes that transmit Zika.

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