Health officials in Brazil have warned of an "unprecedented situation" and are even urging women in some states to avoid getting pregnant as they've linked a rise in babies born with a serious birth defect to a mosquito-borne viral disease.
The virus in question is Zika , which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue and chikungunya.
“In 2007, (Zika) infected nearly three-quarters of Yap
Island’s 11,000 residents. In 2013, Zika showed up in Tahiti and other parts of
French Polynesia and was responsible for making an estimated 28,000 people so
ill they sought medical care.”
The obvious question here, in trying to establish a link
between the infection and microcephaly, is whether or not these other affected
populations experienced the same increase in the birth defect.
In your experience do epidemiologists engage in scaremongering much? Global warming is altering the range of diseases like dengue fever by permitting their vectors to spread. As a poster noted, dengue fever has reached much further north than normal and there is great concern that invasive species of mosquito’s may establish it in places like Florida etc.
What is of greatest concern is that in a more isolated environment like Yap (once famous for its money of huge stone disks) that isolation by distance was no protection. The point being that there is no protection for anyone from these unexpected corollary effects of warming.
Don’t you read the whole article before you post? Or did you not find the report of 75% of the Pacific island of Yap’s 11,000 residents contracting the virus significant? You also might read all the posts of people before you comment on their thread?
For-profit scare-mongering creates vast wealth for those involved personally in the scams and big-pharma generally. One notable name that comes immediately to mind is the odious ex-Def-Sec and war criminal Donald Rumsfeld who scammed the nation with “Tamiflu” his multi-billion dollar baby.
“Rummy was Chair of the Board of Directors at Gilead Sciences until named to the Bush cabinet and, like [Vice President Dick] Cheney, still has ties that bind to the ‘old company.’ Now isn’t it an ‘amazing coincidence’ that the drug Tamiflu patented by Gilead Sciences is being pushed by the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases as the NUMBER ONE choice for flu, which, wonder of wonders, is sweeping through in one epidemic after another”
Lol … I can’t imagine how someone could not have seen it either. That dope. Good thing he was in charge of making the egg nog and not given something important to do.
Then again sometimes people lose their sense of perspective about satire or sarcasm when words fit for either fact or fiction. I often find some thing said that I believe must be a joke but then turns out to be a serious republican political position.
Another case in point. That politicians can overtly solicit superpac money from donors as long as it is done in a room with only a few people and they say that they aren’t there to receive large sums of money from a few individuals after offering to take requests… Lol.
That simply has to be a joke but it isn’t.
Pass the egg nog !