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Fighting Zika Virus - The Battle Begins

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    Posted: May 20 2016 at 10:56am

The threat from Zika virus to the world is hardly over. It is not only more, but approaches as we near Summer and Zika carrying mosquitoes may be found as far north as New York and Washington D.C.

Sometimes things are just a little too quiet and you all should be aware behind the scenes the governments are scrambling trying to get ready for a disease that could reach near Pandemic levels. It is no longer confined to the tropics and hundreds of cases are being diagnosed, and thousands still in Brazil.

The war is not over, it has only just begun.



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update 7/30/2016 Later reports are that this bill was derailed by Democrats in the Senate. There are so many conflicting reports here - there is still no final news as to whether there are funds now to fight Zika as it is now locally transmitted in Southern Florida.





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Genetically modified mosquito scare me.    Am I just being paranoid?
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Giggle translation (it seems something is lost on translation with conflicting claims in different posts)

"I have an innate and acquired immunity to infectious diseases. I infect the common man but 2-4 days sick or not sick. I propose to make a medicine from my kroai.Tehnologiyu immunoglobulin production it will be provided if necessary"

"I do not have the innate and acquired immunity to infectious diseases"

I wonder if he is in the Guinness Book of Records for the high volume of blood he sellsWink

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Originally posted by EdwinSm, EdwinSm, wrote:

Giggle translation (it seems something is lost on translation with conflicting claims in different posts)

"I have an innate and acquired immunity to infectious diseases. I infect the common man but 2-4 days sick or not sick. I propose to make a medicine from my kroai.Tehnologiyu immunoglobulin production it will be provided if necessary"

"I do not have the innate and acquired immunity to infectious diseases"

I wonder if he is in the Guinness Book of Records for the high volume of blood he sellsWink



He may sell a lot of blood but it has nothing to do with this Zika thread.

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It's just Rishat. He's been posting about his "super immunity" to everything for years. To be honest, I'm just surprised he hasn't claimed to have the cure for Zika sooner.
Of course, you have to wonder how someone knows they're immune to a disease when it hasn't actually made it's way to their part of Russia yet...

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Originally posted by jacksdad jacksdad wrote:

It's just Rishat. He's been posting about his "super immunity" to everything for years. To be honest, I'm just surprised he hasn't claimed to have the cure for Zika sooner.
Of course, you have to wonder how someone knows they're immune to a disease when it hasn't actually made it's way to their part of Russia yet...



IC - Well somebody should get him to a lab, take a sample and run a sequence.  Then he will know for sure. If there are antibodies in there - the world  may need them.

А также кто должен получить его в лабораторной работе взять пробу и выполните последовательность. Затем он будет знать наверняка. Если имеются антитела есть в мире - может потребоваться их.

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Unbelievable how much spin we are seeing as Summer is here. Since massive money has been put up to fight Zika, still we are hearing of individual cases. Is this a diversion from the production of a chemical by Monsanto which could be causing the microcephaly and not the Zika Virus.

Consider this...

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As the mainstream media is deluged with news coverage of the Orlando shooting, once again the ral news - that which will effect all of us in the U.S. is not even in the headlines.

Zika is spreading and as summer approaches and things start to heat up (it has not been that warm yet) it is very possible we will see a migration of the mosquitoes into colder areas as far north as Washington D.C. and New England and California with possibly outbreaks and children with Microcephaly. A pandemic of this nature could have a devastating effect on our children and lives.

It is spreading.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/health/hawaii-reports-baby-born-with-brain-damage-linked-to-zika-virus.html?_r=0

The first case of brain damage linked to the Zika virus within the United States was reported on Friday in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Department of Health said that a baby born in an Oahu hospital with microcephaly — an unusually small head and brain — had been infected with the Zika virus, which is believed to have caused the same damage in thousands of babies in Brazil in recent months. The presence of the virus was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


http://www.wsj.com/articles/six-babies-and-fetuses-in-u-s-had-birth-defects-tied-to-zika-1466101655

The Zika virus has been tied to birth defects in the babies and fetuses of six women in the U.S. who were infected during their pregnancies, the Centers for disease control reported on Thursday.

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New Zika vaccine begins testing.

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Now we are in the trenches. The real battle against Zika has begun and we have the first local spread in the U.S. in Southern Florida.

What has become a bi-partisan nightmare during election year is trying to get billions of dollars in funding to fight this. The parties as well as the president who has threatened to veto a bill passed in the House are hurting the people by not getting on this and getting ready for what could be if only a national epidemic, a global Pandemic.

Get it together people. This is serious.

http://time.com/4406114/zika-funding-bill-fails-as-congress-is-unable-to-reach-compromise/

Congress will not provide more than $1 billion to fight the spread of Zika in the U.S. this summer

After months of negotiation and national calls to action, Congress will not provide any money to fight the spread of Zika in the United States this summer. The final chance this summer to fund the White House’s February request evaporated in the form of a failed Thursday vote in the Senate.

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Zika spread from local Mosquitoes confirmed in Southern Florida

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When this was released there was great concern that Zika would begin spreading in the U.S. At that time there were no confirmed cases of infection by local mosquitoes. Now there are.

"If there is a single case of local infection in the U.S. - we have ourselves a crisis."

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/opinions/zika-hits-usa-garrett/?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlist

Skeptics will want scientists to capture infected mosquitoes, prove that they carry Zika and demonstrate that the insects caused the four identified cases of the disease: This is nonsense. For more than a year, scientists with Brazil's premier health sciences institute, Fiocruz have collected mosquitoes, smashed them up in the lab and studied DNA in search of Zika virus genes -- only days ago, on July 22, were they finally able to announce that of the 1,683 mosquitoes of various species captured in and around Rio during the city's huge epidemic fewer than three pools of aegypti (out of 198 pools of insects) contained Zika DNA.
If finding a virus-containing mosquito is the necessary proof for action, thousands of humans could get Zika disease before disease detectives identify the smoking guns. Florida's Gov. Scott acknowledged this, saying scientists are chasing mosquitoes, but tough public health action must go forward, regardless.

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Notice Florida at the top of the list, New York, Minnesota, (the south - coastal states) and Texas as well as Puerto Rico. It is interesting it is higher in Minnesota which does a lot of disease research at Madison. There appear to be only 4 states with no cases. The numbers here are probably much less than actual case. Zika has begun spreading in the U.S. and even those this report does not acknowledge local spread - Florida is probably not the only state with it.


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Man, if parents were freaked about autism in their babies, wait until we get a whole cohort of microcephalic infants in the USA!! 

I'd almost recommend the old "chicken pox party" philosophy of the 1950s, where folks deliberately acquired chicken pox in order to confer immunity.  Zika seems to be a generally mild disease in most people, and I don't think a vaccine is around the corner. 

Of course, there will be unforeseen consequences....is Zika immunity life-long?  Will there be long-term sequela?  Don't know, but there is enough history with these flavi-viruses (West Nile, Dengue etc.) that we should know. 

One national public health disaster, coming up....

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Originally posted by CRS, DrPH CRS, DrPH wrote:

Man, if parents were freaked about autism in their babies, wait until we get a whole cohort of microcephalic infants in the USA!! 

I'd almost recommend the old "chicken pox party" philosophy of the 1950s, where folks deliberately acquired chicken pox in order to confer immunity.  Zika seems to be a generally mild disease in most people, and I don't think a vaccine is around the corner. 

Of course, there will be unforeseen consequences....is Zika immunity life-long?  Will there be long-term sequela?  Don't know, but there is enough history with these flavi-viruses (West Nile, Dengue etc.) that we should know. 

One national public health disaster, coming up....

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Was talking to Dr. John Ray about this (who has been posting many years here) and he had commented if this gets in our children it could wipe us out. This is a very unusual scenario because even if it doesn't have a high fatality rate once we get an active mosquito population in the South with this and other areas - it will be tough to get rid of. Try to find mosquitoes that test positive is a needle in a haystack and you can a real outbreak i.e. Brazil where they only recently were able to confirm mosquitoes carrying the virus.

In addition to the problems with Zika we also are getting tougher mosquitoes which can thrive much further north. How far north - well Washington D.C. for one and against a background of snow and ice.

Chilling - I would say so. What you won't see on the mainstream news.

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