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Online conspiracy theories may hurt fight against Zika virus, researchers say

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Online conspiracy theories may hurt fight against Zika virus, researchers say

Health experts not responding quickly enough to pseudoscientific claims, as well as the media repeating but not researching the claims, may be a threat to safety.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/05/25/Online-conspiracy-theories-may-hurt-fight-against-Zika-virus-researchers-say/5191464192820/

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WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Researchers are becoming concerned conspiracy theories shared on social media could undermine the massive public effort to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, according to a recent study.

The international response to the spread of the Zika virus -- from verifying its links to health threats such as microcephaly to the development of a vaccine -- has been swift since it began to spread through the Americas in late 2015.

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While many in the public health and medical community view these sources as lacking credibility, they have been successful in advancing such tropes in the past, contributing to lower vaccination rates, infectious disease outbreaks such as the 2014/2015 Disneyland measles outbreak, and widespread concerns about vaccine safety," the researchers wrote in the study. "More troubling is that mainstream media sources are sharing many of these pseudo-scientific claims without examining the evidence behind them."

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"As of Jan. 29, only six of the 270 confirmed babies with microcephaly had tested positive for Zika."

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/02/the-facts-about-zika/

 

"In a study published last week the Lancet medical journal, researchers analyzed a 2013-2014 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia and said the risk of microcephaly is about one for every 100 women infected with the virus during the first trimester of pregnancy."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/03/22/zika-in-brazil-more-than-2500-births-with-microcephaly-who-predicts/

 

"Sometimes lost amid the worry is the fact that Zika produces relatively minor symptoms, and only in about 20 percent of people infected."

"In fact, cases of microcephaly seem to have peaked early in 2014, before Zika’s appearance in Brazil,"

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-its-so-hard-to-prove-zika-is-causing-birth-defects/

 

And then... there's this:

"Now scientists have taken a different tack: They have deliberately infected developing mice pups and tiny clusters of lab-grown brain cells so they could observe and measure the damage that ensued.

The results of these experiments nail down the causal link between Zika and the rash of birth defects seen over the past year in Brazil."

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-zika-birth-defects-20160510-story.html

 

Which is pretty scary, until you read further and find this in the same article;

"Mice are not naturally vulnerable to Zika and must be treated, bred or genetically altered to become so. Human and mouse fetal development happens on vastly different timescales and levels of complexity."

 

 

Oh Zika.  Let's spend billions, right?

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15 minutes ago, Flat said:

"As of Jan. 29, only six of the 270 confirmed babies with microcephaly had tested positive for Zika."

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/02/the-facts-about-zika/

 

"In a study published last week the Lancet medical journal, researchers analyzed a 2013-2014 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia and said the risk of microcephaly is about one for every 100 women infected with the virus during the first trimester of pregnancy."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/03/22/zika-in-brazil-more-than-2500-births-with-microcephaly-who-predicts/

 

"Sometimes lost amid the worry is the fact that Zika produces relatively minor symptoms, and only in about 20 percent of people infected."

"In fact, cases of microcephaly seem to have peaked early in 2014, before Zika’s appearance in Brazil,"

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-its-so-hard-to-prove-zika-is-causing-birth-defects/

 

And then... there's this:

"Now scientists have taken a different tack: They have deliberately infected developing mice pups and tiny clusters of lab-grown brain cells so they could observe and measure the damage that ensued.

The results of these experiments nail down the causal link between Zika and the rash of birth defects seen over the past year in Brazil."

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-zika-birth-defects-20160510-story.html

 

Which is pretty scary, until you read further and find this in the same article;

"Mice are not naturally vulnerable to Zika and must be treated, bred or genetically altered to become so. Human and mouse fetal development happens on vastly different timescales and levels of complexity."

 

 

Oh Zika.  Let's spend billions, right?

And give ONE MORE VACCINE to infants and children. Meanwhile, autism numbers skyrocket, as well as asthma and allergies to lots of things, including food.

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1 hour ago, grav said:

And give ONE MORE VACCINE to infants and children. Meanwhile, autism numbers skyrocket, as well as asthma and allergies to lots of things, including food.

Add Lyme disease.  It's spreading like wild fire in every country.

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