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Zika virus: Outbreak 'likely to spread across Americas' says WHO/ GMO mosquitoes

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The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned.

The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America.

It has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some countries have advised women not to get pregnant.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35399403

The article says no treatment or vaccine available. They should all be wiped out by the cold, but nope. The Alaskan state bird is jokingly referred to as the mosquito. 

Here's more than you probably ever wanted to know about these annoying and potentially deadly creepy insects. 

http://www.megacatch.com/mosquitofacts.html

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Zika virus triggers pregnancy delay calls

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35388842

Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean nations have warned women to avoid pregnancy amid concerns over an illness causing severe birth defects.

Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica recommended to delay pregnancies until more was known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

This followed an outbreak in Brazil.

Brazil said the number of babies born with suspected microcephaly - or abnormally small heads - had reached nearly 4,000 since October.

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Zika’s alarming spread: CDC investigates link to paralyzing condition, adds 8 countries to travel warning

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported this week that a dozen cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the United States, is expanding its advisory that pregnant women should avoid travel to countries currently seeing high rates of infection.

The agency's initial list contained 14 countries, but the CDC on Friday added eight more -- in South America, the Caribbean and Polynesia -- as places where the reach of the virus is growing.

The CDC now is working with authorities in Brazil to study a potential link between the mosquito-borne virus and a rare syndrome known as Guillain-Barré that can lead to paralysis. In Brazil, which is currently the epicenter of Zika, public health officials were already investigating a link between the virus and a rare birth condition called microcephaly. That country has seen nearly 3,900 suspected cases since October, with the babies involved suffering serious brain damage.

In recent days, several countries have taken drastic measures to try to combat the virus. Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Jamaica are all calling on women to consider delaying becoming pregnant.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/21/zika-virus-faq-more-than-a-million-infected-globally-a-dozen-in-the-united-states/

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Genetically engineered mosquitoes battle Zika virus in Brazil

https://www.rt.com/news/329504-gm-mosquito-zika-virus-brazil/

The 'Friendly Aedes aegypti Project' conducted by the company's subsidiary Oxitec aims to tackle the virus spread in the city of Piracicaba, based on the success of previous preventative measures introduced across Central and South America.

“Following strong results for controlling the Ae. aegypti mosquito population, the primary vector for dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus outbreaks around the world...Oxitec is initiating a new mosquito production facility in Piracicaba that will have capacity to protect over 300,000 people,” the company said in a press release.

The task is to introduce sterile genetically engineered mosquitoes into the highly dense mosquito-infested area to curb their populations and prevent the disease from spreading.

In the city of Piracicaba that is home to 300,000 people, the project will run in area of 35,000-60,000 residents of the city's center.

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Messing with nature again, are they? As we all say when they do things like this: What could POSSIBLY go wrong? 

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A heinous from of population control.
They're telling women not to get pregnant in Brazil.

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I shouldn't get pregnant? No problemo.

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28 minutes ago, Lucy Barnable said:

A heinous from of population control.
They're telling women not to get pregnant in Brazil.

65% Catholic. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.

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3 minutes ago, Brio said:

65% Catholic. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Brio said:

65% Catholic. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.

:vFpL81r:

Brazil's future population is projected be much reduced.
I think the link is in another thread about this Zika virus.

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Reminds me of when Pope Benedict said Africans couldn't have condoms to prevent HIV because condoms prevent conception, said instead Africans should practice abstinence to prevent HIV, bit doesn't abstinence prevent conception also? LOL!

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24 minutes ago, Brio said:

Reminds me of when Pope Benedict said Africans couldn't have condoms to prevent HIV because condoms prevent conception, said instead Africans should practice abstinence to prevent HIV, bit doesn't abstinence prevent conception also? LOL!

the irony LOL

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