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ctrob

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Seems its not just the DR saying don't get pregnant. El Salvador is wanting them to wait until 2018.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...c2dadc-c11f-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html

Although the Zika virus has been documented since the 1940s, it began its assault on Latin America in the past several months. The hardest-hit country has been Brazil, where more than 1 million people have contracted the virus. In the past four months, authorities have received reports of nearly 4,000 cases in which Zika may have caused microcephaly in newborns. The condition results in an abnormally small head and is associated with incomplete brain development. Colombia, which shares an Amazonian border with Brazil, reacted to its own Zika outbreak, numbering more than 13,000 cases, by urging women not to get pregnant in the next several months. Other countries, including Jamaica and Honduras, also have urged women to delay having babies.

After more than 5,000 suspected Zika cases were reported last year and in the first weeks of 2016, El Salvador on Thursday took the most extreme stance so far: Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza urged women to refrain from getting pregnant before 2018. The Central American nation saw its first suspected Zika cases in .

I had heard a lower number for cases of microcephaly, but at this early stage reports are going to be all over the place. Either way, it's a terrible thing.

I just hope somebody doesn't decide to start crop dusting entire areas with poison. I did hear this morning, some folks talking on the news of just wiping out mosquito's all together - making them extinct.
 

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Oh crap! I need to tell one of my sisters who is on her way to the DR on tuesday to take mosquito repellant.
 
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Seems its not just the DR saying don't get pregnant. El Salvador is wanting them to wait until 2018.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...c2dadc-c11f-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html

Although the Zika virus has been documented since the 1940s, it began its assault on Latin America in the past several months. The hardest-hit country has been Brazil, where more than 1 million people have contracted the virus. In the past four months, authorities have received reports of nearly 4,000 cases in which Zika may have caused microcephaly in newborns. The condition results in an abnormally small head and is associated with incomplete brain development. Colombia, which shares an Amazonian border with Brazil, reacted to its own Zika outbreak, numbering more than 13,000 cases, by urging women not to get pregnant in the next several months. Other countries, including Jamaica and Honduras, also have urged women to delay having babies.

After more than 5,000 suspected Zika cases were reported last year and in the first weeks of 2016, El Salvador on Thursday took the most extreme stance so far: Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza urged women to refrain from getting pregnant before 2018. The Central American nation saw its first suspected Zika cases in November and sent samples to the United States to be tested for the virus, Espinoza said in an interview.
Population control. Create a health epidemic which supposedly causes a terminal condition. Ask people not to procreate to prevent the occurence of the condition. Then never find a cure for the epidemic and expect people to wait for the Rainbow to signify all is clear now. Sounds like bull**** to me. Every flippin' word sounds like bull**** to me. 40 years into the trick and these people cannot even tell you where AIDS came from.
 

ctrob

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Population control. Create a health epidemic which supposedly causes a terminal condition. Ask people not to procreate to prevent the occurence of the condition. Then never find a cure for the epidemic and expect people to wait for the Rainbow to signify all is clear now. .

It's been around since the 50's. Started in Uganda I think, and just now taking off. I doubt it's a gov't conspiracy.
 

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It's been around since the 50's. Started in Uganda I think, and just now taking off. I doubt it's a gov't conspiracy.

First identified in the late 40's and has been around affecting peoples in Africa, Asia and Oceania I the tropics.

Now it is in the Americas and will spread to all the Americas according to the latest news today. And today the first cases are reported in DR.

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

One wonders why all of a sudden there is such paranoia in the NA press and the urgent need to find a vaccine now after Zika being around for so long. It is a replay again of Ebola when rich nations start to panic when it's about to affect the developed nations and invest in finding vaccines.

That says something about the value of life depending where you are from. Shameful.

30 years ago it was yellow fever that had everyone in a spin.
 

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windeguy

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Zika Virus ?Spreading Explosively? in Americas, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization rang a global alarm over the Zika virus on Thursday, saying that the disease was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year.

The global health agency will convene a special meeting on Monday to decide whether to declare a public health emergency. It is moving swiftly to combat this outbreak after widespread criticism that it had allowed the last major global health crisis, Ebola, to fester without a coordinated, effective strategy.

Since last spring, more than 20 countries have reported locally acquired cases of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and may cause birth defects.

“The level of alarm is extremely high,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the W.H.O., in a speech in Geneva.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/h...0160129&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=42303622&_r=0
 

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One worry is that there is no vaccine against the virus or a rapid diagnostic test to determine whether someone has been infected. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview this week that scientists were working on both.

“We are already on our way on the first steps to developing a vaccine,” he said. “And we have started to work on a diagnostic to tell if someone’s been infected.”

But Dr. Fauci said at a news conference that it was unlikely a vaccine would be widely available this year, or even in the next few years.
 

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All agencies join to halt the spread of zika:


Santo Domingo.- The government on Thursday instructed all state agencies to support the Public Health Ministry?s social mobilization to prevent zika and other mosquito-transmitted diseases by eliminating their breeding sites and guidance for citizens.

The authorities have instructed the ministers of Education, Defense and Public Works, and the heads of other agencies to attend a meeting at Public Health headquarters.

Public Health minister Altagracia Guzman said the mobilization will continue through tomorrow, with the support of city councils, with fumigations to eradicate mosquito larvae in water containers.

The municipalities and their staff are also expected to participate in the nationwide effort to prevent the spread of the diseases including dengue and chikungunya.

http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2016/1/29/58008/All-agencies-join-to-halt-the-spread-of-zika
 

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Tuesday's DR1 News:
President issues decree on Zika
President Danilo Medina has issued a new decree for all state institutions to work together towards preventing the zika virus as well as dengue and chikungunya. The decree follows the Ministry of Public Health's announcement on Saturday, 23 January 2016 that several zika cases had been confirmed in the Dominican Republic.
The presidential decree sets out the measures the Ministry of Public Health needs to take in order to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit the virus and orders other institutions, including the Ministry of Defense, to work with the Health Ministry to ensure the plans are implemented.
There will be a national day to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas by fumigation and through public education next weekend, 29 and 30 January, with all national institutions working alongside the local authorities.
Today, Tuesday 26 January 2016, a meeting is being held for mayors on public education aimed at ensuring that mosquito numbers are kept to a minimum.
http://www.listindiario.com/la-repu...n-la-prevencion-del-zika-dengue-y-chikungunya
http://www.listindiario.com/la-repu...iliza-todos-los-frentes-para-combatir-el-zika

Zika virus arrives
On Saturday, 23 January 2016 the Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the zika virus had arrived in the country, with 10 cases that have been confirmed as positive for the virus.
Minister for Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino said that the cases had been confirmed in the National District, the municipality of Santo Domingo North, Barahona and Jimani. Those affected by the virus are between the ages of 15 and 57 and two children under the age of five.
The Minister said that blood samples were taken from 27 suspected cases and sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, United States and ten were confirmed as positive.
She said that none of those infected had been hospitalized as the disease can be treated at home.
The government has stepped up preventive measures including mosquito eradication education mainly for eliminating standing water that can be breeding grounds for the insects.
http://eldia.com.do/confirman-presencia-del-zika-virus-en-rd-10-casos-dieron-positivo/
 
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interesting article here, with some good advice from infectologist: http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2016/01/25/infectologo-advierte-que-todo-pais-esta-riesgo-contraer-zika

he stresses that it is crucial that medics - and patients - learn more about zika, chikungunya and dengue to be able to differentiate between them and recognize the symptoms. the biggest issue is to misdiagnose patients who have dengue as it can be deadly if not treated on time

There is a dengue serology test. If in doubt, ask the doctor for that test be prescribed to you / your loved one. And as far as we know, Chiqui and Ziki will not kill you ... so if dengue is excluded, there should be less worries (though so far there is no knowledge of possible long-term effects of having contracted and recovered from Chiqui or Ziki).
 

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[video=youtube;nQy-eJALZI0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQy-eJALZI0[/video]

Let the Goomba dance begin.