Zika Virus – What’s New?
Here we go again. What happened to the epidemic that was the Ebola Virus? That seemed to have been a huge issue over what amounted to be not much, didn’t it?
Eugenics Or Just Incompetent?
How short is our knowledge of history that we can not use that history to help us with stopping Ebola?
How are the two incidents connected?
Do the Government have any clue about anything other than making poor people poorer?
Political Beast Archives
Ebola is going to kill us all:
The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Scientists Warn
‘In the last week, Guinea has suffered a resurgence – with reported cases increasing by a third.
Reasons for the increase have not been provided, but may be attributable to the mutations making the virus more contagious, and the possible increase in asymptomatic people unknowingly spreading the disease.
More mutations can make it harder to diagnose – and treat – Ebola.’
Political Beast: Why White People Are Angry
Now it’s the Zika Virus. What is it exactly?:
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus, transmitted by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Its name comes from the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947.
The infections, known as Zika fever, often causes no or only mild symptoms. Since the 1950s it has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, where the Zika outbreak has reached pandemic levels. – Wikipedia
It was ‘first isolated’? What does that mean? Did they know about it before then or by isolated, do they mean discovered? How much do we have to panic about this latest outbreak?:
Have a look at those symptoms: Fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. That doesn’t sound all that serious. Are there any other ‘things’ that could be related to theses symptoms?:
WebMD Symptom Checker helps you find the most common medical conditions indicated by the symptoms fever and red (bloodshot) eyes including Viral pharyngitis, Influenza (flu) child, and Acute sinusitis.
There are 76 conditions associated with fever and red (bloodshot) eyes. The links below will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions from the WebMD Symptom Checker and help provide a better understanding of causes and treatment of these related conditions.
In addition to those mentioned already, other conditions include adult flu, sunburn, meningitis, reaction to prescription meds, sleep deprivation, middle ear infection, allergies, Crohns Disease. How are we supposed to know what is Zika and what is not? When do we panic and when do we hit the Paracetamol?:
Zika Virus – Pediatricians Be Aware
The incubation period for Zika virus infection is 2 to 14 days. The disease has a wide spectrum and only 1 in 5 infected patients becomes symptomatic. Hospitalizations are uncommon and death is rare. Clinically, Zika virus infection presents similarly to many other viral infections, with fever (often low-grade), vomiting, maculopapular rash, arthralgias, myalgias, retro-orbital pain, and conjunctivitis.
Serologic diagnosis is not dependable because of potential cross-reactivity with dengue and chikungunya viruses. Polymerase chain reaction that can detect the RNA of Zika virus is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and some state health departments.
Okay, well there is some good news ‘hospitalizations are uncommon and death is rare’. Now we know that there is no vaccine for this, but it is treatable, right?:
America has TWO potential Zika vaccines ready for human trials – but officials admit they won’t be in use for ‘several years’
Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there have been 31 cases of Zika infection among U.S. citizens who traveled to areas affected by the virus. So far, there have been no cases of transmission of the virus through mosquitoes in the United States, she said.
In Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that Zika is spreading ‘explosively’ and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas.
It said the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and admitted up to four million people could be infected.
Well, that escalated quickly, didn’t it? from’ treatable’ to ‘explosive’ in just a few days. Is it reassuring to know that America already has not one, but two vaccines? Well no, not really. Why do you need a vaccine for something no more serious than flu?:
Zika Vaccine Was Patented By Indian Biotech Company 9 Months Ago
Bharat Biotech International in Hyderabad, India was the first company to file a patent for a Zika vaccine and they are about to start pre-clinical testing.
“On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine candidate patent about nine months ago,” managing director Krishna Ella said in an interview.
The company say that two candidate vaccines were created following research that began nine months ago and if trials are successful a vaccine could become available to the public in as little as four months.
Before It’s News
9 months ago? But the outbreak only happened a couple of weeks back? How can India be the ‘first company to file a patent for a Zika Vaccine’ when America has two already? Why do you need a patent for a cold remedy? Something is not adding up here:
The virus is also marketed by two companies, LGC Standards (headquartered in the UK) and ATCC (headquartered in the US).
As Guillaume Kress from Global Research writes:
The LGC Group is:
…the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements and an international leader in the laboratory services, measurement standards, reference materials, genomics and proficiency testing marketplaces.
One of its branches, LGC Standards, is:
…a leading global producer and distributor of reference materials and proficiency testing schemes. Headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK, LGC Standards has a network of dedicated sales offices extending across 20 countries in 5 continents and more than 30 years’ experience in the distribution of reference materials. These high quality products and services are essential for accurate analytical measurement and quality control, ensuring sound decisions are made based on reliable data. We have an unparalleled breadth of ISO Guide 34 accredited reference material production in facilities at 4 sites across the UK, the US and Germany.
Which came first? The Virus or the Patent? It does seem a little strange that the patent was filed in the same year the virus was ‘found’. Were they actually looking for something and then found it and thought Eureka, do you think? How can India claim to have filed the first patent for Zika, when a patent was filed in 1947?
What has India got to do with this?:
Today, Bharat Biotech is one of the leading innovative R&D Companies, with 45 global patents, of which 5 are for new molecules. Bharat Biotech has been funded (>300 crores) by various agencies like DBT, CSIR, DST and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Ella is also involved in shaping India’s science education and policy as well as International collaboration by being a Member, Advisor or Chairman of numerous committees. The prominent ones among these include Five Year Plan for Biotechnology, Human Resource and Innovation, National Biotech Policy, High Technology Cooperation Groups, National Task Force in Industrial Biotechnology, National Council of IPR. He has recently been nominated as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India.
Surprise, surprise. We are beginning to see what is happening here. Can you see it yet?:
Gates Foundation to fund two cos for vaccine research
Why Bill Gates is being blamed for the Zika virus
The latest revelation regarding the Zika virus involves a genetically altered mosquito project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – an experiment which some suspect may have caused the rapid spread of a once-rare disease that is now expected to circulate around the globe.
Zika virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with brain damage and unusually small heads.
“In short, these genetically modified mosquitoes could be the cause of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and other parts of South and Central America.”
There may be no conclusive evidence yet that the GM mosquito project funded by Gates has actually caused the spread of Zika, but it’s a possibility well worth investigating.
Well, no. Apparently some people learn nothing or maybe he learned this lesson a little too well?:
New Weapon to Fight Zika: The Mosquito
‘Every weekday at 7 a.m., a van drives slowly through the southeastern Brazilian city of Piracicaba carrying a precious cargo — mosquitoes. More than 100,000 of them are dumped from plastic containers out the van’s window, and they fly off to find mates.
But these are not ordinary mosquitoes. They have been genetically engineered to pass a lethal gene to their offspring, which die before they can reach adulthood. In small tests, this approach has lowered mosquito populations by 80 percent or more.
The biotech bugs could become one of the newest weapons in the perennial battle between humans and mosquitoes, which kill hundreds of thousands of people a year by transmitting malaria, dengue fever and other devastating diseases and have been called the deadliest animal in the world.’
Perhaps The Gates Foundation are just following the principle ‘set a thief to catch a thief’? You know the one. The best person to catch a thief is another thief, because he or she knows how thieves think. So set a mosquito to kill a mosquito. That does kind of make sense, except… By breeding? Multiplying? huh? Is it worth asking the question, which biotech company was behind this?:
Zika Outbreak Epicenter In Same Area Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released In 2015
Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically-modified mosquito farm in Brazil in July 2012, with the goal of reducing “the incidence of dengue fever,” as The Disease Daily reported. Dengue fever is spread by the same Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika virus — and though they “cannot fly more than 400 meters,” WHO stated, “it may inadvertently be transported by humans from one place to another.” By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads dengue fever, chikungunya and zika virus, by reducing the target population by more than 90%.”
GM Mosquito Trial Strains Ties in Gates-Funded Project
‘On 11 November, British company Oxitec announced that it carried out the world’s first small outdoor trial with transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman in the fall of 2009, followed by a larger study there last summer.
The trials were designed to test whether such designer mosquitoes could be successfully used to fight wild mosquitoes that transmit diseases like dengue fever. The announcement, made at a press briefing in London, has taken aback opponents of GM mosquitoes and surprised many researchers in the field of genetic control of insect vectors.
The program, funded by a $19.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Anthony James of the University of California, Irvine, has spent years preparing a study site in the Mexican state of Chiapas for cage studies and a possible future release of another strain of Oxitec mosquitoes. The work includes extensive dialogues with citizen groups, regulators, academics and farmers. The project, one of Gates’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, would “never” release GM mosquitoes the way Oxitec has now done in Grand Cayman, says James.’
But the program was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates? What did they think Oxitec were going to do with millions of Dengue loaded mozzies? Note it says ‘ the way Oxitec has now done’. Does that mean you would have done it differently and by, differently, do you mean with a designated purpose rather than just for ‘research’?
You couldn’t make it up, could you? The Gates Foundation give a ton of cash to a British company called Oxitec. In 2009, Oxitec released a whole bunch of GM mosquitoes, the type that are recorded to carry Dengue Fever, just to see if this was an effective way of beating Dengue fever. A few years later we hear of mosquitoes being used to combat Zika, which again, is carried by mosquitoes.
Does anybody wonder why people think this is all Bills Fault?
Here is a great question, asked by one of our followers. Thank you AJ:
Why is this happening so close to the last one, was it because the Ebola outbreak was not as effective or was that just a trial run?
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