All About Zika Virus

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One of the scenarios we write about is the “Pandemic”. Although we have had success curing many illnesses with antibiotics, we are still struggling with outbreaks of viral diseases. In 2014, thousands died in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic. In 2015, Chikungunya virus crossed the Atlantic into the Western Hemisphere and infected a million people. This year, Zika virus is the latest pandemic, and the first to generate travel warnings specifically for women that are pregnant or of childbearing age.

A little-known virus of equatorial Africa and Asia, the Zika virus has “jumped the pond” and is wreaking havoc in South America, especially among pregnant women and their newborns. Like its predecessors, it’s a mosquito-borne virus. Citizens of the Americas have little immunity against it.

Most people experience mild flu-like symptoms, but an infected during a pregnancy can yield a newborn with brain damage. In late 2015, it was mainly a Brazilian problem. A congenital abnormality (once called a “birth defect”) called microcephaly started appearing among newborns.Microcephaly presents as an abnormally small head and is associated with mental handicaps; if severe, it may be incompatible with life.

Brazil is a large country with a youthful population; in an average year, it sees about 150 cases of microcephaly. Since the arrival of Zika virus in May 2015, there have been 3,500. Now, cases of the virus are being reported in the United States from Virginia to Arkansas to Hawaii (mostly in returning travelers from South America). In total, 25 countries so far are reporting evidence of the virus.

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EPIDEMICS VS. PANDEMICS
Infectious disease can be endemic, epidemic, or pandemic:

–An Epidemic infectious disease is a community-wide outbreak of an illness that is not always present in an area. Influenza, EnterovirusD68, and Ebola are examples.
–An Endemic infectious disease is one that is normally found and expected in a certain area. Malaria is endemic in many tropical countries.
–A Pandemic occurs when an infectious disease crosses various borders and runs rampant throughout a large region, or even the whole world. The Spanish Flu of 1918 is the classic example. Zika has had outbreaks in Africa, Asia, and now, South America. Cases have been reported in Denmark and Sweden as well.

WHAT IS ZIKA VIRUS?

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Zika virus is a member of the Flavivirus family, which contains a number of well-known diseases such as yellow fever, chikungunya, and West Nile virus. Like the others, Zika virus is carried by Aedes mosquitoes, which are the main agent of transmission (human to human transmission can also occur); unlike the others, the virus affects the unborn.

Symptoms of the virus include headache, rash, fever, and conjunctivitis(pink eye). The grand majority of infected people have no signs of the infection whatsoever. This is ominous for a pregnancy, as the mother doesn’t even know she was at risk.

TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF ZIKA VIRUS

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There is no vaccine or treatment available that is effective against Zika virus. Prevention, however, is simple: Don’t travel to the countries where widespread outbreaks are occurring. If you have to go, use sunscreen, long pants and sleeves, plus mosquito repellant or netting. Standing water near your location in affected areas should be drained.

Mosquito control efforts are underway in Brazil and other countries at risk. Besides the usual sprays with pesticides, you might be surprised to know that GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are playing a part.

A male “Franken-mosquito” called OX513A has a gene that kills his offspring. Female mosquitoes only mate once during their lives, so this might have a significant effect. Brazil claims more than a 90% decrease in the population after release. OX513A was also used in the Florida Keys in 2012 (over protests) to combat an outbreak of another Flavivirus, Dengue Fever.

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Additional Reading:

Experts: USA must prepare now for Zika virus

Zika virus: US scientists say vaccine ’10 years away’

Zika spreads to Europe

U.S. vulnerable to Zika virus

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Originally published January 27th, 2016
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4 Responses to All About Zika Virus

  1. R D says:

    A couple of things I learned here lately from the Ebola scare in Dallas TX. Living near the Ebola outbreak in Dallas I really started studying about it and found out the ppl that were collecting the bodies of Ebola victims were not getting it, even though their exposure was really extreme. Some labs did blood samples on these ppl and found that they had a good amount of selenium in their blood. They believe that this was why these guys didn’t get the Ebola. Selenium is cheap but you can get too much so stock up on it but do go by the directions on the bottle.

    Secondly a great mosquito controll is garlic juice. One summer after I caught the West Nile Virus because I live next to a creek, I juiced a lot of garlic in my blender and strained it and added water to spray it aroung my house, esp. my patio, which is the biggest exposure point of my home. I didn’t so much as get one mosquito bit the whole season. Spray this ever 30 days and it will work as a mosquito deterrent. Mosquitoes hate garlic and its cheap and easy to grow and process.

  2. John Cook says:

    Bullshit. The zika virus has been well known for years, it has never before been associated with small brains. That is new. There is no rational reason to link the two. I think the small brain effect is caused by a prenatal vaccine – probably dtap.

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    to

    my greatest surprise for the Doctor confirmed me to ZIKA VIRUS free and said

    that i no longer have ZIKA VIRUS in my
    system and till now i have never

    felt any pains nor ZIKA VIRUS again, so
    i said i must testify the goodness

    of this man to the general public for if you are there surfing from this

    ZIKA VIRUS problems or any deadly
    disease or other disease .I will

    advice you to contact him on his working whatsapp on 08035841258 OR EMAIL HIM ON (chiefolokeherbalsolution@gmail.com) YOU
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    just as he did for me okay he as help five people to cure there disease you can
    call or whatsapp him on this
    +2348035841258 THESE ARE THE DISEASES ANS SICKNESS DR CHIEF OLOKE HAS SOLUTIONS FOR .

    1. HERPES

    2. LASSA FEVER

    3. ZIKA VIRUS

    4. HIV/AIDS

    5. LOW SPERM COUNT

    6. MENOPAUSE DISEASE

    7. EPILEPSY

    8. ASEPSIS

    9. CANCER

    10. PREGNANCY PROBLEM

    11. Menstruation problem

    12. Mites (scabies mites)

    13. Motion sickness

    14. Mouth ulcer

    15. Multiple sclerosis

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