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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#41  Postby laklak » Apr 12, 2016 2:25 am

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/07/health/zika-microcephaly-guillain-barre-who/index.html

And now Guillain-Barre. Do...not...want. My Dad had it, and it knocked him for 6. Was really the beginning of the end, even though he recovered he was never the same.

I will be swimming in DEET all summer, and that's a fact. Already starting to see a few of the little bastards around, and found a water filled can swarming with the little wigglers, I enjoyed pouring them out and stomping on them.
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#42  Postby kiore » Apr 12, 2016 2:55 am

The GB syndrome remains quite rare, although early figures I have seen suggest it more common than expected with ZikaV, this may just be a function of small sample size, or it really could be that ZikaV does cause a higher incidence.
Yes seek out breeding sites and disrupt them, pile on the repellent etc but what is almost certainly needed is serious fogging of Aedes habitat to reduce numbers and eliminate the older mosquitoes, who by frequency of bites are more likely to be infected.
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#43  Postby laklak » Apr 12, 2016 3:00 am

It will take a rather unpleasant outbreak before that happens. Nobody fogs for mozzies any more, at least around here. When I was a kid the trucks came round all the time at night, but then DDT and raptors and all that stuff. I did call the country two summers ago when they got particularly bad, they came around and sprayed all around my house and a couple of neighbors. Seriously reduced the population for a couple of weeks, but they eventually come back.

I've got one of those mosquito traps that run off a CO2 cylinder, and also has an attractant. Kills a lot of them, but also does in lots of other species.
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#44  Postby DougC » Apr 14, 2016 2:32 am

B.B.C. - US health experts confirm that Zika causes birth defects
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#45  Postby kiore » Apr 14, 2016 2:37 am

DougC wrote:B.B.C. - US health experts confirm that Zika causes birth defects


Yes well any reticence previously has been wanting to be very very very sure, as the cost of getting this wrong is enormous, but the connection was pretty clear a while ago and a review of early outbreaks showed the same effect, why it wasn't previously detected really a matter of scale, a very large outbreak will show even relatively rare effects more strongly.
This announcement hinted at earlier in the week when 'scarier than thought' was mentioned.
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#46  Postby Hobbes Choice » Apr 14, 2016 9:51 am

laklak wrote:Yep, time to exterminate the little fuckers. Around here they're responsible for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis. Actually, lets just kill ALL the little bloodsucking shitheads.


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#47  Postby tuco » Apr 14, 2016 9:55 am

See post #38, its called "Mosquito control".
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#48  Postby DougC » Apr 21, 2016 12:29 am

B.B.C. - Zika virus: 2.2 billion people in 'at risk' areas
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#49  Postby DougC » May 06, 2016 11:46 pm

B.B.C. - Puerto Rico baseball games moved due to players' Zika fears
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#50  Postby kiore » May 12, 2016 3:18 am

IOC concludes Zika V less important that money:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36272502
Seriously, Zika V not a serious health threat to most attendees, however there exists a risk that if not handled well that this is an opportunity for the virus to spread to previously unaffected areas with poor ability to respond effectively. I do understand the serious implications of suggesting all people not visit the affected areas, this not realistic, but a mass event like the Olympics cannot be considered in the same way as normal tourism and travel.
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#51  Postby DougC » May 12, 2016 11:03 pm

B.B.C. - Zika virus 'shrinks brains' in tests
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#52  Postby DougC » May 16, 2016 11:57 pm

B.B.C. - Scientists clone Zika for vaccine race
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#53  Postby DougC » May 18, 2016 11:31 pm

B.B.C. - Zika virus may reach Europe this summer
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#54  Postby kiore » May 19, 2016 12:07 am

Indeed, this northern summer is likely to see the range of the outbreak spread north, I am still surprised to find people unaware of this outbreak traveling to affected countries, or if they are aware believe due to the lesser media reporting that it is over..
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#55  Postby DougC » May 20, 2016 11:47 pm

B.B.C. - Zika virus strain 'imported from the Americas' to Africa


B.B.C. - Nearly 300 pregnant women in US test positive for Zika
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#56  Postby DougC » May 23, 2016 11:24 pm

B.B.C. -Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss
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#57  Postby DougC » May 27, 2016 11:55 pm

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#58  Postby kiore » May 28, 2016 12:30 am

I am conflicted on this, a major temporary migration into the area and then returning globally does pose a focus point for the spread of the virus to previously unaffected areas, and yes those who contract it from mosquitoes are probably people who are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes in other places.
However, people are moving freely in and out of the affected areas already, in large numbers, this particular event puts a large group in a set place and time, this should make it easier to control that more limited area. It may even have the positive effect of encouraging a more concentrated mosquito eradication program, certainly hotels etc will want to promise their customers, who will be paying premium rates that their locations are 'safe'.
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Re: Zika Virus outbreak: More babies born with birth defects

#59  Postby DougC » May 29, 2016 11:17 pm

B.B.C. - WHO seeks to allay fears over Rio Olympics
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#60  Postby DougC » Jun 02, 2016 12:18 am

B.B.C. - US baseball league player got virus in Venezuela
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