Zika Virus Threatens "Disaster In Rio" Olympics As WHO Declares Global Emergency

Tyler Durden's picture

From the initial discovery in the heart of Ugandan forest darkness to mysterious genetically-modified Mosquitoes in Brazil, the newest threat to human health (most notably pregnant women) is the ominous-sounding Zika virus. The epidemic is spreading from its epicenter in Brazil - threatening disaster at the Olympics with "female athletes to consider participation "very carefully"", to Colombia (with 2100 pregant women infected), and further north in America with CDC confirming 6 cases in Texas.

As we previously introduced, The World Health Organization is convening an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations today, concerning the Zika virus ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas. The virus reportedly has the potential to reach pandemic proportions — possibly around the globe. But understandingwhy this outbreak happened is vital to curbing it. As the WHO statement said:

“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes … is strongly suspected. [These links] have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

 

“WHO is deeply concerned about this rapidly evolving situation for 4 main reasons: the possible association of infection with birth malformations and neurological syndromes; the potential for further international spread given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector; the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas; and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments, and rapid diagnostic tests […]

 

“The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty.”

Zika seemingly exploded out of nowhere. Though it was first discovered in 1947, cases only sporadically occurred throughout Africa and southern Asia.

 

In 2007, the first case was reported in the Pacific. In 2013, a smattering of small outbreaks and individual cases were officially documented in Africa and the western Pacific. They also began showing up in the Americas. In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus — and the situation changed dramatically.

And now, as The BBC reports, an alarming mixture of confusion and fear is blighting the pregnancies of thousands of women across this teeming tropical city in the northeast of Brazil, and wherever else the Zika virus has infected people.

Every day the emergency clinic at one of Recife's largest hospitals sees queues of nervous women so long that they reach into the car park, and the medical staff, already stretched, are now overwhelmed.

 

The enemy is uncertainty because the symptoms of Zika infection are worryingly vague: aches, a rash, itching and conjunctivitis are all typical and the slightest sign of them naturally leads the women to rush for help.

 

And for women thinking of pregnancy, there is a warning from one young mother.

 

Micaela da Souza's daughter Anica Vitoria has severe microcephaly and needs to be continually rocked to prevent her from becoming agitated, and her advice reflects the uncertainties of the science.

 

"I'd say it's not the moment to get pregnant because so far nobody knows where does this virus come from, how can this happen?"

This has further worried female athletes and attendees of the forthcoming Olympics. As The Daily Mail reports,

Rio's Olympics are on the verge of disaster as fear grows over the Zika virus, which has left more than 4,000 newborns with shrunken heads.

 

Female spectators and even athletes of childbearing age are being warned by countries and medical professionals around the world to reconsider their plans to travel to Brazil for fear of what could happen to their unborn children after the country was overrun by the mosquito-borne disease.

 

Russia and Australian officials have both raised fears for those women preparing to compete in August's Games, while numerous airlines around the world are offering pregnant women the chance to swap or refund their tickets to avoid travelling to affected areas - of which Brazil is the worst.

The combination of factors led Marcelo Castro, Brazil's health minister, to admit this week: 'We are losing the battle in a big way.'

But organisers are keen to stress the 2016 Games will go ahead - because they remain convinced Brazil will get the outbreak under control by the time the Games begin.

 

The country is now throwing everything it has at combating the problem. Ahead of this week's Carnival, more than 3,000 municipal health agents have been out on the city's streets, trying desperately to rid the city of its mosquito hotbeds.

 

They will be paying particular attention to Carnival and Olympic venues, which will be inspected daily during the big events.

 

But it seems the government's main hope for gaining control of the virus ahead of the Opening Ceremony in six months lies in something they have no control over whatsoever: the weather.

While Brazil is the country hit hardest by the disease - it has reported around 3,700 cases of microcephaly strongly suspected to be related to Zika - the virus is spreading  dramatically.

To Colombia (as Reuters reports)

More than 2,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its spread across the Americas.

 

The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus' brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine or treatment.

 

There are 20,297 confirmed cases of the disease in Colombia, the national health institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 2,116 pregnant women.

To USA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms six cases of Zika virus in Texas.

All of the cases are associated with travel to areas where Zika is currently being transmitted and all among residents of the southeast Texas region.

3rd confirmed case of Zika virus in greater Houston area; 2nd in city of Houston

Information about the patients is not being released.

And to Jamaica

Four-year-old child started showing symptoms Jan. 17 after returning to Jamaica from Texas, has now recovered, Health Ministry says in statement on website.

 

Case confirmed in tests by Caribbean Public Health Agency

 

Govt has adequate medication for treatment in event of additional cases being identified

Panic-mongering? None other than The CDC's Director himself said this virus is "spreading explosively," with travel notices posted for at least 22 countries...

 

And finally, following their convention today: It is official:

  • *WHO SAYS ZIKA, MICROCEPHALY `PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY'
  • *WHO:CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ZIKA IN PREGNANCY, MICROCEPHALY

The Zika virus is a global emergency, the World Health Organization said, citing possible links to infant brain damage...

The World Health Organization on Monday designated the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern, an action it has taken only three times before, which paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading "explosively" through the Americas.

 

The declaration represents the WHO's highest level of alert and is only invoked in response to the most dire threats. The first time was in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza epidemic that is believed to have infected up to 200 million worldwide; the second in May 2014 when a paralyzing form of polio re-emerged in Pakistan and Syria; and the third in August 2014 with Ebola in West Africa.

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KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Nothing to see here, move along. The question is how long before we start shooting border crossers?

InjectTheVenom's picture

EVERYONE PLEASE read Jon Rappaport's recent articles on Zika ... #scam

cougar_w's picture

Give us the executive summary: why would he think this is a scam?

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a theocratic military dictatorship formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America.

Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremists) that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the "Sons of Jacob" launches a revolution and suspends the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order. They are quickly able to take away all of women's rights, largely attributed to financial records being stored electronically and labelled by gender. The new regime, the Republic of Gilead, moves quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. In this society, almost all women are forbidden to read.

The story is presented from the point of view of a woman called Offred (literally Of-Fred). The character is one of a class of women kept as concubines ("handmaids") for reproductive purposes by the ruling class in an era of declining births due to sterility from pollution and sexually transmitted diseases. The book is told in the first person by Offred, who describes her life during her third assignment as a handmaid, in this case to Fred (referred to as "The Commander"). Interspersed in flashbacks are portions of her life from before and during the beginning of the revolution, when she finds she has lost all autonomy to her husband, through her failed attempt to escape with her husband and daughter to Canada, to her indoctrination into life as a handmaid. Offred describes the structure of Gilead's society, including the several different classes of women and their circumscribed lives in the new theocracy.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

That's not the point of this of this little passion play......

Miles Ahead's picture

well... this is great news.  They ran the World Cup on the backs of the poor, and two years later the Olympics... hope they don't pull it off.

The Juggernaut's picture

The Zika virus was created by the Rockefeller Foundation.    http://www.atcc.org/products/all/VR-84.aspx#history

BuddyEffed's picture

Since the business model of the Olympics now seems structurally challenged, especially for this site, maybe Zika could be used as an excuse to just cancel the damn thing.

Manthong's picture

..how do you spell “Andromeda Strain”  ??

JRobby's picture

I believe the correct spelling is: "Good Book, "Terrible Movie"

Manthong's picture

Heck,,,

It’s just  good thing Obammy and Valerie didn’t get the Olympics in Chicago this year…

..I would hate to think of how much malathion we would need to spray on the south side.

 

Tarzan's picture

to mysterious genetically-modified Mosquitoes in Brazil,

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El Oregonian's picture

Quick somebody, go ask Bill Gates for the patented antidote!

Didn't he have the patented antidote for the ebola virus before the break out?...

MANvsMACHINE's picture

WHO said what? Why? I dunno....third base.

Whenever WHO says anything, it reminds me of Abbott & Costello, or any other set of numbskulls.

cossack55's picture

The correct spelling is  "Monsanto"

Manthong's picture

?? .. so, is "Monsanto" espanoly for "Cargill"  ??

 

or maybe porto-geese  ????

SelfGov's picture

It is a bio-weapon designed by Gaia herself.

She is too clever.

JRobby's picture

Juggernaut, yours is the most sensible post so far. Clearly created in a lab.

1. Olympics go on as planned so that the virus spreads world wide to crush the sheeple's spirit (what is left of it)

2. Banks foreclose on all the newly built infrastructure.

I am betting on #1

JRobby's picture

Checked out the link. Looks like the same place AIDS came from.

Consumer Farm's picture

I like the add to cart button on the atcc.org page, only €599.00

pods's picture

Time people stopped fucking in the front hole for a while?

The Juggernaut's picture

The front hole?  The front is my 4th favorite hole.

JRobby's picture

"Crowd roars with approval"

Socratic Dog's picture

Hmm.  You'll need to expand on that one.

joaoh's picture

Brazil sedias World Games fifa clubs, confederations Cup, World Cup, Pan American, skill world all successfully and safely.

NoVa's picture

how did 6 cases make it into Texas...? Trump better hurry to build that wall to keep them mosquitos OUT !

 

NoVa

knukles's picture

The refugees are bringing it with them....  No need to transport the mosquito.  We already can kill mosquitoes, but not stop refugees.
Get it?

Syrin's picture

Even without Zika, the oputdoor swimmers will basically be swimming in sewage.   The place is a f'ing third world disaster, yet they get the summer Olympics.   It's good to be paid off on the Olympic Committee.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Zika isn't fatal.

Will the women that are immune to Zika be called, "breeders," like Immortan Joe's wives?

Son of Loki's picture

I am READY for the Ziika attackers:

 

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Evil Peanut's picture

In late 2014, the Ministry of Health of Brazil announced the introduction of the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine for all pregnant women in that country as part of its routine vaccination program. The move was aimed at trying to contain the resurgence of pertussis in Brazil.

 

In December 2015, the Brazilian government declared an emergency after 2,400 Brazilian babies were found to be born with shrunken heads (microcephaly) and damaged brains since October.

 

Brazilian public health officials don’t know what is causing the increase in microcephaly cases in babies born in Brazil, but they are theorizing that it may be caused by a virus known as “Zika,” which is spread by mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti)—in the same way as is the West Nile virus.

 

The theory is largely based on the fact that they found the Zika virus in a baby with microcephaly following an autopsy of the dead child. The virus was also found in the amniotic fluid of two mothers whose babies had the condition.

 

Note that Zika is not a new virus; it has been around for decades. No explanation has been given as to why suddenly it could be causing all these cases of microcephaly. No one is seriously asking the question, “What has changed?”

 

There is no theorizing about the possibility that the cases of microcephaly could be linked to the mandating of the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in Brazil about 10 months earlier. The government has “assumed” the cause is a virus.

 

FACT—Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to this vaccine that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.

 

FACT—According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of the Tdap vaccine state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that Tdap should “be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.”

 

FACT—There are ingredients pertussis containing Tdap vaccine that have not been fully evaluated for potential genotoxic or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants, mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive and potentially toxic ingredients.

 

FACT—There are serious problems with outdated testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.

 

FACT—There are no published biological mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.

 

FACT—Since licensure of Tdap vaccine in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of women who get pertussis containing Tdap vaccine during pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted. Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small, retrospective, compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.

 

FACT—FACT—The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over 10 or 11 years old. The CDC’s recommendation that doctors give every pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy—regardless of whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap—is an off-label use of the vaccine.

 

FACT—Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.

 

FACT—A 2013 published study evaluating reports of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a European vaccine reaction reporting system found that pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age five.

 

Tdap is manufactured by two pharmaceutical companies: Sanofi Pasteur of France and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of the United Kingdom.

 

The Sanofi Pasteur product contains aluminum phosphate, residual formaldehyde, residual glutaraldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanola, along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: Stainer-Scholte medium, casamino acids, dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium without beef heart infusion, ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol, water for injection.

 

The GSK product contains aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, residual formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium containing bovine extract, formaldehyde, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, glutaraldehyde, aluminum hydroxide.

 

Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government announced on January 15, 2016 it will direct funds to a biomedical research center (Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute) to help develop a vaccine against Zika. Development of the vaccine is expected to take 3-5 years. Again, no consideration to the irony that you may be developing a vaccine to address a problem that may have been CAUSED by a vaccine, and that that new vaccine may COMPOUND the problem No consideration to the possibility that the answer to the problem may not be to do MORE, but rather to do LESS (simply STOP giving Tdap to pregnant women).

 

The number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil has grown to 3,530 babies, as of mid-January 2016. Fewer than 150 such cases were seen in all of 2014.

 

http://yournewswire.com/is-zika-virus-or-the-dtap-vaccine-causing-birth-...

Son of Loki's picture

I definitely will not take ANY more vaccines unless I am forced at gun point after all the stuff and scientific research I have read.

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

The Dingo ate my Zika baby!

peddling-fiction's picture

When are you make your open ended question or ZH incorrect statement, dogface?

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Sometimes it's good form to make sense when asking questions. Sometimes. Go!

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Is that you Boris? Do you want to have a Scooby singalone? I don't have any new tunes composed. If you have a request just say so. OK? And we'll do a Scooby singalone!

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- - - - - - (not verified) Scooby Dooby Doo Feb 1, 2016 2:55 PM

scooby sit! have a black muslim childrens bone to chew on       good boy

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Are you with Dash? Daesh? Is that why all the dashes? Are you undercover posting from naughty places in the ME trying to identify Muslim haters?

You Dash guys are scary with the black flags with squiggly writing and the swords and stuff.

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- - - - - - (not verified) Scooby Dooby Doo Feb 1, 2016 3:24 PM

there no thing like deash   its called isis

NotGrokkingIt's picture

Some people don't think it be like it is, but it do.

Antifaschistische's picture

Just shut up and give the W.H.O. a couple billion dollars and THEY will fix it like Ebola.

...and to complete the fascist circle...the W.H.O. will shuffle truck loads of cash to the pharma's who will "develop" a vaccine.

Son of Loki's picture

<< Just shut up and give the W.H.O. a couple billion dollars >>

 

.... much of which will be embezzled and promptly deposited in various secret bank accounts across the globe.

DollarMenu's picture

It is interesting how this "crisis" has come forth so opportunistically, and so well packaged with statistics, and statements all developed.  

As if "made for TV".

What are they covering over with these Zika sheets?

What traffic is being diverted?

Qui bono?

Blankone's picture

Much about the timing and how all focus for the microcephaly is blamed on zika and little work to investigate other potential causes.

Pregnant women started being pushed (almost forced) to take a new tdap vaccine.

The zika virus has been active for 70 years and has NO history of causing any birth defects.  Now why is that.

http://yournewswire.com/is-zika-virus-or-the-dtap-vaccine-causing-birth-...

If others have info that zika has been causing these birth defects in Africa for decades please inform as I have not found that info..

Brazil has been on the zionist's bad list for years.  The internal corruption is coming to light and may also drag in foreign individuals and corporations.

There are powerful players who have been push back from exploiting the resources of south america and they are not happy about it.

Also, if the dollar is to be attacked, then Brazil would be the country in SA to assist in starting that effort in SA.