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Three pregnant women in Florida test positive for Zika

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FLORIDA — To protect their privacy, the state is not revealing the names or locations of the women.

Zika has been associated with the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre, a rare syndrome where the immune system attacks nerves.

Microcephaly is a neurological disorder that results in babies born with abnormally small heads, causing severe developmental issues and sometimes death.

Cases of microcephaly skyrocket in Brazil

Since October, Brazil has seen 508 confirmed cases of microcephaly in newborns. At least 17 of those cases have a confirmed link to the Zika virus. There were only 146 cases in 2014. So far, 27 babies have died from the condition, with at least five linked to Zika. An additional 70 deaths are under investigation, and authorities are investigating 3,935 suspected cases.

Other Latin American countries are seeing cases in newborns. Colombia reported more than 6,000 pregnant women have tested positive for the virus, while in the United States, one baby in Hawaii was born with Zika-linked microcephaly after his mother returned from Brazil.

Most common mode of transmission

The virus is most commonly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito biting an infected person, and then spreading it to others.

However, this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was investigating 14 new reports of possible sexual transmission of the ZIka virus. The agency said that several of the cases included pregnant women, although they did not specify how many.

It is unclear whether the three Florida cases are part of this group of 14 reports being investigated by the CDC.

According to the Florida Department of Health, all three cases of the disease were acquired while traveling outside of the United States.

Currently, the CDC has issued an advisory for pregnant women to avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas.

Ultrasounds for pregnant women who have traveled to infected areas

“Now that all these birth defects and associated conditions have come out, Zika is turning into a game-changer,” said Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, an assistant professor in Emory University’s Department of Environmental Sciences. “Having such an impact on a crucial aspect of human reproduction is actually changing the whole paradigm.”

The CDC is asking ob-gyns to review fetal ultrasounds and do maternal testing for any pregnant woman who has traveled to one of more than 30 countries where Zika is active.

The agency advises health care providers offer testing for the virus to pregnant women who have traveled to those areas within two to 12 weeks after returning home.

Providers should screen pregnant women with symptoms of the virus while they are experiencing illness.

Zika symptoms

Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

However, 80% of infected Zika cases won’t demonstrate any symptoms, which is why the CDC is recommending that pregnant women who’ve traveled to infected areas still undergo an ultrasound to check on the development of the fetus for intracranial calcifications or microcephaly.

Currently, there are a total of 32 Zika cases in Florida, including the three pregnant women. Upon learning of the three pregnant women who tested positive for the virus, Florida Governor Rick Scott requested 250 additional Zika antibody tests for the state.

In February, Scott declared a public health emergency in counties with travel-associated cases of Zika. Currently, that includes 11 counties in the state.

The state of Florida has stepped up it’s mosquito-borne illness surveillance and mosquito control efforts. The mosquito transmitting the virus can be found throughout the southeastern United States, spanning from eastern Texas to Florida and South Carolina.

5 comments

  • plato

    There’s that green color again:
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    what’s going on ?
    We know that vaccines aren’t working because several of the people who came down with the measles in the recent Disney outbreak were vaccinated.  That fact – that vaccinated individuals got the disease that their vaccine was supposed to prevent – negates the current media feeding frenzy.  You’d think focusing on those vaccinated individuals who fell ill is a more of a breaking news story.  You’d think that because we’re told so many times that vaccines are always life-saving, safe and effective, effective in preventing disease.  Evidently, they are not. The adjuvants required in vaccines to stimulate the immune response include mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum, which are known neurotoxins. Preservative-free vaccines may not have mercury, but there has been no public outcry against formaldehyde, aluminum and many others, so these remain in vaccines as adjuvants. Additionally, a study from Kobe University, which showed that vaccines reliably induced autoimmunity, did not include any toxic adjuvants or preservatives such as mercury, aluminum, or formaldehyde normally used in vaccines. (13) This negates the more safely perceived practice of vaccinating with preservative-free vaccines. Where’s that media fuss? You won’t see it.

    • keeping track

      DEADLY kissing bug
      Hoof and Mouth disease
      E coli
      Bacon causes CANCER
      SHINGLES
      Swine Flu (H1N1)
      Bisphenol A (BPA)
      Lead Paint On Toys From China
      Trans-Fats
      Bird Flu (H5N1)
      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
      Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
      Hormone Replacement Therapy
      Anthrax
      Cell Phones
      Ebola
      Zika
      Your Mom

  • zika expert

    “WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO) has been working closely with affected countries since May 2015. PAHO has mobilized staff and members of the Global Outbreak and Response Network (GOARN) to assist ministries of health in strengthening their abilities to detect the arrival and circulation of Zika virus through laboratory testing and rapid reporting. The aim has been to ensure accurate clinical diagnosis and treatment for patients, to track the spread of the virus and the mosquito that carries it, and to promote prevention, especially through mosquito control.”

    Notice the date mentioned in the quote—May 2015. That’s when “the first case of Zika” was discovered in Brazil. WHO sent people to the scene immediately. They sent their virus hunters from GOARN, which is the WHO equivalent of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). The virus hunters. Show them a situation; they will find a virus and make an warranted claim about it and push the story forward.

    That’s what they’ve done, against all the counter-evidence. They’ve invented a epidemic that doesn’t exist, blaming it on a virus that has never caused serious illness, and they’ve connected that virus, with no evidence, to microcephaly.

    • zika expert

      Zika was first confirmed in Brazil in may of 2015, but had been seen in other nations before. Question: Why didn’t it cause an epidemic of birth defects in any other countries? How exactly would you miss a tenfold increase in children born with most of their brain missing? Zika in Brazil does not seem to behave like the Zika we were familiar with before.

  • scientist

    Brazil currently allows the use of 424 active ingredients in the formulation of agrochemicals. Among the most used, 22 of them are prohibited in other countries – some in the European Union and others in the United States – according to a survey released by the German news agency Deutsche Welle.

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